The Brotherhood – Part 99

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.

Well, another Father’s Day has come and gone. Sure hope it was a good one for you.

Today, I want to try and bring some balance to your Sunday church experience. You see, I’ve noticed over the years that Sunday sermons on Mother’s Day tend to laud the blessings mom brings to our lives, while Father’s Day Sundays are usually filled with challenges to step up or be more than we’ve been. The ladies get applause, while the men hear a measuring stick that many fall short of. I heard a message on sexual sin, a solid, biblical effort to help fix what’s broken in many men–much needed but hardly uplifting.

This blog is primarily that same kids of communication. Here we talk about commitments, how to live them, and why we should, but let’s pause a minute and applaud those who do…

Way to go, Dad, when you guard your eyes from the millions of unhealthy images available to you each week. Your diligence in guarding your eyes, and ultimately your heart, gives you the capacity to make great decisions as you leave your family. Hidden sins affect judgment, so your diligence is paying off more than you know!

Way to go, Dad, when you lay aside the demands of your own world and give your best to your children’s challenges. Their issues usually aren’t as life-changing as their young hearts believe, still you care and show them that those issues matter to you.

Way to go, Dad, when you show up to help when others are hiding somewhere. Your faithfulness and dependability speak volumes about your character and you set a remarkable example for your kids. Your commitment to God, your church, your community, and your country show your children what really matters in life.

Way to go, Dad, when you give your best to the little things. You’re probably already reaping the rewards of excellence, but if not, they’re on the way. Doing what’s right and doing it well guarantees that life’s best is headed your way!

Way to go, Dad, when you wear the title “Father” in a way that honors the Heavenly Father you share that title with. I know some mess that up badly and paint tragic ideas of fatherhood, ones that even affect how children can understand God. But not you, and that honors and glorifies your Father in Heaven.

I could go on, but hope you realize that the life you’re living is worthy of celebration. You are what God had in mind when He conceived the idea of future generations growing up under your roof, so WAY TO GO!

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