I'm up super late tonight cuz I was helping my sister with her math homework. Her class is learning the same concept as my Calc II class, but she's seeing it for the first time, whereas we're expanding on things we've seen before. My sister is struggling with the concept. I feel like I finally understand it at the level her class requires, but I'm drowning in the new material I'm supposed to learn.
Anywho. So I totally didn't want to help her. Did it anyway, and worked on my Calc stuff when she didn't need me for a few minutes. I got really frustrated with her, cuz a lot of her questions had obvious answers (at least, they seemed obvious to me), and no matter how many different ways I explained it, she still didn't have the same understanding as I do. Her brain works quite differently from mine, and it was an adventure trying to adapt my explanations to compensate for that.
At some point, I had to set a time limit. I was going to be DONE in 15 minutes whether she still needed me or not, because as much as I want her to pass her test on Tuesday, I also have a big test Tuesday and I need sleep. Cuz if I don't sleep, I won't be able to focus when I study tomorrow night.
Marie-Rose, where's the spiritual point of this post?
I realized, Heavenly Father sent me to be the older sibling so I could help teach her this stuff. Not just this one mathematical concept, but other academic things, too, like chemistry. He knew she would struggle with some of these things, and He knew that I would understand them by the time she was learning them in school. He knew I would (mostly) be able to explain them to her.
And He also knew that I would need to be humbled by a younger sister who often calls me out when I do dumb stuff like tweet a complaint about her struggles with her math homework. Dear self, quit doing that. It's not very kind. (no, you didn't see that tweet cuz it was on my personal account, not my blog account).
So basically, always remember that you are who you are and you live in this time for a reason. That reason may not be readily obvious, but there IS a reason and it IS important.
Heavenly Father doesn't make useless people. You have a purpose.
PS - My sister is a very smart young woman. The lesson her class is working on isn't her strong point, but there are many academic areas in which she outshines me. Just for the record :)