The younger began to leap inside the womb of his mother, when the mother of the younger merely walked into the room.
It was a sign of things to come.
One would grow up living in the middle of people.
One would grow up living in the middle of the desert.
But the younger had an important role to play in the life of the older cousin.
The younger would prepare the way for the older.
The younger would speak of how great the older was.
That the older would be one that others would recognize immediately.
The younger did not become the center of attention.
The older became known by everyone.
Each time the older would take a step forward, the younger would retreat one step further into the shadows.
The younger would be sent to jail while the older would be surrounded by thousands, just wanting to touch them.
The older would speak to vast crowds with people standing in awe as they walked by.
The younger would be known by the saying, “The greater my older cousin is, the less I should be.”
The older would be known by the saying, “There is no one greater than my younger cousin.”
The younger would be executed for speaking the name of the older.
The older would share the same fate sooner than later, for also speaking the name of one greater than he.
As far as I know, outside of my two daughters I know of no other living blood relative in my life.
I do not even know the names of my cousins, or, even if I have cousins.
Yet, in reading the New Testament I was moved by the relationship between Jesus and his cousin, John.
The younger prepared the way for the older in this life.
The older prepared the way for the younger in the life to come.
In families or not, it is our place to serve one another.
To prepare the way for others to excel.
To pray and fast in the shadows so that others may shine in the light.
One can not exist without the other.
Look for people in your life that you can help to quietly prepare them for their success.
“Don’t just think about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and in what they are doing.” Philippians 2:4 (TLB)