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.
In the Brotherhood, we speak often of excellence. It’s the choice we make for ourselves. But what do you do if your best isn’t good enough, if you give it your all and come up short? Two thoughts immediately come to mind:
First, always remember that as a child of God, your capacity isn’t limited to your capacity. Okay, that sounds odd, but in reality you are working with more than your best. God is with you and is able to take your best to levels you can’t reach. Remember how he took a kid’s lunch and fed thousands. God can take your best and elevate it way beyond what you thought possible.
Of course, you have to give your best. Jesus could have done the fish and bread miracle with only half of the boy’s lunch. The kid could have said, “I’ll donate a fish and a biscuit to the cause,” and kept the rest for himself. It seems that still would have been more than what others were giving. But the boy went “all in” and gave everything he had. That seems like the best approach when we really want to get the job done. I give my all, even when I know it won’t be enough, and I trust God to be sufficient.
Second, keep in mind that your insufficiency is a necessary reminder that you need God. If you had enough for every challenge, what would motivate you to pray? Why ask for God’s help if you think you’ve got it covered? You see, every time you think you fall short, you prove your need for God. And God seems to like it when we need Him. He said that His “strength is made perfect in our weakness.” If we never had weakness, would we ever find His strength?
No one likes to fall short or have their inadequacy on display. But when those moments come, see them as valuable in your life. They may be opening the door for God to work amazing things for you, or they may be just the reminder you need to seek His face every day.