Not What I Deserved

Am I the only one who feels like I don’t get what I deserve?

I showed up for a speaking gig this morning with a totally negative attitude.

We spoke at a church last evening. The conversation afterward was great, but it lasted longer than I planned. I got to bed too late to be excited about speaking to a 6:30 am breakfast group.

Plus, it was a really small audience. And they didn’t have the technology setup I needed for my presentation. And I’m so busy with last-minute preparations for my bike ride. And I didn’t want to miss my training ride.

As I drove into the parking lot, I hoped nobody would show up so I could go home.

Like I said, I showed up with a terrible attitude.

And we enjoyed a terrific conversation. We sat around a table and I shared my dream. They totally got it. They understood the heart behind the project. They were engaged and encouraging. They asked meaningful questions and offered some great ideas.

I left feeling energized and inspired.

That’s not how it’s supposed to work. I’m supposed to be the guy with the inspirational message, the guy who talks about hope and courage. I’m supposed to energize them!

I didn’t deserve the outcome I received. My crummy attitude should have earned me a terrible experience. If my audience had known my thoughts, they would’ve tossed me out.

Life really isn’t fair. So many times I don’t get what I rightfully deserve.

I’m grateful for that.

When have you been grateful that life didn’t give you what you deserve?

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Copyright 2010 by Rich Dixon, All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.

Rich is an author and speaker. He is the author of:

Relentless Grace: God’s Invitation To Give Hope Another Chance. Visit his web site

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