We’ve all heard the question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Well, let’s go wayyyy back and see where it all started. In Genesis 4, there’s a story about two brothers – Cain and Abel. Cain, the farmer, was the older brother of Able, the shepherd. They both offered The Lord a sacrifice but only Abel’s was accepted. Feeling rejected, Cain let jealousy take over and killed his brother Abel. The Lord asked Cain, “Where is your brother?” and he replied, “I don’t know! Am I my brother’s keeper?”
So the phrase says, “my brother’s keeper” but my question is what about sisters? We as women tend to give so much of ourselves daily in so many ways that we need to be kept too! So who’s going to keep us? Well let me say I want to be one of your keepers 🙂 and I hope you’ll pay it forward!
How often has someone asked you, “How are you doing?” and you respond, “fine”, when in reality you aren’t? Is fine our default response because we fear being vulnerable, even with the people that genuinely care for us?
Well, that’s what being a “Sister Keeper” is all about. It’s about supporting each other as we release fear and allow ourselves to be vulnerable. Being vulnerable isn’t a bad thing, and it definitely doesn’t make you weak. Instead, it makes you strong – strong enough to acknowledge you can’t do life by yourself. 9 times out of 10 you’re experiencing something someone else has already walked through. But how would you know this if you walk alone?
Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” See, we’re called to encourage, uplift, and strengthen one another. There’s strength in numbers. Don’t you want to be strong? I know I do.
Another way to look at it is we are one in Christ. Romans 12:5 says, “…so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.” Now, think about your physical body. When parts of your body lose strength, they aren’t as effective and can eventually stop working. The same is true when looking at it in a spiritual sense. When one sister isn’t at her best, none of us are either. It’s our obligation to look out for one another especially because it affects us all.
Here’s a challenge for you: The next time you feel alone, weak, scared, embarrassed, not good enough, unqualified, unloved, or anything else that doesn’t line up with the word of God, be vulnerable and reach out to your sisters. And when one of your sisters crosses your mind, reach out and encourage her. I’ve realized when people cross your mind, it’s God’s way of saying, “Check on my child”. We can read all day about who God says we are, but sometimes we just need to hear it. Not just from any ol’ body but someone who genuinely cares about us.
Remember, you have many circles that need your influence. So encourage, encourage, and encourage. Start giving out random compliments, affirmations, smiles, hugs, and definitely a listening ear. Don’t be like Cain and let jealousy creep in and kill your sister. Instead, visualize the impact we could make on the world one sister at a time. When you encourage others, everyone wins – Including you! Now, which of your sisters will you keep this week?