Today is World Ranger Day and it got me to thinking about how when I was growing up, I wanted to be a Park Ranger.

There was no greater job in the world!

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I wanted to live in a log cabin in the woods, to wear a “Smokey the Bear” hat, drive a jeep and trout fish. At eight years old that’s what I thought my job description would be.

Rangers give us a great example of a good steward and God is big on stewardship.

Lessons we can learn from the job of a Ranger:

– They give attention to detail.

Proverbs 27:23 (ESV)– Know the condition of your flocks and give attention to your herds,

God’s Word tells us over and over that we need to pay attention to detail. To take stock, to count the cost and set order to things.

– They help care for the resources around them for future generations.

Matthew 25:23 – His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’

Stewardship is important to God. We are required (and will give an account) of the gifts that He gave us and how we used them to serve others.

– They know how to get quiet and listen (then act).

James 1:19 – Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;

– They are always having to learning.

Proverbs 1:5 – A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,

Park Rangers do some wonderful work and I still think it’s the best job in the world!

Let’s take some valuable lessons from them and learn how to apply them to our life.