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.
Circumstances of my day (which I won’t try to describe) have left me thinking about how intentionally I impact the lives of others. Now, I don’t mean those moments when I might make someone else’s life more difficult (though I’m sure that happens on occasion). Instead, I’m thinking about being more intentional in contributing good things to others–especially those closest to me.
Part of a commitment to excellence–one of our 4 goals in the Brotherhood–is to let that excellence spread beyond the edges of personal benefit. How are other people better because they have encountered me? That’s the question.
You see, there’s only so much each of us can achieve or accomplish in our lives, but when we contribute to the success or capacity of others, that potential multiplies exponentially. If we help someone run faster, our influence runs with them. If we help someone reach higher, well, it’s as though our own arms have been extended.
If we live for ourselves, we never know the blessing of expanded reach. But to impact others, it helps to be intentional. For example, have you told coworkers what you appreciate about their abilities? Have you highlighted the strengths you see in your kids or let a friend know that you believe in him? Pushing others forward can make a huge difference if you’ll take the initiative to do it.
Today, I watched a friend step into a big challenge with confidence–a confidence I think I’ve contributed to over the past couple years. I don’t deserve any credit and won’t try to take any (my friend deserves all that), but it’s fun seeing opportunity come to someone you believe in and have invested in.
You can see your commitment to excellence spread to those around you if you’ll make the effort to do a little spreading.