In an effort to emphasize the season of Thanksgiving, I encourage you to celebrate it all through the month of November. Earlier I explained my 21 Days of Giving Thanks challenge, which you can read about here. Today let’s give thanks for the people we are tempted to love and hate all at the same time.
Day 7 – Give Thanks for Siblings
Where you do fall on the totem pole? Are you the oldest, the commander-in-chief? Maybe you are a middle child, the quiet, sneaky type. Or are you the spoiled youngest child, the priveleged one (I’m guilty as charged!)? You may be an only child, so your “siblings” aren’t so much those in your immediate family as they may be cousins or special friends in your life who became like a brother or sister.
What can we say about siblings- you can’t live with them, you can’t live without them. We all would probably agree life would have been so much less exciting if it weren’t for our siblings. Sadly, though, many sibling relationships turn sour. Sibling rivalries divide households. We turn the focus on ourselves when it really should be about loving family. And the people we know best we take for granted the most.
Perhaps one of the greatest indications of our love for God and others is the way we treat people who by the facts of life are stuck in relation to us. For the Christian, our siblings are made in the image of God, specially crafted by him to have a significant place in our lives. (Genesis 1:27) They are precious in God’s eyes. Is that how you view them?
Challenge: Take time to thank God for placing the miracle of a sibling in your life; plan to call your sibling(s) this Thanksgiving to let them know you appreciate them!