Thursday, November 18, 2010

It's Fair

A friend once told me that when the daily tribulations cause him to be vexed he laughs. He and his wife noticed that weeks, or months down the road the stories of these events were usually comical and were retold in order to give everyone a good laugh. So, he decided, why not laugh at them at the moment. “If you are going to laugh later,” he said, “you might as well laugh now.”

I like that philosophy, and recently decided it can be used in other areas also. The scriptures tell us that eventually “every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess” (Mosiah 27:31) that the judgments of God are just and fair. And in Mosiah 16:1 we are told that “The time shall come when all shall see the salvation of the Lord; when every nation, kindred, tongue, and people shall see eye to eye and shall confess before God that his judgments are just.” 

Therefore, if at one point we are all going to realize that everything that happens to us is just and fair, why not acknowledge that now? Why fight against it and cause ourselves pain?  It makes it so much easier to endure well when we realize that there is a plan and that we have to pass through trials, but that the justice of God will recompense us for every unfair thing that happens and that we need to endure the other things because they are fair.

Life may not at times seem fair, but the promise of Jesus Christ is that it will be. Trust in that. After all, "If you are going to trust later, you might as well trust now."

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