The Long End of the Stick


GodReflection: Life With The Unfair

garyguarujaIt is far too easy to rehearse the times I received the short end of the stick. Those times were real and came without answers for my perceived unfair draw of the small straw.

Strange as it may seem that may be the easier part to accept in a life with the unfair.

But there is another story line in life with the unfair.

longstick14Due to circumstances outside of my control at my birth my hand clutched the long stick.

The geographical and sociological situation of my birth placed me among the upper percentile of the world’s people when it comes to consideration of wealth.

That fact alone causes me to live each day with the unfair. 

I go to sleep each night inside a warm and spacious home with my name on the title as owner. My house has electricity, gas, furnishings, cabinets stocked with food and a thermostat to set the climate at my desire.

Should I be too warm by a degree I can turn a knob to receive cool air. I’ve never experienced hunger. I’ve always had comfortable beds, furniture, and lighting at my disposal.

longstick1Billions of people in the world cannot imagine what I’ve just described. I must learn to live with the unfair because I received the long end of the stick at birth. 

I can see a doctor any time I am sick. I’ve access to some of the world’s most high tech hospitals.

Specialists trained in any specific field of medicine that I can possibly image are as close as anyone of my more than a dozen telephones.

I carry a card in my wallet that makes it possible to select from countless pharmacies any medication my physicians determine I might need.

Billions of people in the world cannot imagine what I’ve just described. I must learn to live with the unfair because I received the long end of the stick at birth. 

longstick11It would astound me should I make a list of all the automobiles that I have owned, leased, and rented to carry me hundreds of thousands—if not millions of miles.

Air travel is readily available. I am a million mile member of one airline and most likely have flown a million miles combined among other companies.

Billions of people in the world cannot imagine what I’ve just described. I must learn to live with the unfair because I received the long end of the stick at birth. 

I had no role to play. I did not choose it. But I was born into a family with a rich Christian heritage.

I suspect that I was introduced to Creator God and Jesus His son shortly after the nurse cleaned me up from birth and introduced me to my mother and father.

I’ve had access to the Holy and Scripture from family, pulpits, outstanding teachers, books, libraries, and mentors, my entire life.

All of which set me up to encounter Jesus and his cross-filled grace. 

Billions of people in the world cannot imagine what I’ve just described. I must learn to live with the unfair because I received the long end of the stick at birth. 

To have is unfair.

Jesus gives me a clue. It’s only a clue: “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded” (Luke 12:48).

longstick9It sounds like he is speaking directly to me. My much is MUCH.

I’ve been drenched with grace and physical blessings. From all I read about Jesus, I suspect that is exactly the much he desires to flow from my life. It should be a generous shower head that drenches others with much grace and blessings.

In my more sober moments I confess I need to increase the flow. Because to have causes me to live with the unfair.

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells

A GodReflection on The Long End of the Stick.

Gary@Godreflection.org     www.MakeYourVisionGoViral.com    

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2 thoughts on “The Long End of the Stick

  1. Doc, I am catching up on some of your articles, and this one spoke particularly powerfully to me…I have been thinking a lot lately about the ‘blessed in order to bless’ aspect of our faith walk…it is hard to not mix up ‘will not’ with ‘cannot’, in terms of our service to God and others. There is an element of life, especially as we get older, that we simply ‘cannot’ do all we once did or would still sincerely like to do…On the other hand, in my life at least there is the temptation to move from ‘cannot’ to, ‘could but won’t’…may our Father give us the wisdom to recognize the difference! Thanks again for your articles…Ken

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