Scoutmaster Minute – Cheerful While Helpful

Consider these Bible verses from Philippians 2:

Verse 4: Don’t look out only for your own interest, but take interest in others, too.
Verse 14: Do everything without complaining and arguing.

To put this in terms of the Scout Law, Point 3: Be helpful, Point 8: Be cheerful.

Now, there are 10 verses between the Bible verses, and 5 points between the points of the Scout Law. So, we have to wonder, how many of us find it a challenge to do these things together? Can you take interest in others without complaining, even when we’re doing one of your least favorite things to do? Can you help others and still be cheerful, especially when you find yourself doing something completely different from what you signed up for?

Some might find it easy, but most of you will find it a challenge. You’ll have to work at it, change your thinking, change your perspective, and change your attitude toward the world and the role you play in it. You’ll have to find the happiness that comes with the fulfillment of putting others before yourself.

However, once you do that, you can find the heart of Scouting, which is best shown by our Brotherhood of Cheerful Service, also known as the Order of the Arrow.