Which One Is Your Favorite Child?

So, those of you who have children, which one is your favorite?

Wow! What a loaded question…and a ridiculous one. Obviously asked by someone like me who has a single child, one who by default will always be my favorite without regard to any of her wonderful qualities or even of her less desirable ones.

But I do have eyes and ears, and I’m apt to have my favorites among the offspring of families who have multiple kids. Maybe it’s because one always speaks pleasantly to me whereas another doesn’t seem to notice me, even when I speak to him. Or maybe one has a talent I especially admire and enjoy, but the abilities of her siblings don’t t hold any special interest to me.

Maybe I even prefer one child over another because she’s safely made it through the worst part of adolescence and the other kids are either still just children or younger teens I’d be willing to loan the parents a cage for.  And I’ll admit it: a cute kid warms my heart more easily than an average-looking one.

I don’t see anything wrong with my having preferences among other people’s kids. The important thing is I recognize that most parents either don’t like one of their own kids better than another or wouldn’t admit it even under oath.

Believe it or not, I CAN relate to that fact. Especially if I change the question to this:

Roger, of the books and songs you’ve written, which is your favorite?

Hmm. My favorite of the over two hundred songs I’ve written during the last fifty-some years?  And the favorite of my twelve novels, four of which have been or are about to be published?

Wait! Those are my children you’re talking about! How can you expect me to have a favorite? Each one was my favorite–or at least the most important one–at the time of its “birth.”

Sure, I keep a separate binder of the songs I don’t have any interest in anymore but don’t want to forget about totally. And several of my novel manuscripts just don’t seem to be what publishers are currently looking for; so I can pretend to forget about them.

But they’re still my children. All of them.

My wife knits and crochets.  A friend makes the most amazing things out of wood. Could they name the one project they would be willing to label their absolute, all-time favorite? I seriously doubt it.

And what about you? If you have a creative skill, would you be able to say that one particular creation was not just your favorite, but will probably always be your favorite? How about leaving a comment?

Oh, and I promised last week to give the answer this week about what those little gadgets I was writing about are called:

Plastic Toggle Spring Stop Single Hole String Cord Locks

At least that’s what some of the ones on Amazon were called. My wife and I were shopping at Hobby Lobby yesterday and found a package of them totally unexpectedly. And the package was labeled more simply:  Cord Stop Plastic. What a hoot!

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Roger

God’s Favorite Person

Have you ever wondered who God’s favorite person is? I mean, surely He must like some people better than others, and who would have a stronger case for saying this person or that person is the most outstanding person He ever created?

Look at Dr. Billy Graham. Mother Teresa. Any number of the Catholic saints that even Protestants and Evangelicals recognize as outstanding Christians. Or go even further back. What about one of the disciples? The Bible says that John was Jesus’s best earthly friend. Wouldn’t God the Father feel the same way?

Or one of the apostles who took Christianity to the world? Saul who became Paul after his conversion would seem a likely candidate, one made all the more likable because he boasted of his human weaknesses and his strength in Christ.

I learned an interested bit of theology from a Ted Dekker book I found on sale one time. If I recall correctly, however, it wasn’t one of his supernatural best sellers.

In that book, a discussion arose about who God’s favorite person was. And the suggested answer puts all of the suggestions above to shame. Or at least makes them seem irrelevant.

I’m God’s favorite person. So are you. So is your next-door neighbor and each of the poor starving children living on the other side of the world. God loves us all equally. That makes sense to me.

But the idea that God loves us equally has a horrifying corollary. He loved Hitler and Stalin just as much as He loves you and me. How unfair is that? Those men were horrible. They murdered millions of innocent people. How could He possibly love them–and love them as much as He loves me?

Let’s bring it a little closer to home, though. Those two men–and many others like them–are long dead and gone.

But what about the person who’s competing with you for a promotion? Or the one who criticizes everything you do and makes your life miserable? On and on the list could go.

Hmm.

Loving us equally doesn’t mean God approves of anyone’s unrighteousness–and every single human being is unrighteous because Adam and Eve misused free will to sin, and that introduced death into the picture from that time forward.

I believe God wants to give each of us an equal chance at redemption–at becoming His approved children through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ, and the sacrifice He made to keep God from holding our sins–our unrighteousness–against us.

Do you believe that? Have you accepted God’s gift of eternal life, along with a life that’s far more meaningful than a non-believer can imagine?

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