The Brotherhood – Part 149

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.

Do you learn from your mistakes?Yesterday, I watched in shock as one of my favorite international soccer players seemed to bite his opponent in their World Cup match. The preschool level behavior wouldn’t have been so shocking expect that it’s the third time this player has been guilty of such ridiculous behavior. The first two occasions landed him in major trouble with his team and the various associations under which he plays. What’s he doing?

I don’t really have an answer concerning that troubled young man, but I wonder about us. Do we learn from our mistakes? Actually, the better question is–do we keep making them? Sesame Street’s “Big Bird” taught me that everyone makes mistakes. That was the core message of a little book I read to my toddler sons. No one has cornered the market on mistake-making. We all have our turn in life’s “time out” corner.

But to continue making that mistake again and again seems senseless. The Apostle Paul asked his Roman friends why anyone would want to continue in the sins that had brought them so much trouble? (Romans 6:1 loosely translated). Yes, God has forgiven us, but why would we want to go back there again? Another biblical writer compared it to a dog returning to his vomit–a not only foolish, but also disgusting analogy.

And yet we do exactly that when we fail to turn from the things that were destroying us. We experience the freedom of God’s forgiveness and then run headlong into the same foolish bondages that once held us without mercy.

Set a new course. Pursue the path of righteousness you are now capable of walking. As Jesus said, “Go and sin no more.” Easier said than done? Not if your heart truly understands the destruction you’ve been delivered from.

Maybe we should have stopped biting in preschool, but we should have stopped a lot of other things along the way too. And doing so is the only way you’re going to end up with the life you truly want.


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