Our virtue this week is LOYALTY – The strength to make a cause more important than yourself enabling you to make sacrifices to achieve it. Our school, our team, our family, our togetherness is that cause.
Lord, You were the perfect example of LOYALTY as You made us more important than Yourself and You made so many sacrifices for us. Help us to be LOYAL to one another. May we be more and more like You each day. Does anyone have any prayer intentions? Who wants to lead us in a Glory Be?
Damon and Pythias
There is a great story from the 4th century B.C. It takes place in the Sicilian city-state of Syracuse. Damon and Pythias had been the best of friends since childhood. Each trusted the other wholeheartedly and each knew in his heart that there was nothing he would not do for his friend. Now the ruler of Syracuse grew annoyed at Pythias for the political speeches that he was giving, announcing that no man should have absolute power in society.
The king summoned Pythias and ordered him to retract his statements or be put to death. Pythias refused. He would retract nothing because he believed that what he was teaching was the truth. “Then you will die”, said the king. “Do you have any last requests?” “Yes. Let me go home just long enough to say goodbye to my wife and children.” The king would have none of it. “I will give you a pledge,” Pythias said.
At that moment Damon spoke up and said that he would remain there in prison until his friend returned. The king was amazed that anyone would be such a friend. He told Damon, “You must suffer the same consequences if your friend does not return on time. You realize this?” “He will keep his word,” Damon replied. “I have no doubt of that.”
The appointed day for Pythias’ return had arrived yet Pythias had not. “It seems your friend has not turned up,” the king laughed. “What do you think of him now?” “He is my friend,” Damon answered. “I trust him.” Even as he spoke, the doors flew open, and Pythias staggered into the room. He was pale and bruised as he rushed to the arms of his friend.
“It seemed like everything was against me. My ship was wrecked, I was mugged by thieves … but I refused to give up hope, and at last I’ve made back in time. I am ready to receive my sentence of death.” The king was astonished. He had never seen such dedicated friendship. His eyes and his heart were opened and he changed his mind. “The sentence is revoked,” he declared. “I never believed such faith and loyalty could exist between two men. You have shown me how wrong I was, and it is only right that you have your freedom. But I ask that you do me one favor and teach me how to be a part of so worthy a friendship”
Why do you think Damon was willing to risk his life for his friend?
What inspires you to be loyal to your friends and family?
Let’s live today with a full heart, a heart that is LOYAL and willing to put the others first.
Who inspires you the most to be more LOYAL?
Tell me about a person who has been especially LOYAL to you during your life.