Hello Friends and Family!
I do not often appear on or visit this blog, but I thought that in the midst of a busy schedule I would drop you all a note. For some time now I have been unable to enjoy the companionship and friendship of my family. I have been engaged in earning my degree as an RN as I am sure most of you know. However, in the midst of all of this whirlwind and daily grind, I have learned an important lesson that I would like to share with you all. Simply put the lesson is this – relationships matter. Take time to establish good relationships with your siblings. Yes, I know they are your relations, but they are also the people with whom you spend the most time, and those from whom you will never get away indefinitely. Just as Iron sharpens Iron, so does a positive relationship with your siblings encourage and build you up. Just because I am not home half the time and when I am home unavailable, does not excuse me from fulfilling my duty and my God-given responsibility to my siblings. I am there to be an example to them. What kind of example am I? Does my life say to them “You do not matter, all that matters is me are the things that I am interested in” ? What kind of image does that give them of family; of brothers and sisters? Certainly not a positive one. I know that this message has been given many times before by passionate, sincere people, but I would ask you to take time to reconsider this issue, and to form strong relationships with your siblings.
As I am writing this Proverbs 17:17 comes to mind “A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.” A friend is nice to have around, and a true friend is one who loves you, who values your opinion, and considers your best interest. But a brother, or perhaps a sister is born for adversity. The crucible of life that God designed has knit you together with a special bond, one that brings you close together in times of trouble. Friends come and go, but a sibling is always there. They are there when it matters the most. This is even more true if you have endeavored to cultivate that relationship that God has given to you. Put the time and effort into those relationships now, when it matters most. Please do not wait until tomorrow, or next week, or when you get around to it. We are not guaranteed a certain length of life, life is short, and time is precious. My prayer is that as you invest in these relationships, that your siblings would begin to see a clearer picture of Christ through you.
Joshua David Meggs
Please note: the verse listed above does not indicate that brothers are born for trouble, of their own making ;) Just a thought.