It is with a heavy heart that I celebrate what would have been the 55th birthday of my big brother, James, who recently ascended into Heaven on 7/1/17. My brother was too young to die but I have to surrender to my faith and know that it was his time. As my sister, nephew and I began to prepare for his memorial, I realized that my brother made a positive impact in the lives of so many people. My brother was a man of few words but one thing that he always used to ask of himself and others is: "How can you be a blessing in the lives of others?" He made it his purpose to sow into the lives of those he came in contact with on a daily basis. He was a strong proponent of education and learning and spent countless hours reading and expanding his world one book at a time. My brother was DEEP! During our time as students at Tuskegee University, it would tickle me to watch him run circles around people who dared to converse with him on an intellectual level! They just didn't know what they were up against but they soon found out.
I miss my brother being a part of my life! That is why I cherish the good times that we had growing up. Even those times when I would get on his nerves which is when he would dare me to do something stupid just to see if I would do it or to get rid of me. Most of the time I would take him up on his dare because I wanted to show my big brother that I wasn't going to back down from a challenge. This didn't always work out in my favor which prompted my mother to tell me to "Stop following behind your brother!" Even though he thought that I was an annoying little sister at times...deep down inside I know that he was proud of me.
On this day, I celebrate and remember the fun times we shared as brother and sister and thank God for a brother who loved and protected me over the years. Most of all, I honor your legacy by fulfilling my life's purpose and in doing so, always striving to be a blessing in the lives of others.
I miss you my one and only brother and I will always love you!
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