For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her Mother, and a daughter-in-law against her Mother-in-law, and a man’s enemies will be those of his own household. (Matthew 10:35-36) I can relate to these verses all to well and testify that the scriptures are indeed true because everybody can relate to family drama including myself, and it all started from the very beginning with Cain and Abel, Esau and Jacob, Moses, Aaron, and Miriam, Joseph and his brothers and etc. I was born into the world innocent not having the knowledge of good or evil, nor did I have the privilege to tell God how I wanted to look or be. Matter of fact, God never given any human the privilege to tell him anything of that nature but I was just born, and absolutely beautiful from birth and my parents loved me dearly Especially my dad because I am his only daughter and was born on his birthday. I have a sister who is five years older than I am and we share the same Mother but not the same Dad. Ten years after I was born, my youngest brother came along and him and I both share the same Mom and Dad but while I was growing up, I was hated so much by my sister and for years I never understood why because out of the three of us I was the worse; I went to the Youth Detention Center at the age of 15, I went to Charter Winds Hospital at the age of 16, I was raped at 17, I was rebellious, promiscous, and went to prison at the age of 23. We was poor, living in the projects, and because my sister was much older than I was, she was able to get a job and provide for herself buying herself nice things such as clothes while I went to school in rags because I really didn’t have any clothes to wear and use to had to beg her to wear hers. I lived in shame and was absolutely skinny back in those days being picked on continuously. But out of all the things that my sister had going for her, jealousy still roared from within her because my father loved me and was there for me, but her Dad was never there for her and he barely came around and that was the reason why she did not like me. I just thought it was so amazing that a person can have everything but yet still can become jealous. She hated the way that I looked, my skin complexion, she just hated everything about me and she felt that I was favored more when I wasn’t because my younger brother was favored more because he’s my Mother’s only son. Jealousy is a trait that nobody should want to have because out of it my sister drew a knife on me when she was a teenager and wanted to kill me, but my Dad intervened by jumping in between us and he overpowered her causing her to cut all five of her fingers. Jealousy can be deadly, and in some cases it did lead to murder or other things; Cain killed his brother Abel, Aaron and Miriam spoke against Moses, Joseph brothers sold him into slavery, and David became a fugitive by running from his son Absalom and the list goes on. But through my poverty, imprisonment, reproaches, failures, and my short comings, I never hated my sister, nor did I blame her for the times that she dogged me and cursed me out for no apparent reason because inspite of myself, all that I’ve done, and all that i ever went through, the Lord chose me. I was considered foolish, crazy, and completely out of my mind but glory be to God that he has chosen the foolish things of this world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are. (1 Corinthians 27:-28) Today my sister and I are both in our fourties and Believe it or not the anger, bitterness, and the jealousy still roars within her until this very day and she often brings up the past but I love her inspie of but just refuse to entertain it. Sometimes you just have to love a person from a distant, keep them lifted in prayer and allow God to deal with them including family.

Vicky Pittard


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