My Not-so-little Brother

May is the month of graduations. Even though I have been out of school for three years, I still think in terms of semesters. This May alone I have five graduations to attend but unfortunately I cannot attend them all. I am going to miss is my little brother’s high school graduation. I’m pretty sad about it, but he is sweet to understand.

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A couple weeks ago I was talking to Micah on the phone when he said something that got my attention. One thing you need to know about my little brother is that he loves to work out. He loves eating healthy and he’s usually in the gym for a couple of hours each day. In our conversation, he was telling me a story about how his friends were giving him a hard time for not making it to the gym one Wednesday night. He had church band practice before services and therefore had to skip his workout for the day. I was trying to find the words to tell him it’s okay and he’ll make up for the missed workout another day, but then he caught me off guard and explained his own thoughts on the issue. His words struck me. He said, “If I were to die today, I wouldn’t want to be known as the guy who worked out a lot and had a nice body. I would want to be known as the guy who made an eternal impact, loved people and cared about Jesus more than himself.”

Hearing those words from my little brother’s mouth left me speechless, not to mention proud. He gets it. Isn’t that what life’s all about anyway? So often we get caught up in silly things like missing one day at the gym that we forget about why we are here on this earth anyway. Take a look at Luke 12:15-21: (NIV)

15 “Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:15-21 (NIV)

The man in the parable cared more about his worldly possessions and material items than he did about storing up his treasures in heaven. I think if we look at our own lives, we are often guilty of this as well. The world judges us by stuff – how much money we have, how big of a house we own or what kind of car we drive. Jesus tells us to forget about worldly wealth and focus on becoming rich in God’s eyes.

The older I get the more I realize how fast time flies. It used to seem like it took forever for summer to get here, now I can’t believe it’s already May. I can’t say this was always the case, but each day that passes gives me more of a passion to make a difference, to make my days count, to do something more for Him. I care less and less about worldly matters and more about eternal glory. Life is too short to let it pass by.

“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” James 4:14 (NIV)

Like my little brother Micah, I don’t want to be buried in a grave with a tombstone that reads, “Award-winning photographer”. I want to leave an eternal mark on this earth, a mark that can only be measured by Him.

“The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” 1 John 2:17 (NIV)

I don’t know what my “mark” will be – I doubt I’ll be the next Lottie Moon or Beth Moore, but more and more my heart seeks to find what it is that He has called me to do with my precious time on earth.

Today I’m letting you in on a little of my heart, but I also want to tell you that the Lord also has a plan, purpose, and a calling, for you as well. Everyone’s calling looks different and yours probably won’t look the same as mine. I do know that the Lord has called each of us to something that will benefit His Kingdom in some way. For some, it may be raising your children and being an active church member. For others, it may be saving lives in an operating room and sharing the Gospel with their families. Whatever the case, seek Him. He will answer…in His timing. :)

My little brother is a true testament of one that has been transformed on the inside, and believe me, it shows on the outside. He has a love for Christ that shines when he enters the room (and somehow he’s still the most popular kid in school). He’s a great example to me as his big sister.

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I’m proud to call Micah my little brother, but after that phone conversation, I’m not so sure I can call him my little brother anymore. I can, however, post pictures like this: :)

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