We call it “The Great Minnesota Get-Together” – the Minnesota State Fair. It’s the official end of summer, the last hoorah before school starts, and the best food in town. We took the kids last night and they loved it. Because of this little set back I’ve had this summer (cancer) we had to cancel our family vacation so we’ve tried to make the most of even the small things. Last night at the fair, my hubby let the kids get whatever they wanted, seriously anything. We always eats tons of yummy stuff at the fair, but with 4 kids (plus me – lol) it’s not usually a free for all. My son Tucker was in heaven since he’s my brave eater and seafood lover. He was happy as could be with is popcorn shrimp, which of course no one else would eat so he didn’t have to share any of it. We ate a lot, saw some fun friends, I swear they were following us - ha ha, and had a great family night.
If you have kids, you’ve heard the other “fair” word many times I’m sure. ”That’s not fair”! I’d be a millionaire if I had a buck for every-time I’ve heard that; and even more rich for the times I’ve heard myself or my husband say, “Life’s not fair”. But let’s be honest here, kids aren’t the only ones saying it. Adults many times feel the same way, they just don’t always say it out loud. Regardless, it is absolutely true - life is not fair.
The minute I found out I had breast cancer, I could have screamed in my car, that’s not fair! What did I do to deserve this? For others it could be you are on cloud 9 one day at work and the next you have a terrible meeting which makes you want to yell out loud, that’s not fair! Even worse, something happens to one of your kids and you are looking at everyone else’s kids who are healthy and you think, this is just not fair. In many ways, I’m still a kid. I can get upset at life and even, GASP – the Lord, thinking this is not fair.
Here comes the big but; I don’t stay there. I’m learning to leave those thoughts behind; I’ve never had anything good come from having a ‘it’s not fair pity party’. There is a sure-fire way to leave this type of party. The answer won’t surprise you, it’s the answer for every problem we have.
It’s the Word of God. You won’t find a scripture to validate living in self-pity because we don’t think life is fair. If we can go back to the Word, our foundation, we can quickly see He always has an answer for us! It may seem like things aren’t fair but, actually that thought is merely a feeling, not truth.
Here’s a little truth to help you leave the “It’s Not Fair Pity Party”:
Romans 8:28 (AMP) “We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.”
No matter what is “not fair” in your life right now, you can know that God has a plan for good – FOR YOU! He see’s what is going on, He see’s your hurt and your pain and He is working a plan.
Remember this: Hebrews 13:5 reminds us, “He will never leave you, nor forsake you.”
Life may not always seem “fair”, but I’ve decided that’s ok. No matter what things look like my Heavenly Father is right by my side and He is working a plan – and that is enough to make me leave any pity party!
Love you more than fried pickles at the fair,