Among the Class of 2020 high school graduates across the nation are my nephew — Jacob Davis, Russellville High School — and niece — Taylor Mitchell, Rock Hill (S.C.) High School.
Jacob and Taylor both have younger siblings who are watching them receive endless accolades at the moment.
Special events, messages and cards, monetary and other gifts, lots and lots of photos — and the graduation ceremony itself — captured everyone’s attention during the month of June.
And through it all, the younger siblings shared in the joy and celebration. They weren’t jealous or upset about the lack of attention they received. They understand they are important too, but for this moment, the focus shifts to the graduates in the family.
Watching them roll with everything so well made me think about how the same thing happens when a family member is suffering in some way.
During those times, we may pour most of our effort into the family member needing attention, and that sometimes means other family members receive less attention. But when these seasons happen, it doesn’t mean the remaining family members are any less valuable. It only means a particular family member needs focused attention at that moment.
Could this concept also apply in the national conversation about racial and biblical justice?