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Tuesday, October 8, 2013
October 8, 2013
Today's Photograph . . . . Consider The Cost Of Your Decisions And Choose To Honor Christ In All That You Do (MQ)
Bible Study Verses
To Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy - to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. (NIV)
Thoughts A couple of weeks ago, I pulled a dumb-head move. I was setting up a tree stand and needed to knock down a few more pine branches just above the seat of the stand. I didn't want to take the stand down as I already had it leaning up against the tree, so I just told my son to hang on to the ladder at the base while I climbed up to the top to finish off a couple of branches.
The brace on the ladder was leaning up against the tree, and as I cut through the first branch above the seat, my momentum shifted and knocked the brace off the tree down below me. I could see it happening, and it seemed like everything was in super slow motion for a moment. I quickly looked up and tried to grab a branch. The ladder stand started to buckle in the middle, and I could tell that I was headed backwards. As the ladder started to come off the tree, I could see that I had about a 6' gap between a tree and some logs in which to land. I pushed myself away from the platform as I was falling - landed on my feet and rolled onto my posterior and then onto my back.
Fortunately, it was pure moss where I landed, and I didn't end up with anything really hurt other than my pride.
Action Point I knew better, but I did it anyway. I thought it would save time, and never did I really think that I would hurt myself by what I was doing. Spiritually, we can fall pretty seriously too.
We try to justify our behaviors or actions because of convenience at the time - not really taking the time to think through the potential consequences. No one is perfect; that is for sure. But, we need to be conscious of our potential areas in which we might fall. The collateral damage could be great - from your wife . . . to your kids . . . to your reputation. Consider the cost of your decisions and choose to honor Christ in all that you do!
Sportsmens Tip of the Day If you are putting up a ladder stand, make sure to screw in the bracket on the tree before you do any climbing.