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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

My first job was mowing lawns with a friend. One of our contracts was with the Newville United Methodist church to mow that cemetery. The ground was rough as can be and we mowed it all with two push mowers. By the end of summer I had saved up $25 for the county fair.

Out with a friend, the first night of the fair I decided to take my chances with the game where you had to knock something over with a baseball to win. I tried it several times and just lost my money. When I decided to move on, the Carney made me a deal I couldn’t refuse. If I tried once more and won, he would give me all my money back. So, I tried and failed again. He kept offering me deals to get my money back until I had lost that entire $25. Then he announced that I should learn a lesson from it. Yeah, I thought, don’t listen to any Carneys.

And I did learn from that experience. I learned how gullible I was, what a terrible aim I am, and how quickly money can slip through our fingers. And I’ve never been conned like that again. It was a lesson well worth $25.

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

When we were raising our children, one of the comments that we would often heard was, “Not Fair!” It seemed whatever we did as parents didn’t seem fair. Our children were different ages, had different temperaments, and in  were in different circumstances, yet they all wanted us to treat them fairly. If they didn’t get what they wanted when they wanted it, they thought it was “Nor Fair”!

So many situations in life shout, “Not fair!” I observe Christian couples who struggle to have children while others are blessed with children and ignore or abuse them. I look at families whose children are all alive and well, and others who have a disabled child. I see friends who long to serve God but can’t because of health issues. “Not fair.”

I then must remember that we are not the judges of fairness. God is sovereign and does things the way He chooses according to His plans and purposes, not ours. The question isn’t about fairness. In the end, it’s about trust in a faithful God who knows what He is doing.

He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice” (Deuteronomy 32:4).

Life is not always fair, but God is always faithful.

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