Have I told you about my sister?
It seems the fact I have a sister has been little known in recent times. Whether people just ignore my social media posts, never look at the “About” page, or just don’t think to ask, some people just didn’t know I had a sister. I thought I could take a moment to tell you about her.
My sister is one of the most incredible people I have ever met. By the grace of God I was raised in a family full of world changers that each deserve their own spotlight (which I may do in the future), but I felt the need to turn that light onto her name recently.
I have a sister named Jessica Lynn Carney. She is older than me by a little more than 2 years, but shorter than me by a lot more than 2 inches. What she lacks in height, she makes up for in attitude (and strength). I feel I’m a little scrappy myself, but I know she could take me on any given day and I feel confident she’d crush the majority of my friends as well. Even though she could crush me, she can control it (sometimes). I remember once when I was little I had hit her in the face because she accidentally poked me in the eye. I’m sure it took everything in her to not punch back, but I’m glad she didn’t because I didn’t want two black eyes.
Jessica is also beautiful, which is why I had to develop my strength. No matter how old we get, I always have some stupid guy make comments to me about my sister. I don’t know when that is ever appropriate, but there is always truth behind what they say. She’s a knockout, and she can knock you out.
What amazes me about my sister though is that her strength and beauty go much deeper than what you see. She is tough, and she has gone through some difficult times in her young life that made her that way. But if you get past the tough skin and into the inner circle of her life you will see another side of her that will shake the foundations of everything you know.
Jessica is, was, and forever will be the truest form of the term “World Changer.” When I think of a W.A.G.O.H. (Woman After God’s Own Heart), I think of her. She is hungry, never getting enough of the Word of God. She is bold, never afraid to share about her beliefs and her relationship with Jesus Christ. She never quits, no matter how many times she is knocked down.
And man, let me tell you what can rock your world about her, and if you know her you’ll agree. She is a prayer WARRIOR, through and through. When this girl taps into that vein with the Holy Spirit she makes the sun stand still like Joshua. She parts the Red Sea like Moses. She can slay a giant like David and breathe life into dry bones like Ezekiel. I truly believe that. I know the bible gives us all the power and authority to do so, so I’m not doubting that myself or you cannot do the same. I just know she makes things move.
My biggest regret, I have not told her this enough. I feel as a brother I have failed in sharing with her and others how much I believe in her, how much I love her, and how I would do anything for her if she needed it. In the past I had allowed myself to focus on the things that upset me, the things she had done or had not done, and other small things that distracted me from who I know her to be. I wanted to take a minute of my day to magnify what I know to be true and introduce her to you.
Matthew 7 says, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged… How can you say to your brother (in my case sister), ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?”
My plank was blocking my vision. Don’t let it block yours.
To those of you that know her, say amen.
To those of you that don’t, you may want to meet her.
To my sister, I love you. Please forgive me, and stay true to who God has called you to be. You can move mountains, so MOVE.
Guy who needs eye surgery.