The Brotherhood – Part 26

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.

You’ve got to make a choice.

In his excellent book, The Principle of the Path, Andy Stanley repeatedly underscores the fact that every choice you make has a destination. Your life is headed somewhere, and you are walking a path that is shaped by the decisions you make. Good intentions have little to do with your destination unless you translate them into action.

For example, you may really want to be a great husband and father, but if you don’t make the daily choice to spend time with your family, you’ll not end up where you wanted to be. Good intentions don’t get the job done. You’ve got to make a choice.

As a pastor, I would often listen to people explaining what they wanted for their lives, and then watch them make daily choices in other directions. Like the guy who wants to live healthier but can’t pass on the cinnamon rolls, you just aren’t going to get where you want to go if you don’t take the steps that will get you there.

That’s why many of us end up in places other than where we really want to be. We fail to translate our hopes and dreams into actions. We think that someday we will be the guy we want to be, and then someday never comes. In fact, we end up further from it than when we started.

Think about your choices–every one of them. Are you making choices for purity by logging off the computer and thinking only of your wife? Are you really putting your family ahead of yourself or using them as your excuse for working all those extra hours? Are you being faithful to God or failing to trust him with your time and money? Do you really choose excellence or do you let “good enough” be enough in little things?

You’ve got to make a choice. Make one in the direction you really want to go.


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