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Monday, May 13, 2013
May 14, 2013
Today's Photograph . . . . We Are Trying To Live Double Lives . . . (NPS)
Bible Study Verse
I Corinthians 3:19
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight. As it is written: "He catches the wise in their craftiness." (NIV)
One of the more memorable hunts of my life occurred about a decade ago, but the irony of this memory actually has nothing to do with an animal or an actual hunt.
A group of us connected up at a friend's hunting property in northern Michigan. We had been hunting together for several years and had always camped out on this property as we hunted. Well, the owner of the property decided that he wanted a more permanent camping scenario, so he bought an old full sized camper to leave on the property for us all to sleep in. The camper had been placed there during the summer months, and none of us had gone in it to check its condition prior to us using it.
We all just showed up -ready to sleep in this rig. As we tossed our gear in the camper, we were all looking forward to being in this bigger and better outfit. That night, we all were trying to drift off to sleep when we started hearing sounds coming from the walls - scratching noises.
We laid there awake trying to figure out what it was. But, it wasn't until the middle of the night that we finally figured out what was happening. The "new" camper was infested with mice!
Several of us awoke to the pitter-pattering of mouse feet across our sleeping bags. They were everywhere! We did stay in there for the night. But, I took my sleeping bag, pulled it over my head, and cinched the draw string down to the point where the opening of the sleeping bag was about the size of a quarter. Just large enough for me to get a breath of air through...and of course I was praying that no mouse hopped through the little hole that led to the interior of my sleeping cocoon.
I'm not sure if I got one second of sleep that night! Wow! Did we have an infestation. We had hundreds of mice that were scampering around the camper everywhere. It was disgusting!
There are times in our lives where we need to sit down and take a serious assessment of our lives. How are we doing as husbands/wives? How are we doing as a parent? How am I doing as a son or a daughter...?
It is my personal belief that way too many of us as Christians are being absolutely infested by the messages of the world. We are trying to live double lives . . . a Christian life and a worldly life! It flat out doesn't work to do this.
Technology is great and can be used for wonderful ministries (such as this one). But, how much info do you need in your life? How much time are you spending on the internet? Your cell phone? Social Networks? Blogs? The list could go on and on. But the point is simple. Are you controlling these "tools" or are they controlling you? An addiction is an addiction!!!
I would venture to say that each of us would be better off to spend more time in God's word and less time collecting information from the world. Satan doesn't need you to necessarily worship him; he just needs you too "busy" to get God's work done. Live a simple life and keep the infestation at bay!
Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Make sure if you are going to leave a vehicle out in the woods for later use, that you seal it up tight as a drum, so that you don't have unwanted or unexpected visitors later on.