You either have been or knew someone that was “the teacher’s pet”.
They even made a movie about it once upon a time. Favorite, we all want to be one. We all have one, not just teacher’s.
In the Bible, “pets” or favorites, caused many problems. Genesis 25 relates what happens when parents play favorites as did Isaac and Rebekah. In Matthew 20 we read of a mother in verse 21 that says, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.” She wanted her sons given favor over the others.
“Pets”, favorites, going to the same people over and over. The teacher does it, the parent does it, the employer does it, the choir director, the pastor, the ….. EVERYONE. We all have favorites. Sometimes when we repeatedly go to the same people we bypass more deserving people, hurting them; and we shortcut God’s ministry by not giving Him the opportunity to bless through others.
We all can set aside our preferences and allow God to use everyone He will. As a parent, you can bless your children by going to the one “least likely”. Even if you have only one child, you can set aside yourself or spouse by allowing God to use them. Tap into the strength of others, not your usual “go to” people. That may be a child, a student, an employee, someone in your church. Do not ignore the “inkling” to ask someone to do something by thinking through it and convincing yourself you could do it better, or someone else could do it better. God loves to use those we deem weaker vessels, perfect for the job in His eyes.
Validate others, even if you could do it better yourself. You may be surprised to find the result far exceeds anything that could have resulted from you or others. Moses was called out as a leader (Exodus 4) and asked for Aaron’s help doubting what God could do in him, the weak vessel. How often do we shortcut God and make a hindrance to His work.
Today, if God gives you the opportunity, let Him take someone you view ordinary and make them extraordinary.