Having Fun Hunting in Nebraska

We were headed back from hunting and I was riding on the back of a 4 wheeler holding on to my bow with one hand and the rack I was sitting on with the other hand and our Nebraska rancher/friend, Boone was driving. It was dark and I wasn’t looking ahead where we were headed and we started up this fairly steep spot, it caught me off guard, and I rolled right off of the back of the quad. I landed with a thud, rolled back down the hill, all the while trying to protect my bow. He didn’t realize that I had fallen off until he got to the top of the hill, and was a bit startled when he discovered my absence. He yelled, asking if I was alright, and I trudged to the top of the hill and said, “that is the most excitement I have had on this hunting trip, thanks”! I got to thinking about it later and thought, “I hope he didn’t think I was insulting his guiding efforts for our whitetail hunt”, so later I told him I was having an awesome time even if I hadn’t shot anything yet, and I was just trying to be funny on the “fall off of the quad experience” so that he didn’t feel bad for dumping an old man off the back of the 4 wheeler while he was driving. He did acknowledge that he was afraid that I might have gotten hurt and was glad when I laughed and made light of it. In thinking about being careful about what I say so that I edify people and don’t offend them I was reminded again of one of my memory verse, 1 Peter 3:10 “The one who desires a good life, to love and see good days, must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.” Saying the right thing at the right time, always, is a major challenge, taking wisdom, self-examination, desire, and an awareness of the blessings when successful and the consequences when hurtful words are spoken. My daily commitment to God is “Every word I speak today will edify and give grace”, I can’t do this, Lord, without Your help, please help me today.

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