Every November, I use the space here on Everyday Truth to provide you with a family devotional to get your family focused on their blessings. Join me here every day for a new installment of the devotional. It’s a great way to get your family focused on Thanksgiving before the mad rush to Christmas. You can find the the days you've missed here and any printables here, then follow along with me all month to learn about being thankful for the people in your family’s life. Pin it, share it, tweet it, invite your friends to join you. It’s going to be a great month.
Brothers and sisters. We love them, but sometimes we don't like them very much. Sometimes our brothers and sisters get on our nerves. They take our stuff. They pick on us. They bother us when we have friends over.
But the truth is that as much as our brothers and sisters can annoy us, they are some of the few people in this world who will also stick up for us and love us no matter what. Brothers and sisters are actually a wonderful gift. Think of all the fun stuff you've ever done with your brother or sister. Think about the laughter you've shared and the times your sibling has encouraged you when you were down. When we really stop to think about it, most of us are going to find that our brothers and sisters really do make our lives better.
I think God gives us brothers and sisters so we learn how to work together with others, so we learn how to share, and so we don't have to feel alone. Siblings give us the opportunity to live out the words of Romans 12:18, "If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone." But siblings also make life easier. Scary moments are easier to get through when there's someone there to walk beside us. Jokes are funnier when we can share them with someone else. Tough problems are easier to solve when we have someone to help us think them through.
And that's why we should be thankful for our brothers and sisters. Because they are a gift from God. As hard as it is to remember sometimes, our brothers and sisters are a gift. They should be the person who has our back when things go wrong, the person who will stick up for us and help us out when times are tough. No matter how much they like to pick on us, when it's important, our brothers and sisters will be there for us.
Action step: Take turns telling your brothers and sisters the things that you like about them. You can do this out loud or everyone can write it down. You can use the free printable "Why I'm Thankful for You" cards (click on the picture). Use this time to remind yourself why you like to spend time with your siblings. Pray together as a family, thanking God for each person in your family. One way to do this is to have everyone thank God for the person on their left. Then, find one way to show your sibling your thankful for him or her today. You could do their chore. You could leave them a little note. You could make them a gift. You could give up the TV remote so they can watch their favorite show. Choose what works for you, but find a way to honor your siblings today.