More Than Talk
“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads to poverty.” - Proverbs 14:23 NIV

Many people remember President Theodore Roosevelt as an avid hunter and sportsman. Few, however, know of his efforts for conservation, which is a far greater legacy.

After a hunting trip to the Dakota region in 1887, years before he became president, Roosevelt returned to his East Coast home reporting that trees were being cut down carelessly, animals were slaughtered by “swinish” game-butchers, and that the wilderness was in danger. He expressed great shock at how quickly this region that he loved was being stripped of its glory - the big game gone, the ponds drying up, the beavers disappearing, the grasslands becoming desert.

But Roosevelt did more than talk. He founded the Boone & Crockett Club, dedicated to the preservation of wilderness in America. Largely through that club’s influence, legislation was passed to care for Yellowstone National Park, to protect Sequoia trees in California, to set aside nature reserves for bird and sea life, and to limit the shooting of big game. Laws were also passed to regulate hunting practices.

Hoping for change rarely brings about change. Work, however, generally does! Just thought you might want to keep all of this in mind as you are out and about enjoying the outdoors this summer. Much of what we now enjoy is here because folks before us thought they ought to preserve it. Same goes for us. Same goes for our faith. Enjoy your summer, and see you in church!


Pastor Clark