Tuesday, May 6, 2014

May 5, 2014   

Today's Photograph . . . . We Cannot Be The Danger To Our Kids Through The Words We Use Around Them "(NPS)
Bible Study Verse
James 1:26
Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. (NIV)
The biggest whitetail buck I have ever seen was up in Canada on a camping trip. We were coming into our campground one evening while we were on vacation, and we glanced off to the side of the road. 
There stood an enormous majestic 12 + point buck just coming out of a thicket! He stood still with his chest puffed out in front - only 15 yards away. We had stopped our van, lowered the windows, and gawked. My family and I were just stunned and amazed! A few minutes went by before the big bruiser turned and jumped back into the woods. 
My entire family spent the next several minutes talking about how amazing and beautiful that buck was. We were trying to figure out how a deer could grow up and not get shot in an area where so many people traveled through. It wasn't until a couple of days later that we found the explanation. 
As we were driving out of the provincial park, I noticed a sign that said that the entire peninsula (about 30 miles) where our campground was located was actually a game preserve. No hunting or trapping of any kind was permissible there. This buck had grown up in an environment that was completely safe, and because of this, he was healthy and majestic! 
God desires our children to be healthy and whole, so that they can serve Him well! But in order for that to happen, they have to grow up in an environment that is safe. It's up to us to create a "safety zone" for our children in our homes. This means that we consciously have to choose to be encouragers. We cannot be the danger to our kids through the words we use around them. 
(Dave M)

Action Point
Children need our affirmation, our love, and our blessing. We need to be wise in how we use our language. We have the ability to impact our children in a way that can help them be healthy and whole, or we can tear them down and create fear and insecurity. 
It's pretty clear what God desires of us. We just need to do it God's way!

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Two-ways are a great tool to use while out in the wild. Most good 2-ways will let you communicate with someone up to 3 miles away, and if you're by water, the frequency will get even more than that.