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.
So why does the New Year end up being so much like the old one? You know, we decide the new steps we will take and we revisit hopes and dreams, only to discover that after a few months, everything has remained the same.
No, I’m not depressed. But I’ve seen this pattern for many. Some end up coming to a New Year with no desire for fresh goals because they know things aren’t going to change. They ridicule the resolutioners, and decide to be content with the status quo of their lives.
Why don’t things change? Usually it’s because we don’t change on a deeper level. We try to make surface changes in our lives, but what lurks beneath remains untouched. If we don’t allow God to bring the deeper change we need, the surface things flow back after the ripples of new ideas drift away.
People change when their deepest convictions change. They finally succeed at a diet when the medical report offers death if they don’t. They finally stop using pornography when their wives threaten to walk out. Something catastrophic must emerge before they are willing to do what they know they need to do now.
I hope you set some goals for 2012. I did. But I hope those goals flow from a deeper desire to pursue right things and be the man God has designed you to be. The guy chasing that goal can makes changes in his life. And God will walk beside him to help him as he does.