A Thanksgiving Perspective

“But that’s not fair!!”

How many times, as kids, did we exasperatingly exclaim something to that effect, convinced we had been unjustly wronged?

Later, as adults, even as we learned to better control our tantrums, we also discovered a startling, grim truth:

Life actually isn’t fair.
Not fair at all.

There isn’t a direct correlation between how much you work, or how much you deserve something, and how much you actually get.

Just look around you.

Some of us enjoyed posh upbringings that led later to many advantageous connections. There are those for whom abundant opportunities seem to regularly fall into their laps.

Others, through no fault of our own, continue to be set back by debilitating limitations, health concerns, or financial hardships.

It can be demoralizing to work hard for something, without success, and then to look over and see someone else—who seemingly doesn’t deserve it—succeed in that area.

It could be anything:

A job.
A title.
A pregnancy.
A relationship.
A ministry opportunity.
A socioeconomic status.

It’s easy to grow despondent when you stop and consider the crippling unfairness that seems to touch our lives every single day.

However, on this week of Thanksgiving, I’d like to flip the script. Let’s take our eyes off of other people’s blessings and consider our own.

Consider this fact:

If life were truly fair,
if everything in life
were divided equitably,
then you would have much
less than you have right now.

That’s the startling reality.

That’s the perspective-changing truth.

For all the faults, for all the shortcomings and frustrating inequalities, our lives today are far better than countless millions and millions of other people.

The fact that we’re able to have the freedom to browse blog posts like this, on a computer or smartphone, in safety and freedom, means that we are so well off.

Yes, life is unfair.

Bad things happen to good people.

Good things happen to undeserving people.

And the reality is, we all fit more in that second category than the first.

We are all richly blessed in many different ways.

This week, and especially today, I challenge you to take your eyes off the blessings of others, and off the deficiencies of your current season, and notice the blessings you and I all too often take for granted.

Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!

Psalm 100:1-4

Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

Psalm 107:1

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

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