Hooray! It’s is Monday once more, and I am privileged to leave you all with the awesome short story written by our good friend Zach. I hope that you continue to reap many a blessing from the thought provoking content found in his tale; however, if you have not been with us through the whole series, then you may find the first and second parts here and here. Enjoy!
Every step I landed my confidence reverberated. Thomas escorted me to the set and I sat down on the bigger of the two couches. Rachel smiled on the opposite couch. Behind the camera looking at Rachel and me, Thomas gave instructions to his crew. Bright lights temporarily blinded me. This was it. After quickly checking my microphone, a prompter screen in the distance started counting down from ten. You could hear a pin drop as the screen displayed the number five. I took a deep breath.
“Welcome to today’s special broadcast of Diamond in the Rough, I’m your host Rachel Brown and I’d like to introduce you to Kyle Hawkins. It’s great to have you with us, Kyle,” Rachel started with an optimistic professionalism.
“Oh, it is such a privilege to be here; thanks for having me.”
“If you don’t know Kyle already, he is a part of a ministry called All the King’s Men which is passionate about making the Word of God a priority in the lives of families across the nation,” Rachel smoothly advertised. “The National Biblical Broadcasting studio is proud to partner with All the King’s Men. Would you mind sharing a little about your family’s ministry and how you are involved?”
“Sure.” I answered, “As you said, All the King’s Men is passionate about getting the Word into the hands of families, namely fathers. At the ministry, we work to provide Dad the resources he needs to lead and disciple his family in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Recently, we released a very doable Bible study that comes in various levels but tracks together so the entire family can be on the same page in Scripture regardless of their ages. Anyhow, I have been blessed with a job working close to my father. Over the four years that I have been involved, it is amazing to see all the ways God is working through us.” I finished, nodding.
“For more information about All the King’s Men or to order resources for your family, visit www.swordstudy.org. You can also find a link on our website.” Rachel proceeded, “Alright, today’s episode of Diamond in the Rough is all about the brother, sister relationship. We’ll share stories and advice for young ladies’ encouragement and for their edification. With that in mind, Kyle…tell us a little bit about your sisters.”
“Well, I have two sisters; both are younger than me.” I stated, “Grace is eleven and Ann is thirteen. To begin, I’d like to say how much I love my sisters! My love doesn’t always reflect Christ’s love but it is very strong nevertheless. My sisters were placed in my life by God and preparing for this interview, I realized there are many ways I treasure that placement.”
Rachel smirked, knowing my lack of preparation. I glanced at her and shared my commitment.
“By no means is my relationship with my sisters perfect and, as I thought of things I could share here, God shed some light on ways that I could improve. I ask that those watching would know that I am committed to becoming a better brother to my sisters. In whatever situation, I have decided to place my sisters before me, becoming a servant who does whatever it takes to assist their growth and success. Unconditional love will be my goal from this point forward, regardless of their actions. God has shown me that without these commitments, relationships quickly wither into dysfunctional, broken acquaintances.”
An awkward silence fell on the conversation. Rachel looked a little puzzled by my openness. Breaking the lull on the set, she tried to move the interview along.
“It’s good to know you are committed to loving your sisters in a Christ-like way,” she said with a bit of amazement still lingering in her voice. “How do your sisters best show love to you?” she asked again, this time in front of live cameras.
“You know, this question took me a while but I would say Ann comes to mind when I think of how my sisters show their love for me. When Ann and I start a good conversation, it’s then that I feel best loved. You see, I’m a talker! I love to chat with anyone and everyone, but especially Ann. She best shows her love for me when she listen to what God is doing in my life and considers my instruction as worthy of following. She honors me when she is teachable even though normally she is a very independent person.”
“Earlier, you discussed your commitment to exhibit a servant-like attitude. How do your sisters best serve you?” Rachel questioned.
“Oh,” I blurted, “Grace comes to mind instantly when I think of how my sisters serve me. She has such a beautiful serving heart! Whenever she sees an unspoken need, you can always count on her to jump up to complete the task. What amazes me is how joyful she remains throughout the chore. Not to mention, how often she does more than is required of her. She is an incredible testimony of Christ’s servant heart.” I finished.
“Awesome!” Rachel exclaimed while nodding.
I had yet to hear her say something so unrefined.
“As a Christian and a brother, how would you say you feel most supported by your sisters in your various roles?” she continued.
“I would say this question dovetails nicely with Grace’s testimony. Grace watches me and my actions. She seems to really value my example and many times, follow that example. I must admit, following my example is not always a good thing to do, but it at least shows me that my faithfulness to God’s calling doesn’t go unnoticed. She is always quick to forgive, which helps revive my passion to be a man and a better Christian.” I answered, nodding at Rachel to display my sincerity.
Some of my answers could have been rephrased but I figured God would work through my faulty sentence structure.
“Growing in the Lord each day, you have probably noticed things your sisters do that help you to prepare for the future. Would you mind sharing some of these things?”
“Definitely!” I agreed, “Ann is the best illustration for this question. You see, she has a tender heart and her emotions are easily touched. To be honest, she gives me a glimpse into the heart of a women, set-up as a distributor of God’s caring attributes.”
Rachel raised an eyebrow, not sure how to take my explanation.
“When I say something to Ann, good or bad, she is likely to hold on to those words. This characteristic is something that helps me to be cautious of what I say. She always teaches me how I can become a source of strength through her emotional struggles. As unpleasant as the situations are, when I allow her to cry on my shoulder, it prepares me for future relationships.” I stopped there, concerned about how that could be interpreted.