It's the cosmic question -- why do bad things happen to good people, but the worst examples of society are the ones that win the lottery?
A bunch of us have been discussing this very thing over the past few days. One quoted this wonderful passage from Tommy Nelson's book, A Life Well Lived:
"Trials always have a very beneficial purpose. Trials purify you. Trials show you what you are. Whatever comes out of you when you are hit, shows who you really are. Trials make you pray. Trials make you trust. Trials also prove you.... Trials reveal who the real guys are..."
This is very true. Unfortunately, it still doesn't help me much when I want to know why the most undeserving people are rewarded for their dirty actions. I know that God is watching and that old adage, "what goes around comes around" does work, but it's hard to just let things be and let things run their course. There are people out there who run around wreaking havoc on people's lives who are seemingly unscathed by nastiness, who actually THRIVE on it, and it makes no sense to me. And then there are people like my friend Kelly, who has to deal with the most enormously horrible thing, the death of a child -- and she is the most deserving person of GOOD that I know. Puts things in perspective.
I wonder who people who have no faith turn to when things finally DO catch up with them, and go bad?
It's all about this:
So that person whose only joy in life is to cause others pain? Feel sorry for them instead of being mad at them. They may think they are the King of the World, but that world is so small and sad without the richness of calm and laughter and friends. Why waste time on even giving them a second thought? As my friend said, let them get to you and they WIN. Whether it's your job, a co-worker, or a friend that has you troubled, LAUGH about it. After all, really, those losers are kidding no one.
After my chat the other night about Tommy Nelson's book, I realized the joys I have. My husband and I are going to be celebrating our 5 year anniversary on Saturday, I have a wonderful child that is a true miracle (how often does the first round of in vitro actually WORK???), a job I love creating jewelry, and friends who are truly there for me. Who needs more than that?