There is much to learn by looking at the record of the relationship between Jonathan and David; the son of the king and the shepherd. The real hero of this relationship was Jonathan.
Despite Saul behaving poorly from the belief that David was a threat to his kingdom, the truth is that David wasn't a threat to Saul because Saul was already King. In truth, David was a threat to Jonathan, the king in waiting. Yet Jonathan responds to a victorious David returning from battle by giving David his royal robe and weapons. (1 Samuel 18:4)
This is a wonderful picture showing us that we aren't in competition with someone we are rooting for. We aren't threatened by someone we are celebrating. And this is why Jonathan was able to live with joy and peace as the people celebrated David. Jonathan didn't secure his identity to being the future king. He secured his identity to being who God said he was at that moment. And, at that moment, he was the son of the King. He was a servant of God. And he was David's friend.
Jonathan knew a truth that many of us forget. No man or woman is a threat to the purpose God has placed within you.
We don't have to measure ourselves against someone else because there is no comparison. Their purpose is unique. God doesn't create duplicates or extras. So stand firm in who you are and live free from comparison.
Mike and Daphne