A month out! I love this time of year! The anticipation of elk bow season builds to a sweet crescendo that is opening day. We pour over maps, shoot more frequently, and hone our calls. Rubbermaid totes are opened and tents get their seams sealed. We become gear geeks, weighing everything, counting calories, and run the numbers preparing for the hunt.
Its definitely an amazing time of year but, for me, its convicting as well. As my focus tunnels to this seasons hunts I have to fight to keep Hunting in its proper place. Hunting is absolutely worthwhile and good, but like other passions it can also become an Idol. Here are 3 reminders I use to keep my head on straight during this time of year.
Discipline your thoughts- Heb 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. We have the discipline to lift heavy weights, walk long miles, and endure outlandish heartrates to make sure we are optimal in the woods. What about realizing that real success is the perseverance of keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus.
Its all about Him - Col 1:16-For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is the author of our story and the one who put the hunting passion on our hearts. Those passions are meant to draw us closer to Him, share with him. When we are in the field we should remember that he speaks in the wilderness, and He is looking forward to sharing a campfire, and time with us.
Realize He's a Good Father- Luk11:11-13 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Jesus loves his kids. He isn't out to make us fail. When the going gets tough this season remember that Jesus has our best interest at heart. Use that information, stay focused, and most of all stay positive...after all, he is doing what's best for us, even if it hurts.
There you go, Three ways I try to stay focused in this exciting time of year. Have fun geek out over your preparations, but always remember that Jesus is the reason for the season!