[Jesus] said to [Peter], “Follow me.”
In today’s reading we find Jesus talking to Peter after Peter
has denied him. Jesus tries to help him focus on his own life.
However, Peter instantly asks about another disciple and what
might happen to him.
At times I act like Peter. I look at others’ lives and begin
comparing my life to theirs. Why has God allowed them
such good fortune and not me? Why don’t I have a husband,
children, a nice house, or a certain job? But when I start comparing, I become frustrated and dissatisfied with my life.
Jesus’ answer to me is the same as it was to Peter: “What is
that to you? You must follow me.” Jesus knows I can become
distracted by looking at others’ lives. All he wants from me is
to focus on what he has called me to do.
We all have unique
abilities and talents that
God can use. No two of us
are completely the same.
Even if God does not give us
something we want, we can
trust that God’s plans for us are always good. When we accept
the life God has given us and live it well, we can be content.
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, thank you for loving us. We are
yours. Help us to live life in ways that glorify you. Amen.
Melissa Wilson (Kansas)
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE STRUGGLING
TO FIND CONTENTMENT
— John 21: 19 (NRSV)
Thought for the Day
God always wants the
best for me.