KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | February 2014

A Greater Love Than This

By Melissa Bradshaw

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 15:13)

I always feel so happy when I see siblings getting along. There are so many things that can cause annoyances in families—such as people living closely together or wanting to do their own thing when perhaps it might disrupt someone else.

 Living in a family requires patience, self-sacrifice, time and certainly a lot of love. If you have brothers and/or sisters, how well do you get along with them? Do they ever try your patience? Do you ever try theirs?

I recently saw a heartwarming story about two siblings—a brother and a sister—who get along like best friends.

Trenton is 12, and he loves his sister, Lindsay. Lindsay was born with “spinal muscular atrophy,” a rare disease that affects very few people.

As a result of her condition, Lindsay wasn’t able to crawl as a baby and she couldn’t learn to walk. Since the age of two, she has been confined to a wheelchair. And yet, she and her brother have lots of fun, and they enjoy each other’s company.

Trenton says, “Just because she is different, that doesn’t mean she doesn’t fit in.” He has noticed how some people stare at Lindsay, probably because it isn’t especially common to see a young girl in a wheelchair.

Trenton knows that just because Lindsay needs to be in a wheelchair, that doesn’t mean she isn’t a normal person. Trenton adds, “My whole life would probably be different if she didn’t have this disease.”

Every year, Trenton participates in a 5K run in support of his sister. The event raises money for children like Lindsay, to help find a cure so they might be able to walk. Trenton does a lot of other things to help his sister, and they spend a lot of time together.

Lindsay is thankful that her brother cares for her so much. While a lot of brothers and sisters bicker and fight and argue, Lindsay says it is easier to go through life with a brother like Trenton.

With tears in his eyes, Trenton said, “She is the center of my life—I would do anything for her. She is my best friend. My life would be nothing without her.”

Hebrews 2:11 tells us that Jesus is not ashamed to call us His brothers or sisters. We have a disease—the disease of sin. Just like Lindsay is the center of Trenton’s life, we are the center of Jesus’ life. He loves us so much that He went to the cross and died for us.

Having a big brother like Jesus will make our journey through life easier. Jesus wants you to be with Him for eternity. If you haven’t already done so, why don’t you give Him your life today?


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