I will do my best…
These five words commit each scout to strive for excellence instead of settling for easy indifference. What do I mean by that? Sometimes it isn’t enough to merely do a job, when it should be done well.
Think about it this way….a lot of scouts play on sports teams. The team “plays to win” and the best way to win the game is to follow the coach’s plan AND have each player push themselves to the edge to deliver their full commitment.
How do you “play to win” for: Scouts? Life? Spiritual Growth? School?
You see, the details contained in the Scout Oath (duty to God, helping other people at all times, etc.) are so important that we should “play to win”, not merely do them when it is convenient or easy.
Anyone can “cruise” through life – doing only enough to “get by”. As a scout, I want to stand apart from others – not for self-pride (vanity), but by setting the bar as high as I can. With that commitment in mind, I can make a difference in the lives of those around me, and I can fulfill my duty most completely (including my duty to self – to become the best, most consistent person that God would enable me to be.)
Failure to do my best undermines my honor, and cheats those who I pledge to serve (God, Others and Self).
In the bible, there are examples where God expects the best from us:
- In worship (Ps 9:1; Ps 119:1-3; Ps 119:10; Ps 119:34)
- in seeking God (Dt4:29; Dt 6:5; Dt10:12; Dt11:13; Dt 13:3; Dt 30:6; 1Sa12:20; Pr 3:5; Jer 29:13)
- In obedience (Dt 26:16; Dt 30:2; Dt 30:10; Jos 22:5)
- In service (1Sa12:24)
- In repentance (Joel2:12)
- In Joy (Zeph3:14)
- At direct command (Mt22:37, Mark12:30; Mark12:33; Luke10:27)
In fact, we’re expected to do our best at ALL we do: in Colossians 3, verses 23-24, it says; “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
Additionally, there is the story in Matthew 25 of the man who gave his servants talents to use/invest while he was gone away on a trip – they were to invest them and earn their keep as productive servants. The one who had been given the most at the start also earned the most, but the one who had been entrusted with very little showed that he wasn’t “playing to win” and did nothing but bury his talent in the ground. Upon the master’s return, he was very displeased with the servant who took the lazy way and he rewarded those who had done their best.
On your honor, do your best….or, play to win because it’s “life” and it’s important.