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Maybe it is my age or stage in life, but I have come to the conclusion that there simply are no guarantees in life.

To which you, the reader might reply :

DUH!

Although I know that in my head, who I am, struggles to accept that reality.

The way I have always lived my life is of great understanding of consequences … both good and bad. My inner personality strives to work hard, do what is good and right, treat people well, live honestly and truthfully, and to obey the rules (I am not saying that I am always successful in those things). My inner personality also believes that if I live in this way, the consequences will be good for me. What I am really saying is that, I believe that if I act and behave a certain way, I then ‘deserve’ a good result or outcome …

as though …

life were …

fair.

But, if life were fair (aka if there were guarantees or deserved consequences) our world would be so different …

Good men and women would not lose the jobs they do well, because of a nose-dive in the economy.

Parents who have been loving and consistent in raising their children would not have to see their child make choices about drugs, or alcohol that endanger their very lives.

The guy who always spent his money wisely, and bought a house at an early age would not have lost over half of his resources after being married just a few years to the woman who only married him for his financial assets.

The woman who ‘saved herself’ for marriage, would not be heartbroken by the discovery that her husband had been cheating on her since early into their marriage.

The person who eats only what is healthy, and exercises like it is their full time job, would not be told by their doctor that their life is in danger because a mass has been discovered in their lungs.

The student who spends every spare minute to study, at the expense of experiencing life and deeper relationships, would not receive a letter of denial to every law school he or she applied to.

If only we had guarantees that if we do something good, or right, or just we would receive the appropriate, fair, response!

But, there are no guarantees in life.

We are not alone in this unfair, cruel, unpredictable reality of living.

Once, there was one who did nothing wrong … ever.

Yet,

“He never did one thing wrong,
Not once said anything amiss.

They called him every name in the book and he said nothing back.
He suffered in silence, content to let God set things right.
He used his servant body to carry our sins to the Cross

so we could be rid of sin,
free to live the right way.
His wounds became your healing.
You were lost sheep with no idea who you were or where you were going.
Now you’re named and kept for good
by the Shepherd of your souls.”
1 Peter 2:22-25

Hum …

we really don’t get what we deserve …

thanks to the author and perfecter of our lives.

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