The Brotherhood – Part 25

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 most of us have watched Tim Tebow’s maiden voyage as the Denver Broncos’ starting quarterback, one thing has really impressed me. Okay, first let me tell you that as a Kansas City Chiefs fan, I am incapable of cheering for the Denver franchise. BUT, as a Christian, I can’t help but want good things for a young man who has presented his faith and character so amazingly well.

Now to the point. Tebow never takes the bait. Repeatedly, reporters give him a chance to focus on himself, to take credit, to talk about his achievements, and he somehow has the spiritual maturity to deflect their enticements with the response of a perfect teammate every time. I’m impressed.

I hear other players say the right things most of the time, but many slip into self-aggrandizement when the right question is asked. Not this young man. On every occasion, his words speak of the value of others and his happy place on their team.

How tempting is it to focus on ourselves? Those of us who are waiting to be noticed for the work we do sometimes can’t resist helping others notice our efforts–especially if they’re not noticing on their own. We are glad for our “team” to share a victory, but many of us want our appropriate share of the credit, and we can react with deep disappointment when that affirmation doesn’t come.

A life of self-sacrifice means we must cultivate an “others first” mentality in our thoughts. Like this suddenly popular quarterback, we must realize that we can only honor God as we stop trying to make sure we get the honor we deserve.

 

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