Serial Reading of Young People’s Problems Chapter 24 – Your Little Brother

Serial Reading of Young People’s Problems

Chapter 24 – Your Little Brother

If J.R. Miller’s comments are not already very practical to your thinking, than what follows will prove to be!

“Many young people have younger brothers, little brothers sometimes, in their home. In every such case, there is a responsibility which is not always recognized. If older brothers and sisters knew the influence they have over their little brothers, it would make them very thoughtful.”

“It is no doubt true, that older brothers and sisters are divinely appointed guardians for younger children. The story of Miriam and little Moses is one of the most charming stories of the Bible. While the baby lay in the ark among the bulrushes, by the water’s edge, the young girl with quick ear and keen eye stood not far away — near enough to see all that went on, and to be of instant help in case of danger.”

“In many a home, older sisters have played the role of Miriam to perfection.” As such it is “worthwhile to call the attention of older brothers and sisters to the little brother at home, who needs guidance, encouragement, and stimulus. Far more than you know, he watches you, and is influenced by your every movement. He will be impressed much more also, by what you do and what you are — than by any teaching he may receive from you.”

“It is important that you know just how to make the most of your influence over him. You cannot do it by perpetually nagging at him; nagging is one of the most mischievous vices of the home-life. It is all the worse, because it is practiced in the name of piety and virtue. The best you can do for him is first of all to be good yourself.”

I am so tempted to just print all Pastor Miller’s comments here. But space does not allow; you must go to the full text to learn from his wisdom regarding the importance of daily “influence,” establishing a “close and trusting friendship,” the need for “respectfulness” and “patience.”

“Never laugh at him. Do not hurry his development: it is like trying to hasten the opening of a flower; only harm can be done by such a process.”

He speaks to “answering his questions” patiently. We see here a good lesson as to what it means to communicate at eye level: “If your own heart is right, and if you keep yourself in the spirit of childhood, you will be able to lead him in safe ways. The goal is to turn him to noble things in disposition, in conduct, in character, thus quietly inspiring in him the desire to fill his own life with such worthy things.”

“There is a great responsibility in having a little brother. He is always around, and you cannot get out of his sight. He has keen eyes too, and sees all that you do. Your influence over him will be almost unbounded; you must see to it that this influence is pure and wholesome in every way.”

“The older brother [or sister] must answer for [their] little brother; [they] are his keeper. [They] must make [themselves] worthy of his sacred trust.”

Here again I’m reminded of the axiom that we cannot lead another any further then we have gone ourselves. Oh that we may all be truly “worthy to be a friend of Christ’s little ones” in our TEAM2work goal of instilling a godly Christian Character!

Find the full text on Grace Gems at: http://gracegems.org/Miller/young_peoples_problems.htm

Chapter 25 – The Blessing of Work

(to be continued)

— Joe LoGiudice, Principal