The Brotherhood – Part 50

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.

Who’s following you?

I started watching “Friday Night Lights” last weekend, at the encouragement of my two sons. (I know, the show ended in 2011, but watching it chunks at a time feels more efficient than trying to rearrange my travel schedule for Friday TV viewing.)

I’m watching because one of my sons compared me to the coach, and I wanted to see if that was a good thing or not. Turns out it is. The guy’s got a few flaws and his language occasionally crosses barriers I try to stay behind, but I understand why my son thought he was complimenting me.

What I like in Coach Taylor (and his wife Tammy) is that he’s always finding ways to invest in the young men on his team. Wish I could do more of that. He sets a tone of integrity, but he also finds ways to guide others toward it. That’s a pretty good example to follow.

As men, we find ourselves in places of influence in the lives of others. Opportunities abound for us to mentor others in the path of good choices and responsible living. If we just live for ourselves, that turns out pretty ugly, but when we take the responsibility to invest in others, the best parts of our lives show clearly.

Now, it’s critical that we give our best energy to following God. But we should also take a look at who might be following us, and share some of our best with them.

And if no one is following, why not get out in front of something?

Coach a team, take on an apprentice in your work, or become a big brother to a kid that needs one. If you have kids, your opportunity to mentor a young life is built in so don’t waste it! Give time to those who are a few steps behind you on life’s journey, and you’ll see the best parts of your life float to the surface.

Yeah, be THAT guy in the neighborhood–you know, the one that neighbor kids aren’t afraid of. Get involved in younger lives. It’s not easy, but the rewards will surprise you.

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