To be so Honored

In my life time, I have had the opportunity to be honored for many achievements.  Not tooting my horn, but it is fair to say that in 21 years in the Army and many years a Scouter, accolades and recognition comes your way.  I have been honored by our Nation through the Army, I have been honored by civic organizations, I have been honored by the Boy Scouts on many levels, but never have I been so Honored as I was last night.

Last night I was Honored to stand up for a young man that made a big choice in his life.  He chose God last night.  He chose to be a person of Christ and to live a life that is filled with virtue and the understanding that what he does to the least of his brothers he will have done to Christ.  I was Honored to be the Sponsor of one of the Scouts in my Troop as he was Confirmed in the Catholic Church.

After the Confirmation, a small reception was held at his home.  Gifts were given as we celebrated a great day in the life of this young man.  Before the end of the evening, he gave me a gift that I will cherish.  He did not have to do this, and I am certainly humbled.  Not only to be the person he choose to be his sponsor, but that he cared enough to recognize me with this gift.
It is a simple framed passage from Ephesians most of us are familiar with regarding the Armor of God.

“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints….”  Ephesians 6:10-18

We talk about a Scout being Reverent, but we also talk about a Scout being Brave.  Putting on the Armor of God requires all of the Scout Law to withstand the evils that are around us.

I am so honored to be a part of Parker putting on the Armor last night and making that choice.  I am so honored to be chosen to be his stand up… his sponsor.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

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