Sunday, March 6, 2016
Entry from Wednesday, March 2
John 21:21-22
"Peter seeing [John] saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? 

"Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is it to thee? Follow thou me."

I've never read these scriptures through the lens of comparison before, but it is so clear to me now that Peter compared his mission (it was described in the preceding verses - Jesus called him to "Feed my sheep") to John's mission - or the lack thereof in that moment. Peter asked, "Wait. What about him? What about his work and roles compared to mine?"

The Savior taught him immediately and outright: "Your differences do not matter. Only one things is needful, and that is that you follow me. I am walking you down your path to heaven. You are both devoted disciples and your paths will converge at the finish. Till then, they will be different. So don't fruitlessly look around at him (or anyone else). Look up and 'follow thou me.'"

I couldn't love that more. Christ Himself is so aware that we get caught in comparison's trap, and He has provided the counsel and comfort to get out of it: stay focused on His plan for you. Just follow Him!
PS, I decided that the photo for these posts will be a snapshot of one of my study sessions from the week. Like that setup above (I recreated it after the fact. I'll be on my game from here on out :) ) -- I sat at the kitchen table one day with the girls, and they colored colored colored as I read and thought aloud. Actually, that is how I study about 5/7 days - with the girls right around me. Their coloring party was definitely novel to that day, though. Olivia's creation is on the left (note that brown man - Ryan!) and Claire's is on the right (baby scribbles!! Yesss)! 


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