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.
Never give up.
I think this is the real test of manhood. Will you live your values every day—and NEVER QUIT? Will you love your wife and kids—and NEVER QUIT? Will you commit to purity and self-sacrifice to find the best in life—and NEVER QUIT?
Okay, perhaps you get the idea. The point, however, is that we can be men of big plans and good intentions. We can set goals and reach them, but will we walk in those goals and stay on those chosen paths? Or we will somehow get sidetracked after a lengthy season of doing good?
The book of Revelation—the final amazing letter recorded in Scripture—puts great emphasis on endurance. All of God’s promises seem reserved for those who “endure to the end.” The highly graphic and fascinating visions John records are keenly focused on the end, and those who are still living faithfully when it comes.
In football, players find a fresh determination in the fourth quarter. In track, runners find an extra gear as the finish line looms. Baseball teams save their most dominant relief pitcher for the final inning. Why? Because finishing strong is the difference between winning and losing. Very few games are won before halftime, and even if you are way ahead, you still have to play the second half.
Those who start well but finish poorly are seldom crowned champions. Instead, they are maligned for failing to live the potential that was theirs. Theirs is the world of “what could have been” and they get labels like underachiever, or worse.
So, don’t quit! Love your wife today, and be determined to love her better tomorrow. Stand by your kids in good moments and hard ones. Don’t let anything stop you. Be loyal on the job regardless of the excuses you could offer. Be faithful to God and your church no matter what others are doing. And, give your best to your life, even if you’re not feeling your best. Excellence doesn’t make excuses.
Endure! Be your best today and be determined to be even better tomorrow. That’s a path that will reward you…