Why does it seem that bad things always happen to good people? I have often wondered this; even though, I believe the Lord holds all of us His hands, and that suffering is part of the walk here on Earth.
I have been thinking lately of “good” people versus “bad” people. I can say that I probably have fit, or still fit, in both of these categories at various times in my life. As a believer in Christ, I know that I am not good enough for His redemption. It is by grace and supreme forgiveness that I am saved.
Being in the field of social work, I hear the awful things that people do to children and see first hand what the years of poor choices have often lead to, but, I also get the “back story” to these people’s lives. I learn that many of them were abused as children, grew up in extreme poverty, and had absent fathers & mothers. Many have addictions that plague them starting in their early adolescence and on through adulthood.
I had a client tell me one time, “You’ve treated me better than my own family ever treated me.” She was 20-years-old, addicted to meth, homeless, uneducated, and just lost her baby to the foster care system. I was certainly not her friend. I was the case manager for her and her infant son, and ended up being the one who recommended termination of her parental rights. However, I was kind to her. I tried to put myself in her shoes. It is tragically sad that I treated her better than her family.
I have often thought, “By the grace of God go I”. Basically, I didn’t grow up in these type of situations and give praise for the Lord’s grace in my life that I’m not living this way now. There is great heartbreak in our own backyards; yet, so many of us are shielded from the turmoil.
I have had my share of bad things that have happened, but I have also had an incredible amount of good things and good people in my life. I am left with the thought/question of, “What if good things happened to bad people?” I mean, what if the world showed more mercy and kindness to those deemed “bad” by society? What if you and I (you know…the “good” guys) decided to wake up each day with the notion that we are going to make a positive difference in the life of someone who otherwise might be overlooked or looked down upon?
What if goodness and kindness became a habit?
The best thing ever happened to all of us. Our Lord and Savior chose us. His love and mercy are incredibly good things that continue to bless us every day.
I believe in the power of a redeeming God who loves everyone – “good” or “bad”. I also believe in His calling for us to love one another. Maybe it is time for us to show the goodness of His love to others. I cannot help but hope and believe that if more good things happened to bad people, our world would be a kinder, softer, and more loving place.
What do you think?