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[Jesus] said to [Peter], “Follow me.”
- John 21:19 (NRSV)
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.
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