Putting young scamps together is a recipe for trouble. It comes with a guarantee for they always do what scamps will do.
I think the definition; “A mischievous rascal, perhaps roguish person, especially a playful, impish youngster,” sums it up pretty well. Having earned my Scamp badge at a young age I felt it was my duty to practice scamp-e-ness.
Something that came to mind was an event that occurred at the age of nine. We boys spent a lot of time at a vacant lot and one day someone had moved a cabin cruiser onto the lot. It was in very bad shape, I know that because we inspected it. It was leaning over on it's side somewhat and not really supported. We claimed it as ours to use and it became our hangout.
Then one day we discovered a drunk sitting near the boat and he was repeatedly mumbling what we finally figured out was "trying to go to sleep and trying to stay awake" over and over. It was obvious that we were duty bound to have some fun with him.
Being near a fire station a siren went off and we told the drunk the police was going to arrest him and he should get in the boat and hide. After helping him get in the boat he laid down in the bottom.
For some reason this didn't satisfy our scamp-e-ness and since there was a hose and faucet near by we proceeded to fill the boat with water. As it began to fill we shouted that the boat was sinking, the drunk struggled to leave the sinking craft and about that time we decided it was time to leave.
It was our daily fare to try to find some devilment to get in to and most of the time we were successful.
As I got older this foolishness began to ebb but when I got saved part of my deliverance was this driving force of scamp-e-ness left me along with many other things which I won't mention.
The power of GOD unto salvation has the most amazing changing power.
When I was full of it, I considered myself to be righteous because I never deliberately tried to harm anyone (outside of a few scuffles). But then I found that all my righteousness was as filthy rags before GOD. I still stand in awe at the change that occurs when a person is truly born anew.
The one thing that concerns me is that I may not be experiencing everything God did for me. That I might be, in some way falling short of the glory of God.
If anyone knew GOD it was Paul the Apostle and he said; Philippians 3:12 Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect: but I press on, if so be that I may lay hold on that for which also I was laid hold on by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:9-10 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of mine own, even that which is of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith: that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed unto his death.
This old hymn Higher Ground says it so well - -
I’m pressing on the upward way, New heights I’m gaining every day;
Still praying as I’m onward bound, “Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.” .
Lord, lift me up and let me stand, By faith, on Heaven’s tableland,
A higher plane than I have found; Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.
My heart has no desire to stay,
Where doubts arise and fears dismay;
Though some may dwell where those abound,
My prayer, my aim, is higher ground.
I want to live above the world,
Though Satan’s darts at me are hurled;
For faith has caught the joyful sound,
The song of saints on higher ground.
I want to scale the utmost height
And catch a gleam of glory bright;
But still I’ll pray till heav’n I’ve found,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”
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