I’m getting a baby brother in September! Isn’t that awesome?
My day gets a little brighter each time I think of this precious, perfect little person who is a part of my family. Every human life is important and full of potential. There’s just something about babies though. Can you think of anything more innocent than a baby? Untouched by the evils of the world, seeing only opportunity, full of trust—babies are the purest of vessels.
I’m sounding like the narrator of a documentary…moving on.
So I’m getting a new baby brother and it has me thinking: What role do I play in his life? Because I don’t believe that the normal, stereotypical roles of big and little siblings are okay.
There’s a big age difference between us—twenty-three years—but that doesn’t matter. We can still have a good relationship.
In an attempt to mimic self-help gurus, I’ve come up with an acronym of sibling to describe the role I hope to play in my little brother’s life (don’t all barf at once):
Supportive at all times
Interested in his life and hobbies
Believer in his dreams
Loving through the good and bad
Invested in his future
Gracious to forgive his mistakes
Maybe you’re an awesome role model and need few reminders to stay on track. But I find myself needing to be reminded of all the little eyes who are watching me. It’s often the people in our inner circles who suffer the most when we struggle.
This conversation is not meant to be a reprimand but an encouragement.
Think about where you’re falling short and make some improvements. Think about where you’re excelling and take notes. Because someone is following in your footsteps.
My question for you today is simple.
Who’s watching you?