September 17, 2008

“Now Isaac loved Esau, because he had a taste for game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.” – Genesis 25:28

“Mom always liked you best!” declared Tom during a performance of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, a television show that aired in the late 60’s. As proof of this charge, Tom would remind his brother that when their mother gave Dick a pet puppy, all Tom got was “a lousy chicken.”

Parental favoritism exacerbates sibling rivalries with a sense of jealousy and resentment. And it is true that God does choose to bless some in different ways from other siblings. Some children will have more gifts than others. Some may have more wealth. Some may have a greater intellect. Some may have more athletic ability. And some may have a special calling in the kingdom of God. That’s a part of life.

So as parents, what do we do about this? Most importantly, as earthly parents, we are called to be fair to our children, while accepting the fact that God is going to choose to bless certain children in ways He doesn’t bless other children. Regardless of special blessings, know that every child is important to God and loved by Him. He has called on us to recognize that each child is a unique creation of God and to fairly reflect the love from their Heavenly Father.