What’s Become Important to Me–
You’ve heard someone say that there are times when a chapter
in the Bible speaks differently to them? This happened to me recently when I
read Hebrews 13. First, it helps to be “in” the Bible regularly as part of my spiritual
food for living in this world. But whether I pick up the Bible (or my cell
phone) for the first time or for the four-hundredth time, there IS something
there for me. Second, my life situation, the roles I play in this moment act
like a filter for reading and understanding the Bible.
This is what I mean:
since I’m a grandmother now and very conscious of the aging process, I read
Hebrews 13 with the eyes of “age,” and so I saw, in this chapter, the voice of
an elder passing on his philosophy of living to the next generation. I could
see myself, saying goodbye to my children and grandchildren, leaving them a concise
GPS-style road map for living their lives to please God. The good-bye message
begins with love.
Super Sisters and Brothers
▪ verse 1 – the chapter kicks off without an introduction, the “car” is in motion, “foot on the gas”
Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. ▪ This first statement
grabbed me immediately. I had just watched the movie Shazam! with our girls at
their house. In the movie, there is a foster family of which the main character
Billy Batson becomes a part. When he receives his super-powers, the littlest
sister finds out. Since she has expressed her desire to be the best sister in
the world, she keeps Billy ’s secret. In the climax of the movie, she shares in
his super-powers and demonstrates that she really is a “super-sister.” As the movie ended, I was overtaken with a
strong desire to be a super-sister. So, you see my immediate connection to that
first verse of Hebrews 13. Love like you’re the best sister in the world.
I admit that so much of my life, I have lived for myself.
It’s been my goals, my wants, my purchases, my agenda, my schedule that rules
each day. Sure, I say I am asking God to direct my steps, but in terms of the
family members I live with and the women I work with. I am mostly thinking of the
journey I am on. I don’t like this about myself. It’s the curse of being
first-born or the type-A personality. I want to change that. I want to be like
that “super-sister” in the movie. My role as sister to my real sister, to my husband,
to my son and his family, to my girls, my colleagues and the women at
church—their needs must be my Number One priority.
We feel invisible when we serve others. Sometimes it feels
like we become a “non-person.” But being in this role of supportive sibling is
also a peaceful, safe place where “ego” is in the back seat or in the trunk for
that matter, and we enjoy the road from the passenger seat with the role of
encouraging navigator. We let our sister or brother drive!
Bottom line? Love your INSiDERS, the people in your circle as you would you own family.