It’s a funny thing about duty. It doesn’t matter what you do, it sticks with you. I’ve learned about duty my whole life. At the age of 6, I became a Tiger Cub, and I learned the Cub Scout Promise. Here it is for those of you who never nearned it:

I, <Paul>, promise to do my best to do my duty to God and my country, to help other people, and to obey the law of the pack.

And only a few years later, at 11 I became a Boy Scout, learning a whole new oath:

On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law, to help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

Here, I want to point out, the Boy Scout oath is usually considered 3 oaths:

  1. Duty to God and Country
  2. Duty to other people
  3. Duty to self

I lived these oaths for 7 years until I was awarded with Eagle Scout just before my 18th birthday. Just 2 years later I shipped to Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, Ga. and learned a whole new promise. I made an even more binding oath, this one didn’t say “duty” but it is definately implied.

I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

I also had to learn the Army Values

Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage

Notice the second one there. Duty. Seems it won’t leave me alone. So what is my duty? All of these mention God, so I’m pretty sure He figures in. Over the next few days I’m going to examine a few duties which we as Christian men have. God gives us clear direction of several duties. Keep an eye out for my next few posts.

Here’s a shot from my Army days while I lived under that last oath.

Until the Whole World Knows,

Paul

 

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