Playing Favorites – Powered by 4 – January 13

Monday, January 13

Playing Favorites

Today’s reading: Genesis 37:1-4

As wise and good a man as Jacob (Israel) had developed into, he wasn’t perfect. Just like you and me, he had his shortcomings. We see one of those shortcomings as we turn to the storyline of Joseph in Genesis 37.

Israel had sons with several wives, and while he loved his sons, he didn’t love them all to the same degree. Genesis 37:3 tells us that Israel loved Joseph, the son of his favored wife Rebekah, more than his other sons. And his favoritism was evident, such as when he made Joseph a special multi-colored robe. As you can imagine, Joseph’s preferential treatment didn’t sit well with his brothers. In fact, it caused them to hate him.

What do these few verses reveal about the dangers of playing favorites—as a parent, teacher, leader, or boss? How do you deal with and what helps you control feelings of anger and/or jealousy when you aren’t treated the same as someone else? Tami

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