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.
Can’t really get through this week without talking about the tragedies brought by storms in Oklahoma and elsewhere. As Joplin, Missouri marks the two-year anniversary of their disaster just down the road, all of us are trying to stomach the horrific imagery of this week’s similar events.
While I gladly join my voice in applause for the heroes who have emerged from the rubble–teachers, neighbors, rescue workers, and many others–I think there’s something we should consider that doesn’t seem to be filling the airwaves. Storms like these surely offer sufficient proof that we’re not big enough to live here on our own.
You see, the self-reliant tendencies of our culture allow us to puff up our thoughts until we decide that our place at the top of the food chain means we’re the biggest kid on this celestial block. We control so many things with the push of a button that we easily forget about the bigger things that have no button.
While there are many valuable lessons to be learned in such tragic times, surely one of the most important is that we’re not as big as we think. Two hundred mile an hour winds twist our greatest constructions like hair ribbons. Sometimes in life there’s no place or time to hide from the threat of much larger oppositions. We may control some things, but we’re not in control at all.
We need more than us.
We need the hope and future that can only be found in God.
As a pastor, I helped bury some really strong men because cancer or some heart malfunction proved bigger. I’ve stood along with others who thought the day we were living would never come ’cause we seemed so strong. Yeah, I’m a threat to the insects that might pass me on the sidewalk, but there are moments when I’m the insect at risk.
So, we need God–no matter who we are.
Never forget that…