The Brotherhood – Part 174

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.

I’m not sure we were made for the indoors.

No, I’m not about to make a case for the naturalist or suggest that we let our beards grow and move to the mountains. But I can’t help but think there’s something important about God creating man and placing him in a garden rather than a high-rise.

When I was a kid, my dad was always sending me outside to play. I was a bit of a bookworm and was generally content to stay indoors with my latest reading project or spend an afternoon reorganizing my baseball card collection. Outside was better, in his mind, ’cause that’s where the neighbor kids and the whiffle-ball games could be found. It took me a while, but I’ve come around to the belief that he was on to something.

If your goal is to be healthy, studies overwhelming show that you’re going to need to get outside a lot. Sunshine, and the apparent vitamins that float into your system through its comforting rays, matters to health. The warmth of the great outdoors replenishes those things that stress and unhealthy life habits tend to sap.

I’ve had a sense of this for a while. As a pastor, I often recommended that the depressed folks I counseled spend more time in the fresh air. Those who carry deep emotional weight often find life brighter when they spend more time in the day’s brightness.

But there’s more than serotonin to gain a sunny day. Most of the best times you’ll spend with your family take place outdoors. Okay…I’m not against bowling and there are several other fun indoor activities, but hiking up a hill is far better for your emotions and a lot more enjoyable than climbing a staircase. Watching, or even playing, a ball game is better out there, and don’t try to tell me that indoor swimming pools are as pleasant as the outdoor variety.

What I’m suggesting is that some fun in the sun is the right prescription for a happy life. Use a couple of pieces of daylight hours to bring its benefits to your perspective, your attitude, and your overall fun level. Be sure the sun shines brightly on your family time and its impact will likely escalate.

So drink your coffee on a park bench tomorrow morning. How ’bout lunch on the restaurant patio. If the temps are below zero, maybe order the hot soup. But get out there! You need some sun and it’ll keep the walls from closing in.

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