I love having friends who challenge me and push me to think deep thoughts that I haven’t pondered yet. For me, a good friend has plenty of conversation that leads me to Jesus. I like hearing what is happening in the hearts of others. Last week we got together with some really good friends of ours for dinner. Of course the conversation turned to Jesus and the lessons we were learning from Him.
We were discussing how some missions families were struggling financially and some were blessed. Our friend said, I think about it like this- we both have the same Father, right? Well if my Father chooses to bless my Brother, then I can rest assured that my Father will also take care of me. We don’t treat all our children the exact same way because they don’t need the exact same things. We take care of our children in the way that we feel is best for each one on an individual basis. If my Father is good to one of His Sons, then He will also be good to me because I’m his Son too. But His goodness will look different in my life from how it is revealed in my Brother’s life.
And it’s true. As parents we don’t treat all our kids the same way. When I was younger, my little sister was struggling with her weekly spelling tests. My Dad motivated her by promising to take her out for ice cream if she got 100% on a test. She studied hard each week to earn her weekly ice cream date with Dad, and I don’t think she ever missed another word again. I, on the other hand, would not have been so highly motivated by ice cream. I didn’t NEED ice cream to encourage me to study. Our Father didn’t love me any less or my sister any more. He just knew what each of us needed to become the best version of ourselves. This is how our Heavenly Father treats His children as well.
I’ve been thinking about that all week. Not that I had begrudged my Brother any of his blessings, but it changed my perspective about both blessings and trials. Both come from the hand of God and both are given to serve a purpose. I don’t always know God’s purposes for sending hardships, but neither do I know the purposes for blessings either. God does what He sees as best for me. I can rest assured that I lack nothing when God is my Father. I have all I need because He is watching over me and treating me as a unique, beloved daughter.
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