“What does the LORD require of you? To do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”
These words from Micah 6:8 were part of this week’s Lower School Chapel, as students and faculty reflected on our “Duty to God” and celebrated our first ever “Boy Scout Wednesday.”
The Boy Scout Oath reads: “On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”
One of the “Adventures” (think “Merit Badges”) that Webelos (Boy Scouts in grades 3-5) can undertake is to explore together what this phrase “Duty to God” means in their daily lives. Scouts are asked to identify one thing that will bring them closer to doing their duty to God, and to practice it daily for a set period of time. In addition, they are asked to plan and participate in a service of worship or reflection.
Since Boy Scout Pack 1742 shares this ideal with Moravian Academy, it made sense for our scouts to plan and lead one of our weekly Lower School Chapel services. We began by getting together on a Sunday afternoon to think together about what “Duty to God” looks like in our school community. We looked at “The Orders for the Day,” a text we read aloud together each week: “The Lord our God is one Lord, and we shall love the Lord with all our heart, and with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength. This is the great and first commandment, and the second is like it. We shall love our neighbor as ourselves.”
This text is from the Bible, but contains a concept that is central to many of the world’s religious traditions: The Golden Rule (To love your neighbor as you love yourself).
Our scouts all agreed that one of the important ways, if not THE most important, that we practice our “Duty to God” is by loving and serving others. And it just so happened that all of the boys had someone in their lives who was difficult to love and serve: a sibling! Thus we challenged each other for two weeks to practice loving and serving our siblings, myself included. The boys kept journals of what they did, including sharing favorite toys, playing games their siblings enjoyed, doing their siblings’ chores, or putting away their siblings’ belongings. What they learned is that cumulative small acts of kindness can be even more important and effective than grand gestures.
In the words of Mother Teresa, “If we look just at the massiveness of the problem, we may never act. So don’t try to do great things. Do small things with great love.”
This was a great lesson for all of Lower School this week, presented through readings and theater by our Webelos and Mrs. Hinkle. Thank you to our scout leaders and parents for making this time together possible, and helping our students to be one another’s teachers!