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Friday, February 27, 2009

Life is fair, just count your blessings

In time of crisis most people count the things that they don't have. But in the other side it is always better to count the blessings that we have and we will be shocked to know we have countless of them. Life is indeed fair.

It is said life is always meant to be unfair; that is based on human perspective. Data shows that based on per capita one dollar a day cut off line of poverty the highest poverty level in Asia is 40% (Mathur, Om, 2006. Youth in an urbanizing world... UN.org). This figure is even higher if we consider decent living as a cut off point. But since humans differ in understanding as far as decency is concerned the economic parameters are being considered more. While many people can't even have a meal a day, large hotels and restaurants throw away left-over foods. While many are homeless, much more live in large mansions. And many other disparities among the rich and the poor which would lead many to believe life is not fair.

Discrimination in life doesn't only mean unequal distribution of material riches. In the other perspective we have spiritual blessing which is also meant to be inequitably shared in life. When Jesus told us "blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God" (Luke 6:20) we seem to conclude that while material blessing is for the rich, spiritual blessing are for the poor.

I believe it is so true. But it is equally true that we can both have spiritual and material richness. To experience a fair life, we need to work things out. As Jesus promised "Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added to you" (Matthew 6:33). Material needs are meet when we work everything for the glory of God. Many people can attest the truth about this passage. People who live an abundant life both materially and spiritually by following God's righteousness. Meanwhile Proverbs 22:9 says "A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor." This is the good virtue the rich could develop in order to share with the spiritual blessing promised by God.

Life is therefore meant to have variation and diversity not homogeneity. There should exist rich and poor, strong and weak, small and big, and other differences. It is the way of living in harmony despite the variation that makes life fair. The sand, gravel, cement, and water make a strong wall. The keys of music develop a good tune. The colors make a beautiful rainbow.

1 comment:

Lynn said...

right! it's just the matter of how you view things. if you choose to be happy, then you will be. :)

 
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