A sense of justice is hard-wired into the human
psyche. Without training, a three-year-old will say, “Unfair!” We are
rightly outraged at abuse, prejudice, and violence. But what about the
more daily, subtle ways unfairness comes into our lives?
colleague and I sat down with a leader and shared some of our creative
thinking for a new product. We were met with condescension and kindness
and the meeting ended well. A year later, we discovered that our ideas
had been rebranded, and met with public favor!
first responses were incredulity, anger, and resignation. It was
maddening to see another get credit and our efforts be ignored. We both
thought, “Self-denial is hard when he advances, and we are ignored.”
is frustrating when others are celebrated, and we feel unheard and
unseen. Our first reactions are not yet sins. The next moments determine
whether we wallow in self-pity or cultivate godly character. When
unfairness happens, our hidden religiosity comes to the surface.
insights help us endure these moments. First, remembering God’s mercy
in our lives helps us extend grace when life is unfair (Rom. 12:9-21).
Second, we ultimately work for One Master, who will reward more lavishly
that human leaders (Col. 3:17-25). Finally, God uses these moments for
our transformation (Rom. 8:28-39).
will be unfair. But we can turn our circumstances into character
development and wisdom. We do not celebrate victimhood; however, we can
refuse to wallow in commiseration and chose the high road of
is often a prism, with color and light refracted so many ways. When we
hear each other’s stories, we see more of the beauty and brokenness, wit
and wisdom in our world. Ask a friend to share their experience – and
you will be better for listening.
goodness, justice, and love are four “echoes of a Voice” (N.T. Wright)
that point toward a Creator and the best attributes of being human.
I enjoy watching Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors rise to the
occasion in a game…I want to thank every faithful husband and wife,
mom and dad, woman and man who show they are champions every day. Your
love, diligence, loyalty, and hard work make our world better.
I was 12, my dad wrote in the Harvard Alumni Journal that “Charles is a
fiery humanist and a repressed basketball star (too short).” I had
heart, but not the gifts needed to go beyond early high school. But we
can all discover and fulfill our place in God’s world, growing in
character, charisma and capacity.
sad. A young, privileged politician harasses, tried to dox and calls on
others to make life miserable for a 77-yr-old woman praying for mercy
and protesting abortion. Passionate disagreement is fine, but this kind
of inversion where a kind woman is accused of all manner of hatred is
inexcusable. Friends on all sides of all issues – can we please debate
today with all the personal and social tensions of our world on my
mind. Feeling hopeful and wounded, envisioned and saddened at the same
time. What can I do?
Pray. Steward today well. Refuse entrapments.
Bless the very ones angry with my worldview. Live in the opposite spirit
of our polarized world.
Friends of all political and religious
persuasions: You are loved and respected and together we can improve our
world one act at a time.