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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Favoritism (02/28/05)

TITLE: The Middle Child Syndrome
By Mitzi Busby
03/06/05


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There once was a little boy names Luke, the middle child. Luke was not the oldest child with the leadership qualities and bossy attitude. He was not the youngest child in the family who was always cute and could do no wrong. Even at the age of seven, Luke had much stress and trouble. He could do nothing right at home, leading him to feel like his every action was analyzed under a microscope. The boy felt like he never measured up. At school, he felt like he was the object of everyone’s ridicule.

Luke had recently won a school contest which opened him up to the jealousy of his classmates. Taylor would ask the class to raise their hands if they “hated Luke.” In order to fit in with the crowd, every hand would go up. For several weeks, Luke felt bullied. He was not able to sleep at night and suffered great pain in his stomach. He began to chew on his shirt collar in his nervousness.

Luke tried praying at bedtime, hoping this would aid in going to sleep and having happy dreams. Still, he would spend the night awake or dozing in and out after a bad dream. He tried playing a praise DVD to quiet him after a day of being bullied. This music calmed his spirit and allowed sweet peaceful sleep. No longer was Luke defensive at the teasing of his peers. He was able to ignore the bullies and keep things in perspective. Luke learned a deeper trust of God through his trials.

If his Father in heaven knows how many grains of sand are on the beach, he will care for Luke. God knows how many hairs are upon our heads. Before we were born, He knew us. He knit us together in our mother’s wombs. Each of us is so very important to the Father. If we go to heights of the dawn, or sail to the depths of the sea, even there His hand will guide us and hold us steadfastly.

If the Father feeds the sparrows, surely He can care for our needs. As a Father, He gives good gifts to every child. There are no favorites and no partiality. He loved us when we were unloveable. Each of us holds a unique place in His heart. We are of utmost value to the Father.


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Phyllis Inniss 03/07/05
To his peers Luke seemed favoured, but he knew otherwise. God who fed the sparrow would nurture him as well. He need not be afraid.
Lynne Gaunt03/08/05
Oh, my heart is breaking for poor Luke. I'm so glad he turned to God for comfort, that is such a faith-building exercise.

I think this is a great story. I would have loved to "hear" what Luke and the other kids were saying in some dialog. It would have helped to put me in the scene. Just a thought.

God bless!
donna robinson03/09/05
I think what struck me the most was that Luke felt he was not equal in his own family. And yet, the parents taught him God's love the same way they taught all their children. In this way, Luke was equal in the most important way of all. God made sure he had a way to deal with the disappointments.
Suzanne R03/09/05
Poor little Luke. But what a grown-up little fellow in his coping mechanisms rather than just going to behavioural responses to the stresses in his young life. Thanks.
Nancy Hardy03/12/05
What a wonderful example Luke can be to us all. You've done well! - Nancy
Joyce Poet03/19/05
Oh, I LOVE Luke! :::smile::: God may not play favorites, but His "favor" obviously rests on Luke. I'm human though, and I'm partial to Luke... and most other "middle" children. hehe... That's because I can relate! Seriously though, it is good to know that God loves us individually just as much as He loves anyone. Very well done!