March 1, 2009

Scoutmaster Minute—Giving

In Israel, there are two major bodies of water.  Both are fed by the waters of the River Jordan.  One is the Sea of Galilee, which is full of fish and surrounded by lush vegetation and trees.  It is a living body in every sense.  The other is the Dead Sea.  There is nothing green there, there are no fish, and the sea is stagnant and dead.

The difference is that that Sea of Galilee overflows.  For every gallon of water that flows into the sea, a gallon is given up and is passed on downstream.  It is constantly renewing itself. It gives as much as it takes.

The Dead Sea, on the other hand, because of its geography, only takes.  It gives up nothing.  The water there is never cleansed;  it stagnates and dies.  And everything that depends on it dies also.

Some people say that there are only two kinds of people in the world—those who constantly give of themselves (who help other people at all times), and those who only take.

Which kind are you?

Troop Program Resources, p. 9


3 Responses to “Giving”

  1. David Says:

    I like this one. I might just use it at the end of tonight’s meeting. We’re doing our Scouting for Food drive. It would be good timing.

  2. JC Says:

    I used this at a PLC meeting after discussing different leadership styles.

    A skeptic pointed out that there are some other dead-end seas that are healthy, like the Caspian Sea. And that if a body of water only gave and never received, it would soon run dry. I don’t know much about the Caspian, but I know that anything that doesn’t move stagnates.

  3. David Says:

    Sounds like your critic took the story a little too literally. Pretty perceptive for a Scout though!

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