Fair Trade?

Life is often about simple trades. I give you money and you give me food. I give my employer my energy, time and know-how and he/she gives me a paycheck. Things are balanced that way. It works. It’s fair. Right?

Yet did you ever notice that when it comes to God’s economy, things are most often backwards? There is still a system of simple exchanges, of giving and receiving, but the rules are all different.

I give Him my worries and He gives me His peace.

I give Him my sin and He gives me His righteousness.

I give Him my sickness and He gives me His health.

I give Him my nasties and He gives me His beauty.

I give Him my soiled clothing and He gives me His robe.

It’s still a system of simple trades, mind you. There is a giving for the getting. I have to let go of what is my hand so that I can receive what is in His.

I let go of anger and He gives me joy.

I let go of unforgiveness and He gives me love.

I let go of self-reliance and He gives me God-reliance.

I let go of my own know-how and He gives me Godly wisdom that no man can withstand.

It’s still a system of simple trades, mind you. There is a giving for the giving.The returns are unfair, though.

I give Him praise and He grants me grace.

I give Him thanks and He grants me eyes that truly see.

I give Him me, and He grants me Himself.

Life with God is so unfair.

Cultivating Thankfulness with Ann

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  1. Mm. Beautiful truth, beautifully expressed. And the twist at the end makes good reply to any of us starting to think how life’s “unfair.” It is, as you point out, but it’s God who relinquishes fairness due Himself for mercy and grace to us.


  2. Dear Barbara
    Best of all is that even the ability to trust Him and give all our gremlins into His hands, is also a gift of grace!
    Much love XX


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