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Posted By Harolene

IMG_2511Be prepared!” That's the motto of the Boy Scouts.

"Be prepared for what?" someone once asked Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, "Why, for any old thing." he answered.

The training you receive in your troop will help you live up to the Scout motto. When someone has an accident, you are prepared because of your first aid instruction. Because of lifesaving practice, you might be able to save a non-swimmer who has fallen into deep water. But Baden-Powell wasn't thinking just of being ready for emergencies. His idea was that all Scouts should prepare themselves to become productive citizens and to give happiness to other people. He wanted each Scout to be ready in mind and body for any struggles, and to meet with a strong heart whatever challenges might lay ahead. “Be prepared for life - to live happily and without regret, knowing that you have done your best.” That's what the Scout motto means.

John 1:6,7 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light that all through him might believe. Mark 1:3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, and make his paths straight.

To be able to carry John's message to people today would be my highest calling! You can't be "thin skinned" though, because there are people who will not believe us today any more than the people of that day believed John when he said that the Messiah was coming to them!

Our highest goal in collecting our "Christian Scout" badge is to live our life in such a way that it will influence people to live a prepared life. How do we do that? To be an example to others by living as if we knew for sure that Jesus was coming back to earth tomorrow! Then we will be ready, prepared.

 

 
Posted By Harolene

When I know that company is coming to my house, I get out the mop and dust cloths and cleaning supplies to make sure that it is all perfect! How much more do I want to polish up myself before the day of the Lord? How can I prepare myself to help others? By knowing the Word so well that when someone has a problem we know where to find the answer for them in the scriptures! 2 Timothy 1:15 says Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. We study to show ourselves approved UNTO GOD, no one else, but when you are called upon to help someone you will be glad you studied and feel that approval of yourself!

Be prepared for life - to live happily and without regret, knowing that you have done your best. That's what the Christian Eagle Scout motto means.

Thanks to the Boy Scouts for their wonderful example and for using their motto in this blog!

 
Posted By Harolene

The word that has been running through my grey matter for a few days is 'balance'. As a noun it means an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady. As a verb it means to offset or compare the value of (one thing) with another. To keep balance in our life is important with everything we do; you can eat sweets but if you eat more sweets than is good for you then you will be sick. I have a grandson and a son-in-law that are both diabetic and they check their blood many times a day to make sure they haven't had too many carbs which will drive their blood to heights that could cause major problems, in other words, in balance. But just as they don't want it to be too high, if it get too low then they could have a seizure, if that happens you have to get juice or squirt a sweet gel from a tube into their mouth so that their 'balance' is restored.

There are folk who can have a glass of wine without any bad effects, but there are people who have the tendency to be alcoholic that can't even risk one drink without risking their sobriety. It's the same with taking drugs, especially pain meds. My daughter had an operation and they sent her home with prescriptions for some heavy-duty pain pills, she took them the first night home, it was Oxycontin, she was in no pain. The next day she was hurting so bad and I asked why she didn't take another pill, she spoke with wisdom, she said "Mom when I took that pill not only was I not in pain but I felt a kind of joy inside of myself. I can't take that again or I won't be able to stop." Wow, she chose to suffer rather than take a chance on losing her ability to choose.

What about balance in relationships? People who have strong personalities can lead some of us around and we end up being a sort of slave to their every whim. They can emotionally blackmail us by crying, screaming, threatening suicide or replacing us in their life with someone who WILL do whatever it is they want. That is when you have to pull up your big girl/boy pants, square your shoulders and get out while the "gettin's" good!

Keeping balance means you eat right, you get the right amount of sleep and don't over indulge in anything that will make you physically unhealthy. You also need to be in spiritual balance which includes having conversations with God, reading His Word, and trying to the best of your ability to live according to His will.

I think that a lot of times we don't hear Him because we don't heed 1 Peter 5:7 "Casting all your care on Him, for He cares for you." If you keep God at the head of all your wants, desires, and relationships then you will never get out of balance.

 

 
Posted By Harolene

We have this promise in 1 Corinthians 10:13 "No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it."

Jesus said Matthew 11:28 "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

"He’s the healer of broken hearts; He'll mend your shattered dreams. He'll pick up the threads of your broken life and weave them together again. To your soul He'll bring peace and joy, your friend in need He'll be, He's the healer of broken hearts, this Jesus of Galilee."

Bring your needs, addictions, relationships and everything in between to the altar.  If you let Him bring you into balance you will remain upright and steady, and you will be able to properly compare the values of one thing against another in your life.

Bottom line, give it to the Lord and He will bring you into proper balance and you won't have to stand on your head!

 
Posted By Harolene

There is a line from a song, “I Then Shall Live”, that says, “And when relationship demands commitment, then I’ll be there to care and follow through…”

If I didn’t say anything else I believe you would have something to consider and wonder if the “loves” in your life could count on you in a time of crisis.

It’s something the old timers would call “lip service”, or giving your “word” and then IMG_2never thinking of it again.

Today I attended a memorial service to remember and to honor the martyrs who chose death over giving up their belief in Jesus and accepting the Muslim’s Mohammad. This was the One Hundred year anniversary of the start of the genocide that lasted into 1923. I didn’t do a head count but as I stood on the marble steps in the Georgia State Capital I did take a look around and felt embarrassed for the saints looking over the portals of heaven at the little ceremony and noticing how few of their progeny had taken the time to show up in their honor.

I have a rich heritage on both sides of my DNA, I have been talking about my dad’s Armenian ancestry this week but with the birthday of my maternal grandfather coming up on April 29th I feel I should mention some of the things he suffered for his faith.

This man, Earl Pearly Paulk, Sr. was short in stature but had the will and spirit of a giant. When he was little more than a toddler plowing in the cotton fields of South Georgia, he made up his mind to make a difference in his world and wanted to start by making sure that any child of his would have the opportunity to have all of the education that his or her heart desired. He was a man who had to quit his own education when he was in the second grade in order to help work on the family farm, but ended his life with an honorary Doctorate Degree from Bob Jones University where he sat on the board of directors.