Family bonds are some of the strongest many of us will experience.
Brothers and sisters, mothers and sons, husbands and wives, you name it. Families can be our greatest source of strength or one of our greatest challenges, sometimes both.
Today my younger, but not so little, brother is moving to Hawaii. It’s causing reflection and emotions I wasn’t expecting. It seems like just minutes ago we became friends. With 11 years separating us, it wasn’t until his college years — my recently divorced time — that we connected and began what I now cherish. My family is close; I am blessed for that.
So today I realize that good family ties are rare and strong. They cause you to grow and they keep you grounded. They give you the strength to punch fear in the face when the time is right. Fear is what keeps most of us from trying anything new. From writing that book, from moving to Hawaii, from taking the test, from being generous when the person looks different.
Fear isn’t what God intended for us. But making the most of today, is. He wants families, healthily and strong. He wants courage, in our actions and our words. He wants our connection to traverse across an ocean, a country or even down the street.
Selfishly, I’d love for my little brother to hang around for me to enjoy and do life with everyday. But I know that we will do life together in new and different ways . . . beginning today.
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