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Temptation: a Beatitudes Tale from the Story Powerline
7/23/2020 4:00:00 AM by: Glen A. Hinshaw

I don’t know where the original idea came from, but when I was a Colorado wildlife officer we started using decoy deer to catch road hunters and spotlighters – people who deliberately shone a spotlight on a deer so that it will freeze in its tracks and be an easy target to kill.

We placed a life-like Styrofoam dummy where approaching headlights would highlight the “deer.” Two of us hid out of sight while other officers waited down the road for us to radio them to stop a suspect vehicle. We usually charged shooters for shooting from a public road or from a vehicle and sometimes for use of artificial light as an aid in hunting.

One night Area Supervisor Jerry Apker and I were hiding in some bushes when a truck came down the road and stopped with the headlights shining on the decoy. The driver got out, stood in the middle of the road, and drew a bead on the decoy. But he lowered his rifle and said, “I can’t do it.”

Usually we’d just let them go on down the road, but Jerry suddenly announced our presence and scared the pants off them.

We caught a few violators, but most hunters were ethical even when they thought no one was looking. Anyone can be tempted and most hunters resisted the temptation.

What Jesus said

At his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” The hunter knew that it was wrong to shoot a deer that couldn’t move because the car’s headlights made it freeze in place. He was tempted to do it, but he didn’t. Finding out the game wardens were watching him was a bad surprise – but it was a good surprise, too, because he had resisted the temptation.

Today’s prayer

Lord, when temptation comes to me today, please alert me to recognize the temptation instead of giving up and giving in. Help me to recognize what is right and do it. Amen.

Resource: This story is excerpted from Echoes From the Mountains: The Life and Adventures of a Colorado Wildlife Officer, by Glen A. Hinshaw

https://www.amazon.com/Echoes-Mountains-Adventures-Colorado-Wildlife/dp/1502768119/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Glen+A+Hinshaw+Echoes+from+the+Mountains&qid=1556837086&s=gateway&sr=8-1-spell


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