Paige's Pages started a series called GIVE. Here's the link to her post: GIVE SERIES | 01
This series is to encourage people to give; to make a difference in the world. Today, I'm going to be joining her. I want to encourage you to GIVE towards your siblings' lives.
Giving doesn't necessarily mean giving physical things. It can mean your time, or you effort. Even just a listening ear. Imagine how big of a difference you can make on your siblings' lives if you try hard. Let's take a look at 3 reasons why you should make more of an effort to "give" to your siblings.
1. If you are really trying to make a good relationship with each of your siblings, they can become your best friends. Talk to them (even if they're much younger), ask them their opinions, ask about things they're working on, just talk to them. And later, when they're upset, or just need to talk to someone, they'll know they can come to you.
2. You can really make a difference in their life. Do fun things with them occasionally, be their friend. And if they look up to you, (even if it's in the form of copy-catting) that can be used for good. Set a good example. Don't ever have an attitude. Younger siblings will see that, and later, have one themselves, thinking it makes them seem older. Give them a good example to copy, show them that having love and patience makes you mature.
3. God tells us to. God said to love your neighbor as yourself. Not just to treat them well, but to love them as much as we love ourselves. We all have various things we want to accomplish, and we can do these things sometimes. But we must make time for our siblings. They won't live with us for ever. Seize this opportunity to give them as much love as you can, as much fun memories as you can, and as much good advice as you can.
Next time you're sitting on the couch, doing something you want, and your little sister or brother comes to you, asking for your help, show them love. Help them. Sacrifice by giving your time and effort to them. And in giving to them, you are giving to God.
Here's a good book to check out! I read it a few years ago, and now am re-reading it with two of my sisters.