|A Daily Study of God's Word for Christian Sportsmen||May 9, 2012|
Today's Photograph . . . . We Are To Imitate Christ (Donny N)
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (NIV)
- What kind of hunting partners have we been?
- Have we imitated Christ's humility or do we brag about our hunting abilities?
- Have we criticized or encouraged when a friend misses an easy shot?
- When you and a partner shoot simultaneously and down an upland bird, do you claim it or do you congratulate your partner for a nice shot?
- When there are different opinions about hunting strategies, do we always get our way?
- Do we criticize our partner when his dog is out of control and flushes birds out of range?
In all these opportunities we are called to have attitudes like those of Christ. Paul's writings to the Philippians suggest that we imitate Christ in His humility, compassion, love, and unselfishness.
There are times when we are hunting that we might get discouraged. This is when we need a friend to edify and encourage us.
Sportsmen's Tip of the DayWhen making plans and discussing strategies, always propose a question to your partners. Ask them how they feel about an idea rather than telling them what they are going to do.