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.
Last week, my wife and I drove cross country to celebrate our granddaughter’s third birthday. We decided to drive, wanting to see the two thousand plus miles between us and our kids. Three days of windshield time in each direction brought an almost non-stop display of beauty as we traversed numerous mountain ranges and drove along winding rivers.
To be honest, I haven’t taken such a peaceful approach to multiple days in a while. Usually a tight travel schedule has me rushing through airports, hurriedly getting from one assignment to another. I seldom notice places pictured in postcards, but allow responsibility and an obsessive approach to time management to keep me focused on whatever my current mission might be.
Six slow days of driving proved a wonderful relief. I left behind an experience that was both enriching and educational. The so-called fly-over states have a lot to offer and provide ample proof of a majestic Creator. I need to slow down more often.
Perhaps that’s my point today. Rather than brow beat you for failing to stop and smell the occasional rose, let me openly confess my reluctance to engage such moments and tell you that I’m newly resolved to do better. In this culture of more and my own pursuit of the “mores” on my target list, I now want to see more, enjoy more, and maybe even rest a bit more.
I don’t want to come to whatever end my life may have and realize I moved so fast, I didn’t take time to live. As a fellow sufferer, let me encourage you to take more time for life too.
God created this world to be enjoyed, not to be conquered.