Let's face it, life just isn't fair.
Last night I was watching play-off basketball. Another nail biting close game; I was on the verge of losing another finger. The young up-starts vs. last year's champs (whom I loathe; my feelings for the "greenies" is equal to how I feel about the terrorists and those sickos who poison candy at Halloween).
Final seconds...game on the line...an easy score coming to tie the game for the up-starts...and then it comes...a cheap shot to the head! The greenies mugged the up-start on his way to the basket. Clearly that was a flagrant foul; the penalty for which would give the win to the upstarts. But no! The refs wimped out. In the face of a very hostile crowd they don't make the call. Greenies win. Make a dirty play and win the game? Life's not fair.
We see it everywhere. Life's not fair.
I wrote previously about traveling to another country to see the dentist when my neighbors get a dentist who comes to them...for free...and many don't even care to go. Life's not fair.
Two young women each have a baby. One labors, seemingly without end. Another drives up to the window and hollers at the speaker "I'll have an epideral with an easy delivery...and make it snappy; I'm in a hurry!" Is that fair?*
Where you live, I bet you have an unlimited choice of restaurants and coffee houses to choose from. Any time you and your sweetie want to spend some time enjoying a romantic dinner or linger over a cup of high-priced brew, you simply drive down to the corner. Starbucks awaits.
Here we must use our imagination, put a candle on the table and cook it ourselves. (I must say though, my brew's not too bad.) We live in a wilderness, and the new definition of "wilderness" is "a location exceeding 50 miles from the nearest Wal-Mart, or lacking cell phone service".**
Side note here; when I returned home last week, I really had a good laugh. Our plane flew from Fairbanks to our regional hub village (look up older post regarding "hub"). Three people who were on the plane with me got off and all immediately attempted to use their cell phones. Imagine the smirk on my face as they kept pushing buttons and scratching their heads in confusion; attempting to get a signal that was three hundred miles away.
Where you live, hundreds, thousands or perhaps millions of people dream of "getting away from it all" and long for a place that is Wal-Mart free, Starbucks free and cell phone free. The expense and difficulty for them to get there is roughly equal to me going grocery shopping. What can I say...life's not fair.
So get over it! The greenies will likely win this play-off series and move on. Both women had healthy babies (But I know which one is cuter!). You're stuck with Wal-Mart and cell phones. I'm stuck with canned food and migratory waterfowl. Life's not fair, but who ever said it was?
My advice is to make the most of what you got. I don't think the Lord is overly concerned with our circumstances; I think He's a lot more concerned with how we handle those circumstances.
* Attention family members! This was meant in fun.
** My defintion; not found in any dictionary I'm aware of.
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