The Brotherhood – Part 10

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.

Faithfulness is proven in doing the little things well.

Shortcuts are one of life’s greatest temptations. As a kid, I remember trying to find the quickest route to school (or sometimes the slowest). If there was somewhere you needed to be, finding the fastest way was kind of a chance to prove your manhood. Even today, as I drive to the office everyday, I pride myself on the route I’ve found. It’s the quickest. Of course, I can’t tell you which streets, because word could leak out and more traffic might join me, making my route slower, so…

Now, finding the fastest way to a desired location is generally a good thing. But other types of shortcuts lead to cutting corners. You know, those ways we can take advantage of a moment or just do what we’re convinced everyone else does. These are the things that damage faithfulness.

For some, its a corner cut on a tax form. For others, the shortcut is in borrowing a few things from work. Actually, there are probably a few hundred ways to take advantage of this or that, all with the excuse that everybody does it or its no big deal. But the tiny compromises have a way of piling up and soon we’re not as “dependable” as we used to be. People just can’t count on us to do the right thing.

Integrity isn’t standard behavior. It stands out against the backdrop of the norm. People who do what is right build trust in others and become the “go to” person when something really important is on the line. Being that guy who can be trusted to do what is right and not cut corners doesn’t always seem to pay in the short-term, but over time, such behavior builds a reputation that pays and pays and pays.

Do what is right, even when something else is easier. You’ll end up becoming somebody you can be proud of.

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