Gifts of an Outdoorsman
Everybody in the world has some sort of gift. Something that they have a desire for, something that they accel at that others don’t. Personally, I have no musical talent, and I certainly can’t speak in front of large crowds, but I have a passion for the outdoors. So how can we use our individual gifts that God has given to us to spread His love? I believe that God gave us each a gift, so that we can reach specific people throughout our lives through the use of that gift.
Every year since I’ve turned 16, my dad and I have taken a kid out for the opening day of the Pennsylvania youth turkey season. Usually the kids we take are friends, or kids from the church, but nevertheless, generally aren’t the most experienced hunters. Regardless, this usually turns out to be one of my favorite hunts of the year. The fact that I get to sit there with a kid who has never experienced a longbeard gobbling his head off and watch his emotions run rampant is absolutely one of the coolest things you can do. It also gives me time to walk them through what they should be doing and watch their eyes light up when the plan comes together. This past year specifically, it also gave me a chance to open up a conversation about enjoying the beautiful world God has created for us. The young man that I was with was blown away by the wonders of everything that was going on throughout the morning, and it was certainly a special moment for both of us. It was the sole moment that I came to the realization that we as hunters can use the outdoors as a path to show others who God is.
1 Peter 4:10 says this, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” If we don’t think that we can use the outdoors and hunting to reach others, and show them who the Lord is, then we’re mistaken. What better way to show somebody the wonders of God’s creation than by taking them into it and letting them experience it first hand. If you are a gifted outdoorsman, why not use it in a way that could change the lives of so many people around you? Sometimes, we get stuck in the mindset of perceiving the act of spreading the Word of God as being strictly in a church or missions setting. In reality, the best way to reach people is in everyday life, doing everyday things that you have a burning passion for. So you aren’t a good singer or a good speaker, so what? Who says that is the only way to show God’s love to others? Seeing a sunrise in early October from a treestand speaks as much to me about the things God has done for us than anything else does, and that’s okay. Let’s embrace the gifts God has given us, and give Him something back from them.