Duty to God (Stories)

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Duty to God - Chaplain's Aide Moment - This term has multiple usages in the Scouting Movement:

  • See Duty to God for other scouting references such as Scouting Religious Awards.

This article is for unit Chaplains and Chaplains Aides with some timely examples of the maining of Duty to God.

Article Objective

Duty to God is an important yet sensitive topic in scouting. It can be a very controversial topic because there are thousands of religious movements and traditions around the world, and many thousands more families that practice their own religious traditions. Yet understanding one's "Duty to God" is the first principle of the Scout Oath.

"The World Movement of Scouting is in a very unique position to help the different peoples and cultures of the world find common ground from among their best traditions and beliefs. By this Scouting can help promote better world citizenship and world peace." [1]

Show Scout Spirit

A scout is expected to at all times, and in all places to show Scout spirit by living the principles of the Scout Promise and Scout Law. Many of these principles are closely connected with doing your Duty to God.

Chaplain's Moment

Below are some "reflection stories" that the Chaplain's Aide can use for his Chaplain's Moment. You can share a brief thought or start a more indepth campfire discussion:

The Good Samaritan


Story of the Good Samaritan explains how to live the divine commandment "To Love your Neighbor as Yourself":

Lift Where You Stand

Every person stands at a unique place and has an important task that only he can perform.

As they stood around the piano, uncertain of what to do next, a good friend of mine, Brother Hanno Luschin, spoke up. He said, “Brethren, stand close together and lift where you stand.” It seemed too simple. Nevertheless, each lifted where he stood, and the piano rose from the ground and moved into the cultural hall as if on its own power. That was the answer to the challenge. They merely needed to stand close together and lift where they stood. I have often thought of Brother Luschin’s simple idea and have been impressed by its profound truth. Tonight I would like to expand on that simple concept, “lift where you stand.”

Baden-Powell Quotes


Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell OM, GCMG, GCVO, KCB (22 February 1857 ; 8 January 1941), also known as B-P, was a Lieutenant-General in the British Army, writer, and founder of the Scouting movement.

Quote #1 from scouting founder - Lord Baden-Powell

Happiness doesn't come from being rich, nor merely from being successful in your career, nor by self-indulgence. One step towards happiness is to make yourself healthy and strong while you are a boy so that you can be useful and so you can enjoy life when you are a man.

Quote #2:

One of the first duties of a Scout is obedience to authority. He must obey his orders in the first place and put his own amusement or desires in the second.

Quote #3:

Life would pall if it were all sugar; salt is bitter if taken by itself; but when tasted as part of the dish, it savours the meat. Difficulties are the salt of life.

Quote #4:

Nature study will show you how full of beautiful and wonderful things God has made the world for you to enjoy. Be contented with what you have got and make the best of it. Look on the bright side of things instead of the gloomy one.

Quote #5:

One of the powerful temptations is that of the cinema palace (Today: Google, Netflix, YouTube, Video Games, etc, etc). The cinema has undoubtedly an enormous attraction for boys, and people are constantly cudgelling their brains how to stop it. But it is one of those things which would be very difficult to stop even if it were altogether desirable.

Quote #6:

Scoutcraft is a means through which the veriest hooligan can be brought to higher thought and to the elements of faith in God; and, coupled with the Scout's obligation to do a good turn every day, it gives the base of Duty to God and to Neighbour on which the parent or pastor can build with greater ease the form of belief that is desired.

Light of the World

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Matt 5:14-16 - Jesus Christ - The Sermon on the Mount)

Admonition of Apostle Paul

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Paul's Epistle to the Philipians 4:8)

How Faith in God Can Help Us

  1. Overcome Life's Obstacles: Life for many of us often is full of obstacles. Many times we are faced with obstacles in our families, our finances, our health and a host of other issues. I've learned over the years that I either can overcome my obstacles or my obstacles can overcome me. (See full article : Tri-City Herald Spiritual Life 14-April-2012)
  2. The Benefits of Having Faith - PraisePhilly.com
  3. "Trials of Life": "The most important lesson that I have learned is to trust God in every circumstance. Lots of times we go through different trials and following God's plan seems like it doesn't make any sense at all. God is always in control and he will never leave us." (Alyson Felix)
  4. "Trials of Life 2": We all face storms in life. Some are more difficult than others, but we all go through trials and tribulation. That's why we have the gift of faith. (Joyce Meyer)
  5. "Trials of Life 3": Our Heavenly Father knows us and our circumstances and even what faces us in the future. His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior, has suffered and paid for our sins and those of all the people we will ever meet. He has perfect understanding of the feelings, the suffering, the trials, and the needs of every individual. (Henry B Eyring 1996)
  6. "Trials of Life 4": The devil put before me that I could not endure the trials of the religious life, because of my delicate nurture. I defended myself against him by alleging the trials which Christ endured, and that it was not much for me to suffer something for His sake; besides, He would help me to bear it. (Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582))
  7. "Learning from Trials of Life": If we are faithful to God in little things, we shall gain experience and strength that will be helpful to us in the more serious trials of life. (Hudson Taylor)
  8. "Learning from Trials of Life 2": We are always on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things. (Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) - an American Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, and speaker, known for his support of the abolition of slavery, and his emphasis on God's love.


Faith brings answers to prayer. “And whatever things you ask in prayer, really believing, you will receive.” (Matthew 21:22). Since God tells us to pray for our daily bread (Matthew 6:11), faith is therefore a key to our material provision.

Ignoring God Offensive?

Does God care or get offended if we ignore him?

Feed My Sheep

So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, aFeed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. (John 21:15-17)

Love at Home


1. There is beauty all around When there's love at home;
There is joy in ev'ry sound When there's love at home.
Peace and plenty here abide, Smiling sweet on ev'ry side.
Time doth softly, sweetly glide When there's love at home.

2. In the cottage there is joy When there's love at home;
Hate and envy ne'er annoy When there's love at home.
Roses bloom beneath our feet; All the earth's a garden sweet,
Making life a bliss complete When there's love at home.

3. Kindly heaven smiles above When there's love at home;
All the world is filled with love When there's love at home.
Sweeter sings the brooklet by; Brighter beams the azure sky.
Oh, there's One who smiles on high When there's love at home.

Text and music: John Hugh McNaughton, 1829-1891

More Stories

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  2. Family Prayer
  3. Family History - Genealogy Merit Badge
  4. Psalms - Good Shepherd
  5. I believe different from you but don't hate you
  6. Duty to learn truth
  7. Know God - John 17:3


  1. [Original statement from article author, Bryce R Hall, 2018, posted here on 01-Sept-2018]