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Topic: Peer Pressure (07/05/04)

TITLE: Bright, Like The Stars
By Dori Knight


I belong to a family of affable over-achievers, whose success is to me like a favorite hand-me-down sweater: warm and comforting, and complete in the ability to make me want to grow.

Theirs is a talent that knows no bounds; talent perfectly balanced by a humility that is almost child-like in sincerity. Theirs is a talent that shares the common goal to change and to stretch the reader, not for personal glory, but for the glory of God.

There is my sister Cori, a heroic mother of five who finds time to write inspirational devotionals between peanut butter sandwiches; and there is my brother Glenn, an honorable man and involved dad, a man who reaches thousands through a myriad of ministries and who has perfected the fine art of one-liners.

Brother David is the family clown and we love to laugh at his antics, but he also has a serious side, an abiding love for God … and fifteen llamas of his very own. Sister Deb is impossibly good-natured, and always has a smile, a hug, and a word or two of encouragement offered in a charming accent from Down Under.

My sister Denise has faith of Biblical proportions, not in spite of excruciating trials, but because of them. My sister Whitney is full of youthful energy and an innocence that gives me hope for the future. My dear brother Dub exudes devotion and a boundless love for his bride, his sweetheart, the mysterious Miss P.

What would a day be like without my sister Roz’s fellowship and the antics of her backwards friend; or my brother James’ hilarity, and his ability to prove that God does, indeed, have a sense of humor? And though I know that I could live without my brother Michael’s principles and standards of ethics, I really wouldn’t want to.

I wouldn’t want to face a day without my brother Patrick’s wisdom, my sister Mary’s vulnerability and dog-eared tenacity, or my brother Dave’s honesty and his willingness to hug and make up.

These are the people who keep me up on my toes and down on my knees. These are the people who pressure me not to get comfortable with the writer I am, but rather the writer that God would have me be.

I belong to a family of faith, a family of writers, a family too big to number and name. They make me think, laugh, and cry. They run ahead as all siblings have since the beginning of time, making me run to keep up, for fear I might miss the fun.

Everywhere I turn, these brothers and sisters of mine pressure me to write better, bigger, brighter, like the stars that they are; the stars that they continuously prove themselves to be.

The law of physics says that a thing in motion tends to stay in motion, and this may be true, but it seems to me that without a little pressure, a thing would tend to stay quite still.

And since stillness never appealed to me, I welcome the pressure, and I thank God for the talented force behind it.

Member Comments
Member Date
Corinne Smelker 07/12/04
Dori, this has me in tears - I had no idea you felt this way about the writers here on the site.

Dave Wagner07/12/04
Hey, you! Write better, bigger, brighter! Now!

Nice, heartwarming piece. You're all class, D.
Norma OGrady07/12/04
You too are a shining star!

Yeshua bless all your endeavors

L.M. Lee07/13/04
I'm a little slow...at first i was thinking you were talking about your natural family...and then I realized it was your spiritual writing family here! What a great piece! I know all of them are honored to be in the "clan.!"
Dori Knight07/13/04
Thanks all - I really mean it ... you guys are stars - all of you, and that means you too, Lissa, and Brenda, and Melanie, and ...

Oh heck, there's just too many of you to name!

So to everyone who wasn't named - I think you're all pretty darn special.

Blessings ...

Lynne Gaunt07/13/04
I love your writing style Dori, and you did such a wonderful job articulating your feelings for your family here on the site. My eyes got all teary too. Thanks for posting this.
Phyllis Inniss07/14/04
This is so beautifully written. You are a superb writer. Thanks for sharing.
Linda Germain 07/15/04
What a sweet tribute to the Faithwriter Family.(Would that make Brian PAPA? :0) This really touched a chord in all of us. Could almost be made into a novel! Very nice.
Kay Brown07/15/04
Our sister, Dori, reveals to all a winding, golden path that is more honorable, more joyous and more exhilarating because it has been worn smooth by her skipping slippers on the way to His throne. Don't wait up, Sis! Kay
Marina Rojas07/18/04
I'm pretty new to FW, and I tell you, this article hits it on the nail. It's funny, although I don't contact everyone I read, they do feel just like family to me, and I can't wait to get to the FW site to see how everyone is doing, and what they've written today. What a celebration of God's people! Thank you for saying what is in our hearts!
Marcell Billinghurst07/19/04
Like you Dori, I value being a part of our extended spiritual family. I have enjoyed being a part of our FaithWriters family and getting to know other members from around the world. I believe that as Christian Writers, we have an important role in encouraging each other in our lives, faith and writing. Keep up the good work.
Your sister in Christ,Marcell