On a late winter scouting run that took me down a trail deep into the backcountry, my attention was continually drawn to the beauty of the creek that paralleled the trail I was on. Snow had piled in tight around this tiny little creek. There were small waterfalls along the creek that spilled icy water over into pools that were doing their best not to completely freeze up. I stopped at one point to check out one such pool of water. Everything around the sides and edges of this creek and pool of water was ice. The ice seemed to be closing in, trying to freeze everything up. Though everything was closing in, the small creek continued to flow. I remember thinking, as if I could actually encourage that nearly frozen creek, “Hold on! Spring is on the way. Warmer days are coming!”
So often, I think we all need that same encouragement in our lives. I don’t know what you’re going through today. I don’t know how bad it is, or how bad it feels. I can only encourage you to hold fast. Though it seems the weight of the world is closing in around you…hold fast. Help is on the way! Better days are coming. God has not…and will not…abandon you. With His help you will make it.
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Running To Win
This week while doing an archery camp outreach on the Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico, I met a little girl that has joined us every day to participate in shooting bows and playing the games we’ve offered. On the first day, the tiny little girl struggled to even get an arrow on the string and come to full draw with her bow. But over the course of a few days, after much anxious practice, she began to put it all together and has become quite an accurate little archer. However, what’s impressed me most about this little girl is her eagerness to do her best. She wants to win. So when it was her time to run a relay race we call the “Moose Drag” she once again went full throttle. She ran to win. She even outran many of the boys! I was blessed and impressed when I watched this little girl run as fast as her little legs would take her, and when she got to the finish line she lunged forward, head first, and fell across the finish line in her effort to win.
I couldn’t help but think about how, in many ways, I’d like to run my life like this little girl ran her race. I want to give it everything I got. I don’t want to look back with regrets. I want to run to win! I want to run the race of life in such a way that when I dive head first across the finish line and stand before God in heaven He’ll say, “Well done Bro!!!”
Are you running to win?
“Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-25
Brodie Swisher is a World Champion game caller, accomplished speaker, a notable writer, a skilled hunter, and all around down to earth guy! His travels take him across the country as a well known public speaker in the arena of outdoor events such as wildgame dinners, banquests, archery classes, and filming. Above all Brodie Swisher loves Jesus and he can't wait to share his passion for Christ with those he meets.