Christmas Scoutmaster Minute 2016

You know the older I get the more reflective I get. Yes, I glow in the dark.

I find myself taking more and more time to reflect on what is important in my life. The events, both good and bad, that have left a mark on my life. The time I share with my family, my extended family (that would be you guys), and the joy I receive from giving of myself to those the Lord places in my path. These moments seem to shape me more and more these days.

Next week is Christmas and once again we will celebrate the birth of the Christ child. You will, no doubt, be anxious and excited as you dream of the presents you will receive and those you will give. There is a gift you can give that does not require wrapping paper, ribbons or bows.

The greatest gift that you can give this year is to truly live the Scout Oath and Law.

I have sat with many of you, during Scoutmaster conferences, and asked this simple question:

What are you doing to live the Oath and Law in your everyday life?

I get lots of answers:

  • I am nice to my siblings
  • I never lie
  • I take out the trash and never ask to get paid for it
  • Well… I think I am helpful

Answers that, while they touch on the points of the Law and maintain the theme of the promise, can surely be given more thought.

The Scout Oath, a promise we make to ourselves and to others moves us to do good.

The Law is 12 simple words that, if thought about, will lead you down the right path in life.  But as a gift to those around you, it could be life changing.

So I ask you boys to give that gift, the gift of living - not just words - but living the Oath and Law.  It is tough, I know, but the things in life that are worth it never come easy.

I wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and the best of wishes in the New Year!

Merry Christmas!

Mr. Gnadinger