Am I My Brother's Keeper?
By againsttheoddz on February 23, 2014
I have always had a difficult time with helping my brother who is 7 years younger. We grew up in a broken home, we don't share the same father and my mother always showed him favor. So I was jealous about a lot of things growing up. I always felt that he had it easier and was given more.
With that being said, we are both adults now. We live very different lifestyles. He currently has a little girl and has a son on the way. He is not married nor does he have any plans on getting married. As you may know I have an 8 year old son and I'm married.
Our mother is retired and no longer lives in the area but did when my son was born and refused to provide childcare for me when I returned to work. Not that she was required to but it would have helped if she had.
I eventually quit my job after paying daycare for several years. I carried a lot of resentment over this ordeal. So now, that my brother has children, I wanted to get back at him for his easy favorable life. I had decided I wasn't going to help him with childcare. I wanted him to struggle just as I had. I wanted him to feel what it was like to have no support system. I wasn't going to take on his burden.
I have been a christian for 9 years. Some of you may know that it's easy to "read" the Word but it's totally different when it comes to putting it to "action" in our daily life. The Lord has been dealing with me about showing "love" to others. I'm now spiritually aware that it's one of His commandments, not just physically aware. I've had a change of heart. I plan to do whatever I can to make my brothers life easier. I thought we had no support but what I found out, was our support system was better. Jesus was our support system! What can be greater than that! Although the last 9 years have been difficult our faith has grown tremendously. That would not have happened, without a little bit of hardship along the way.
"Am I My Brother's Keeper?" Yes....How can I turn my back on him when he has a need? Surely the Lord said "If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?" 1 John 3:17