When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.
Showing favoritism, especially within a family, is a guaranteed recipe for disaster.
As my son and daughter are growing up, I do everything I can to ensure I treat them equally. From attempting to spend even one-on-one time with each to spending the same amount of money for their birthday and Christmas gifts, I try. I really do.
I even count the number of items in their Christmas stockings. Heaven forbid, one receive an extra trinket stuffed inside! A chorus of "It's not fair!" would surely arise from the slighted party.
Despite my good intentions and best efforts, however, I don't always succeed.
Particularly, when it comes to daughter, Sarah. Who, by the age of two, thinks she should be allowed to do the same things five-year-old brother, Daniel, does.
And, gets as angry and ornery as a stirred up yellow jacket when I tell her "no".
What a handful!
Tears. Pouting. Stomping her foot.
So jealous of her brother.
So mad at me.
Until I suggest we engage in a fun activity together. Baking cookies. Playing her favorite board game. Taking a walk in the woods.
Tears dry. Her sweet smile returns.
She gives me a hug.
"It's still not fair," she says.
Have you experienced favoritism in your life? How did it make you feel?
Will you pray with me?
We are so grateful, Father, that you don't play favorites, that you love all of us, Your children, just the same. Help us to love others as You love us and to treat others as we would like to be treated. Amen.
Psalms 41, 52 or 44
1 Corinthians 1:1-19
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