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.
Friendship is a journey.
Think about how deep friendships develop. At first, we find someone who enjoys some of the same activities that we enjoy. Maybe we cheer for the same football team or hunt together or find ourselves relaxing at the same lake with our families. Somehow, activity brings us together and we find a friend.
But a few friendships move deeper. These are the ones where life circumstances find us depending on each other for help. Maybe we borrow a few tools, trade babysitting help when we’re taking the wife on a date, or need each other’s help when a family member is in the hospital. At this level, our friend is one we know will help us when we need an extra hand.
But another level remains. Among those friends who help us we find a friend we can talk to about life. This is the one who knows what we’re thinking and offers the encouragement we need when big challenges come. This is the friend who knows us because we’ve come to trust each other, and a loyalty builds that we aren;t afraid to put our whole weight on.
As men, we reach this final level with very few guys. Life brings us a lot of friends at the first level, and our wives usually get us into those second level relationships. But this final level is one we have to choose if its going to happen, and only one or two friends usually survive the gauntlet. But these friends…well, they become very important to us.
I wonder what level of friendship we’ve reached with God. Do we share a few activities with Him, try to count on Him for occasional help, or have we gotten close enough that we tell Him what’s really going on inside of us? It’s something to think about, isn’t it?
Again, we don’t get to this final level with very many, so let me encourage you to make sure God is on that short list. The Bible says that David was a “friend of God.” That sounds like something that I want to be.