When my children have uttered this phrase, my typical response is, "Who lied to you and told you that life would be fair?"
As I began reading through Andy Stanley's book "The Grace of God", this phrase has completely turned with new perspective. I find myself increasingly grateful and awed that life, in fact, is not fair.
"Grace is the offer of exactly what we do not deserve. It (grace) cannot be recognized or received until we are aware of precisely how undeserving we really are." ~~ Andy Stanley
When I consider the choices I make, the thoughts I think, the things I do... and then put those in contrast to the life I live, the blessings I receive, the state and peace of my heart... it does not look right.
If I am completely honest with myself, I have to admit that...it is not fair.
It quickly becomes apparent that I have not received what I truly deserve. Death. Instead, I have been given exactly what I do not deserve. Grace.
"God chose to wade in hip deep and clean up the mess sin had created." ~~ Andy Stanley
I continue to find fairness thrown out the window. Instead of leaving me to suffer the mess and destruction that I have created, He again extends an unexplainable offer... Himself... in a personal relationship with me. Despite my mess. In my mess.
"He (God) initiated a relationship. He asked an undeserving man (Abraham) to trust him. And when that man did, God gave him what he needed most and deserved the least- friendship with God.... In making that offer, God offered hope to the human race." ~~ Andy Stanley
Grace extends the exact opposite of what I deserve. Not because of anything I've done. All because of Him.
"Grace is not reserved for good people; grace underscores the goodness of God... He made a choice to make us his own by grace." ~~Andy Stanley
Grace is not fair.
I am Undeserving. Thankful. Humbled. Blessed.
"Grace is the vehicle God uses on occasion to ensure that we get precisely what we don't deserve." ~~ Andy Stanley