What Am I Grateful For Today… Scouts

Train children in the way they should go; when they grow old, they won’t depart from it (Proverbs 22:6, Common English Bible).

We had such a great day in church yesterday as we honored and blessed our veterans. The celebration would not have been as grand if not for the Scouts of the Sweeny community. We had members of Cub Scout Pack 560 and Boy Scout Troop 561 along with the local Girl Scouts (sorry, I didn’t get their unit numbers) take part in the service. They brought in the colors, did a special flag ceremony featuring all branches of uniformed service along with the POW-MIA flag. It was a very moving ceremony that I am grateful all the Scout units could take part.

It is no secret, I love the Boy Scouts. I am an Eagle Scout. Though I know much less about it, I have a growing respect for the Girl Scouts. Unfortunately, I don’t know any of the Girl Scouts’ laws or pledges. I do know the Boy Scouts and part of the Scout Oath kept playing through my mind during the morning service.

“On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty to God and my country…” It is the beginning of the Scout Oath. I believe our Scouts did both yesterday. They honored God by being in worship. They honored country by honoring the Veterans of our church and community.

The writer of Proverbs (tradition says it was Solomon), says a great deal about the roles Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Girl Scouts within American Society. “Train children in the way they should go; when they grow old, they won’t depart from it.” When we train our children and do it right, they will grow into responsible, caring, adults. Scouting provides a great platform for young men and women. They are learning through Scouting. They learn to live for God and Country.

It is up to us, as adults, to keep reminding our young people, whether in Scouts or otherwise active teens, just how important is to honor God and our history. These young men and women are learning a part. I hope and pray they never depart from the faith lessons they have received today.

Yes, “Train children in the way they should go; when they grow old, they won’t depart from it.” It is all our responsibilities. I am grateful my Dad was asked to become the Scoutmaster. It was trying at times but I do know, he pointed a lot of boys in a direction they otherwise might never have gone. It is just such a blessing to see what can be a dramatic change in their lives.

That is what I am grateful for Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and the ministry they provided by being part of our worship service.

That is what I am grateful for today. What about you? Are you kidding, I was born ready. I am grateful for our Scouts.

What are you grateful for today. Write it down in your journal and then tell someone what that means today. Then go out and tell someone about it.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved.

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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