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.
I saw a clever Facebook post this week that captured the irony of the holiday ahead of us. While I won’t get the quote just right, the idea of the statement was…only in America would one spend an entire day giving thanks for what one has and then push others out of the way the next day to buy what he doesn’t have.
Yeah, the Facebook post said it better, but you get the idea.
Lust is the desire for what one doesn’t have. It’s the thirst for something more, even if obtaining it wouldn’t be healthy. It’s a longing that’s never satisfied because when you get what you thought you wanted, you’ll always end up wanting something more.
Gratitude, on the other hand, is the contentment one finds in what he already has. Many men struggle with lust in its many forms–sex, possessions, power, etc. The solution? Gratitude.
When I am truly grateful for what I have, my thirst for more isn’t as desperate to be quenched. My life is at peace, my need for security is soothed, and I find satisfaction in the truly best things of life. Gratitude isn’t just an attitude. It’s a weapon against the lust that will ultimately destroy me.
So take time for gratitude this week–not because its a holiday, but because you want to knock your lustful thoughts down a few notches. And try to establish a gratitude habit on the other 364 days each year. Prove to yourself that you don’t need turkey and football to be thankful!