Andy’s Bitterness: When Life isn’t Fair.

But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.

Psalm 73:28

This story was used to supplement the study of Psalm 73.

Andrew Michaels grew up in a city controlled by the Bartello Family. As a child, he was close friends with Anthony Bartello, with whom he attended elementary school. As the boys grew it became apparent that Andy had a special mind, but Tony didn’t. Andy made the highest marks all through middle and high school. He was offered scholarships to the best private and state universities. So was Tony, but not based on test scores. His father knew important men at those schools. That, and his father’s money opened doors. After college, although graduating with the highest honors, Andy couldn’t find a job. Tony, however, was quickly hired by the most prestigious accounting firm in the city. All of Andy’s attempts to start his own business were blocked at every turn. He was forced to take a job at the local big box store. All the while, Tony Bartello continued to fail upward. Andy married and moved into a simple house in the neighborhood where he was raised. Tony also married and had many children by different women. He lived in the most exclusive neighborhood in the city.

Over time, all this made Andy bitter and resentful.

How would you advise Andy using Psalm 73? What would you say to Tony?

We often complain that something is “unfair.” What is the remedy for the “unfairness” or inequity of life? Does Psalm 73 suggest one?

All my best,

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Published by David B. Smith

Author, podcaster, pastor, and Big Pappa to my grandchildren.

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