It’s Friday, and that means an a la carte roundup of this weeks top posts from JCS!
Upon returning from a recent pastor’s conference, I was overwhelmed with thanksgiving as I unpacked my bags full of fresh new books! I needed filling. My spirit felt dry. If I say that now, I must take the full responsibility on myself, because I no longer have any excuse.
I’ll never forget the anticipation I felt while packing to fly on my first out-of-state bowhunting trip. I thought I was going to wear out You Tube looking for videos on the best way to safely, and legally, fly bowhunting equipment without setting off any alarms or being added to a watch list. I was thankful when I found out the truth of how these items are handled. As long as I remembered some basic principles, I had very little to worry about.
I can’t say that I’ve achieved final victory over failure in life. It would be foolish to try to convince someone it’s even possible. Humans fail. Failure, and the results of it are a harsh and painful reality. What I can affirm, is that if I have any true victory or success at all in this life, it is ultimately because of God’s grace.
The idea that wild animals live entirely by instinct and that they will not go or do something they don’t want to do sounds pretty passive. At least until you observe it in the field.
The real trouble with these things is how they actually represent God in our world. Words have power.
When Moses held up his hands the Israelites would win, when his hands got tired the Amalekites would be winning, so two men stood beside Moses supporting his hands and the Bible says, “his hands were steady till the going down of the sun.” The Israelites were victorious. We long to be like those two men who support the man of God so that the church can be victorious.
Not everyone loves to hunt as the weather turns cooler and even cold. Many die hard anglers find ways to make winter fishing trips and keep fresh fillets in the skillet all winter. Recently I hooked-up (no pun intended) with one such guy.
Filming your hunts is one of the most rewarding yet challenging things you can do in the woods. Hunting by itself is hard enough but when you add camera gear and a cameraman, things are taken to another level. However, being able to capture your experiences and share them with others is so fulfilling.
I love the feeling of the first warm days of early spring. It not only means I can get out myself, but it means the conditions become bearable for me to get my kids out with me.