The Brotherhood – Part 52

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.

Real men eat quiche–or that’s what they used to say. I’ve never been fully certain of what “they” met by that, but after a year of blogging for men, I thought a few words about how we take care of ourselves might be in order. Actually, after a weekend where I ate a hot dog at four different meals, well…

Those same “they” have also said, that you are what you eat. Aside from the silly humor opportunities when you’re eating turkey, bananas, or ham, there’s something to that statement. What you put into your body becomes, well, your body. And with all the medical insights we have about what is healthy and what is not, there’s really no excuse for being careless with our intake.

But there’s a deeper reason–you’re family needs you!

They need you around to provide the leadership and strength you were designed to bring. They need you around for the encouragement and support your words can offer. They need you around to provide the Godly legacy that can steer their futures. They need you healthy so you can be at your best as husband, dad, and granddad.

Isn’t that a good enough reason to steer clear of drive-thru windows? Isn’t that a good enough cause to commit yourself to pursue. You may not be a marathon runner or gearing up for the next triathlon, but can you at least run from the doughnut table (empty-handed)?

Seriously, life has a way of catching up to us. There comes a point where the doctor gets a little critical of your conduct and offers some “thou shalt nots” to your daily routine. Why wait until your arteries are clogged and you’re introduced to a new type of balloon that you’re grandchildren don’t want you playing with?

Doing what’s right also includes doing what’s smart. So take inventory of the number of hot dogs you’re eating and reach for some fruit instead. You might be making a difference that will prove important to your family’s future.

And don’t worry–I won’t talk about exercise next week…


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