Why do bad things happen to good people? And if God’s good, why does evil exist at all?

Good questions.

But often lopsided.

Or, perhaps just, too soon.

Because often the shoe—the second one—doesn’t drop for quite a while afterwards. Focusing on the why too much too soon can often get us stuck.

Mike Edens, a guy who’s taught me a lot, said it this way:

“God used the grinding stones of life to smooth out the rough edges.”

There’s much, much more in it for us when we follow in spite of the whys.

P.S. I interviewed Mike in my new podcast recently. We talked about his 27 years with the IMB, being a strategist, and issues with discipleship. Listen to it here.


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