Life Lessons from my brother.

I am the oldest of three siblings. Sis is the baby and sandwiched in the middle is our brother, Dude. Dude is a great brother, he is protective. He is smart. He is driven and helpful.

Dude and I are 18 months apart. We went to the same high school. Were in the same Sunday school classes. We took the same CPR class in high school. When we’re little Dude and I was kinda inseparable. Dude has taught me a lot of lessons.

Lesson 1. The art of watching action movies.
Dude was the one who wanted to watch Jurassic Park when we were younger, and he watched it so I watched it. This started a long tradition of watching action movies. As I got older he and I had a rule. If you have seen it more than once, this was fair game for the other to start to tear it apart.

Lesson 2. The planet and its resources are important.
Dude is a huge lover of animals. From when he could read, he would read every animal book he could get his hands on. He then became a walking encyclopedia of animal facts. Dinosaurs, birds, reptiles, mammals, insects. Dude loves them all. Steve Irwin and Jeff Corwin are his heroes. Dude’s drive to save the animals of the planet bled into my love for animals. Everything I know about animals is because Dude told me when I was younger. Dude is very aware of the Animals and natural resources that need to be protective.

Lesson 3. Sometimes it is better to have a partner in crime.
Dude and I got in trouble but usually for things we did separately. However, there were times when we did stupid things together and then got in trouble together. And most of the time it involved teasing sis. I remember our trip to Disney World as a family. One day we were at Epcot and Dude and I watched this person dressed as coral. This person would stand very still and as the small children and oblivious adults walk over to this figure and get squirted by the camouflaged squirt gun. Sis came around the corner and yelled over to us. Well being good older siblings we dared Sis to go over and touch the coral thing. We laughed as Sis walked forward and told us it was a statue. Sis got squirted and bolted back toward Mother and Papa Bear. Dude and I looked at each other and realized that our master plan backfired because we lost Sis. Mother came out of the pavilion and began to scold us for scaring Sis and Papa Bear heard the whole story. Laughed with us and decided that we didn’t get in trouble.

Lesson 4. It ’s good to laugh.
Dude has a unique ability to make people laugh. I can remember often during a hard time, Dude would say something and we would laugh. Even if I sad or upset, Dude would make the situation funny. Okay, remember the CPR class I mentioned. Well, Dude and I had to take CPR and we ended up taking together. Well, we were learning about the Heimlich maneuver. And the teacher said switch partners. I had to do the Heimlich maneuver. on my crush at the time. I was mortified. After the class, we came home and as soon as we were in the door, Dude announced to my parents that Danie had to hug her crush. My parents were concerned but Dude told the story and we laughed.

Lesson 5. Keep trusting God.
Dude’s faith is resilient. Dude prays for things and keeps trusting God when they don’t happen. He is pretty easy going and just waits for God to provide what he needs. Dude’s faith has shown me even the hardest times that it just as simple as trusting God. Just keep trusting God. Dude’s faith is much like Job’s faith consistent and never-ending. In fact, the verse I share this week is Dude’s favorite chapter.

Dude is one of my best friends and life would have been boring without Dude.

Do you have someone that you have learned something from???

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Job 41.
[a]“Can you pull in Leviathan with a fishhook
or tie down its tongue with a rope?
2 Can you put a cord through its nose
or pierce its jaw with a hook?
3 Will it keep begging you for mercy?
Will it speak to you with gentle words?
4 Will it make an agreement with you
for you to take it as your slave for life?
5 Can you make a pet of it like a bird
or put it on a leash for the young women in your house?
6 Will traders barter for it?
Will they divide it up among the merchants?
7 Can you fill its hide with harpoons
or its head with fishing spears?
8 If you lay a hand on it,
you will remember the struggle and never do it again!
9 Any hope of subduing it is false;
the mere sight of it is overpowering.
10 No one is fierce enough to rouse it.
Who then is able to stand against me?
11 Who has a claim against me that I must pay?
Everything under heaven belongs to me.
12 “I will not fail to speak of Leviathan’s limbs,
its strength, and its graceful form.
13 Who can strip off its outer coat?
Who can penetrate its double coat of armor[b]?
14 Who dares open the doors of its mouth,
ringed about with fearsome teeth?
15 Its back has[c] rows of shields
tightly sealed together;
16 each is so close to the next
that no air can pass between.
17 They are joined fast to one another;
they cling together and cannot be parted.
18 Its snorting throws out flashes of light;
its eyes are like the rays of dawn.
19 Flames stream from its mouth;
sparks of fire shoot out.
20 Smoke pours from its nostrils
as from a boiling pot over burning reeds.
21 Its breath sets coals ablaze,
and flames dart from its mouth.
22 Strength resides in its neck;
dismay goes before it.
23 The folds of its flesh are tightly joined;
they are firm and immovable.
24 Its chest is hard as rock,
hard as a lower millstone.
25 When it rises up, the mighty are terrified;
they retreat before its thrashing.
26 The sword that reaches it has no effect,
nor does the spear or the dart or the javelin.
27 Iron it treats like straw
and bronze like rotten wood.
28 Arrows do not make it flee;
slingstones are like chaff to it.
29 A club seems to it but a piece of straw;
it laughs at the rattling of the lance.
30 Its undersides are jagged potsherds,
leaving a trail in the mud like a threshing sledge.
31 It makes the depths churn like a boiling caldron
and stirs up the sea like a pot of ointment.
32 It leaves a glistening wake behind it;
one would think the deep had white hair.
33 Nothing on earth is its equal—
a creature without fear.
34 It looks down on all that are haughty;
it is king over all that are proud.”

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