The Brotherhood – Part 11

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.

Earlier this week I watched another report of two police officers who gave their lives in the line of duty. Though I’ve never lived in their city and am in no real way impacted by the crime they were battling, I immediately felt deep admiration for these two man and a similar level of compassion for their wives and children. I cared…

As you might expect, the report frequently labeled these men as heroes. They sacrificed everything for my good, your good, and the good of all who depend on the law for security and the pursuit of happiness. They did it for us–or at least for people like us.

And immediately they are rightly given hero status. I find it fascinating that in a culture where self-centeredness is gorged upon with sloppy and reckless abandon, we still know what a real hero is. Nobody things to put the latest home run hitter or platinum album producer in the same league with these guys. They sacrificed everything for others and they are given the loftiest status. I’m glad we still get that right. The clear point is that somehow understanding the truly heroic is wired into our psyche. We know that self-sacrifice is the pinnacle of greatness.

Few of us face a high-speed chase where we risk all to apprehend a drug dealer. Or perhaps we don’t physically run into a burning tower to rescue those inside. But every day, there are burning buildings that are ready to consume those God has given us to love. So we sacrifice, give our best fr their needs. We make life so they can have even better life. That’s what heroes do every day. They live for others. They sacrifice what might be easy or beneficial for themselves so someone else can rise a little higher.

Don’t be afraid to give yourself for someone else’s good. That’s what a husband, a dad, a trusted worker, and a friend looks like. And that’s what a hero looks like too. Self-sacrifice always brings out our best.


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