Friday, March 7, 2014

March 5, 2014   

Today's Photograph . . . . Coyote  (FWS)
Bible Study Verses
Matthew 7:1-2
"Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." (NIV)
A buddy of mine related this story to me a few weeks ago:

He was driving down the highway when he saw three coyotes crossing the road ahead of him. The first two made it across the highway unscathed; the third was hit and killed by a car. 
He said that, as he watched, the first two coyotes that had made it across the road turned in their tracks and headed back to their downed comrade. At this point, I made a big "Aaaaah!", thinking about the two coyotes coming to see how their buddy was. (This is probably the result of too many years watching cartoons and not enough Wild Kingdom.) 
However, when they reached the third coyote, they proceeded to drag him from the roadway and devour him. 
(Brett M)

Action Point
How do we act when others are knocked down in life and struggling? Whether it is a divorce, addiction, poor life choices or a myriad of other problems, do we encourage, uplift, pray and support? Or, do we gossip, speculate and judge? In the fire service, we call the latter, "eating our own" - taking the opportunity to devour another while they are down and struggling. It is no different than what those coyotes did to their own.

Christ makes it clear, "Stop judging." Whether it is our best friend, worst enemy, even a television celebrity or newsmaker, "Stop judging!" Make it a point to pray for someone today whom you know is struggling in life. Better yet, pray for two people - a friend or co-worker and a newsmaker you have never met.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day 
Hunting season always seems way too short; but in many areas, varmint hunting is open year round with just a valid hunting license. Check your local game laws and see if you can keep up on your stalking and shooting skills during the off-season by hunting varmints.