The Brotherhood – Part 123

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.

Be your best!

That’s the challenge we all rise to as men. We want to be our best for our families, our employers, and ourselves. Settling for half-hearted effort just isn’t acceptable. It’s not an expression of our true manhood. From the days when a coach shouted his motivational tirade in our faces, we have been reaching higher, straining forward, giving all we have to be our absolute best.

But a key word in that mantra is ‘your” as in “Be YOUR best!”

It seems quite easy for us to admire the life built by others and want to create that world for ourselves. We want what they have so we are determined to do what they do. Or, some of us can never be happy because there is always one more hill to climb–someone else’s hill.

When we try to be someone else’s best, we are headed toward a disconnect. We lack the skills, the perspective, and the experience necessary to walk someone else’s path. Their road is just that–their road. You can’t be them so you can’t be their best.

Sounds logical, but it’s not so simple. The desire for someone else’s path is overwhelming at times. If we are driven by lust (the desire for what you don’t have), then we are easy targets for this type of self-dissatisfaction. Any time we reach beyond the markers of our own lives, we get life out of balance.

Contentment (and its friend–thanksgiving) come from knowing what your path is and rejoicing in it. Giving your best to your life is the only way one can find real and lasting satisfaction. So, be the best you can be–and make sure that it’s you that you’re trying to be.

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