The Brotherhood – Part 20

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 sat through one of the many shows in Branson, Missouri last night. If you’re not familiar, Branson has become an entertainment capitol over the last two decades with hundreds of entertainers enjoying the good clean fun of the Ozarks.

Like most such shows, the music ranged from pop to country to gospel to patriotic, and of course, a Christmas segment reminded me that it’s December already. As I chuckled at the corny comedy that is always sprinkled into a Branson show, I thought about the packed house around me and watched the gleaming faces of my show-going compatriots. People were fully engaged, laughing on cue, clapping and toe-tapping with the familiar tunes, and wiping tears when a song called them to think of a soldier who’s a long way from home.

Driving home, I realized that I had spent the evening being entertained by life. Nearly all the elements of our lives were celebrated in that 150 minute show–family, good times, hardship, country, and a loving God. Okay, football was missing but I think the comedian made a Tebow reference.

I guess my reflecting nudged me to think about the important things of life and how often I celebrate them when I’m not in a Branson theater. I’ve been blessed with family (a really good one) and good times and friends who care when trouble comes. I’m surrounded by soldiers who guard the peace I need to pursue life’s best, and I know that God is every bit as close and loving as the songs promised.

Sure, there’s stress and uncertainty and decisions that overwhelm my wisdom at times, but there’s a whole lot of good to celebrate. It would probably be good to remember that more often and maybe not need to buy a $35 ticket to think about the blessings that surround me.

Anyway, I’m grateful for family, life’s blessings, friendship, and those who protect my opportunity to chase these things each day. I’m very glad for a God who cares enough to have a good plan for me to experience and I hope my life ultimately shows how much I value these treasures.

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