Life has always had a way of beating us when we’re down, it’s as if bad karma looms over our shoulders just waiting to get back at us for trying to do our best and trying to do good things in life.
Most of us try to be decent people in this life, to do good things for others just as Jesus did. Sometimes it truly pays off and we are rewarded for our efforts, and then other times all we have is self-gratification… and then… something bad happens. What is an example of this “bad happening?” great question! Say for instance you just drove someone to work whose car broke down, then later that evening you get a flat tire. Is this punishment for trying to be a good person? That’s what it feels like most of the time, you try your best to help others out, most of the time without even expecting anything in return. For some reason though, you get slapped in the face when you do good things.
A fantastic explanation that I found online from www.chabad.org says “When you have an explanation, pain doesn’t seem so bad anymore. We can tolerate suffering when we know why it is happening. And so, if we could make sense of innocent people suffering, if we could rationalize tragedy, then we could live with it.. Our question would be answered, and we could move on.”
That is a great explanation from a humanistic standpoint on why bad things happen to good people, however from a Christian standpoint let’s look to the Bible for some answers. First Corinthians 13:12 says, “Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.” This offers an explanation to why bad things happen to good people, such as Romans 3:23 says that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. As long as sin exists in the world, so will bad things, tragedies and unfathomable suffering.
Not all things can be explained, sometimes bad things just happen whether you’re a good person and do good things or not. Your car that broke down, yeah that might have just been one of those events in life that flat out suck (just putting it bluntly). Life isn’t easy but it usually makes us stronger, we learn from our mistakes and from the bad events that transpire against us.
Life is as…a constant lesson. We are constantly being taught about life and how it works. Constantly being taught we can and can’t do certain things. For instance, you try your best to study for an upcoming test, but on test day your mind goes completely blank. Life pretty much just taught you the lesson of “better luck next time chump!” (Insert evil gremlin laugh here). No, it’s okay, thanks to your mistakes you are now able to read over the test, review and learn how that certain teacher grades so that you can study in a more effective way for the next test!
It may feel as though the world is out to get you and that you have all the bad luck, but you’re not alone. If you are miserable with not understanding why certain things happen, just take each even as it happens as a challenge. It’s a challenge of your character, can you stay calm under pressure? Can you handle horrible events? Tell that bad karma where it can go! Prove life wrong, that you can’t be dragged down, that you can bounce back from anything it throws at you. The end!