These here spoons you keep with you. Any man loses his spoon spends a night in the box.
If you've been around children, you know they are prone to compare what they have with what others have, particularly their siblings. They are apt to scrutinize how they are treated in contrast with how a sibling or neighbor child is treated.
Sometimes we Christians do that as well.
We compare our lives, our ministries, our possessions, etc. with that of others, particularly with other Christians. We may not complain vocally, but there may be a lack of contentment that creeps in.
Years and years ago I came across this and found it really helpful. Finding it again today reminded me of God's loving discipline, which may at times manifest itself as extra prohibition that others don't seem to deal with.
I believe the title is Others May, You May Not and it may have been written by G. D. Watson (1845-1924).
If God has called you to be really like Jesus He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility. God's call will put such demands of obedience on you that you will not be able to follow other people, or measure yourself by other Christians. At times, He will let other people do things which He will not let you do.
Other Christians who seem very religious will push themselves, pull wires, and work schemes to carry out their plans. You cannot, and if you attempt it, you will meet with failure and rebuke from the Lord.
Others may boast of themselves, of their work, of their successes, but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such thing, and if you begin it, He will lead you to despise yourself and all your good works.
Others may be allowed to succeed in making money, or may have a legacy left to them, but it is likely God will keep you poor. God wants you to have something far better than gold, namely, a helpless dependence upon Him, that He may demonstrate His faithful love for you in supplying your needs day by day.
God may let others be honored and put forward, and keep you hidden in obscurity in order to produce some fragrant fruit for his coming glory which can only be produced in the shade. He may let others be great, but keep you small. He may let others do a work for Him and get the credit for it now. The reward for your work is held in the hands of Jesus, and you will not see it until He comes.
The Holy Spirit will put a strict watch over you with a jealous love. He will rebuke you for the little words and feelings or for wasting your time. So make up your mind that God is an infinite Sovereign, and has a right to do as He pleases with His own. He does not owe you an explanation of these mysteries. But if you give yourself to be His child, He will wrap you up in a jealous love, and give you the precious blessings for those who belong, heart and soul, to Him.
Settle it forever, then, that you are to deal directly with the Holy Spirit. It is His option to tie your tongue, or chain your hand, or close your eyes in ways that He does not seem to use with others. And when you are so possessed by the living God that your heart delights over this peculiar, personal, private, jealous guardianship and management of the Holy Spirit over your life, you will have found the vestibule of Heaven.
Sometimes it seems that everything you do is met with a night in the box. But God is not just a boss out to break you for sadistic enjoyment.
For the Christian, only for the Christian, this is evidence of His love in the form of discipline.
5And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?If you found Others May, You May Not applicable,
"My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
nor be weary when reproved by him.
6For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and chastises every son whom he receives."
7It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. -Hebrews 12:5-8 (ESV)
take comfort in His love.