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.
When I think of faithfulness, I want to focus on God. After all, His name is more attached to that word in my vocabulary than anyone else’s. I easily say “He is faithful.” I even grew up singing hymns that celebrated that particular character trait.
In that context, faithfulness means always dependable. It means that He always will do what He has said He will do. It means I never have to be uncertain about Him or what I can count on from Him. God is truly faithful–almost as if He can be without even trying.
But when I aim that word at myself or at you, the definition gets a little hazy. I want to be dependable. I want people to be able to count on me. I want to live so that my faithfulness is unquestioned. But I also fully understand that I can’t be that guy without trying…really hard.
Faithfulness to God, to my family, to my local church, and to my nation demands a close attention to priorities. Other things may have their moment of feeling important, but I can’t allow anything to rise to the level of those four priorities, or I will make a wrong turn when the road forks. Faithfulness is all about priorities. It demands that the most important things stay the most important.
You see, I can’t truly be faithful to everything. I can’t faithfully spend time with every friend every day or faithfully make every sacrifice on the job without affecting my faithfulness to God and family. Something has to come first. And it is to that something that I can be truly faithful.
So, if I’m going to be a man of faithfulness, I must be certain that my list is in order. No one gets God’s place at the top or my family’s slot just below. And my choice to be faithful to my local church grows out of my effort to show faithfulness to God. I choose faithfulness to my nation because so many have lived and died faithfully for me. After that, I’ll give my absolute best on my job, to my friends, my neighborhood, and then…well, you get the idea.
So when I challenge you to be faithful too, now you know what I mean and what it really takes to be that guy.