I am the oldest of four girls. If you are a sibling, a female, and you have a sister then you know you are probably very different from your sister. I have met a few sisters who have said "we are just alike" but those are few and far between. We love each other and would do anything for each other but we are very different. I have often questioned how could the same two parents have four daughters that would have such different personalities. I'm very much an extrovert, never met a stranger and have been told that I can talk the green off a blade of grass and I'm very non-confrontational. Jennifer, next in age to me is a hard worker, loves to have fun and loves her family unconditionally. We both love to read. Melissa is a self described control freak, very straight to the point. She doesn't beat around the bush, and doesn't candy coat anything. If you don't want to hear the truth, don't ask Melissa. Now...Mary is the youngest and is very quiet, private and direct. If you want to talk to Mary, call her. She probably won't be calling you unless she needs to know something. In our sister world, we are pretty sure that Mary is perfect and has never done anything wrong, ever! No kidding...Really! She is the baby after all.
I'm so thankful for each one of my sisters. They have made life interesting to say the least. Like most families we have some crazy stories that we could tell. We have fought like cats and dogs but when the day is done we would do anything for each other. That's what families are for. You don't have to see eye to eye or agree on everything. Thanksgiving dinner's would really be boring if that were true. Right? God's Word doesn't require us to agree. However, God does tell us to love one another, to bear one another's burdens, to encourage one another and build each other up. Shouldn't we start with our own family? If we can't follow these simple guidelines with our own brothers and sisters how can we encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ?
As I was listening to the radio yesterday, I heard a lady call in and tell the story about her family. She and her sister had an argument and she had blamed her father for not standing up for her. She had not spoken with her sister and father for several months and had just received a call that her father had suddenly died. So much regret, sadness, unresolved issues of life.
Don't let this happen in your life. Do you have someone in your life that you need turn the other cheek with? To apologize to? Are you the one that needs to make things right? Sometimes we can't even remember what we were upset about in the first place. Take time to clear up those unresolved issues. Life is too short to carry regret.
Until we meet again, Fifi