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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 and we see one of those shortcomings as we now turn to the storyline of Joseph in Genesis 37.

Israel had sons with several wives, but he didn't love all of his sons to the same degree. Verse 3 tells us that Israel loved Joseph, the son of his favored wife Rebekah, more than his other sons. And his special love and favoritism were evident (making 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, 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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God loves us all equally, there is no preferential treatment. I remember this and understand that our ways are not Gods way and am thankful for that.

Parenting has been such a learning experience for me. I can't take the credit, only God can, for the harmony between my children. As for me, jealousy, can be a temptation, but as John the Baptist said, "He must increase, I must decrease."

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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