SHE is her brother's keeper
My brother is probably not going to like that I wrote a blog about him that I will share with the public…but I guess I’ll apologize later. Or...I’ll just do it now behind the safety screen of cyberspace and a few hundred miles. SORRY J!
The truth is, I love being his older sister. At the age of 6, I went from being the youngest child , which meant I pretty much had the next 20 years set to reap the benefits of being spoiled rotten. Low and behold, I got outranked by this kid I now call my younger brother. Surprisingly, I fell into my new role as big sis pretty easily, from what I remember (my parents may have a different version though). I tested out changing diapers. Didn’t like that. Memorized his favorite books because he made us read them to him over and over. That wasn’t so bad. And I got to order him around the house. Now that was my favorite.
Through the years our relationship has changed as we matured and left the house. 21 years later, I’ve added high school graduations, annual sibling trips, and countless moments on the phone cracking up over inside jokes and our shared dry humor. Hands down, being his sister has been the greatest job promotion I’ve ever experienced.
As he’s entered adulthood, I have gotten to witness him go through similar growing pains. First semester in college, moving into his first apartment, and now planning his life after graduation. Every single opportunity I’ve had has made me realize the value of the trials that I experienced when I was his age, and the purpose they now serve.
In my own life, I’ve really seen God’s faithfulness in areas of my life that I didn’t think I would experience a breakthrough. Every single testimony has strengthened my faith and served as a reminder when doubt and hopelessness rear its ugly head. I remember what God has done in my life and how He has never failed. Not even once. But over the last couple of years, the moments that have really taken my breath away weren’t always breakthroughs He’s made in my life but in my brother’s.
Truthfully, I can struggle at times to put other people’s needs ahead of mine...and I doubt that I’m alone in that. But one person that I know stays on my prayer list through good and tough times is my brother. Through those prayers God has showcased His glory and power in unimaginable ways through changes in his life that have encouraged me at times more than my own personal victories.
“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”
The power of interceding for another person is such a powerful experience because you get to influence another person’s life without even having to live it. Even when I’ve had to say, “Lord, please don’t let me look silly,” I speak confident promises over him that God has made and watch as God keeps His Word (literally) to me and my brother. Being an older sister comes with several perks, but the greatest part of my job description is watching my brother grow in his manhood to be the person that God has created him to be...even if that means I can no longer boss him around.
Who in your life can you -or- do you intercede in prayer for?
How have you seen your results of prayers for others encourage you in your faith?