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.
As my wife and I were hiking through our local nature center a few days ago, I noticed a squirrel chasing a leaf as it jumped and bounced with the wind (the leaf, not the squirrel). Now I’m no expert on squirrels (I admit proudly), and there may be some nutritional value in oak leaves that squirrels crave, but I couldn’t help but think the little guy was wasting his time. Even if you catch that leaf, I thought, what will you gain?
Okay, the fact that I was having an imaginary conversation with the squirrel should probably frighten me a bit, but as with any odd moment, the communicator in me was looking for a life metaphor. Today, I’m thinking about us–guys who chase a lot of different things with our lives. No, I’m not calling you a squirrel, but I wonder if the effort we exert in our chases looks just as silly to someone bigger and more developed, like God.
Are we chasing things that don’t have any potential to nourish us?
Sure, the squirrel could have just been playing, enjoying a much-needed break from his rat race, but what if he thought the leaf was really worth catching? That would be kind of sad–to finally grasp the prize you want and find that it wasn’t really worth wanting. Somehow it feels even sadder when humans do that.
So I guess my encouragement for your life of excellence today is to be sure that the things you chase are worth chasing. Don’t be a squirrel…well, you know what I mean.