Sunday, December 4, 2011

It's not fair!

I grew up listening to Relient K during my teenage years, and the other day I found an old CD and have had it on in the car all week. I've been listening to one particular song 'Be my escape.' Because there's a line in there that just really struck a chord with me.

The beauty of Grace is that it makes life not fair.

That just really go me thinking. We're very good at noticing when life's not fair and we're the ones who suffer.

It's not fair, she ate the last ice cream and I never got any.

It's not fair that he speeds all the time and has never gotten a ticket.

It's not fair that I'm stuck at home with our children all day while he gets to be off having the time of his life.

It's not fair that she got that promotion over me when I've been here longer and am just as qualified.

It isn't fair that there are people in the world who are dying of starvation when there are others struggling to lose weight.

It isn't fair that there are so many victims of rape, violence and abuse in this world, and the innocent always seem to suffer while the guilty go free.

How often do we complain that life's not fair on us? And the truth is it isn't. It isn't fair that so many bad things happen. There is an immeasurable amount of unfair that goes on in this world.

It's not fair that Jesus died on the cross for our sin.

I am good at focusing on the times when I'm the one who loses out. But what about the times that I come out on top, when I should suffer the consequences? It's so easy to remember the bad and forget the good. But really, we are fortunate that life isn't fair. If it were, nobody would stand a chance of making it to heaven. He took upon Himself the consequences of my sin.

I'm not saying we have to be happy about the unfairness all the time. It's normal to struggle and hate some things. But I also think it's very important to recognise the times when the balance goes in our favour, and rejoice in it. Grace makes life not fair. And that's a really good thing.


  1. Ooooh! Well said. When it comes to learning about humility, Jesus is the perfect example.

  2. Wow Robyn, this was really powerful. I've been in a bit of a 'it's not fair' slump right now, but you're right it's not. It's not fair that I am so blessed when others struggle so much.

    I really needed to read this today. Thankyou. Xxx


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