Life Isn’t Fair
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I remember 4th grade well. Mrs. Johnson had been one of my favorite teachers. I adored her. Yet, one day things went very wrong. In front of the entire class, she asked me to stay in from recess. It was obvious by the look on her face that it wasn’t for something fun.
I was terrified. “What could this be about? What had I done?”
After the other children filed out of the room, she looked in my eyes and asked me why I disliked her so much. I stared at her with big blank eyes because it didn’t make sense at all! I adored her!
She pulled out my latest math paper. At the bottom was written, “I hate you, Mrs. Johnson.”
I couldn’t spit the words out fast enough. “I didn’t write that! I would never!”
The tears fell quickly. I was already an accomplished people pleaser, so the idea of displeasing my teacher wreaked havoc on my heart.
I remember thinking that life isn’t fair. I didn’t realize how often I’d live out that truth in the years to come.
Mrs. Johnson wasn’t sure what to believe. She saw the writing (whoever wrote it did a great job of mimicking my handwriting). But she also thought she knew my heart. Because of this she held off on consequences, yet called my parents in to sort out the fiasco.
Eventually, we found the culprit. Sadly, it was one of my closest friends. A brokenness lay within her young little heart that I was too young to understand, and it had led her to betray me.
Reprimanded, gossiped about, and ultimately losing what I thought was a good friendship felt unfair. And I was right. More right than I could fully grasp at the time.[bctt tweet=”Life is unjust. Betrayal happens not because of who we are or who we aren’t, but simply because it is a part of life #betrayed #rejection #hope #overcomer #momentsofhope” username=”lori_schumaker”]
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. –John 16:33 (NLT)
Acts of betrayal come in all shapes and sizes. Each with their own unique daggers to our hearts. They come when we are children and they come when we are adults.
But what do we do with all the rejection, hurt, and disappointment resulting from rejection and betrayal?
Our bodies have a physiological response to perceived harm referred to as an Acute Stress Response or the Fight or Flight Response. Of course, our natural instinct toward this response varies depending on a multitude of factors, including the type, time, and duration of the trauma. Essentially, when we are caught off guard, our physiologic response is to get as far away from the situation as possible or lash out to fight the situation.
Fight or Flight may be our natural response, but I’m not sure it’s the response God desires for us. That is because it places a wall between us and others creating unhealthy relationships. It puts us in a hyper-alert status allowing fear to take over.
Wherever you are afraid, Jesus is not King. – Jamie Winship
Fear tells us running away is a good thing. It likes us to believe the lie that if we are careful enough, it is possible to avoid any future encounters with rejection or betrayal. Fear says retreating from our dreams – our relationships – our love is really not all that bad.
Fear also tells us if we fight back or maybe even fight first, we can stop betrayal in its tracks. It tries to convince us we can live happily with our walls of steel firmly in place, ensuring we never fully feel the love of others or of Christ.
But those are all lies.
Friends, lies only come from the author of lies. The enemy who desires to steal our dreams and our joy. The enemy who desires to keep us from living out our purpose.[bctt tweet=”Lies come only from the author of all lies. The enemy who desires to steal our dreams and our joy. The enemy who desires to keep us from living out our purpose #hope #overcomer #riseabovethehurt” username=”lori_schumaker”]
As followers of Christ, we have another option.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. -2 Timothy 1:7
We can unconditionally accept the fact that life is not fair and injustice happens. We accept it is unavoidable nor in our power to stop.
When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. -Romans 5:12
It is only in our power to trust that God will walk us through.
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. -Isaiah 43:2
Friends, I know God’s promise is true. When He says He will walk with us, we can believe it![bctt tweet=”When God says He will walk with us, we can believe it! #overcomer #betrayal #rejection #series #journal #growthguide” username=”lori_schumaker”]
But we have to do our part. It’s not easy, but God does use all things for good. I am living proof of that truth.
5 Truths for Overcoming Hurt When Life Isn’t Fair
Help for When Life Isn’t Fair
Finally, there is nowhere from which we gain more hope than directly from the Word of God. Therefore, I created a free printable set of Scripture Cards based on a survey I took on Facebook.
I asked my Facebook friends to share with me those verses they hold close to their hearts. I then took 17 of those and made them into printable scripture cards for you. Each is the size of a business card so you can place them in your wallet. They are the latest addition to the Library of Hope. If you are already signed up to receive my monthly newsletter (well … I try anyway), then you already have access. If not, get your access HERE or by clicking on the image!
May you be blessed and when life isn’t fair, my you overcome each obstacle with the hope of Christ.
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When People Hurt You: Rising Above the Emotional Pain of Rejection and Betrayal is a series that looks into the Word of God as a guide to not just surviving, but rising victoriously over hurt. Each week I address a new aspect of rejection and betrayal that serves to keep us stuck in the pain rather than moving forward to where we want to be. (If you missed a post, then you can get caught up HERE or click on an image below!)
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