Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Scoutmasters Minute - The Brick
Scoutmasters Minute - The Brick
Tue, 27 Apr 1999 08:58:48 EDT
About ten years ago, a young and very successful executive named Josh
was traveling down a Chicago neighborhood street. He was going a bit
too fast in his sleek, black, 12 cylinder Jaguar XKE, which was only two
months old. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked
cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something. As his car
passed, no child darted out, but a brick sailed out and-WHUMP! -- it
smashed into the Jag's shiny black side door! SCREECH!!!! Brakes
slammed! Gears ground into reverse, and tires madly spun the Jaguar
back to the spot from where the brick had been thrown. Josh jumped
out of the car, grabbed the kid and pushed him up against a parked car.
He shouted at the kid, "What was that all about and who are you? Just
what the heck are you doing?!" Building up a head of steam, he went on.
"That's my new Jag, that brick you threw is gonna cost you a lot of money."
"Why did you throw it?"
"Please, mister, please- I'm sorry! I didn't know what else to do!",>pleaded
the youngster. "I threw the brick because no one would stop!"
Tears were dripping down the boy's chin as he pointed around the parked
car. "It's my brother, mister," he said. "He rolled off the curb and
fell out of his wheelchair and I can't lift him up." Sobbing, the boy asked
"Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He's hurt
and he's too heavy for me."
Moved beyond words, the young executive tried desperately to swallow the
rapidly swelling lump in his throat. Straining, he lifted the young man
back into the wheel chair and took out his handkerchief and wiped the
scrapes and cuts, checking to see that everything was going to be OK. He then
watched the younger brother push him down the sidewalk toward their
home. It was a long walk back to the sleek, black, shining, 12 cylinder
Jaguar XKE- a long and slow walk. Josh never did fix the side door of
his Jaguar. He kept the dent to remind him not to go through life so fast
that someone or someOne has to throw a brick at him to get his attention.
Some bricks are softer than others. Feel for the bricks of life coming
"..My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor faint
when you are reproved by Him. For the Lord disciplines those whom He loves
and chastises every son whom He receives." ~ Hebrews 12:5-6