The Brotherhood – Part 21

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.

As we head toward a New Year, a reminder of the power of choice seems in order. Many of us will try to make some new choices as the calendar page turns. Somehow we know that better choices connects with a better life.

In his book, Principle of the Path, Andy Stanley underscores this reality. He insists that our choices don’t stand on their own, but actually comprise a step in a specific direction. Every day we are choosing ourselves down certain  roads. Stanley asserts that we don’t typically make a single decision toward failure, but a series of choices that lead us to a destination we really didn’t want.

I once preached a sermon on choices and used one of those bungie like cords with hooks on either end to illustrate. (Sorry, I don’t know the technical term, but I have a dozen of these cords in my garage.) Using the one of the “business ends” of the cord, I tried to show that every choice attaches you to a destination. Ultimately, your life becomes the sum total of your choices, with a few effects of the choices of others sprinkled in.

The result is that the quality of our choices become quite important. Make good choices, you get a good life. Make poor choices and…well, you get the picture.

As men, we make choices every day that affect our lives, our family member, our work environment, and even our church. So it’s critical to make good choices. That’s why we established this Brotherhood–to encourage each other toward the best possible choices every day.

Have a great holiday, and get ready to make your best choices in a New Year!


2 thoughts on “The Brotherhood – Part 21

  • December 21, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Thank you, Pastor Mike, for writing this post and, most importantly, for allowing us access to read what is on your mind through this excellent blog. This is the first post I’ve read in the “Brotherhood” category, and I am indeed looking forward to what you have in-store for the future. The idea of Brotherhood, or, more generally, friendship, is one I have given much attention to in my own thought life, and I hope to contribute at least a small measure of my own thinking to the conversation. I hope you and Kerry are well!

  • December 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Pastor Mike I remember that Sunday and what it meant. I appreciate your leadership that you gave all of us and still do through your writings. God Bless


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