When I was a toddler, my mother took me to visit a neighbor. The woman offered me a banana, and—as all moms do—Mom prompted me with, “What do you say, Kim?” I said, “Can my daddy have one, too?” That wasn’t exactly the response Mother was expecting, but the neighbor got a laugh out of it.
Most of the time we want to be treated fairly. If one person is rewarded, we want our reward, too. We don’t understand when others receive good things—recovery from an illness, a healthy marriage relationship, a better-paying job, special recognition—and we’re overlooked. Peter had just been told he would suffer much for his dedication to Jesus, and Peter wanted to know whether John would have to suffer, too. It probably didn’t seem fair to him to be singled out for hardship. Comparing ourselves to others rarely results in anything beneficial. We each have our own paths to follow, and we each have a testimony to share. When I become more concerned about what God is doing in someone else’s life than focusing on how I’m using my life to serve Him, I have a problem.
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus; look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”