Being both a Boy Scout blogger and one for the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, I was delighted to stumble on this Christian Scoutmaster’s minute about being prepared:
A Scouting Survival Story and an Ethiopian Eunuch
“In September 2007, eight Boy Scouts who had gotten lost in a heavily wooded part of the North Carolina eventually turned up safe and sound, albeit a day late. The Scouts and their three leaders had lost the trail leading out of the woods and decided to set up camp and wait for daylight rather than try to make the hike out in the dark.”
“An assistant Scoutmaster, whose son was with the group, later told news reporters, ‘Everybody’s in good shape, a little tired, but as the Scout Motto says, they were prepared.'”
In his book “Men of the Bible,” Christian Author James Stuart Bell tied this incident and the Scout Motto to an early Christian leader as he wrote
“’Be Prepared‘ is also good advice when you meet someone who wants to know what your life of faith is about.
“Philip met an Ethiopian eunuch who was in good standing with Candace, the queen of Ethiopia. The eunuch had some straightforward questions concerning the writings of the prophet Isaiah, and Philip was ready with the answers.
“He explained to the eunuch that Isaiah, like many other Old Testament prophets, had written about Jesus Christ, who had recently lived, died, and been raised by God so that all who believed in him could be saved.
“The man from Ethiopia, like so many people in our world, wanted answers regarding God and his destiny. Philip’s was the kind preparation advocated by the apostle Peter, when he wrote: “… and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.” 2 Peter 3:15–16
“If you are living a good life, It is only a matter of time before someone asks you questions about your faith. Be ready to give clear and concise answers that demonstrate genuine care and concern for that person.”
We should practice “being prepared” in all aspects of our life. Whether we are prepared to go on a hike and survive in the forest should we get lost, or whether we are being asked to demonstrate our morals and beliefs.
1Jeffrey R. Holland, Christ and the New Covenant: The Messianic Message of the Book of Mormon (1997), 75.