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.
After more than three years of blogging to men each Wednesday, I’m debating bringing this series of challenges to a close. 180 posts may have drained me of all the insight and wisdom I possess (some might argue that such draining occurred a few posts back 🙂 ).
But if I had one thing left to say, I think I would tell every man to never settle for less than his best. Life is far too short and uncertain to waste much of it. Don’t be content with average or status quo, but take on great challenges every day. Work hard, play hard, and pray hard. Give your best to everything you do and you’ll be much more likely to end up with a life worth living.
The final of our four commitments in the Brotherhood is a decision I make for myself–excellence.
You see, the choice of excellence is one that many have challenged us to throughout our lives. Parents nudged us toward our best. Teachers insisted that we work hard. Bosses have asked for excellence and occasionally rewarded it when delivered. Spouses long for our best and children deserve it. But at the end of the day, you and I are the only ones who can choose excellence for our lives. And that choice reveals itself in everything we do.
Too many guys live life at minimum levels. They want to produce just enough to meet the expectation and then walk away. They aim for standards that others set rather than setting standards for themselves. Don’t be that guy! Aim higher!
I often think of King David’s mighty men, a list of warriors that dominates the content of 2 Samuel 23. These were the heroes of Israel’s battlefield, and they didn’t become such heroes by clocking out early. They willingly put everything on the line in every battle. And the results were lives that every Israelite admired and aspired to. Live that way. Show a path that others dream of following. Your battlefields may seem small, but you can still be the greatest warrior every to walk them.