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.
A few nights ago, I pulled into a state-wide church event that maxxed out its arena. As I drove into the crammed parking lot, men with walkie-talkies and flashlights were waving vigorously to the onslaught of automobiles. I found myself thankful that I wasn’t responsible for their task. Not sure how they would get all of us into the limited space, but they just kept smiling and waving.
After entering the convention hall, I learned that those guys weren’t hired guns or professional parking lot guys employed by the arena. They were volunteers from an area church there to help their pastor with his part of the event responsibilities. It made me smile to think about sign up sheets and announcements and organizational meetings and everything else that went in to the process of placing those men in such a helpful and vital place.
I also thought, Way to go, guys! They stood out in the heat, missing the first chunk of activities inside because their pastor needed help. I saw him with a clipboard, a clear sign that he was managing multiple tasks. Meanwhile the dozen or so guys he asked to help park cars were diligently fulfilling that responsibility, and those attending the event (like me) benefited from their well-oiled machine.
The moment was one more reminder of how great things seem to work when men serve. I applaud their efforts and every bit of effort that other men expend serving their pastor, their church, and their God. As I’ve said many times before, a man is at his best when he’s laying it down for someone else.
Now you may think that parking cars isn’t particularly heroic, but I’m confident that a bookkeeping angel in heaven made many entries that night. The God who has called us to serve surely makes note of when we do. You may not be the evening’s speaker or headline with the musicians, but when you contribute your time and energy to help make things happen, well, you’re proving that you value the purposes of God for your life and others.
Way to go, guys!