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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

 

Pitiful Pride

Ezekiel 28:17 (NASB)  Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I put you before kings, That they may see you.

Pride is my “greatest” sin my greatest struggle.  Pride, I believe, lies at the root of every sin that I allow to take hold in my life.  Pride keeps me from favor with the Lord.  Pride prevents me from being used in ways God would have me used.  Pride is at the heart of virtually every struggle I’ve ever experienced.  It wages war in my personal life, professional life, finances, health, you name it.  Pride will not let me lose, admit wrongs or heal wounds.  Pride causes me to react, when response is needed.  Pride leads me to want when it is not warranted.  Pride makes winning more important than what is right or leads to peace, harmony and reconciliation. Pride leads me down so many dreadful paths.  The Lord has disciplined me severely, numerous times, for my prideful ways.  And yet, here I am, pridefully doing things the same way, under my own “power” and vanity, doomed to repeat the painful process over and over. 

The greatest lie about pride is that it is an expression of strength.  It is not.  It’s a shaky, teetering pinnacle we stand upon that at any moment can be knocked from beneath us.  We will be sent crashing far and hard from the lofty perch we set ourselves upon.  Pride flows from our own insecurities and the realization that we are not all that we think ourselves to be and fear that others will also come to that conclusion.  Pride provides us with a false sense of worth and security, but is the epitome of weakness, blindness, helplessness.  

Humility and vulnerability are viewed as weakness.  They are not.  Humility is the epitome of strength.  It’s an understanding that we cannot operate under our own power.  It’s an understanding that we have no power.  Rather, true power, strength comes from our Creator, our Father in heaven, His Son and the Holy Spirit.  Strength and power flow from a reliance on God’s grace and our expression of humility in the face of all things.  

Satan is the father of pride.  Satan’s fall was the direct result of his pride.  His greatest weapon in his war against God is the lie of pride he whispers in our ear.  It’s at the very foundation of all that is wrong with humanity.

Pride has cost me and is costing me dearly.  I will pay heavily for it in this life and answer for it in the next.  I will continue to pray for God to work this from my character, to pry it from my being.  I pray for any who read these words and find them hitting the mark in their heart.  I ask God for forgiveness of this terrible sin.  To any who have been injured by my prideful ways, I ask forgiveness here and hope to realize who you are and ask God for the courage to seek you out.  Have a blessed weekend.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

 

Change

Philippians 4:4-9 (NASB) ‘Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. ‘ 

For most people, change is a frightening thing.  In many instances, for a great deal of people, change means a feeling of loss of control.  Routine is comforting for most.  I wake up, this is what my morning, afternoon and night will be like.  I will likely do this and see that.  Change comes in so many forms.  It can be subtle, cataclysmic or anything in between.  It can be a change in thinking, doing, work, home, relationships.  It can come in the form of a loss, a gain, an illness, an achievement or a setback.  It maybe something we were working towards, or on and it can be something we were trying to avoid.  Change is inevitable, unsettling and rewarding.  What’s the point?  It’s coming, daily in one form our the other.  Some of it will fall into our scope of control, some will not.  Some will require a choice, decision, action or inaction, some will not.  It will all illicit a response and/or reaction.  

Regardless of the scope, effect, circumstance, the horror or elation, we must expect and accept that it is coming.  We also need to know it is not to be feared.  We, as God tells us, are a consummate work in progress.  Everything that we see, do, hear and experience is shaping, refining and changing us in one form or another.  What doesn’t change, ever, even in the slightest, is God and His assurances.  

Worry never adds to a situation, but peace does, hope does, faith does.  Pursuing Jesus Christ and following the path He has laid before each and every one of us is not always an easy proposition.  But, that should always be the focus.  Even in the roughest of circumstances, change is not to be feared, but embraced as but another step we must take that leads us closer to the refined self that Jesus intends us to be.  

When faced with change, be it a career move, a new home, marriage, divorce, whatever, our focus needs to rest firstly and wholly of God, His wants, desires and guidance in our life.  The why will not always be immediately evident, but through trust and faithful obedience to His leadership, the big picture will begin to reveal itself, and the need for the change and refinement will begin to unfold.  

So, before you allow yourself to get bound up, worried and anxious over a change taking place or even the prospect of a change, remember, God never changes, ‘He works all things to good for those who believe and follow His commandments’, trust in the Lord and embrace whatever He has in store.  Have a blessed weekend.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

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