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Dear Troop,

On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout law. Ok, lets stop right there, because that’s a big commitment and a responsibility. Just exactly what is your duty to God and your country? I don’t know if I should answer that question for you. The answer to these questions are of your own choosing and those answers will change as time marches on. I know some people who travel all over the world in an attempt to do their duty to God.

I have a friend leaving for Africa in a couple weeks. He is headed there to help an impoverished people to find prosperity and health. He was there for 18 months and is now heading back. He’s a humble fellow who owns a small business and a baby that will be born in a few months. He has a lot of responsibility resting on his shoulders but he feels like God created those people and it is our duty to help them. He once told me, “Maybe God created this situation to test our willingness to be helpful and kind.” This is a young man who obviously has a strong sense of duty. Although he has sacrificed a lot of his time and resources, he is intensely happy.

There are people who are driven by the need to acquire material possessions, money, beautiful homes and new cars. Many people have a sense that the only guarantee of survival is to have abundance. If you are a farmer, abundant grain reserves will get you through a rough winter, leave enough for a hungry visitor and leave enough seeds for next year’s plantings. These pursuits are important but we must keep in mind that at the end of all the games we play, we must put all the pieces back in the box they came in. Then we are left to ask ourselves if we did our duty. He who has the greater sense of duty to God and to his country, his family and to mankind is the greater man. No matter how big your house is, how recent your automobile or how abundant your cash reserves, we all get the same size grave.

Every once in a great while we are sent someone who achieves true greatness. Jesus, Buddha, and Mohammed come to mind. There are others whom you can name. They all had one thing in common, they had a sense of duty. And that duty my friends was to love your fellow man.

If there is one saintly quality within you, it is the duty to love. But how can you love your fellow man? It can be challenging at times. I can guarantee you this: You have a great template to follow in the Scout Oath and the Scout law. Follow it and you may achieve happiness.

Have a burning intensity within you to do your duty. Take this on with vigor and enthusiasm and make this world a better place for all. If you persist, you will never be without friends, and you will be loved. More important than that, you will love others!

Warmest Regards,

Steve Smith

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