The Brotherhood – Part 74

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.

Year end brings with it the opportunity to renew commitments and make fresh ones as we look to the future. Sure, some of us will make plans we won’t fulfill and we’ll set a few goals that won’t get accomplished either, but don’t let those keep you from aiming your life in an intentional direction.

What will you achieve this year?

You see, if you aim at nothing, you’ll find this year will evaporate even faster than the last one and you’ll be no closer to becoming the man you have always wanted to be. So set your sights on some specific destinations and you’ll give yourself a better chance of moving forward in ways that really matter.

Make a choice to be pure. Let this be the year that you step away from things you once slid into. Don’t let the easily-available traps of sexual impurity tighten their grip on you this year, but make an intentional plan to avoid them even more effectively than you have before.

Make a choice to sacrifice. Let this be the year that you take new strides toward giving for your family. Sacrifice time for your kids. Sacrifice energy for your wife. Give them your best in new ways this year and next year you’ll be celebrating even deeper relationships wit your family.

Make a choice to be loyal. Avoid conversations that tear others down and instead prove your loyalty to God, to your church, to your boss, and to others who need your support. Give more of yourself to the agenda of others this year and watch how God will use you to bless them.

Make a choice to excel. While each of us will walk different paths this year, what could happen if we shared a commitment to do our best in everything we do. Don’t just excel in a few things, but let people see how everything you do is worthy of your best.

The key idea here is “make a choice.” Don’t just let life come to you, but march forward with intent and take charge of those things that are within your reach. Build your life with the best materials and you’ll find yourself achieving new heights and deeper relationships.

Let this be the year you start becoming the man you always dreamed you’d be.

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