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God and the karma game; can you beat God?

One of those days, ever had one?  Perhaps it went something like this story:

The day started off well.  Started…. then it all went downhill.   Started with the alarm not going off..   You’d be late for work if you didn’t leave literally RIGHT NOW.  But your hair is in shambles!!  You decide to shower quick and make up an excuse about traffic to my boss.    The good news is, the story goes off without a hitch.  The bad news is, you decide to wear my favorite cream sweater, and no sooner than sitting down at your desk, you spill coffee all over it.   Guess you shouldn’t have lied, you think to yourself….

It’s lunch time and you’re driving to your lunch meeting.  Joe Shmuck just decides to cut you off, causing you to almost ram into his back end.  You know you could  just leave it, but instead, upi pull out, drive past him with finger in full view, then cut HIM off, just pushing on your brakes enough that he has to slam on his.  HA! Take that, sucker!   You continue on to your lunch meeting which goes smoothly until you leave your i phone on the table while you go to the washroom.  You come back to it… GONE!   No one saw what happened to it!   Someone took it.  Stupid karma.  You hope whoever took your phone gets what’s coming to them…

It all finishes with you coming home with plans to crash on the couch in front of the TV, when Mrs. Egland, the elderly lady next door needs help fixing her… well…. you didn’t quite get what exactly needed fixing.  You’re tired, so you quickly make up some excuse about your mom phoning any minute, and offer a quick apology for not being able to help her out.   You rush into the house, close the door behind you, and take a big breath wondering what Karma’s gonna do to you now….

The story is fictional, but ever find yourself thinking like this?  Thinking that the reason why something good or bad happens to you is because of your previous action?  Ever find yourself praying something like this; “God I KNOW I messed up again, but this time I PROMISE I’ll do better if you could just… (fill in the blank)”

Many people think God works like Karma: you get what’s coming to you.  Do good, get good.  Do wrong, bad things will happen.

This couldn’t be farther from the truth.

God gives us grace.  Grace is getting what we don’t deserve.

God gives us mercy.  Mercy is God not giving us what we deserve.

Did the thought ever cross your mind that God actually WANTS to give you good things, without deserving it?  Why?  Because he WANTS to.  No other reason. It has nothing to do with how good or naughty you’ve been.   Every good thing you have is because God wanted to give you something good….. even on “bad-karma” days.

Don’t mistake karma for natural consequences.  If I’m speeding and I get a ticket, it’s not because God was after me, its because I was speeding.  If a series of unfortunate events happen to you, it’s not because God is putting you in your place.  There’s a time for everything, and sometimes, stuff happens.

I’ll never forget around the time that my dad passed away from cancer.  Life wasn’t good.   I honestly thought God took my dad because he was mad at me.   I was seeing God through the karma lense, and it left me with nothing but shame.

So how do you beat God at His own game?  You don’t.  Because you’re playing the wrong game if you fall for the idea of “karma”.

I dare you to stop doing things the hard way.   Stop striving and trying to attain good vibes and lean into the free gift God has for you.  It doesn’t need to be earned.

Jesus leads the only movement that doesn’t ask us to bend over backwards trying to be “good enough”.  Are you brave enough to believe it?

Are you daring enough to live it?….

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Categories: a new spirituality
  1. Jennifer
    May 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Just what I needed to hear this morning. Thanks for blogging your heart!

  1. August 2, 2011 at 1:24 pm

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