Monday, August 25, 2008

Playing Favorites

I admit it, I like being the favorite. In High School I had teachers that let me slip by with things that other students wouldn't have gotten away with because I was one of the favorites. I have a wonderful set of grandparents, who I connect with really well, and my sister has accused me of being a favorite of theirs. At work my employers like me. I don't consider myself a brown noser I just think I am naturally charming and lovable. I am sure my husband agrees :o) But, at the ripe old age of 28 I find myself in a situation where I am not a favorite. Probably not even in the top 10.

At first it really bugged me. I wanted that coveted number one spot... not for myself you see, but for my amazingly intelligent, handsome, wonderful husband and son. I could not see how our beautiful family could not be one of your favorites. (Perhaps you are sensing my humongous ego that only adds to my desirable qualities! lol) However, now I think I am coming to terms with it. You can't please everyone all of the time, right? I also am realizing how guilty I am of playing favorites. I don't want to, but I just can't help it. If humanity could be favorite-less magazines, television and movie programs would go bellies up.

I am also realizing that just because I am not the favorite or you are not one of my favorites, it doesn't mean that a person is not well liked. It just means that we haven't connected as well as others. I do have a best friend, Rachel. I do think Boden is the most wonderful child in the universe (This is an absolute - if you doubt, look at the pictures again :o) ). I love Norse more than I love anyone. And I have countless other favorites. Favorite person to go have coffee with, favorite youth group alumni, favorite in-law, favorite grandparents, favorite spiritual parents... the list goes on. All this to say, boy am I glad that God doesn't play favorites. Maybe it is because even though we are probably someones favorite - without Christ we are sinners - Isaiah 64.6 We are all infected and impure with sin. When we proudly display our righteous deeds, we find they are but filthy rags. and with Christ we are blemish free - 2Cr 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! - in the sight of our father. What a blessing to know that! I don't have to compete, because he takes us as we are. No need to try for His number one spot because he only has one spot. My father loves me and I love him. I am His favorite and so are you. He'd leave them all to seek you out.

Mat 18:12 "If a shepherd has one hundred sheep, and one wanders away and is lost, what will he do? Won't he leave the ninety-nine others and go out into the hills to search for the lost one?
Mat 18:13 And if he finds it, he will surely rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that didn't wander away!
Mat 18:14 In the same way, it is not my heavenly Father's will that even one of these little ones should perish.

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