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Topic: Extra (08/29/13)
TITLE: No Fair, He's Got More Than Me!
By Amy Hatton
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In adulthood, we tend to lose the intensity and passion that we once possessed as children. For the most part, learning the lesson that life isn’t fair, works to our advantage. This helps us hold down jobs, be successful in marriage, and function in society. Throwing a temper tantrum to our boss, “No fair! He makes more money than me!” is simply not advisable. We have learned to overlook the slight, minor injustices of life. Even conforming to the attitude, “They may have more than me, but it’s close enough.” Gone are the days when chaos breaks loose over our sibling’s extra ice cream. Now, the extra salary of our colleague is tolerated in the name of maturity. Instead of fighting for more, we are usually content with the scoop that we have been served.
In fact, we pride ourselves in our evolution from spoiled toddler to easygoing adult. We have worked hard to achieve our temperate status. The Fruit of the Spirit, long suffering, and tantrums are at the opposite end of the spectrum. Therefore, we are trained to overlook trivial inequalities. However, the same mature grownup characteristics demonstrated in our daily lives, might hinder us in our spiritual lives.
When it comes to the things of God, we are likely to continue on in our grownup pattern, “They may have more than me, but it’s close enough.” To fight for something more, something extra, never crosses our mind. To humbly take what we have been scooped has become our standard and norm. But our relationship with the Lord is much more important than a raise at the office. In this instance, we need to take a lesson from my equal opportunity demanding children. “No fair, God. He’s got more than me!” Very similar to the words of Elisha, “…let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me” 2 Kings 2:9 KJV. We must get in tune with our inner child, become jealous and zealous for the things of God. No longer pacified with a portion that is close enough, but longing for much more. The next time God is serving up His blessings and sweet desserts, ask your loving Father for an extra scoop!
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