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Pastor Stacy Williams
posted March 18, 2009
COLUMN – I was never a Boy Scout, Cub
Scout, or otherwise. For some reason, my generation thought that it
wasn’t “cool” to be a Boy Scout. I’m not sure if it was the uniform or
the outdoor skills that we thought we were above, but my friends and I
refused to be associated with them. However, my son is now a Cub Scout
and I am having a great time experiencing scouting with him.
This past Saturday, we had the opportunity to race in the district
Pinewood Derby. After our car crashed at the previous race with our
local scout pack, we made some adjustments to the wheel that came off
and thought we were going to do well. Believe it or not, the same wheel
came off at the district race. I was very disappointed and couldn’t
help but think of all the things we could have done to the car to be
The Boy Scouts motto is one that almost all of us have heard. The words
“Be Prepared” can be recited by most of us even if we were never
Scouts. However, the entire motto reads as follows; “The Scout motto is
BE PREPARED. A scout prepares for whatever comes his way by learning
all he can. He keeps himself strong, healthy, and ready to meet the
challenges of life.”
Preparedness is crucial to getting things done correctly and
efficiently. I read a news story a while back, about a robbery attempt
in Benicia, California. Two armed men in ski masks had picked a
cashless credit union to rob. A "cashless credit union" is where the
money is deposited into a vault inaccessible to most employees.
The men fled the scene, and no one was injured. One police officer was
quoted as saying, "Apparently they weren't really prepared."
This reminded me of a robbery attempt that happened when I was a banker
in Taylors, SC. Three hooded men got out of a pickup truck and
proceeded to come into the bank, hoods and all. When they tried to
enter my branch, the doors wouldn’t open. We had magnetic doors at the
branch that had to be released manually from inside. Obviously, we were
not going to let in three men wearing hoods and facemasks!! The poor
guys just weren’t prepared. They couldn’t even be good bank robbers.
God calls us to be prepared, to be ready, and to be the best.
Colossians 3:22-24 says, Slaves, obey your human
masters in everything;
don't work only while being watched, in order to please men, but [work]
wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, do it
enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men,
knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the
Lord—you serve the Lord Christ. (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
other words, no matter if you are a plumber, carpenter, preacher,
teacher, or even bank robber, you are to perform that task as if you
are serving the Lord. By obeying this Biblical principle, we turn every
ordinary mundane task into something that requires us to be the best.
In order to be the best, we must be prepared. No athlete trains to come
in second or third or last. A true athlete’s heart and vision always
sees the victory celebration, not the anguish of failure. It keeps the
athlete strong and pushing on when he or she would rather not even get
out of bed.
If we truly understand the greatness of the prize that lies before us,
if we genuinely grasp the vision of the victory celebration in heaven
with our Heavenly Father and loved ones, if we could hear our savior
cheering us onward, we would never spend our time doing anything but
preparing and training for the race we are in.
Training for this race is simple. We need to study God’s word, Study to
shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be
ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15) we need
to pray constantly, Pray without ceasing.(1 Thessalonians 5:17)
seek God in every decision we have to make.
Be the best Christian you can be!
all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone
runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it
for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You're after one that's gold
eternally. (1 Corinthians 9:24 The Message)
All are welcome join us for worship at Edgefield First Baptist Sunday
mornings at 11 AM and every second Sunday of the month at 6 PM, for our
casual contemporary service that we call CAPTIVATE. For more
information call us at 803-637-6139 or visit our website where you will
find weekly activities, church information, or even listen to sermons
online. Our web address is http://www.edgefieldfirstbaptist.org
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