Life of a Christian Bowhunter: Let Go. Let God.

November 4, 2017

Let Go. Let God.


Everybody in the world, Christian or not, wants to live a comfortable life. We generally don’t seek out adversity, or life challenges, and we certainly don’t embrace hardships. We love our comfort zones. But since when do amazing things happen in comfort zones? Do we want to go about our lives being average, or do we want to make ourselves uncomfortable to seek an amazing end-result.  


Another archery season had come and gone, and I was left with two more hunts, and a Pennsylvania buck tag eating a hole in my pocket. My second to last hunt was an evening sit in my favorite set, with knowledge that there were a few slammers in this piece of woods. A buck came to about 35 yards that night, and I, thirteen years old at the time, couldn’t bring myself to shoot. I was afraid of failure. Heartbroken, I got back home and told my dad the story, and he responded with something I still remember even to this day, “Sometimes, you need to challenge yourself and go outside of your comfort zone in order to be successful.” The next morning I went back into the same set, had my biggest buck at the time step to 38 yards, and I smoked him, with my father’s words ringing in my ears the whole time.


Just like us, biblical characters had to go out of their comfort zones. Jonah most certainly didn’t want to go to Nineveh, and Moses certainly didn’t want to speak to Pharaoh. Can we blame them? Nineveh was known as the most sinful city in the world, and Moses had a speech problem. But what both of these stories have in common is that both men ended up putting their faith in the Lord to successfully accomplish things that nobody thought was ever possible. They gave up control, and gave God the steering wheel. We as Christians try to keep our lives so self-controlled day-in and day-out, because it’s comfortable, but since when does great success come from living in a comfort zone? Like Jonah, and like Moses, why can’t we let go of our lives, and let God take control. Why can’t we hand over our futures to Him, and have faith that we will end in victory? It’s hard to go out of your comfort zone, after all, that’s why it’s comfortable, but sometimes we need to take a step back and see that what’s comfortable, isn’t always what God wants. Proverbs 3:5-6 says this, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

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