Annually, thousands gather in Lexington, Kentucky to celebrate what Jane Wagner (a retired engineer) calls “The biggest closet hobby you’ll ever find.” The event, “BreyerFest”, is an annual convention for individuals who collect model horses. Collectors, typically adolescent girls from Middle America and their mothers, come from every state within the continental US and places like the UK and Austrailia. Part of Breyerfest is a live event in which judges officiate near 1,000 classes of model horses. Seemingly insignificant differences in paint job and condition separate the best from the rest. The competition is intense, with some individuals have been caught cheating. One woman enlisted her family in order to allow her to show three times as many models as she would be able to otherwise. (source, gizmodo.com)
We all have, whether consciously or unconsciously, compared ourselves to other people. When I was very young I wanted the toys my friends had. When I was in high school I wanted to be as attractive and popular as some of my peers. When I was in college the first time, I wanted the grades and success with the fairer sex that other students had. I am overjoyed to know that my God doesn’t place us all in classes and choose winners. 1 John 4:10 tells us, “This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” He loves us all, even at our worse, and sent his Son to die for us. God doesn’t pick us apart, exposing only our sins. He doesn’t choose favorites. Love others as God loves you and know that you don’t have to be the best model horse to be called his children.