Bible Study Verse
II Thessalonians 1:11
With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. (NIV)
 
Thoughts
What a special feeling it is to see a child catch his/her first fish or get the first deer. No matter how big the fish or the deer, the smile is always bigger, the feeling bigger yet; and the accomplishment outweighs both. After my 57 years of all my outdoor experiences, I still remember my first fish and my first deer. I even still have my first hunting hat, vest and knife as Momenta’s. 
 
As Executive Director of GHCOF, after 22 years I still love and get excited when a child gets his first fish or deer. 75% of the kids that come to our fishing and hunting weekend events are there to get their first fish or deer. It’s PRICELESS. 
On several occasions, I have been blessed to have the opportunity to show kids how to fish and hunt. When they get that first fish or deer, I honestly don’t know who is more excited. The parents are proud, the child is proud; and I am grateful that God has blessed me with the ability and responsibility to pass on what He has so graciously let me experience. 
 
I have learned that adventures and experiences, both good and bad, are worth nothing unless we pass them on to others. They can either learn from our mistakes and/or build on our successes so that they have even more to pass on to the next person. To me, that’s not only a calling, but a true and wonderful blessing. 
 
Action Point
If you have the opportunity to pass on any kind of outdoor information, you need to do it. No matter how small or insignificant it may seem, that information could be beneficial to many more than the one to whom you told it. We all need to pass it on. It will also give you an opportunity to pass on the Gospel when building that outdoor relationship.
 
Sportsmen’s Tip of the Day
Rod actions and lengths are more important than those printed on the rod. For example, if a spinning rod that is 6’4″ long and has a light action says, “Drop Shot Rod” on it, consider this: because of the action, it can also be used to throw small crank baits, vertical jig for big fish, and even be a great rod to fish for small-mouth bass in a small stream. The action and length are very important; and when learned, can make applications of multiple techniques much easier and more productive.

I would like to conclude this devotional by what my friend Jerry Davenport always says in his weekly devotionals. “SEE YOU IN CHURCH THIS SUNDAY”