“I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.” God
Understanding that ultimately everything is by grace will help one navigate life in a more wholesome matter.
The injustice in life is readily apparent to everybody who possesses a discerning eye. Some people are born with unimaginable riches while others starve to death as babies. Despite the fact that the ‘constitution’ states that ‘all men are created equal’ it is far from true. We all possess various skills and abilities and each person is richly unique. If you understand that whatever you possess is by ‘grace’ it will give you that famous ‘attitude of gratitude’.
Recently I want to an independent author’s day at the library. There were about fifty other inspiring authors there. All of use were given half a table where we set up our displays with high hopes of selling our books. There was little to distinguish me from my competitors. I am told that there are a million books published in the United States annually. The question than is how will somebody stand above the crowd. I mean in all seriousness, I could write the greatest book the universe had ever known, and still not be successful. You see chance and circumstance happens to us all. We have to be in the right place at the right time.
So many people go around this planet Earth with their arrogant attitudes focusing on their personal achievements. Not only are they deceiving themselves but their grandiose exercise is inflicting the rest of us. Nobody likes a pompous ass who thinks he’s better than everybody else. Such people should consider very deeply that everything that they have is simply a gift. A gift which I must remind these people that will permanently be taken away in death.
Going along with grace we should be thankful for the little things that are so often taken for granted. The breath of fresh air, the caress of the sunlight, the company of a good friend, the joy of eating with about a million other things we often don’t think twice about. With this gratefulness for our blessing we can look at somebody who is comparatively worse off in a positive way. Perhaps somebody confined to a wheel chair cannot enjoy all the things a ‘normal’ person can, but still they can have a wonderful and fulfilling life. Be thankful for what you have.
If one really understood all the blessings they receive in life their mental health would improve. Instead of the cup with half empty we would simply be glad we had something to drink.
There is of course an added dimension to grace and that is works. One could have all the raw talent and resources in the world without proper hard work they’re not getting anywhere. I know that some people live a life of leisure where their wealth is accumulated by the hard work of others. Still ‘control and manipulation’ is a skill even if it is a most ungodly and wicked one at that. Still in the end we are not guaranteed tomorrow.
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