An Unfair Advantage

The other day, Gloria and I were sitting down and having lunch with our youngest son.  As we were talking about a particular subject, I felt impressed by the Holy Spirit to say to him, “You have an unfair advantage in life.”  I’m going to share my thoughts concerning that, but I’m wondering, what do you consider an unfair advantage that you have in your life?

Sometimes we need to take inventory, not of things we don’t have in our life or are missing, but the things we do have. So, if you started to take inventory of your life, what are some of your unfair advantages? These are things that would give you a competitive advantage, not that we are competing against others, but against ourselves to be the best version of ourselves that we can possibly be for the glory of God.

I’ll name a few unfair advantages that not everyone has:

  • A Nutritious Diet
  • Good Parents
  • Straight Teeth
  • A Good Personality
  • A Positive Attitude
  • Physically Attractive
  • Intellectually Attractive
  • Emotionally Attractive
  • Good Personal Hygiene
  • Clean and Professional Attire

When I was talking to my son, I said, “You know son, God has given you a gift of leadership. You have a responsibility with the gifts that God has given you to recognize, utilize, expand them and understand that it’s a cherished gift God has given you.”

Each of you reading this, God has given you a cherished gift (or two or three or more). You have something that is not of yourself. You can’t take credit for it. It was given to you by God.  It’s called a “Grace Gift”. This is something that is unmerited. This gives you an unfair advantage if you recognize it, utilize it, expand it and honor it.

Take, for example, the very fact if you were born in America, you were given an unfair advantage.  The average person lives on $2 per day. If you were born in America, half the battle has already been won for you.  That doesn’t mean we don’t have problems or challenges in this country; but if we can’t succeed here, try it somewhere else in the world. It isn’t as easy.

I think another unfair advantage that we have is if you are a person of faith, a follower of Christ. God says in Deut.28 “If you will harken and obey God with all your heart, He will make you the head and not the tail, above only and not beneath.” God Almighty promised that you would be blessed going and coming, and that everything you set your hands to would be blessed and would prosper.  I’m sorry, but as people of faith, that gives us an unfair advantage.

I was reflecting on the story of Daniel and how even though at a very young age he was kidnapped from Jerusalem and taken to Babylon, he rose to the top. The Bible tells us that God blessed Daniel and his friends and made them ten times smarter than all of the Babylonian young men. Guess what that causes? An unfair advantage.

I believe people of faith can be smarter, stronger, happier, and more fulfilled, and that gives us an unfair advantage.  Think of how as a Christ follower, we have a different work ethic. We don’t work as unto the paycheck, the boss or unto the company; we work as unto the Lord. We dedicate for God’s glory which gives us an unfair advantage.  If you come to work with a better attitude, work harder, and do more, the result will be that you’ll continue to move up in life. Upward mobility is going to be in your favor because you have an unfair advantage.

If we live Godly lives, obey God’s commands, and deal with stress in a Godly way, that gives us an unfair advantage because we’re healthier, happier, and have a better outlook and perspective on life. Once again, it continues to put you over the top.

I hope today you’ll take inventory and thank God with a humble heart for the blessings He has blessed your life with. You’ll begin to take advantage, utilize, and recognize those unfair advantages – not to be better than others, but to be the best you can be to hopefully inspire others around you to follow Christ and take inventory of the unfair advantages that God has given them as well.

I pray God’s best over you.

God Bless!

Carl

 

 

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