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.
What do you know?
Wait, I’m not asking about the latest office news or the “scuttlebutt” that you’ve heard around the water cooler. No, I’m asking what you have learned in the decades of life you’ve enjoyed.
And who have you told?
I currently make a living being a consultant to help pastors and church leaders with what I know. Before that, I was a pastor, and spent my days “consulting” with people what I know about life and God’s love. Now, I don’t want you to think I’m a “know-it-all” character. But, I do think it’s important to share what you know–especially with those you love.
So who are you telling?
A lot of dads remain quiet when their kids need to hear what life has taught them. I’ve made that mistake a few times, thinking I was just giving my boys room to learn for themselves. But they’ve told me they wanted more input. And, I had to remind myself that sharing what I know is a big piece of the parenting puzzle.
In life, knowledge is hard earned. Some of us think that in the School of Hard Knocks, we should be graduate students by now. If you’ve learned a lot of life “the hard way,” I’m sorry for your difficulties. But doesn’t it make sense to pave the road for others a bit more smoothly–especially those we love.
Don’t be silent, Dad.
Your wisdom, insight, and opinions may not always be received and your counsel may not always be followed, but that doesn’t mean it’s not needed. Let your decades of knowledge be accessible to the searchers in your life and you’ll be a greater blessing than you can imagine.
It will pay off. No, your bank account won’t be bulging because you share your wisdom with your kids and their friends, but there’s a lot of other ways that your effort will pay off. And those are the often the rewards we treasure most.