“Why Being Fair Is Not Easy
“FAIR” IN JESUS’ TERMS is difficult, because we have a tendency to believe we deserve what we have, that we earn our possessions. We extend this argument to those who have less: they did not earn more and so do not deserve it. The problem with this logic is that we did not start out equal. All people are not born with the same opportunities, the same resources, or the same gifts. We are all different.
As disciples of Jesus we can live responsibly in such a world by being grateful for what we have and sharing with those who have need. Love calls us to determine what we’ve been given and how to use it in service to others.
– Christopher Maricle
The Jesus Priorities
From pages 78-79 of The Jesus Priorities: 8 Essential Habits by Christopher Maricle. Copyright © 2007 by Christopher Maricle. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Today is a good day to be grateful. Express your gratitude to both God and neighbor. Share your thoughts.
There I will cause a horn to sprout up for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed one.
Psalm 132:17, NRSV
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This week we remember: Ann Eliza Worchester Robertson (November 19).
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