Be A Good Scout ~ January 20

Be A Good Scout

Be prepared, but don’t stress about it

He that is of a proud heart stirs up strife: but he that puts his trust in the LORD shall be prospered. Proverbs 28:25

I did the Cub Scout thing and it was fun, but I didn’t do too well when I graduated to Boy Scouts. I attended one campout, and decided it wasn’t my thing. My shish kabob fell into the fire and the apple I wrapped in foil and buried beneath the fire got sand in it when I accidently hit it with my shovel trying to dig it up. Twelve-year-old boys don’t handle hunger very well. I should have heeded the Boy Scout motto—Be Prepared—and hid some cookies or candy bars in my pack.

It was my first lesson in thinking ahead and planning for the unexpected, and it stuck with me. I’ve learned it’s a good thing to expect the best, but it’s also a good idea to plan for the worst. When we’re prepared, we should be able to deal with unexpected situations.

What we should not do, however, is allow those potential problems to consume our thoughts and cause us stress. That’s called worrying, and worrying won’t keep sand out of your half-baked green apple.

Faith is part of—maybe the biggest part of—being prepared. When we trust God to guide us, He will help us to make the right preparations for our various endeavors. But best of all, He will allow us to approach any situation with peace of mind, knowing He’s got our back.

But still… I probably should have taken some cookies with me.

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