Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his sons, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a robe of many colors.But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peacefully to him.
Genesis 37:3,4 ESV
Lately Kim and I have been watching a lot of reruns of Family Ties. Most sitcoms of this era are the same. There is some issue that may seem life-altering or devastating, but somehow it always gets solved in 30 minutes or less. Real life is not the same! Hurt and bitterness can linger for years and even generations. Joseph's great-grandfather (Abraham), grandfather (Isaac), and father (Jacob) were all guilty of favoritism amongst their children. This caused bitterness and brokenness that progressed through generations. Yet Joseph chose to set a new standard in his own family and loved his children just the same. Sometimes going after God's best will include doing things differently!