Chaplain's Corner

 

PHYSICALLY FIT

The Scout Oath states, “to keep myself physically strong”.  According to the Scout Handbook, “Taking care of your body prepares you for a lifetime of great adventures.”  The Bible also encourages us that taking care of our body is a spiritual discipline like prayer, going to church, or reading and studying God’s Word.

 

A minister once stated that the Bible embraces three incredibly important truths about keeping physically strong. 


1.     God made your bodyPsalm 139:13 says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”


2.     Jesus paid for your body.  The Bible says, “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who lives in you and was given to you by God?  You don’t belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price.”  (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)


3.     The Holy Spirit lives in your body.  If you’re a Christian (a follower of Jesus), the Bible says your body is God’s temple and that His Spirit lives in you (1 Corinthians 3:16).  Being physically strong is one way you take care of God’s Temple.

 

As Scouts and Christians, we need to eat properly, get plenty of rest, and exercise regularly.  Taking care of your physical body is one way to honor God.  Let us worship this God who made us and loves us by keeping physically strong.

 

~ Mr. Dave Seraphin, Chaplain, Sugar Grove Troop 41           (October 2, 2017)



FIDGET SPINNERS..."CHRISTIAN PRAYER WHEELS"
The latest toy craze among young people today are fidget spinners.  A fidget spinner is a small, rotating device that was originally designed to help children cope with anxiety, ADHA and Autism.  However, now may people enjoy the sensory effects of fidget spinners.  
 
The most common one is the tri-spinner ranging in price from $5 to $20, available at most stores.  The more expensive ones have better bearings and overall better construction.  Users of the spinners may hold them in one hand and use the other hand to spin it or hold it in the same hand and just flick it to spin it.  Some fidget spinners have changing colors as they rotate.  
 
The centrifugal force, along with the visual stimulation of the rotating device can provide a calming effect on the human mind, which is something we need in a world where many people are stressed out and overstimulated by technology.
 
I enjoy seeing the expressions on the young folks’ faces when they see an old man playing with a fidget spinner.  I approach this object as a spiritual symbol rather than just a toy.  The tri-spinner has 3 holes representing the Holy Trinity:  one for the Father, one for the Son, and one for the Holy Spirit.  When spinning, you cannot identify one hole from another, just as you cannot identify which person of the Holy Trinity is working in your life. 
 
The centrifugal force is representative of God’s Spirit moving in and around a person.  The colors of the spinner represent the beauty of our God that surrounds us daily.  The spinning reminds me to pray to this great God who loves us and who is alive in this crazy world we inhabit. 
 
Instead of a fidget spinner, I labeled this a “CPW” or a “Christian Prayer Wheel”.  People have used tangible objects like beads to pray with in the past, such as Buddhist Prayer Beads, Catholic Rosaries, and Protestant Prayer Beads.  These are all used to help us while we communicate to an invisible God, so why not a spinner?  
 
So the next time you see a person with a fidget spinner and conclude they might have ADHS, remember they just might be communicating with God.  By the way, how is your personal prayer life?  A Scout is Reverent.
 
~ Dave Seraphin, Chaplain, Troop 41   (July 10, 2017)


WHAT IS EASTER, ANYWAY?
If I were to ask that question to scouts in Troop 41, some might answer, "It's baskets filled with chocolate bunnies", or "coloring hard boiled eggs for a floppy-eared rabbit to hide", or my favorite, "a whole lot of brightly colored Peeps".  

The Easter story really begins with a baby born in Bethlehem by the name of Jesus.  According to the Bible, this Jesus is the only one who can bridge the gap between a righteous God and a fallen human race.  He was born so that we may have a personal relationship with this Holy God.  He paid the price for your sins and my sins (Yes, Scout leaders do sin!) when He died on the cross on that first Good Friday.  Sin is anything that turns us away from God.  However, He did not remain dead.  He rose from the grave on Easter Sunday and conquered the devil and sin once and for all.  Today, we can enjoy God personally, if we ask Him to come into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.

So enjoy those chocolate bunnies, the brightly colored eggs, and those wonderfully tasty Peeps.  Jesus has risen from the grave so that we may have eternal life.  

Happy Easter to the scouts and their families of Troop 41.

Dave Seraphin, Chaplain, Troop 41, Sugar Grove, IL (March 2017)


MERRY CHRISTMAS OR HAPPY HOLIDAY
This is the time of the year when we can say "Happy Holidays" or "Merry Christmas".  Some say that to be politically correct, the former is the proper greeting.  However, let's take a closer look at what this time of year is all about anyway.

On December 25th the world remembers the birth of a Jewish baby by the name of Jesus in a small town of Bethlehem.  The baby, according to the Bible, is God's son incarnate in a human body.  Jesus entered our world not like a human, but as a human.  The Bible states He was not only a sinless man but a Messiah and Savior of man's eternal soul.  

Christmas begins what Easter celebrates.  A child born in a barn, laid in the cradle became the King of the cross.  In the darkest time of the year, He is the light of the world.  Christmas is about Jesus the Christ (Messiah or Redeemer).  This season isn't about "Santa-mas" or "shopping-mas" or "reindeer-mas", but "Christ-mas".  Christmas is more than just a holiday; it is a Holy Day.  Let's recognize the birth of the King, King of Kings by wishing everyone a "Merry Christmas" for Jesus is the reason for the season.

A very Merry Christmas to all Troop 41 Scouts and their families.

Dave Seraphin, Chaplain
Troop 41, Sugar Grove, IL  (December 2016)


SCOUTING SPIRIT

How strong is the Scouting spirit in your life? What is the Scouting spirit?

It is simply the Scout Oath, Law, Motto, and Slogan being lived out in our lives daily. It is what binds us together with our brother scouts and scout leaders. For a strong spirit of scouting to be established in our lives, it takes time and lots of it. An oak tree takes years to grow and mature. A mushroom doesn’t take much time at all.

When we first joined our troop, we were very enthused an excited. We thought we had a strong Scouting spirit with our new friends and our sharp uniform. Later that spirit waned and our advancement took a second place to our other activities. We became discouraged.

The Scouting spirit will remain alive and woven into our lives as we continue to attend weekly meetings and monthly campouts. We will begin to see our character take shape and become strong like a mighty oak tree by practicing the Scout Oath and Law.

Will the Scouting spirit ever reach a pinnacle in our lives? That I cannot answer since it is still growing and developing in my life after 33 years. I personally believe it is a lifestyle. Be patient with yourself as the Scouting spirit changes your life.

God takes 6 hours to make a mushroom and 60 years to make an oak tree. Do you want to be a mushroom or an oak tree? You decide.

~ Mr. Seraphin, Chaplain, Troop 41 (September 2016)


A SCOUT IS HELPFUL
"A scout cares for other people."  (Boy Scout Handbook, pg. 24, 12th Edition). If you think only of yourself, you are a selfish person.  Selfishness destroys our relationships with other people, while selflessness will strengthen relationships.  Selflessness means less of "me" and more of "you".  The Scout Oath states, "help other people ALL the time."  Selflessness brings out the best in other people.  Everything you have in life is a gift from God because He is unselfish with you.  Let us make an effort to practice selflessness today and see the results in your life and the lives of other people.  A scout is helpful.

~ Mr. Seraphin, Chaplain Troop 41 (July 13, 2016)


KINDNESS

A good New Year's resolution would be to do an act of kindness for at least one person everyday. An act of kindness, no matter how small is never wasted. Have you ever thought about praying for someone? Prayer not only has blessings now but also for eternity. Mr. Baden-Powell said we should do a "Good Turn Daily". Kindness changes the one who receives it, but it also changes the one who gives it. How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it. A scout is kind.

~ Mr. Seraphin, Chaplain Troop 41


RECOGNITION PAVERS - Camp CFL
Troop 41 donated an engraved paver to honor Dave Seraphin's 30 year tenure as our Scoutmaster.  The Order of the Arrow and Lowaneu Allanque Lodge #41 is selling them to raise money for the new archery range at Camp Freeland Leslie in Oxford, WI.  You can also donate by clicking here.

Read David Seraphin's Thank You message to the Troop below or by clicking here.

~April 24, 2016~

Let me express a very sincere appreciation to Troop 41's Committee for purchasing an honorary brick in my name to be placed around the flag pole at Camp Freeland Leslie. Serving as a Scoutmaster for 30 years could not have been accomplished without the support of an ancillary committee. When I assumed the office of Scoutmaster, I also, simultaneously managed the positions of Committee Chairman, Troop Treasurer, Advancement Chairman, Quartermaster, and Chaplain. I had a very good Assistant Scoutmaster who worked second shift and could only attend weekend campouts.

As time progressed a very energetic committee blossomed. This strong, vibrant troop panel of Scout leaders were extremely supportive during my tenure as Scoutmaster. Some of those men are still serving the Troop today. The efforts of Joe Rubo, Dan St.Jules, Mike Hauge, Gerald Long and my "Brother Bear" and man of God, Marv Hauge assisted me in this ministry.

I believe I was an ordained Scoutmaster; that is one called by God to serve the youth of Sugar Grove. There are two books which are important in a Scout's life: the Bible and the Scout Handbook.


My appreciation is extended to this Troop Committee, particularly to the above mentioned Scouters, who assisted me in this calling. For that I am forever grateful.

Sincerely,

Dave Seraphin Chaplain
Troop 41
Sugar Grove, IL 60554 



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