I remember hearing of a scouting meeting that took place where things weren’t going quite as planned. The special speaker failed to show up and the Scoutmaster was introduced to give a message to replace the one that the scouts were expecting. The leader panicked… He didn’t have a message prepared. In fact, he had been in such a hurry to get to this particular meeting that he had simply brought his 1 year old son instead of dropping him off at his usual babysitter.
Thinking on his feet, the Scoutmaster grabbed one of his sons diapers and climbed up on the stage. Met with a wave of laughter from his scouts the leader went on to explain how the diaper would be the subject of his talk.
He went on to explain to his scouts how babies cannot control themselves in many ways. He emphasized how many of us are not unlike babies. That perhaps many of us need to be wearing a type of diaper as well, as we often fail in our self control over what we say, our thoughts and by the things we choose to do. The Scoutmaster completed his illustration by telling his scouts that “training” was needed to improve self-discipline and to avoid the pitfalls of life. In stretching his example a little further, the Scoutmaster had shown his scouts the necessity of being better prepared. He had gotten by “flying by the seat of his pants” and the scouts knew it.
Often times as Christians we become overwhelmed by life. Like the Scoutmaster in our story, we are trapped by the hustle and bustle of everyday living. We too end up “flying by the seat of our pants”, and become masters of improvisation by default.
I know that I am more likely to fail in my daily walk with God if I haven’t deliberately set aside time to be with Him and listen. I am more likely to get angry with that driver who cut me off, more likely to want to use saucy language and definitely inclined to want MY way! The stressors of life becomes more cumbersome if I leave God out of them. I find myself to be more prone to mimic our culture (as I show in my examples above) if I don’t share my burdens each day and reset myself with God at my core.
Its for this reason that we all need practice the scouts motto:”Be Prepared”. Pauls’ advice to the church in Ephesus shares similar emphasis:
Ephesians 6:11 – “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
Purposefully make time to spend with with God each day. Don’t fall prey to the trips and snares of our enemy. Through faithful contemplation, you will no only grow closer to your creator and the best friend you will ever have, but through the edification that comes from reading His word and by fervent prayer we become better prepared to face the challenges of every day life.
Friends, here at Christian Helplines, Inc. we have developed the “How Can I Help?” training series as a tool to support you in your Christian walk. This tool works hand in hand with your bible as it teaches you how to become a better disciple for Christ. “Be prepared” for those moments when friends or neighbors are hurting and need someone who can come alongside them and not be afraid to share the love of Christ in their situation.
Above all else, spend time with God in His word each day, pray without ceasing and visit your local church on Sunday. But please check out our resources and let us know if we can be of any further help to you or your church today!