The Brotherhood – Part 60

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.

“Nothing good happens after midnight…”

That’s what my dad told me as we discussed curfews and living with wisdom during my teen years. Now that I’m on the other side of those same years with my sons, I am fully convinced that he was right.

Last night, a professional football player went out to celebrate his team’s victory and was subsequently arrested with a DUI charge at 5:00 this morning. Wow! He was well beyond my dad’s midnight wisdom boundary, and it looks like he’ll pay a price (a lot more than the $2,000 bail he posted).

Now I’m not sure what would have happened for Cinderella if she had heeded my dad’s wisdom and left the ball a little earlier. Her story ends with a happily ever after, but many don’t. The point is that being in the wrong place escalates the possibilities of doing the wrong things.

Too many guys live with an it-won’t-happen-to-me ethic that finds them drifting into unhealthy places, looking for a good time. One drink, one download, one whatever, turns into two or more way too easily. The smart move is to stay out of that spot.

The Bible promises us that when we are tempted, God provides a way of escape. I’ve discovered that God’s available exit always comes early in the moment of temptation, usually right when the first step is being offered. If you skip that exit, you usually don’t find another one—or you aren’t interested if it does arise.

Living smart is often a matter of where you live. If you battle with alcoholism, you know to stay out of bars. But a lot of us fail to realize that we should be just as aggressive in avoiding the locales of our other destructive choices.

I’m not saying you should go to church this Sunday and then just stay there all week. Your pastor might appreciate the help, but after a few hours, he won’t know what to do with you. And, even though some people sleep in church, it’s really not all that comfortable.

No, life will take us many places. Just don’t choose your destinations carelessly. Stay away from the edge of the cliff and you greatly increase your chances of not falling to the rocks below.

Many times, the best way to keep doing the right things is to stay away from the wrong places…

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