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12 Things I Learned When I Was 12

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I've recently written a couple of posts about things (life lessons) that we 'learn' at various times in our lives and wanted to share some fundamentals that are with me every day and that, I guess are so engrained, that I forgot to mention them. I should have begun with these.

 

These are principles that I learned in Boy Scouts and ones that serve to form the basis for many of the ideals that I carry with me – so much so, that I take them for granted. They form the foundation by which I try to live, by which I conduct my personal life, by which I've tried to raise my children, and by which I try to conduct myself in business.

I found this narrative on the BSA web site and really like the Christian connection and the Biblical references. I thought it better than anything I could have written and that it really expressed how I felt; especially, the bigger connection these had with my faith-based life. So, here are the Twelve Points of the Scout Law – Twelve Principles by which we all should try to live.

 

A Scout is TRUSTWORTHY

The person who is dishonest shall not live in My house; the person who is untruthful shall not stand before My eyes.

(Psalms 101:7)

A Scout is LOYAL

And Ruth said: Do not beg me to leave you or to return from following after you, for where you go, I will go; and where you stay, I will stay.

(Ruth 1:16)

A Scout is HELPFUL

You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

(Leviticus 19:18)

A Scout is FRIENDLY

Can two walk together unless they agree?

(Amos 3:3)

A Scout is COURTEOUS

Honor your father and your mother.

(Exodus 20:12)

A Scout is KIND

Withhold not good from the person to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do it.

(Proverbs 3:27)

A Scout is OBEDIENT

Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to the words of knowledge.

(Proverbs 23:12)

A Scout is CHEERFUL

A glad heart is good medicine.

(Proverbs 17:22)

A Scout is THRIFTY

Precious treasure remains in a wise person's dwelling, but a foolish person uses it up.

(Proverbs 21:20)

A Scout is BRAVE

Be strong and of good courage.

(I Chronicles 28:20)

A Scout is CLEAN

Who shall ascend the mountain of the Lord? And who shall stand in His holy place? The person who has clean hands and a pure heart.

(Psalms 24:3-4)

A Scout is REVERENT

It has been told to you what is good, and what the Lord requires of you; Only to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

(Micah 6:8)

 

A Parent’s Prayer

Loving God,
You are the giver of all we possess,
the source of all of our blessings.
We thank and praise you.

Thank you for the gift of our children.

Help us to set boundaries for them,
and yet encourage them to explore.
Give us the strength and courage to treat
each day as a fresh start.

May our children come to know you, the one true God,
and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

May your Holy Spirit help them to grow
in faith, hope, and love,
so they may know peace, truth, and goodness.

May their ears hear your voice.
May their eyes see your presence in all things.
May their lips proclaim your word.
May their hearts be your dwelling place.
May their hands do works of charity.
May their feet walk in the way of Jesus Christ,your Son and our Lord.
Amen.

Source: A Parent's Prayer – Loyola Press

 

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