Tug Nolan Taviano is my only sibling, for those of you that don’t know. After reading this, you can follow him more closely by clicking the tugnang link in my subscriptions on the left or visit his myspace page.
When you have an only sibling you will get to know them well, and they will get to know you well. Relationships only become great when both sides humble themselves and approach God to understand life more. Many siblings grow and leave a bitter taste is each other’s mouth. Even the Bible has stories of brothers that go through stages of jealousy, anger, and even murder. The more I come to understand the Bible, the more I see that God has to be in the lives of those on both sides of any relationship for it to prosper, or simply function for some.
I don’t bring this up because I dislike my brother and it amazes me that God somehow pulls us together. I bring it up because my relationship with my brother is only as real as it is because of the relationship he has with our heavenly father. Without that, I could love Tug all I want, but the real bond would not be there.
Many know Tug to be one of the most enjoyable individuals they’ve ever been round. I don’t remember one person ever coming to me because Tug made them upset or ruined their day. Those that grow closer to Tug know that there are some things he takes very seriously. His family and the fun he has with life are all tailored and focused around one thing – how he can be transparent and play a part in adding one more soul to God’s kingdom. Tug rejoices when the angels do.
The second greatest commandment, behind loving God, is loving individuals. Tug is an amazing example of this to me and to many others. I’m definitely not up to par in this area, but can honestly say that there hasn’t been a time in my life when I haven’t felt loved by Tug. We all mess up, but when love is there it overshadows everything else.
I continue to thank God for Tug more and more, and look forward to time I get to spend with him here and for eternity. I pray that you don’t only get to enjoy time with your siblings here on earth as well. Thanks Tug, for following Christ’s example in showing love to others. Christ is evident in your example!
Tug Taviano – brother – Youth Pastor @ Crossroads Church in Lima, OH