College Football Season began this past weekend. I enjoy college football more than any other sport. There are several reasons for this. College ball seems faster and more fluid than its professional counterpart. I love watching the deep traditions surrounding game day, the marching bands, the way both students and alumns come together to cheer on their team and the overall excitement it generates.
I’ve noticed over the years fierce loyalties to teams. I must admit I wear my team’s colors and ball cap when they are playing. When they win it makes my day when they lose…well, not so much.
We have other loyalties as well. We devote loyal passion and allegiance to nation and state, hometown, alma mater, civic organization, church and faith. We give our time, resources, energy and money to work that is important to us. Canterbury has growing loyalty among our supporters. I am so grateful for the people who see our mission to provide a sacred space where individuals and groups can come to renew, refresh, recharge, reconnect and rediscover themselves, their calling, their direction and maybe even their purpose in life. Our team works sacrificially giving themselves to this work (Look below on how you can become a part of the Canterbury support team).
Loyalty is an oft missing quality in this world. I talked about in an earlier post about Band of Brothers, the television mini-series and book by Stephen Ambrose detailing the 101st Airborne’s Easy-Company and their exploits throughout Europe during World War II. They were fiercely loyal to one another and to the cause of freedom for which they were prepared to give their very lives. The title of the book and series comes from Shakespeare’s Henry V, “From this day to the ending of the world, But we in it shall be remembered – We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds his blood with me, Shall be my brother…”
Loyalty unto death is the ultimate loyalty. We applaud it in history and literature. It is reflected in traditional marriage vows with these words, “til death do us part” or “as long as you both shall live.”
Loyalty is a part of home. Mario Puzo, author of The Godfather says, “The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, is in its loyalty to each other.” We see it from time to time, typically in a crisis moment. I have watched people step up when someone receives a terminal diagnosis. I have been in the emergency room with families after a tragic accident when someone emerges to take on a needed task.
It makes me think that loyalty may be ever present but often lies beneath the surface of our daily existence poised for the time when it is needed most. It lies dormant waiting for the moment when needed. The world would be a better place if we saw more loyalty every day. As you head towards home, be sure to hug the heart of loyalty that lies lurking in your soul. It is a deep and abiding friend who makes life more satisfying.
FORGE meets every Tuesday morning at Canterbury 7am-8am and is a lively, weekly, early-morning gathering of Christ-following men of all ages and backgrounds who are being shaped by the Father into the men they want to be and were originally designed to be. God FORGES us with His truth, grace, Spirit, and by the interactions with other men, into men of strength who promote the flourishing of men, women, children, churches and culture.
“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
Pete Alwinson has been involved in developing men for over 30 years, helping guys come to understand who they are and how the Father is willing to invest Himself in developing them every day of their lives so that they can become the men He always intended them to be. His passion is to leave no man left behind on the battlefield of life but to encourage all men to grow in Christ and in turn, reach other men. His first book is, Like Father, Like Son, How Knowing God As Father Changes Men, published by New Growth Press. Pete’s style combines openness, humor, great stories and strong Bible teaching as he easily connects with men.
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