And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel's left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel's right hand and brought them near unto him.
Genesis 48: 13
Today we talked about fairness in my preteen Sunday School Class. Joseph’s story seems so unfair, and I struggle a lot with it. He had every reason to be bitter. By the time he met his brothers again, his life had turned out well. But he had a very difficult road until he got there and lots of reasons to let bitterness take root. He also had lots of reasons to not forgive his brothers. They cost him precious time with his father. And that’s a mouthful right there, losing precious time with the Father because of the plans of the enemy.
Joseph, however, was not bitter. He chose to do what many of us who have been through heart ache (which is all of us) will not choose. He chose to dwell on the good in his life. How do I know that? For starters, he forgave and helped his brothers. But it was also in the name he gave his children. Manasseh’s name reminded him that God helped him to forget all that he had gone through, and Ephraim’s name reminded him that he was fruitful. How many times a day do you say your child’s name? ALL DAY LONG! Instead of dwelling on how had been wronged, Joseph spent his days proclaiming how God had helped him forget his painful past and made him fruitful in the strange land he was now in. What you think about and what you say matter!