You were 15% smarter - or - 15% less intelligent?
You were more athletic - or - more clumsy?
You were better looking - or - more "average"?
You had been born into wealth - or - extreme poverty?
You and I could play this game all day long but there is something of a point nearly on the tip of my fingers. I've noticed that our human experience is as unique as it is common. What I mean is that, while we experience many of the same things our lives are in no way identical, or even equal, or close to "fair". We live through vastly different amounts of pain, success, defeat, victory, bliss, heart-ache, health and sickness. No doubt we are products of our own choices but we have to admit that things far beyond our control greatly impact our lives and the people we become; the man living in the Amazon Jungle is going live a life very unlike mine.
As I bring my considerations back to the Lord, two things cut through the pondering.
First, God is not nearly as interested in our lives being equal or fair as we sometimes think. At least in my observation. We may wonder where the justice is when certain people appear to gain success unfairly or are preserved from the pain we are currently experiencing. Meanwhile God is patiently waiting for our gaze to leave certain people and return back to Him. I know that "context is everything" but sometimes we need to slip into a vacuum with God, just the two of us.
~ John 21:20-22
Fairness? I get it, especially if you're someone battling the seemingly impossible and just wish God would give you a break from all of it, noticing how great someone else's life is going is pretty easy to do. But your life isn't about them - ultimately it's about you and Him. And I am convinced that He is fully invested in developing you into the person He intended for you to be. He's busy refining you; chiseling, shaping, sanding, polishing, reshaping... doing whatever it takes to accomplish His plan for you. This is the grace of a loving, compassionate God experienced in the present. It makes you wonder, what is God accomplishing during this current season of life?
Second, you and I were born in the right location at the right time to the right parents. Don't think for a moment that we somehow got misplaced in the shuffle of creation. I'm not saying that you deserved lousy parents or a crumby childhood (and if that's you, I'm sorry) I'm saying that you are occupying the time and space God intended. You're here on purpose and you were created with a purpose. Your life, as crazy and complex as it may be, is right on schedule.
~Psalm 139:15, 16
The Bottom Line: Keep your eyes on Christ because even the greenest grass is still just grass.