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The Great Master was creating Scout Leaders. It was His sixth day of ‘overtime’ and He knew that this was a terrific responsibility for Scout leaders would touch the lives of so many impressionable young men. An angel appeared to Him and said, “You are taking a long time to figure this one out.”

“Yes,” said the Great Master, ” but have you read the expectations on this order?”

… must stand above all Scouts, yet be on their level.
… must be able to do 180 things not connected with the project at hand.
… must run on coffee and Dutch Oven leftovers.
… must communicate vital knowledge to all Scouts daily and be right most of the time.
… must have more time for others than for herself/himself.
… must have a smile that can endure through bad days, poor weather, problematic boys, and well meaning parents.
… must go on leading Scouts when parents question every move and others are not supportive.
… must have 6 pair of hands.

“Six pair of hands, ” said the angel, “that’s impossible”

“Well, ” said the Great Master, ” it is not the hands that are the problem. It is the three pairs of eyes that are presenting the most difficulty!”

The angel looked incredulous, ” Three pairs of eyes…on a standard model?”

The Great Master nodded His head, ” One pair can see a Scout for what he is and not what others have labeled him as. Another pair of eyes is in the back of the Scout leader’s head to see what should not be seen, but what must be known. The eyes in the front are only to look at the Scout as he/she ‘acts out’ in order to reflect, ” I understand and I still believe in you”, without so much as saying a word to the boy.”

“Great Master, ” said the angel, ” this is a very large project and I think you should work on it tomorrow”.

“I can’t,” said the Great Master, ” for I have come very close to creating something much like Myself. I have one that attends activities when he/she is sick…..instructs a group of Scouts that do not want to learn….has a special place in his/her heart for boys who are not his/her own ….understands the struggles of those who have difficulty….never takes the Scouts for granted…”

The angel looked closely at the model the Lord was creating. “It is too soft-hearted, ” said the angel.

“Yes,” said the Great Master, ” but also tough, You can not imagine what this leader can endure or do, if necessary”.

“Can this Scout leader think?” asked the angel.

“Not only think,” said the Great Master,. “but reason and compromise.”

The angel came closer to have a better look at the model and ran his finger over the leader’s cheek.

“Well, Great Master,” said the angel, your job looks fine but there is a leak. I told you that you were putting too much into this model. You can not imagine the stress that will be placed upon the Scout leader.”

The Great Master moved in closer and lifted the drop of moisture from the leader’s cheek. It shone and glistened in the light.

“It is not a leak,” He said, “It is a tear.”

“A tear? What is that?” asked the angel, “What is a tear for?”

The Great Master replied with great thought, ” It is for the joy and pride of seeing a Scout accomplish even the smallest achievement. It is for the loneliness of Scouts who have a hard time fitting in and it is for compassion for the feelings of their parents. It comes from the pain of not being able to reach some boys and the disappointment those boys feel in themselves. It comes often when a leader has been with a patrol of Scouts for
seven years and must say good-bye to those Scouts and get ready to welcome a patrol of new young Scouts.”

“My, ” said the angel, ” The tear thing is a great idea…You are a genius!!”

The Great Master looked somber, “I didn’t put it there.”


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