Do you have a favorite candy? For the most part, I have seasonal favorites. I love the Cadbury mini eggs at Easter, the peanut butter taffies at Halloween, and the peppermint taffies or jelly bellies at Christmas. Year-round, I love the pink starbursts. So much so that I will by-pass the other colors to just eat the pink ones…I especially despise yellow ones. Seriously, who likes the yellow ones that taste like I imagine pledge would taste?!?!?
**I should take a moment to publicly issue a very heartfelt thank you to whichever executive made the decision to sell totally pink starburst bags!!! Huge win for me. Huge.
If people were like candy, then I just admitted that there are favorites all year round, that there are seasonal favorites…and there are pledge smelling ones that are the least favorite. You are probably able to name people in your life who fall into each of those categories. I think we all can come up with some names for each of the lists.
Interestingly enough, God only has pink starburst favorites as His children. He doesn’t even acknowledge the categories of seasonal or least favorite. He loves us all equally and with abandon. While He may hate our sinful decisions, He loves us completely, as though we were His year-round favorite candy.
In 1 Corinthians 11:1 (NASB) Paul wrote, “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.”
If we are striving to be like Christ, then we should be practicing loving and accepting like Christ. And if Christ has no favorites or least favorites, then we should be practicing not having favorites.
Which brings me to the yellow starburst people in my life. I throw yellow starbursts in the garbage. If I’m being honest, the yellow starburst people in my life get less than my 100% attention, love, or prayers. While I don’t throw them in the trash, I don’t treat them the same as my favorite people. In the model of Jesus, what I’m doing with those interpersonal interactions is not fair…and it’s not right.
Clearly, I have some work to do, if I want to be more Christ-like in my interactions with others!
In the next week, I’m going to challenge myself to treat everyone around me as though they are my year-round favorite. I want to see them as Christ sees them. Perhaps, you can join me with this challenge and tell us on the Iron Porch how it’s going for you!