Brotherly Loath

We all have a propensity to be younger brother-ish in the way we approach responsibility, sometimes.

But other times, we have a different problem when it comes to responsibility. 

We tend towards being over-responsible. 

We want to live up to and even exceed every expectation put on us. We never want to disappoint others and are perpetually looking to please those who we look up to. We play by “the rules” and never step out of line. 

We’re dutiful and obedient to a fault. 

But here’s the thing. 

Eventually we start keeping score about our responsibility. 

And if it looks like they’re getting ahead and we aren’t? 

Well…a tiny, tiny seed of envy and resentment starts to sprout. But even the tiniest seed can grow into a field of bitterness.   

Before long, all we see are the ways we’ve stepped up and they haven’t. 

And before we know it, we’re lost in self-imposed exile of bitterness, just like the elder brother did in today’s scripture passage.

Aaron Engler

Born and raised in rural Minnesota, Aaron studied finance at the University of Minnesota and then worked as a banker before attending Gordon-Conwell. Prior to planting Highrock North Shore in 2012, Aaron served on staff at Highrock Arlington since 2007, where he served as the Pastor to Young Adults.

He's devoted to his wife Ariel, a native of the North Shore, and their daughter, Elsie. Aaron gets passionate about teaching God's story of redemption, seeing sold out followers of Jesus, University of MN College Hockey, and celebrating the life God has given to us, His people. Aaron is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator.