Thor is taking fishing to the next level this year. While he has been fishing several times over the past few years, this year he began learning more about the process that comes after the catch. He is learning about and how to identify the various species of fish in our area as well as how to clean and prepare them to eat.
Many young ones are heading to the woods this weekend with the Juvenile hunt in full swing. I wanted to share a relevant and timely poem. While I am unsure of the original author and have seen a few different variations, it is the meaning and impact that matters.
If you have a little one following you, into the woods or just through life, then read this carefully and allow the weight of it to make you stronger. I read this daily to help me to be better for the ones that follow me!
“A LITTLE FELLOW FOLLOWS ME”
A careful man I want to be,
A little fellow follows me;
I do not dare to go astray,
For fear he’ll go the self-same way.
I cannot once escape his eyes,
What’er he sees me do, he tries;
Like me he says he’s going to be,
The little chap who follows me.
He thinks that I am good and fine,
Believes in every work of mine;
The base in me he must not see,
The little chap who follows me.
I must remember as I go,
Through summer’s sun and winter’s snow;
I’m building for the years to be
That little chap who follows me.
But after all it’s easier,
that brighter road to climb,
With little hands behind me —
to push me all the time.
And I reckon I’m a better man
than what I used to be…
Because I have this lad at home
who thinks the world of me
Do you have any readings or momentos that remind you of your purpose and the importance of being present and living the full life that GOD has created us to live?
What extent do we go to protect?
To protect our heart and mind?
To protect our family from bodily harm? From attacks on their soul, heart, and mind?
We can gain a lot of knowledge by watching the Killdeer. The Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) builds its nest on the ground in open areas. Here they have good visibility to see threats coming their way. These birds are well known for their shrill kill-deer call. They have great camouflage as they sit on their nest and often undetected until they move.
A pair of Killdeer will establish its home on the ground in an area where they can see danger coming. They sit on their nest keeping a watchful eye out for potential threats. Remaining vigilant is key for the Killdeer, but even more so for us as protectors of our home and family. Threats can come from anywhere and have many different shapes and forms. We must be alert and stand on guard for the threats that the devil will send our way.
When threats come and attack our family, what do we do? Do we give up and allow the threat to damage our family, or do we stand in the way? Here we can learn again from the Killdeer. As a potential threat approaches the nest, the Killdeer will stand and take a few steps toward the threat. This places them between threat and their nest. When the enemy approaches. When trials come. When a threat begins walking our way. We must stand firm and get between the threat and our family.
Finally, we must draw fire. We watch for danger standing firm to protect our family, but when the threat gets too close we may need to draw fire away from our family. This is a sacrificial move. When the threat gets too close, the Killdee will shrill and act injured as it moves away from the nest. This is to capture the attention of the threat and draw it away from the nest. All the while the bird is watching over the nest and will swoop back and attack by dive bombing at the threat if necessary.
We must be ready to sacrifice and protect our family.
Satan is running rampant. He is out to attack and destroy our family. It is our responsibility to be like the Killdee.
Be watchful and vigilant. Stand firm. Draw fire when necessary.
Be alert, on guard, and watchful. Stand firm in the faith. Be brave. Be strong. Be courageous. Be a man. Do everything in love.
– I Corinthians 16:13-14
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The government says an hour of your time is worth $7.85.
Amazon thinks an hour of your time is worth $15.
Some might pay $50 for an hour of your time.
If you have a bunch of degrees and it looks like alphabet soup was spilled after your name, someone may pay you $100 for an hour of your time.
Is that all you are worth?
Are you only worth what someone will pay you for your time?
If you ever start to think that you are not worth much.
If you begin to believe that you are only worth your paycheck.
Stop for a minute.
Stop for a minute and find a quiet spot.
What does my family think I am worth?
What is the value of sitting down to eat a meal together?
To pray with and over your family?
To turn your phone off and be present.
What are a few minutes of intentional and purposeful time worth to my wife?
To hold her.
To sit and just be there for 30 minutes and watch that ridiculous reality show with her.
To tell her how grateful you are for all she is and does.
What would my kids say 10 minutes is worth?
Running around the backyard.
Playing with dolls.
Playing monster trucks.
Ask and then listen about their day.
Snuggle up and read a book.
What does GOD say I am worth?
God sacrificed his one and only son to be put to death for you.
Nothing is more priceless than that!
While some may put a price tag on your time or what you are worth, those that really truly matter never put a price tag on you.
You are worth more than any earthly treasure!