Monday, July 8, 2013

July 8, 2013 Sportsmens Devotional

July 8, 2013   

Today's Photograph . . . . Is It Something Physical, Like A Camping  Box, Or Spiritual, Like Modeling The Christian Life  (Tom B)
Bible Study Verses
Psalm 127:3-5 
Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from Him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court. (NIV)

My youngest son and I liked to combine camping and fishing when he was growing up.

Every trip required gathering up all the needed items. Things needed for fishing was easy-grab the fishing rods and tackle box. Anything else we needed was in one of the storage compartments on the boat. 

Getting everything together for camping was a different matter. The bigger items such as the tent and the cooler were simple. But getting everything else took a lot of time, and quite often we would forget something.

We needed something that we could put all of the smaller items into one box, kind of like a fishing tackle box, but different in size and how it was compartmentalized. We could grab the box and go.

I built a plywood camping box with different compartments. One side accommodated the bigger items such as the lantern, lantern fuel, and non-perishable food items. This same area was used to store a large aluminum bowl that was used to wash dishes in. The right side of the box held three sliding drawers and a small open space on the bottom. The open space was set up where it was a good fit for the camp stove. The drawer on top held miscellaneous items such as matches, a Bible, extra mantles for the lantern, a set of dominoes (we liked playing dominoes), and other things we accumulated. The other sliding drawers held items like paper plates, plastic silverware, the hose/valve for the camp stove, and a small ax.

One side of the box was hinged so it could open and lay down providing a work surface. I put handles on two of the sides so you could pick it up. I have to admit it got a little heavy, but we could put it in the back of the pickup truck, or on the back deck of our bass fishing boat for transporting to the camp ground.

Now we were ready, super ready to go fishing and camping without a lot of hassle.
(Tom B)

Action Point
I didn't realize it at the time when we were making our trips, I was making lasting memories for both my son and I. The camping box was mentally connected with our trips and being outdoors. He has told me on several occasions that he wanted the camping box some day. We haven't been camping in quite a long time, because he now lives in Colorado. But, he has been blessed with a wife and two children that like to camp. He's building a legacy with them.

What kind of legacy or inheritance are you leaving with your children and family? Is it something physical, like a camping box, or spiritual, like modeling the Christian life?

In I Thessalonians Paul admonishes the Thessalonians to become a model for all believers, imitators of the Lord, letting their faith be known everywhere, encouraging, comforting, and urging others to live lives worthy of God.

David says in Proverbs 13:22 that it's good to leave an inheritance or legacy for others. "A good person leaves an inheritance for their children's children, but a sinner's wealth is stored up for the righteous," (NIV).

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
To organize your camping box even better, consider using small Tupperware type bowls. The bowls are especially good for storing food items such as rice or flour. Although the lids will probably stay shut, tape the lids to prevent any accidental spills.