My biggest fear about living so from home was that my siblings wouldn’t know me. That they would know about me but not who I am. I wanted to be actively involved in their lives, not a spectator. Especially with David. I had read a lot about how a sister can impact her brothers and I wanted to spur David towards Christ. I loved letting him know he needed to protect me and save me from bad guys. I loved when he would put his arms around me and tell me I was his baby. I loved when he would hold the door open for me. And I loved encouraging him to be a godly man for Christ.
In our Sunday School class here we have been talking about what it means to be a true woman of God. One of the lessons hit me. We talked about how we can encourage all young men in our lives toward godliness. We should so reflect Christ that they are encouraged to be godly men. Our meek and quiet spirit can spur them to be the biblical leaders the world needs.
I also just read a chapter in a book about that! (Amazing, how God works!) It was about demonstrating respect towards our brothers and also being interested in their interests. The book talks about how girls always complain about the lack of godly young men but at the same time they are tearing down the manliness of their brothers.
All this hit me because I felt I couldn’t do that. I live five hours from my brother. It never occurred to me that it could be done anyway, in the way I treat him when I call and skype. Do I listen to him, even though I can’t understand a word he says over the phone? I’ve made it a habit to encourage him every time I talk to him. Usually this comes in the form of my telling him he’s my hero. David loves super heroes- Spiderman, Superman, Batman. He’s knows they save people and he runs around in his super hero costumes all the time. I want him to know that I admire his bravery- against imaginary villains, snakes, and Caroline-monsters. (Okay, I might have to rethink that predicament.)
I’ve also realized that I need to be doing this with my sisters. I need to encourage them to live as godly young ladies. Also, I want to encourage them to see David as a young man and not an annoying little brother.
I’m learning to be more encouraging with everyone I know, especially my family.