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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Fairness

Did you see the Dutch speed skater, Sven Kramer, favored for a gold medal in the 10,000 meter race get disqualified for an improper lane change? It was a devastating mistake, made late in the race when the Kramer clearly had a winning pace. His coach, confused, waved him over for the lane change. Visibly conflicted, Kramer made the lane change and with that, lost his nearly-sure gold medal.

Although superstar Kramer reacted in anger at the Oval, he's since been a bit more circumspect about what happened.

This is life. Things happen that are clearly unfair. It has me thinking: am I helping my kids cope with unfairness now? Or do I tend to re-order life for them so that it works out fairly?

God is just, but he is not "fair" in the sense that we think of fairness, that is, equality. He's the potter; we're the clay. Some are beautiful and prized pots; others of us are plain, ordinary workhorses of pottery. May I, in God's grace, be able to show my children that life isn't fair, but God is sovereign. When things go badly, like they did for the skater Kramer, we can rest in His sovereignty and rejoice.

2 comments:

Laura at By the Bushel said...

Rudy Rutiger is awarding a young man today, at a local school an award for excellence in challenging circumstances. He lost his leg in an accident where his friend accidentally put the vehicle in reverse and crushed the leg. -- The young man has made a complete recovery & participating with the team, and remaining friends with those who helped him get to the hospital before he bled to death.

Thanks for posting this article. It makes it all that more interesting & inspiring realizing the country's national investment in the sport.

Mrs. Edwards said...

Laura,
That's quite a story! It seems like a good idea to me to talk these stories over with our kids and remind them of them when things don't go the way they wish they would!

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