For those who are not aware, today is National Eagle Scout Day. (Read more about the holiday here: (National Eagle Scout Day)
The Boy Scouts of America, founded in 1910, looks very different after over 100 years.
My Daddy, the Eagle Scout
(Above, my Granny pinning my Dad for his Eagle in 1974)
I don’t know much about my Dad’s time of earning his Eagle. Hopefully, GOD will permit me the time to have that talk with him. Perhaps even record it, to pass along to my sons someday.
Growing up Under “Daddy’s Wings”
My Dad is by no means perfect. But for the most part, he raised me under the the Scout Law:
A Scout is …
trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly,
courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful,
thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.
(Source: Scout Law)
One such example of this was in how he insists, still today, that I refer to others as Sir or Ma’am. Shortly after my oldest son was born, I attended a local event honoring area piano players and worship leaders. At the event, my Daddy introduced me to a new minister that had moved into the area. He was close to my age, so I called him by his first name. My Daddy, in love, leaned over to me and said “Unless he said otherwise, you should honor this man of GOD by saying Sir”.
In so many ways over the 19 years I lived at home, my dad would bring up various aspects of the Scout Law in his loving way of trying to help his fiesty, auburn-haired girl grow into a woman of integrity.
Flying under Daddy’s lead
Years later, I find myself feeling my Daddy’s lessons filtering through my life. So, here on National Eagle Scout Day, I make my own declaration:
- May I live a trustworthy life
- May I be loyal to CHRIST, to my sons, and to (GOD willing) my future husband
- May I live in a helpful and friendly way towards others. How people respond to that is not on me.
- May I be courteous and kind to all of those I encounter in my day, be that in person, on line, or on the phone.
- May I be obedient to the Holy Scriptures, obeying CHRIST’s commands to the best of my ability, and repenting for the many times I fail or fall short
- May I be cheerful. This is harder than it sounds. I have Severe Anxiety disorder, which I have been diligently seeking treatment for over the last 3 years. Regardless and in fact, because of that fact, I need to focus myself on being cheerful (ie, content) in the here and now of my mundane life
- May I be more thrifty. Those who know me best know that I have a bit of a gift for this. But I want to begin to use this gift to also serve those around me.
- May I be brave. Again, going back to the anxiety. I need to be intentional about reminding myself that:
The LORD is my strength and my shield
(Psalm 28:7, KJV)
- May I be clean. Now, mind you, I am sometimes a bit lazy in keeping house while other times I will clean for hours just to relieve my anxiety. But I can do more to guard my heart and mind from unclean thoughts.
- May I be reverent. May I show respect to all of those who I work with and work for, not only in my job but also in my community and in service in a church
- One added: May I be LOVING. To Christ, first. My family. To my coworkers, to strangers.