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Rear View Mirror

Philippians 3:13 (NASB) Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 

The last couple weeks, I have been faced with a life altering decision.  A decision that could have significant ramifications for myself, my family, friends, co-workers and customers.  It was a decision that I needed to measure out carefully and resolutely.  I made my decision.  I believed it was the correct decision, but most importantly, feel that it was the decision God was leading me.  

Even with all of that said, it was a decision that was very difficult for me.  The difficulty flowed from my heart.  From a purely black and white, logical and through examination, the decision was perfectly clear.  However, my heart was in conflict with my head.  I was reflecting on the past.  I was thinking mostly about what I had done, what I enjoyed, what I’d miss and what I would be giving up.  I was so focused on what was on the rear view mirror, I couldn’t see the turn that would lead me to the beautiful landscape awaiting around the next bend.  

Fortunately, through the support and counsel of those around me, my focus was able to be diverted to the promising road that lay ahead.

How often in life do we find ourselves staring at the rear view mirror?  How often do we get stuck, focused on the memories, good and bad?  How often to we get caught in the questions of, “why can’t it be like it was?  What if this had only happened, instead of that?  How’s come I never?”  Or, our fixations on the glory days, “I remember when I could…  I accomplished this, have you forgotten?”  We get fixated on what was, and often times forget, that’s past, there’s new horizons that are racing up on us.

Such is true throughout or spiritual walk, good and bad.  We tend to think about where we’ve been, who we were and what we’ve done, instead of where we’re going, who we’re becoming and what we will do.  

Thinking back, remembering the good, the bad and in between is perfectly fine.  In some cases it is necessary.  Be careful not to fixate on the rear view mirror, though.  You  just might miss the “turn ahead” sign.  Have a blessed weekend.

Philippians 3:14-16  I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you; 16 however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

Lantern

1 Corinthians 15:33,34 (NASB) Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” 34 Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.

I have been blessed throughout my life to be surrounded by some truly wonderful people.  Friends, family, teachers, preachers and at times divinely appointed strangers.  The vast majority of the people that I’ve chosen to do life with, are hard working, caring, loving, dutiful people.  

A couple weeks ago I spent a week in the Colorado Rockies with one of my dearest friends.  We spent a week atop a mountain, scouring the slopes for mule deer.  We worked, played, laughed and struggled together.  He had my back and I had his.  He is by no means a perfect person, none of us are, but he is a man of character, moral fiber, love and compassion for his friends and family.  He is a man that makes me a better man being in his presence and observing a good many of his examples.

At times, I’ve associated with people who didn’t have my best interests at heart.  At times I didn’t always harbor the best intentions for others.  There have been many times I’ve allowed my associations to lead me down a less than glorious path.  There have been just as many, possibly more, instances where others have allowed their association with me to lead them down a less than glorious path.  

The point I’m getting to is simple. What you want to “be”, do, have, see, experience, avoid, etc. in life is largely determined by who you associate with.  Even a moral, righteous, God fearing man can and does fall easily to temptation.  When we surround ourselves with people who wish to follow down destructive paths, it often doesn’t take long for us to join them.  Likewise, as born again believers in Jesus Christ, we have a duty and obligation to “be sober-minded, and stop sinning”, not only for our own sake, but for the sake of those who do not know Jesus Christ.  We have a responsibility to illustrate to all within our sphere of influence what a pursuit of righteousness and a deeply committed relationship with Jesus looks like.

So, the questions I have for you to think about are: Who are the people you spend most of your time with?  How do they behave, act, talk, recreate, treat others, treat you?  What attracts you to them?  Do they know the Lord?  What do these associations bring to your life to make it better, aid in steering it down a righteous road?  What are you doing, saying, acting out in your life and its associations that is steering others down a righteous road, pointing them toward Jesus?  Are your actions pointing others there, or are they illustrations of hypocrisy, pointing them toward disaster?  Let your life be a lantern of the Light that is Jesus to others!  Have a blessed weekend!

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

Blessed

2 Corinthians 9:6-8 (NASB) Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;

I have spent the last couple weeks amidst the peaks and forests of the Rockies. It’s been exhilarating and exhausting.  I am blessed.  I’m blessed that I have a wife gracious enough to allow me this time to pursue something that means so much. I’m blessed because I have the health and physical tools to ensure the demands of such endeavors.  I’m blessed that I have a jib that provides me with the vacation necessary to make it possible.  I’m blessed because my God has created a world like this for me to explore and enjoy.  

The hunting has been tough.  Game is scarce, at least where I’ve been looking.  The days have been long and trying, but there’s no guarantees in this game.  I keep focused on the experience, though.  That’s where the import is.  Daily, this world around me reminds me of God’s awesomeness.  I’ve spent nearly 2 weeks and have barely scratched the surface of a minute fraction of what God created in 6 days! 

My time here is drawing to a close.  I have just a couple days remaining but will try and make the most of it. Regardless of the outcome of the hunt, God has one again restored me physically, but most importantly, spiritually. I pray that His restoration will create in me a better husband, father, friend… a better man.  I pray that the humility He had shown me here will carry over to my day to day life.  I’m grateful.  I’m blessed. 

Where in your life can you see God’s blessings? Where in your life can you see God working to make you better? It’s something we need to take a look at daily.  Have a blessed weekend!

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace


 

Eagle’s Nest

Isaiah 40:31 (NASB) Yet those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength;They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.

As you read this, I’m sitting at about 13000 feet, gazing across an alpine basin.  I assure you I am sitting here in awe, reverence and appreciation of God’s gift of creation, this veritable playground He gave to us.  

Every year this trip serves to be my reset.  It’s physically and mentally demanding, but it is the trip that resets my defaults, helps me clear my head, draw ever closer to God and allows for personal introspection.  I cannot believe how blessed I am in life, that God repeated blesses me with the opportunity to go on these adventures and pursue what I enjoy above all other past times. 

This year, ironically, we are hunting the “Eagle Nest”. It will push my limits.  My mental and physical toughness will see great improvement, and I will be refreshed.  I will be closer to my Father and I will return a better representative of Him to the world around me.

Where’s your “Eagle’s Nest”?  Where do you go to reset, draw closer to God?  These places need to be a part of our daily life, on a small scale, and an annual adventure of a grander one.  God wants to see His children happy, restored and desiring to draw near to Him.  Find your nest.  Have a blessed weekend.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace 

Expect IT!

Philippians 1:20 (NASB)according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 

It is that time of year again.  i am preparing to head west.  This year a friend and I drew an alpine mule deer tag.  We have been waiting to draw this tag for 3 years now.  So, to say the least, we’re pretty pumped.  As we draw nearer to our departure, the preparation meets expectation.  We have scoured our area on satellite and topo, talked with wildlife managers in that area and we are hoping for a successful hunt and expecting a great experience. 

Though we don’t know what the outcome will be, we have expectations.  We expect to work hard, give it our all, and make a good showing of it.  We expect our efforts to be fruitful.  Come what may, we expect to leave it all on the table and be proud of what we accomplish.

Is that how your day to day life looks.  What are you expectations for your life?  What path is God leading you down?  What are you doing to exalt Christ in word and deed?  Will you be put to shame, or will God say, “well done, good and faithful son”?  Have a blessed weekend! I’m going to head up a mountain now!

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

 

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