Josiah was up early with his Daddy skyping me this morning. He was sitting on his lap looking completely adorable. I got a cool wave. :)
I just love seeing pictures of my boys together. I know what it means. It's special. My big boy, Max, will be leading his little brothers ~in both word and deed. He'll be loving them by playing with swords and guns, cars and trucks. He'll be speaking God's Word to them as he admonishes them to walk in God's ways. He'll try to keep them out of all his 'cool stuff' unsuccessfully and learn what it means to *bear all things* and believe the best about others~ always hoping. As the friction of little boy vs. big boy wears on each of them, they will become smooth and the rough edges will disappear. They will perfect each other and teach one another the true meaning of love ~according to God's truths. They'll have to let go of self seeking and self preservation for the good of their brother.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Max, may you walk in such a way as to bring honor to our God being worthy to be called Big Brother. Little eyes are watching you, son. They see your strengths~ you need not boast. The also see your weaknesses~ so don't try to hide them. Instead, work in the power of Christ to show His might through those weaknesses. Learn to be faithful in the little things, ahem~the little people~ and, well, you know the rest. Don't you Max?
10 "Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else's property, who will give you property of your own?