You may not agree at first, but I think Thanksgiving is the perfect time to come to terms with the fact that life is just not fair.

Someone gets the last of the Lucky Charms… or has to go to bed earlier than their sister… or gets wrongly accused… and the first thing you hear is, “That’s not fair.”

And what about when the woman behind you in line cuts to the register beside you when it opens even though you were there before she was? Now that is seriously not fair.

There was a time I didn’t allow those words in my house and I refused to let my kids say them. But, then I realized we were all missing out on an important lesson. The truth is that life really isn’t “fair”.

It’s the fact that we have more blessings than could ever really be counted on our blessings board

And that we’ve never had to wonder if we’ll have food to eat at our next meal or if we’ll be able to pay the water bill.

It’s knowing we can be forgiven over and over and over again for doing the same sinful thing because God’s mercy never fails even when we do.

And even when things are really hard, and health fails or we lose jobs or even loved ones, we can still be thankful that we have a God who chooses to give us mercy instead of what we deserve.

Theodore Roosevelt’s quote, “Comparison is the thief of joy” is being pinned all over Pinterest, and it’s so true in a lot of ways. But comparison can also be a giver. It can give us the ability to be thankful when we think of where we could be if not for grace.

Sometimes when we’re having a great meal or sitting around our cozyhouse,I’ll say to my kids,”This issonot fair.” And they’re starting to realize just what I mean.

When I consider my life, my family, and my friends, I can honestly say that life has never been fair. And that is something for which I am truly thankful.

TheLordis merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.

He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Psalm 103:8-12

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Happy Thanksgiving!