2011 ~ “Be Prepared!”

11 Jan

Be Prepared

Thinking back on my training when I was a Boy Scout I recall the Scout Motto.

In the third part of “Scouting for Boys”, Robert Baden-Powell explains the meaning of the phrase:

The Scout Motto is: BE PREPARED which means you are always in a state of readiness in mind and body to do your DUTY.

* Be Prepared in Mind by having disciplined yourself to be obedient to every order, and also by having thought out beforehand any accident or situation that might occur, so that you know the right thing to do at the right moment, and are willing to do it.

* Be Prepared in Body by making yourself strong and active and able to do the right thing at the right moment, and do it. [1]

“To do the right thing at the right moment” can be extreme:

“Where a man has gone so far as to attempt suicide, a Scout should know what to do with him.” [2]

“BE PREPARED to die for your country if need be, so that when the moment arrives you may charge home with confidence, not caring whether you are going to be killed or not” [3]

Over the last week or so during devotions I have been taken to…

God’s Promise to direct us on our “paths” as we acknowledge/recognize/appreciate Him:
“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” ~ Proverbs 3:6 (KJV)

God’s Promise through His Word to shine the light on our “path” so that we might see the way at the moment that we need to be able to walk the path He has for us.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” ~ Psalm 119:105 (NIV

Allowing God to transform our minds which will give us wisdom to test things and find God’s perfect will for our lives:
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” ~ Romans 12:2 (NIV)

Earlier today I saw a post that was using the word “positioning.”  That is a very good word that sums up what it seems God is doing in my life, in the lives of other Christians and what He is doing in this world.  God not only tells us to “BE PREPARED,” but shines the light on and directs our paths, if we let Him. He is doing this in order to get us, our other Christian brothers and sisters and the world prepared in order to make us fit for service and able to share in Kingdom Work and the harvest at hand. Feel like you are being aligned into a state of readinesss? Looking back on the last few years and going into this new year I can really see that this is so. God “invests” us in his “spiritual boot camp” to make us fit for use. God turns up the heat and pressure and we come out as…gold.

Blessings and I leave you with this final scripture:
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
~ Romans 15:5-6 (NIV)

Sources:
1. Baden-Powell, Robert. Scouting for Boys – Campfire Yarn No. 3 – Becoming a Scout.
2. Baden-Powell, Robert. Scouting for Boys – Campfire Yarn No. 25 – Helping Others.
3. Scouting for Boys, First Publication, #5, 12 February 1908, pp. 331-332. (not in later editions)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scout_Motto

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