What Am I Grateful For Today… Scouts

Train children in the way they should go; when they grow old, they won’t depart from it (Proverbs 22:6, Common English Bible).

We had such a great day in church yesterday as we honored and blessed our veterans. The celebration would not have been as grand if not for the Scouts of the Sweeny community. We had members of Cub Scout Pack 560 and Boy Scout Troop 561 along with the local Girl Scouts (sorry, I didn’t get their unit numbers) take part in the service. They brought in the colors, did a special flag ceremony featuring all branches of uniformed service along with the POW-MIA flag. It was a very moving ceremony that I am grateful all the Scout units could take part.

It is no secret, I love the Boy Scouts. I am an Eagle Scout. Though I know much less about it, I have a growing respect for the Girl Scouts. Unfortunately, I don’t know any of the Girl Scouts’ laws or pledges. I do know the Boy Scouts and part of the Scout Oath kept playing through my mind during the morning service.

“On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty to God and my country…” It is the beginning of the Scout Oath. I believe our Scouts did both yesterday. They honored God by being in worship. They honored country by honoring the Veterans of our church and community.

The writer of Proverbs (tradition says it was Solomon), says a great deal about the roles Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Girl Scouts within American Society. “Train children in the way they should go; when they grow old, they won’t depart from it.” When we train our children and do it right, they will grow into responsible, caring, adults. Scouting provides a great platform for young men and women. They are learning through Scouting. They learn to live for God and Country.

It is up to us, as adults, to keep reminding our young people, whether in Scouts or otherwise active teens, just how important is to honor God and our history. These young men and women are learning a part. I hope and pray they never depart from the faith lessons they have received today.

Yes, “Train children in the way they should go; when they grow old, they won’t depart from it.” It is all our responsibilities. I am grateful my Dad was asked to become the Scoutmaster. It was trying at times but I do know, he pointed a lot of boys in a direction they otherwise might never have gone. It is just such a blessing to see what can be a dramatic change in their lives.

That is what I am grateful for Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and the ministry they provided by being part of our worship service.

That is what I am grateful for today. What about you? Are you kidding, I was born ready. I am grateful for our Scouts.

What are you grateful for today. Write it down in your journal and then tell someone what that means today. Then go out and tell someone about it.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved.


Spirita Spiro (Esperanza for "Spirit's Breath) is rather new in my life. But the blog is not. I began writing a blog several years ago. It lived under the title, "The Pastor Ponders." Over the years I have tried several different names and "The Pastor Ponders" always seemed to fit best. I am trying again with Spirita Spiro. For 27 years I was a full-time pastor in the United Methodist Church. This year, August 2018, I semi-retired (I can't actually retire quite yet) and began teaching social studies. It is something I have always wanted to do and if I was going to do this, I needed to make it sooner rather than later. So, I made the move. I thought with the career change there also needed to be a name change to the blog and other things, such as spiritual direction. Spirita Spiro is my attempt to share some of my thoughts. I often share what I am thinking with my dog "Bishop," but he keeps his thoughts to himself. He will even go to sleep sometimes while I am sharing my thoughts with him. The truth is, if it doesn't involve getting his ears scratched, his belly rubbed or some kind of treat, he really doesn't care. I will say this for him, he never argues with me or tells me I am wrong. So, I decided to share some of my thoughts with whoever might come across this blog in their ramblings around the Internet. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 27 years as a full-time United Methodist pastor. Most recently I served as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Sweeny, Texas. I have also served United Methodist congregations throughout East Texas including rural Madison County (Elwood UMC), Lovelady (First UMC) and Kennard (Center Hill UMC), Canton (First UMC), rural Smith County (Mt. Sylvan UMC and Union Chapel UMC), Grapeland (First UMC), Tyler (Pleasant Retreat UMC), Santa Fe (Aldersgate UMC), Freeport (First UMC) and Oyster Creek (Oyster Creek UMC), Diboll (First UMC), and now Sweeny (First UMC). My wife Cindy and I have been married for over 40 years. We have two grown sons. Wayne and his wife Nikki and all our grandsons (Kaleb, Noah, and Jaxon) live in Southern California. Christopher and his wife Morgan and both our granddaughters (Jenna and Natalie) live in Tyler Texas. I enjoy preaching and all aspects of preaching from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading, playing the guitar as well as a bit of drawing. I have spent quite a bit of time over the past two years working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I sing bass with a local barbershop chorus called The Coastalaires. I have also recently begun doing a little wood carving. I also enjoy playing with Bishop, something he likes a great deal better than listening to my thoughts. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, specializing in Microcomputers from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. When I was a student at Carolina, the school was in Iron Station North Carolina. They have since relocated to Manassas Virginia (Yeah, go figure, a school named Carolina geographically in Virginia). This blog is mostly devotional writing, but there are other things here too. Just about every week I will either post my sermon manuscript or a video of the worship service. On occasion, I will post something I see in society. Occasionally I write a short story, a poem, or a song and will post it here too. I will say this, my motivations for writing this blog are really selfish. I write it to get what I am thinking out of my head and onto something a bit more permanent. They say, after all, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. And, should you desire, you can one-up Bishop and actually tell me what you think. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. With Joy and Thankfulness, Keith Sweeny, Texas May 2018

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