Sunday Scout Service: Talents
Robert S Nix (bnix@JUNO.COM)
Tue, 18 Nov 1997 22:43:42 -0500
To Scouts-la, Scouts-UMC:
I was asked to give the Sunday message this past weekend at a district
camporee. I developed a set of thoughts I have been working on for
several months into a rough outline, and used this outline. I wanted to
share the message with all of you, my brothers and sisters in Scouting.
If you like the outline below, please use it; and pass it on. If you
improve it, let me know your thoughts; I plan to continue to develop this
theme for future possible messages.
By the way, I was two minutes into this message, in the outdoor
amphitheater, when a male wild turkey glided in behind me, perhaps 20
yards back; he landed, then perhaps 4 females glided in; then they all
gradually walked out of sight. I glanced back because of the audience
murmur, did not get a good look, and continued; but my message was, at
least temporarily, upstaged by a bunch of turkeys. They were beautiful.
I attempted to deliver this message with a lot of enthusiasm, as a used
car dealership commercial, pushing the people to answer the questions -
are you clean? brush your teeth last night? helpful? who did you help
yesterday? courteous? think of one polite thing you did? PUSH, PROJECT
an image.. I was able to work from one page of notes because I had
practiced the material several times; used the page only as a reference,
spoke without a podium, paced in front of them.. stressful to me, until I
saw some of the Scouts and Scouters begin to nod in agreement.. I
apologize for tooting my own horn, but this was REAL pressure for me, and
I did not fall on my face. Thanks for reading this far.
YIS, Bob Nix ..ustaBabeaver.. firstname.lastname@example.org
..twice as effective as a placebo..
CC, Pack 316; COR, ASM, Troop 316
Mt. Pisgah UMC, Greensboro, NC
..The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well..
1 Cor 12:4-11
How can we know what our talents are? Doe have any talents?
What if we have no skills?
I have self-doubt? My talent is not good enough?
Who am I? My teachers want to know.. I don't know..
Mostly I like myself, but I am always doubting.. Especially when I face
I'm not good enough..
I'm not worthy.
I don't know who I am..
I don't intentionally copy others, but it's easier to join in a little
noisemaking and roughhousing than to sit out the fun.. I really hate it
when someone tells me what to do.. I want to be a patrol leader, so I can
wear that neat patch, tell others what to do, and make them do it.. but
don't hold me responsible for that bunch of lazy kids..
How do you know who you are? Stop for a moment and think through the
points of the Scout law with me..
Look around this group, think of someone who is.. - don't name
Trustworthy loyal helpful
Friendly courteous kind
Obedient cheerful thrifty
Brave clean reverent
Now - do these people act with confidence? Do they have self-doubt?
Everyone has self-doubt. Your Scoutmaster has.. your minister has..
your teacher has.. your parents have..
So who am I? What do I do, when all my friends are looking for a little
trouble to get into? When my best friend occasionally cheats on tests?
When my friend lies to everybody? My friend steals little stuff? How do
I fit in?
How many of you were Cub Scouts ? What's the Cub Scout motto? Do your
Now - Let's face the original questions - who am I, and what are my
You may not know really who you are, but you can know how to behave. The
Scout law, The Scout oath, motto. And if you behave this way, these are
the things you become, and your friends and other adults begin to see you
as trustworthy.. as loyal.. .....
-- I'm not really brave, I just stood up for that little kid..-- but you
did the right thing when others did not..
-- I'm not really that helpful, I just took a minute to pitch in.. -- but
when I needed a little help, you were there..
-- I'm not relly sure what loyal means.. -- but when my grandmother
died, you stayed with me, listened to me, and weren't embarassed when I
Even when you are filled with self-doubt, no confidence, fear, shyness,
embarrassment, you can stand on the talents God gave you and you have
improved, through the grace of God.. and you can practice your talents
today, as you teach other Scouts; in the future, with younger Scouts;
later, with your children, and then when you are a Scout adult. Even
then, you will have self-doubt, but you will also have the strength,
confidence and knowledge to do the right thing.
Close with 1 Cor 12:27-31
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