Why do we get so excited when our friends text us their latests trail cam photos? It’s because they have a chance at an awesome experience. Why do we put so much collective work into putting in duck blinds? So we and our friends can have great hunts together. We’re thinking about the other person’s success. It’s a moment in our lives that we are successful in denying ourselves and placing someone else first.
I am a bowhunter, and I want to continue improving as a bowhunter, because every time I squeeze the trigger on my release, what comes from the bow is more than an arrow. That arrow carries with it so many of the worries and concerns, the cloudiness and confusion that my mind and body try to stuff away.
I’ve never met a Christian that didn’t want a more meaningful time in God’s word. What’s painful to me is that I’ve also experienced so many that have never been taught how to study God’s word for themselves. Setting a study goal is the first step toward a flourishing time with God during your day.
I needed to be able to hunt without the guilt of knowing my responsibilities were not being well-fulfilled. I’m now thankful that, while my plan isn’t perfect, it has certainly helped de-rail tension and squelch the guilt I once dealt with every time I walked out the door to go hunting or fishing.