Middleman (Middle -FiveMinuteFriday prompt)

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I saw today’s writing prompt and thought I’ve got this. I mean I’m a middle child. I have an older brother and a younger brother so I know what it means to be in the middle. The middle can be a difficult place.  There was this one time my younger brother was selected to be on the cover of a denominational magazine.  My mother let him borrow my favorite new shirt.  I didn’t even get a mention in wardrobe by..  On top of that, the photographer made sure none of my pictures even could be seen on the shelves in the background.  Talk about being left out.  Growing up, it sometimes felt like I got blamed for everything. Older brother was too old to have done it; younger brother was too young. I was sure in my heart of hearts that I was being treated unfairly.

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Looking back honestly, I probably got blamed for stuff I didn’t do but on the other hand, got away with stuff I did do.  My parents didn’t love me any more or less than my brothers, just different.  My brothers maybe did “gang up” on me because they are so much alike.   I may have often been on the outside looking in or at least that’s how I saw it then.  Now I’m equally close to both of them and know I could depend on them if needed.

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Middle kids are supposedly the peacemakers. According to psychologist, we’re also supposed to be good negotiators (some would say manipulators} A quote from some 2010 birth order literature states ” It’s common for middle children to be sociable, faithful in their relationships and good at relating to both older and younger people. ” It kind of makes us sound a little bit like a good dog, doesn’t it? I guess it’s OK to be thought of as that dependable.  There is nothing I can do about birth order.  I was born the middle child and will remain so but I need to be careful about other things where I am in the middle.

We live in a polarized society and as believers, we need to be aware of places where we are in the middle. The dictionary defines middle as the halfway point between two extremes.  With that being the case, the middle can be a dangerous place. Another one of my favorite movies is The Karate Kid (the old one,).  The character, Mr Mayagi  counsels Daniel when he says he guesses he is ready to train for karate, “Walk on right side of road, safe.  Walk on left side of road, safe.  Walk in middle of road, sooner or later, you get crushed like grape.”  I’m not trying to make a political statement about the left versus the right. The song says “clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am stuck in the middle”.  We need to make the main thing the main thing and not get stuck in the middle over things that don’t really matter.  We should focus on the truths that are non-negotiable.  They are the things where there is no middle ground.

Whoa!  I’ve gone way over my five minutes and in an entirely different direction than I started so I’ll stop before I get in the middle of something I might regret.  I really don’t regret being the middle child but before I go, I couldn’t resist one more middle child meme.

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Revelation 3

14 “Write to the angel of the church in Laodicea:

“The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Originator[h] of God’s creation says: 15 I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were cold or hot. 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit[i] you out of My mouth.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Jolene on July 26, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    This post reminded me of my son who is a middle child between two sisters. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about middle. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.


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