Last week two little brothers, neighbors aged 5 and 6, rang my doorbell. They stop by several times a month for a wrapped chocolate from the dish on my coffee table. Then they’re off to settle on my kitchen stools for cookies, milk, and a chat.
This day one of them, full of pride, opened the conversation with, “Linda, I’m better than my brother.” The other brother sat silent, a little sad. I answered, “Well, God doesn’t play favorites. He knows you both as very, very good.” With that they sat up straight, smiling as we went on to other topics.
Comparisons are great when deciding what produce to buy; awful when overlooking or not respecting another’s strengths.
Thomas Jefferson, one of our Founding Fathers and author of the Declaration of Independence, was so well versed in scripture that he published The Jefferson Bible. I wonder if he had come across this passage from the book of Ecclesiates: “All things come alike to all.” It’s a good spring board for the tenor of the document. For me it means celebrating freedom is not only being free to live the best in myself but also highlighting the good in all I meet.