Monday, August 13, 2012

Favorite Children


Monday Musings on This ‘N That

When you were a youngster did you think your parents had a favorite child?

Do you have a favorite among your own children?


What a question for any parent! I don’t know of a Mom or Dad who would admit to having a favorite child, even if they secretly did. Some kids feel their parents have a favorite because of the way the parents treat children differently. Kids think they can know which sibling gets the most toys, the best bike, the most attention for their achievements.


Some think a favorite child is definitely a “spoiled” child. It seems some parents may lean toward one or the other of their children at times. But being spoiled/favorite and know it sometimes causes a child to be arrogant, at times a bully, and at best a pest to the other kids in the family.

I am an only child so I have no problem with any of the above. No, as an only child I found myself in constant presence of adults, especially in the evenings. But I had dozens of cousins. Yes, dozens: my daddy came from a family of eleven children and my mother had four siblings. Having all those cousins helped me to learn how to socialize with my peers. I’ve known some “onlies” who can’t because an only never has the opportunity within their own home to learn social skills with their peers.

Back to parents having favorites: in the Bible, Romans 2:11 tells us that God doesn’t have favorites among His children. What God will do for one of His children, He will do for all of them. The differences in our experiences with God are in direct relation to our faith in Him: the closer we get to Him, the more of Him we get. God does not desert His children, but sometimes His children do stray away from Him. Thank God that He is always pleased when a straying child returns to Him.

Therefore, we can hold to the truth that God has no favorite child.


For God does not show favoritism.”

Romans 2:11, NIV


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