The Man Minute sixty second investments in Christ-like manhood
There are many things that I "live for" which make life so sweet that I can't imagine life without them. Yet, if I were forced to give up so many of these little things, the last one to go ... the last one I'd cling to with a white-knuckled grip ... would be turkey hunting. Turkey hunting is a little thing, not a big thing. I know that. I'd never choose to hear the thunder of a gobble over the thundering voice of God, nor would I choose all the times I've slipped through the dogwoods and sounds of singing birds welcoming in the spring in order to set up on a tom over against spending time with my wife and son. It's just a little thing, but man do I love it. So if I had to let every small thing go, turkey hunting would most certainly be the last.
I've learned so much about life, and life in pursuit of Christ, from my spring-time matches with the elusive feathered warrior. Not long ago, while filming a hunt with one of my greatest soul brothers, Steve Chapman, we ran up on a bird that is what I have come to call a Hollywood bird. He's just dying to be on camera. The hunt would have been over in 5 minutes after he flew down from his nightly roost, yet it took about 20 minutes before Chap was able to pull the trigger. The cause for the extra 15 minutes was a box wire fence. We didn't know it was there, but after killing the bird, we realized that he was searching all that time for a way through the fence so he could get to this sweet, sexy, long legged fantasy locked in his brain which was actually me singing words of deception from a mouth call.
While shooting the post-hunt segments, Steve and I determined that this gobbler's barrier, the fence, wasactually his best friend. He spent 15 minutes determined to find a way through, around, and yet, in the end, flying over that fence to get to the thing he wanted so badly. That fence was, in fact, his best friend because it would have kept him alive had he stopped trying so hard to find a way to get past it.
Many times a man chooses a path, only to find constant resistance once he goes down it. It's certainly true that sometimes such situations call for nothing more than sheer persistence in order to experience the glory at the end of the line; however, be sure to check your motives for wanting to run that path in the first place. It could be that God has placed barriers of resistance in your journey because He never wanted you there from the beginning.
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