I received the sad news yesterday that a Scouting friend had Gone Home this past weekend. He was an amazing man who touched the lives of many people (Scouters as well) and his spirit will live on in the youth he worked with over the past years. God grant you a quiet rest Baloo.
As it sometimes happens when someone is taken before their time, I’ve been pondering my mortality and how my personal “accounting” would look if today was my last day. Would my life’s ledger have more black than red ink in it? We take time for granted and put off things with the assumption there will be time later. Most of the time this line of thinking is OK, but sometimes life throws you a knuckle-ball and suddenly there is no “later”.
Not meaning to sound like an inspirational poster, but living like there is no tomorrow does have some merit, and in its own way it is just another way of being prepared. Our Scout vespers which is sung at the end of meetings and gatherings is a reminder of this. For some it is just something we sing before we leave the meeting, but if you really pay attention to what it is saying you will see that it asks the singer to review their actions for the whole day and not just the past 2 hours. Perhaps it’s time I pay a little more attention to “now” and not depend on the future so much.
How would you answer these questions?
Softly falls the light of day,
While our campfire fades away.
Silently each scout should ask:
“Have I done my daily task?
Have I kept my honor bright?
Can I guiltless sleep tonight?
Have I done and have I dared
In everything to be prepared.?”
Listen Lord, oh listen Lord,
As I whisper soft and low,
Bless my Mom and bless my Dad,
There is something they should know.
I have kept my honor bright.
The Oath and Law has been my guide.
Mom and Dad, this you should know,
Deep in my heart I love you so.
Until next time…
Be safe, be prepared, and keep Scouting!