Over the years I have had several conversations with hunters about their off-season routines. Let me tell you, some of them can be very regimented and strict, “I shoot 50 arrows a day at different distances to ensure I don’t miss my mark” or “I go through three boxes of ammo in September to check my scope and firearm for the season.”
Practice is an integral part of our season preparations. Practice in itself is null and void if we aren’t taking the proper time to do it correctly. Shots are taken from 20, 30, 40 yards out to ensure our shot groups are close. Shots from the left and right so that we can diversify our muscle memory, and become comfortable. Shooting at targets that vary in size and shape to help us prepare for different angles and targets.
We all know that it is much more than just hitting the target. We often push ourselves for greater distances or closer shot groups; from tree stands and ground blinds.
Stories of the 60 yard double lung shot start with intense practice and a strong confidence in such a shot.
Practice can also be defined as perseverance, diligence, and fundamental repetition. These are all things that are important parts of our “Practice”. We persevere through the trials and frustrations of dropped shots, or trigger pull. We are diligent in pursing new angles and the desire to be better and make better shots than before. One of the greatest things is fundamental repetition. Fundamentals like maintaining the same shot picture through a peep sight or scope. Ensuring we utilize trigger squeeze versus trigger pull; that shots surprise us and we are not over-anticipating them.
As Christians we also need practice in our faith. Acceptance of Christ and his free gift is key to INITIATING our relationship with Him, but it is only the beginning. Each day we must strive forward and seek Him, so that we can be better men and women, fathers and mothers, husbands and wives.
We need to persevere through prayer, be diligent in our study’s, and ensuring that we have set our stance as we go through life according to how God would have us live; no different than how we would practice our fundamental stance and positioning on a range. In 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 it says,
“24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.”
We wouldn’t swim to prepare for a deer hunt, or shoot a bow to train for a triathlon. We must be purposeful and with persistence, and diligence in our daily walk with God. To set our foundation firmly on Christ and start building! It is important to practice our faith the way we practice for the hunt. If a dusty weapon is bad for deer season, have we thought about how our dusty Bible may be affecting our lives?
He wants to be the first person you call after a successful hunt, or when the furnace goes out in December. Good times, and bad!
Heaven is the most incredible hunt camp there is, and it’s invitation only. Christ has extended it to all of us, and says “Come and know me! Come and see my love for you!” Don’t think that by saving the invitation, and never responding, that when we die we will just be able to show up on that day and say “Jesus, I’m here and I’m ready now!” At that point it will be to late, and instead of an embrace Christ will turn away from us with tear filled eyes. “I invited you everyday…. Everyday, for your entire life. You never called… you never accepted my invitation… All I wanted was for you to come to me; to know me. I’m sorry, I do not know you”
Christ died so that we can enjoy eternal relationship with Him, that one day we would be able to embrace Him as he says, “Well done, my good and faithful servant”.
The Created Outdoors team is here for you if you have questions about who Jesus is; if you have prayer requests or if you would just like to talk. Our team would love to hear from you and we are grateful for the chance we have had to spend some time with you.
Please remember that no matter where you are in your life, and regardless of anything that is or that was; Jesus Loves You! He always has, and always will.
God Bless You!