By Maria Milligan
Jan 01, 2015

Faith and Resolve in the New Year

On this seventh day of Kwanzaa, the focus is faith (Imani): to believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle. It seems fitting that each New Year should start with a reaffirmation of our faith, both in ourselves and our mentors and in the causes and beliefs that give us purpose in our lives.

One Scout who spent his life exemplifying each of these aspects of faith was Arthur Sadler. Read his story at the Voice of Scouting.

As you set goals and make plans for 2015, keep the Scout Oath and Law in mind. It’s a great way to categorize your goals and make sure that you are headed in the right direction.

So this year, ask yourself these questions: What will I do to be more physically strong? More mentally awake? More morally straight? How will I resolve to be more trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent?

Every endeavor must start with faith and proceed with hard work.  I hope we can all go into the year with faith in God and others and faith that we can accomplish what we set out to do.

Happy New Year!

Maria Milligan

Author: Maria Milligan | Grant Writer, Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America. Information on Arthur Sadler from an article in the New Era, February, 1974.

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