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The Brotherhood – Part 170

The Brotherhood of the Second Cross was established on Father’s Day 2005 where 160 men stood before their wives and children to pledge themselves to purity, self-sacrifice, loyalty, and excellence. Today, hundreds more have joined the commitment.

What are your greatest possessions?

Frankly, how you answer that question will dictate a great deal of your life. You see, if the things you own (houses, cars, tools, gadgets) rank too high on your list, your life can devolve into a focus on such things. If you’re greatest treasure is your job or some other position you hold, you’ll find yourself trading other things to keep and enhance it.

But if your greatest treasure is found in the core relationships of your life, a different kind of life will emerge. Those who value their connection to God, to a spouse, to children, and to friends live a life that reflects such priorities. They don’t lose balance in their pursuit of stuff or sacrifice the best parts of life for a better rung on the job ladder. They may value these things, but only as a means of providing for the really good stuff of life—relationships.

Those who live for their relationships are less likely to mess them up too. If you chase position or possession, you’ll be more likely to sacrifice the relationships you have for a relationship you may think you want. You see, if you live for what you don’t have, you’ll continually chase such desires and never find contentment in that which is already yours. Such is the life that always wants something else.

So prioritize your relationships. Find joy in the connections you’ve been blessed with and you see that it’s easier to be satisfied and thankful for everything you already possess. But live for what you think you want and you’ll never be happy.

Contentment comes from treasuring what you already possess. And the best of that are those God has given you to love. Love them and love them well, and you’ll never need to chase anything else.

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