Life’s Not Fair. So Now What?
by David Duncan
Published on March 15, 2023
Categories: Devotions

Life’s not fair. So Now What?

So, what should we do?

Hold our noses and take it?
Get liquored up and not care?
Turn to a life of clandestine crime against the “bad guys?”
None of these are healthy choices.

Here’s an idea: since life’s not fair, make it fairer.

Now, that’s a possible remedy!

Yes, it’s a tall order, but wonderfully anticipatory. It reminds me of my favorite quote by Martin Luther King, Jr., “Never look for justice, but never cease to give it.”

After all, according to 1 Peter 2:9, “We are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that we may declare the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His wonderful light.”

We’re torch bearers, not Twinkies in the rain!
The 13th century Persian poet, Rumi, is one of my favorite torch bearer types. No, he wasn’t a Christian, but he’s right about how to make life more decent.

Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.

Next to his quote in my journal I wrote, “A Royal Priest for God – 1 Peter 2:9.”

So, what’s the job description for a Royal Priest? I found it in the Old Testament book of Micah–three things we can do to make life fairer.

“He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6:8 (NIV)

Act Justly – always do right by others. Right = what God would do.
Love Mercy – be kinder than is necessary.
Walk Humbly with God – He’s the Savior. It’s not about us.
If enough of God’s people consistently did these things, it could make the world a better place.

My father, a math teacher, used to say, “Life is like arithmetic. In any given situation people either add, subtract, multiply, or divide.”

Sounds like a plan! We should at LEAST add to the quality of life around us and make it our goal to multiply.

One more thought from my man, Rumi:

“Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place.”

Make life fairer.

David Duncan is an elementary music teacher in Oklahoma. He has a bachelor’s degree in music from Cameron University, and a master’s degree in religious education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently pursuing a second master’s in educational leadership.

 David is an ordained Southern Baptist minister. He was a full-time minister for 14 years before becoming a teacher in 2004.

 He enjoys writing music. In addition to his 39 self-published songs, he also has written 215 blog posts found at the link below. You can find his music videos found at the link below.

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Photo by Kalen Emsley on Unsplash


  1. Alan

    Great wise words David, thank you!
    I have shared this on Twitter.

  2. Craig Ruhl

    Thank you for sharing this. I needed to read it today.

  3. Craig Ruhl

    Thank you for this post; I needed it today.

  4. David Duncanw

    I am grateful to God that my little post has encouraged.

    Thank you, and God Bless


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