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FFC2023 - Blog - October 30

"See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are."

- 1 John 3:1

When my kids were little, my wife and I occasionally took them out for ice cream cones. Sometimes, we'd drive to McDonald's or Dairy Queen, order the cones in a drive-thru, and then pass them back, one by one, to our four children, all sitting eagerly in the back of our minivan.

Sitting in the far back, the two eldest kids usually got their cones first. The middle waited in their car seats while delicious ice cream cones passed right over them. As you can imagine, that didn't go over very well - especially with the youngest.

As they watched ice cream cones fly over their head, their facial expressions changed to confusion, sadness, and sometimes fiery anger. They would cry, yell, and pound their little hands on the car seat like a tiny Mussolini, thinking that we somehow overlooked them or were showing gross favoritism.

We would try to comfort them, saying sweet things like, "Don't cry. We'd never forget about you! Your cone will be here soon!" Every single time, they got her ice cream cone soon after; they just had to wait a few more seconds. 

Not surprisingly, the more times this happened, the less the little one cried. They slowly learned they could depend on us; that while one child might receive their blessing a little earlier than another, all of our children would - in time - receive the blessing. We have no favorites at our house. 

Sometimes, seeing our Father blessing those around us is frustrating, while we seem to go overlooked. Feelings of confusion, sadness, and - yes - maybe even anger can follow. It's tempting in those moments to think that God somehow missed us, that he's forgotten us. Please don't believe it. 

Child of God: Your Father gives good gifts to all of his children, but their form and arrival time aren't always the same (Matthew 7:11; Ephesians 4:8; James 1:17). When your sister or brother in the Lord seems to be receiving some special treatment, remember a few things.

First, remember that you've already received his greatest gift, Jesus Christ, your Lord and Savior (2 Corinthians 9:15). Out of the darkness of our fallen world, God shined the light of his Son into your heart that you might become his beloved child forever (2 Corinthians 4:6; 1 John 3:1).

Second, remember that God never forgets or neglects one of his kids (Matthew 18:12-14; John 18:9; Hebrews 13:5; Psalm 37:25). Your Father watches over all and overlooks none. You might need to wait your turn, but your turn is coming.

Finally, remember that God's gifts are uniquely suited for his glorious purposes in you and through you (Romans 8:38). You are a unique person with a special calling. Therefore, the form and arrival of your Father's gifts are also uniquely suited to you. 

There is much more we could say on this, and - by God's grace - someday we will! 

Have a great week.