Spent the night with the scouts last night in the Tonto National Forest in Arizona. We had a great time laughing, talking, swimming in ice cold water and eating great food. For the scout master minutes we talked about the coals in the fire and how they glow bright orange when they are together. I pulled one out of the fire and showed them that it did not take long for the hot coal to dime and finally go dark. I told all the young men that it is important to be in groups that protects and uplifts each other. Scouts is a good group for them to spend time doing hard and fun things together and it gives them opportunity to lead and serve one another.
Choose a good group to be with and be a strong member of that group. This will help one stay burning bright in times of adversity. Be persistent in doing good things and continue to look for opportunities to uplift and serve those around you. Choose this day to become a man among men and stand as a witness of good in all times and in all places. Remember what Og Mandino wrote about persistence: I will strike my blade against the mighty oak time and time and time again until it gives in to the strikes and tumbles to the earth. Or in other words I will continue to work hard for my group and bless the lives of those around me no mater what.
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