"Life isn't fair. Get over it."
Sound familiar? Chances are, every time you've complained about something being unfair in your life, someone has responded by saying "life isn't fair."
But I can't get over it that easily.
Sure, life isn't fair. But that doesn't make it okay to treat people unfairly.
One of my top five strengths is consistency, which means I like everyone to be treated equal. Fairness is a huge issue for me. I'm also a high J, meaning I like justice and order. I cannot stand it when things aren't fair.
Some examples of unfairness that everyone faces:
- Working hard for something, then having it taken away from you for no reason.
- Being good at something, and not being recognized for it.
- Having someone not as good as you at something receive more recognition for it (or even the same amount).
- People having things handed to them while you are stuck working for what you want.
- Suffering the consequences of someone else's mistake.
- Having people less deserving than you receive the same privilege as you.
- Listening to people who have it way easier than you complain about how tough their life is.
Honestly, there's a lot going on in my life right now that just doesn't seem fair or right to me. And it's not. It's not just me feeling sorry for myself. It's truly wrong.
But, the truth is, it may not be right, but there's really nothing I can do about it. Every single unfair situation that I'm facing at the moment is completely out of my hands. I just have to trust God and my leaders that everything will work out right in the end.
I keep having to tell myself to keep holding on. That I'm not a quitter. Because sometimes, when you're being treated beyond unfairly, you want to do just that: quit. But the important thing is to stick it out and keep a positive attitude. Hope for the best. Support the other people involved. Pray for the strength and courage to move on. Because we're not in control of how we're treated, but we are in control of how we respond.
And if we choose to respond rightly, we will be rewarded in Heaven.
"You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised." ~Hebrews 10:36