Tips For A Hold Fast Life
[Editors Note: This post was posted August 11, 2014]
Proverbs 27:17 - As Iron Sharpens Iron, so one man sharpens another.
When asked what Hold Fast the Iron ("Hold Fast") is I often share Proverbs 27:17, then follow up by asking the listener what that passage means to them. For most, the answer is almost always the same, which is that each of us has a responsibility to be our brother's keeper. We couldn't agree more with that answer; however, Hold Fast is not a philosophy where we encourage members to babysit or nag other men about their habits or behaviors, but rather that each of us live the best life possible so that we can encourage and inspire the best out of the people around us; that is, our family, brothers, friends children, etc.
The world is not an awful place, but the philosophies of our time do not always bring out the best in us or the men around us, which is why we feel each of us are called to this mission. There are many things one can do to live a Hold Fast life, but for this post I thought I would simply outline a few. To avoid sounding preachy and hypocritical, I'll preface the list by saying that most of these items are things that we ourselves struggle with or have learned through experience and personal failure to be true.
Tips for living a Hold Fast Life:
- Avoid focusing too much energy on material things. Over a long enough period of time all things end up out of date or in the trash, so why waste valuable time and money acquiring excess things that can only provide temporary enjoyment. Focus instead on acquiring experiences that truly add value to your life. This is not to say that it is bad to have nice things, but rather that each man carefully evaluate his choices before spending money that could be used to improve one’s financial security.
- Get out debt and avoid credit cards. The interest on most loans, including student loans is a real economic loss and for most people is the biggest barrier to achieving real freedom and financial security. Get out of debt as young as possible and stay that way.
- Avoid excess drugs and alcohol. Despite a few questionably funded studies suggesting alcohol is good for you in very small amounts, consuming drugs and alcohol in excess will rob you of your money and lead to real mental and physical distress. It is also one of the primary causes of marital strife and divorce. Believe me, I know the troubles of this one first hand, spending years recovering emotionally and financially from a DUI.
- Train and Eat Healthy. Our bodies are our most precious gift. In order to achieve success, maintain our health and get maximum enjoyment out of life, we must care for it daily. There is no quicker way to a short, less satisfying life than being sedentary and eating nothing but processed food. Train hard, get plenty of sleep and cut out as much wheat, corn, soy and dairy as possible. Your body and family with thank you.
This obviously is not an all-encompassing list, but we hope to add to in future posts. Remember, this journey is as much as of a learning experience for us, as it is for you, so please feel free to share any other suggestions you may have on our Facebook page. You can also send us a private message through the Contact Us link on our home page.