I kind of know what my brother did and my sister does for work . . . well . . . kind of.
My brother worked for a government agency, first as an electrical engineer and then in charge of the computer operations for the Western US (if not more. As you see, my knowledge is already sketchy.) I heard the words “Data Center” a lot and “pulling wires” (maybe . . . might have that one wrong) and a host of other computer terms that I had no clue about.
My sister works for a national company with international clients. She is the Art Director and their head graphic designer. She uses terms like Pantone and 3-D printers and a plethora of other art and computer terms.
Both she and my brother are Project Managers and can talk to each other. My eyes glaze over after one sentence.
I was an English teacher. Pretty straight forward. But I did feel a bit empowered when my sister asked my mom if I used words like “verisimilitude.” When she found out I did, I felt I had earned a bit of street cred.
I say this because until we had to move my mother, I really hadn’t fully appreciated the talents and abilities my siblings brought to the table. They immediately put their Project Management Skills to work, their ability to sell things on various social media platforms, and their past experience.
Having been a school administrator, I, too, had organizational skills, but was extremely thankful for what they were able to do.
I was also very grateful for my other sibling, my sister, Jamie, who has Downs. Though she was not able to assist in the move at all, she provided a much needed buffer and respite. When you spend time with Jamie, you realize that the simple things in life are indeed the most important and that while you sometimes have to deal with the chaos life throws at you, God also provides a place of rest.
This has been a very good reminder to me to appreciate those others in the body of Christ whom I might not fully understand their gifts or contributions. It also convicted me of not thinking some aren’t contributing in a meaningful way just because I don’t see them doing anything. Perhaps they, like Jamie, are providing a place of peace.