Zig On…The Scout Oath
By Zig Ziglar
(Part two of a five-part series)
“…TO DO MY DUTY…” When a young Scout repeats the Scout Oath each week, the words include “to do my duty to God and my country, and to obey the Scout Law.” Let’s explore that word “duty” and the word “obey” very carefully.
My dictionary tells me that the word “duty” is “that which a person owes to another, that which a person is bound by any natural, moral or legal obligation to pay, do or perform.” Actually, all of us have a duty to others. It begins with our parents. It extends to our teachers, the community, our neighbors, our country, etc. As the poet so eloquently said, “No man is an island unto himself.”
The programs Scouts get involved in can make a significant difference in the community. One of their programs is called “Operation First-Class.” This often involves inner-city activities where the number of single parents is high and the need for male role models is great. Results have been excellent. The kids are given direction, hope, encouragement and a promise that the future can be better.
The next part of the Scout Oath says, “and to obey the Scout Law.” In today’s society, the words “obey” and “obedience” have been largely frowned on and even ridiculed. I saw a youngster with a t-shirt which read, “I obey no one.” What a tragedy that is, because he has just said, “I will never lead anyone.” The first requisite of leadership is to have learned to be a good follower.
Fortunately, in today’s climate we are turning more and more to the admonition that “he who would be the greatest among you must become the servant of all.” In Scouting the word “obey” simply means that you will obey the Scout Law, which I will get into in a future column. In the meantime, buy into the concept to “do your duty to God and country and obey the Scout Law,” and I will SEE YOU AT THE TOP!
Zig Ziglar is known as America’s motivator. He is the author of 29 books and numerous audio and video recordings. He brings his message of hope to thousands on the stages at the Get Motivated Seminars. See him in action!
Duty makes us do things well, but love makes us do them beautifully. ~Zig Ziglar
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