The Road Goes on Forever and the Party Never Ends! Robert Earl Keen released his “No 2. Live Dinner” album in 1996. I entered college as a freshman in fall of 1996 thinking that the college road does go on forever.
Each semester in BYX I remember senior chapter where older brothers had the chance to share their hearts and wisdom with those that will be back next semester. I always said to myself “I can’t imagine being that brother who is graduating.” It seemed so far off each semester.
I spent my college years investing into BYX. Making plans for our upcoming date parties, formals, investing into my cell group and all the brotherhood activities we had each semester. The Lord spent my college years using this fraternity to chisel away at my heart, challenge me as a Christ follower and expand my knowledge of His character. It introduced me to men who became lifelong friends.
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend our North Texas BYX Chapter’s senior banquet. It was a well-planned event to honor each senior and his family. Each senior invited his parents and significant other to the event. The officers had planned a slide show for each of the seniors and allowed the members to stand up and share a word of encouragement to the seniors. It was a special moment for each of them as they witnessed their own impact on their brothers. I had the opportunity to share just a few words with the chapter.
To the parents and as a father of four children, I referenced Deuteronomy 6:5-7.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children.” Deuteronomy 6:5-7
These are the commandments for us, as parents, and these are our hopes and prayers for our children as they begin to stand on their own two feet in college. One mother approached me after the banquet just to tell me how different her son is from four years ago. She said that her son was a difficult teenager and that he came to know Jesus just a few shorts weeks prior to starting college. She had no idea which direction he would go during college, either the way of the world or the pursuit of Christ.
He met a BYX brother shortly after starting college and ended up pledging his freshman year. Four short years later, his life is hardly recognizable from his senior in high school. He is not the same person. That’s a testament to the Lord using the brothers in BYX to chisel and sharpen the young man.
To the members, I encouraged them to make the most of their time and to realize how special these years within the fraternity of BYX are to their life. Recognize the impact their brothers are having on their lives and how the Lord is using them to challenge and grow them as a young men. Members have a choice to sit on the side lines and let these years in BYX pass them by or they have a choice to jump in, serve, lead, fail, succeed and grow through BYX.
To the seniors, I encouraged them that The Road does Go on Forever and the Party Never Ends! Earlier that week, I was on the phone with one of my brothers from my cell group in 1999. Every summer my closest brothers from BYX and I gather for a weekend of brotherhood and unity in Christ.
We catch up on life and family, pray with and for one another and genuinely enjoy the brotherhood. Life looks completely different than it did 15 years ago for all of us. Between the nine of us we have close to 30 children, busy careers and are involved in different churches and organizations, but the lifelong brotherhood continues through the relationships that began as a freshman in college in the fall of 1996. That’s my hope and prayer for the seniors of 2015. The road goes on forever and the BYX party never ends!