Coming in second. It’s not what any of us want. We want to come in first. How many presidents can you name? How many runner ups can you name? How about silver metal winners at the Olympics? Exactly.
Well, here’s my beef: I love Nectarines. I think they get a bum deal. Peaches get all the glory: Peach cobbler, peach ice cream, peach yogurt, peach pie, peach parfait, the color peach, peaches and cream, canned peaches. Why don’t Nectarines get any credit?
I googled Nectarine and guess what? Peaches came up. Seriously? Nectarines come up under peaches! I researched their background. Nectarines are in the same family. Well laudy-da. Does that mean they are the ugly step sister? The don’t have a furry skin (which I like better), they are more orange, and they are a little smaller. Other than that, they are basically the same.
They bruise easier because they don’t have the furry skin. Is that why we don’t appreciate them? Because they bruise easier?
We all have important roles and callings whether we are first or farther down the line. Apple Computer was laughed at for years (decades) compared to Microsoft until one day when they came out with the ipod followed by the iphone and ipad. Who is more popular now?
Don’t judge yourself by how you think you rank next to someone else. You never know how God wants to use you.
1 Samuel 16 :11 So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have? ”“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.”
Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”
Genesis 25:26 After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob.
John 11:20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.
Genesis 37:5 Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.