The Brotherhood – Part 168

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.

Choices are the great challenge of life—two possible paths, two roads with their separate consequences or destinations. How to choose? Consider a few thoughts:
  1. Destinations

When you make a decision, whether it’s a new career move, a significant new direction, or even a simple behavioral choice, a wise man will consider the destination such a choice leads to. Every decision in life has a destination. Whatever steps you take will always be followed by another step and then another. Soon you have a journey that was launched by that initial decision and that road is taking you somewhere. For example, if you make sinful choices, yielding to the temptations that Satan may bring your way, you won’t be on the path to God’s best. That destination requires decisions of obedience to God’s truth. Every road is headed somewhere.

  1. Sensibilities

Another consideration when making a decision is whether or not the choice will help me be at my best. Some behavior choices weaken us—they make us more susceptible to mistakes. I’ve counseled many folks who opened a few behavioral doors only to find themselves making other choices that messed up their lives. Someone has wisely said that “Sin will make you stupid.” That may seem harsh, but repeated choices away from God’s best path have a way of reshaping our view of reality and causing us to choose against things we once valued.

  1. Hunger

One of the best decision-making tools I know is the hunger test. When considering two options, ask yourself, “What will each choice reveal about my heart?” If I go this direction, is it for money or some form of gratification? Which choice would one make who is truly hungering for closeness to God? If I make choices that reveal my own desire for excellence and pursuit of God, those will likely prove to be my best choices.

How do you make your daily decisions? Every one of them truly do matter, so give your best to making the decisions that will ultimately shape your life’s journey.


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