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He’s the Boss!

I just returned from a four day working vacation.  I say vacation, because it was fun work.  I spent four days in Louisville, KY at the annual Archery Trade Association show.  As usual, it was an awesome trip.  I got to spend time with a couple buddies, meet some notable figures in the industry, see all the latest and greatest in the world of archery, learn quite a few new things and make some great connections.  All around, it was a worthwhile adventure.

God was working too. This comes as no surprise to me, as I’m sure it doesn’t for you either.  As I draw deeper in my relationship and am more sensitive to the work that God does around us every single day, my wonderment at the work of His hand continues to amplify.

The first experience I would like to share with you is one of speaking truth.  Speaking for myself, it typically comes with little reservation and the closer to the Lord I get, the more prepared I am to recognize and capitalize on the opportunities He places in my path.  On the night before the show started God gave me such an opportunity.  One of my closest friends on this earth began asking questions about salvation, heaven and hell.  Seems simple, but with this particular friend, conversations like these are generally fairly blunt and fairly heated.  I wanted to avoid the conflict, but after quickly praying God armed me with truth, that try as he may to dispute, God followed up with solid rebuttal after rebuttal.  It took a while but, God’s truth finally began to soak in.  My friend’s wheels are turning with the truth God wanted shared and his heart is softened.  If only a little, still a tremendous victory for the Lord.

The second experience I would like to share is an open profession, in public that I was witness to.  This happened on the 2nd morning of the show.  Let me set the stage.  We are in the middle of an enormous expo center, filled with thousands of people and vendors.  I’m standing at a booth checking out product.  David Blanton, a noted TV personality in the industry, is standing a few feet away engaged in a conversation with another gentlemen.  I wasn’t eaves dropping, I promise, just couldn’t help but over hear.  David was talking about his prayer life and routine.  He was sharing a story about the conversation he had with a perfect stranger at breakfast.  The story was how in just taking the time to engage this other man, the Lord used the opportunity to witness to a perfect stranger.  He shared with him some of his prayers for the day, including confession of areas he falls short in and how he gives them to God to help him work through them.  It reminded me of James 5:16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed.  (NKJV)  Amidst all that was going on around him, David’s priority was on the Lord, prayer and confession and he was confiding in and sharing with others.  Priority number one, God!

My third experience came from reflection during my 10 hr drive back tonight.  I thought about all I got to see and experience.  From a business standpoint, this show is very important for me.  In that regard it was very successful.  God has blessed me with opportunity to work at something I truly enjoy.  I thought about that and how He doesn’t have to, but He does.  He loves me and wants me to be blessed and joyful.  I was humbled by that realization, grateful. These thoughts lead me down a trail of reflection and introspection.  Am I using this blessing to Glorify Him?  As I thought about the work I saw Him doing through others, I wondered if I am doing the work He expects of me?  This brought to mind Colossians 3:23,24  And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. (NKJV)  Today, ask yourself the question, do I work as if the Lord is my boss?  Is what I’m doing, to the best of my ability?  Am I making the Boss happy?  

Every day we should start and continue in prayer.  Those prayers should include opportunities to speak Truth.  Those prayers should include the strength and desire to glorify God in the work that we do.  The opportunity to speak truth is a blessing!  The work we do, the occupation we have is a blessings!  God is our employer.  How does He want us to perform?  

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy!

Scott Pace     

 

I came across the name of a man today.  It is a name with which I’m very familiar, but I was led to read a little more in depth.  The man is Norman Borlaug.  Some of you may know who he is, but for any who do not, I’ll give you a brief account of his life and accomplishments.

Norman Borlaug was born March 25th 1914 to a farm family outside of Cresco, Iowa.  He had a prototypical upbringing for a midwestern farm kid of the age.  He grew up hunting, fishing and working the family’s 106 acre farm.  His primary education took place in a one room school house, and he was baptized and confirmed in the Saude Lutheran church.  He graduated from Cresco high school, where he also participated in football, baseball and wrestling.  

Through an Depression-era program known as the National Youth Administration, he was able to enroll at the University of Minnesota.  While earning his Bachelor of Science in forestry, Norman, like most had to take jobs to support himself.  One such job was as a leader in the Civilian Conservation Corps.  Many of the people who worked for him in those days came to him starving.  Though he didn’t realize the impact at the time, the scars those images left would forever change his life and the lives of over a billion others.

 Before and after graduation, Norman worked for the US Forest Service.  He had his career and life coursed out and was headed down it.  It wasn’t for long, though, and due to budget cuts he lost that job.  That’s a pretty significant blow to be dealt, for anyone.  I’m sure he thought, as most of us would, he had arrived.  He had made it.  Then blindsided.  Have you ever felt like that?

Romans 8:28 (NKJV) And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Well Norman returned to the University of Minnesota and under the tutelage of his mentor Elvin Charles Stakman, received a master of science degree in 1940 and Ph.D. in plant pathology and genetics in 1942.  He went to work for Dupont, where during World War II a number of his projects worked to aid our soldiers in combat.  Impacting lives.

After the war years his research and efforts changed complexion.  He remembered the look of starvation in the faces of his past workers.  The rest of his life was dedicated to the development of high yield, disease and drought resistant crops.  Crops that could be grown in regions ravaged by hunger, where conventional crops and farming techniques were useless.  His life’s research led him to countries around the world, Mexico, South America, Asia, India and finally Africa.  

Norman Borlaug became the man God would use to feed the world.  Norman’s life work is credited with saving over a billion lives from starvation.  All this from a boy who started from such humble beginnings.  A young man who’s life course was set, or so he thought.  However, God had different plans for Norman.  

As I read about Norman’s extraordinary contributions to the world, I can’t help but think about how it almost wasn’t was.  I think about the chain of events required to bring God’s plan for his life to fruition.  I wonder how often Norman felt stuck in the mud, that things weren’t going according to plan.  I find my heart overflowing with faith in the knowledge that Norman’s life played out by design.  God’s design.  What reassurance can be found in this story.  Reassurance that no matter what happens in our own lives, though we may not see it, want it or understand it, if we hold onto that faithful knowledge that it is by God’s design, great things will happen.  

I think about all the people that God brought into Norman’s life.  Each person necessary in the development of “the man who fed the world”.  I wonder how many of those people lived an entire life not knowing the contribution they made in his development, their role in feeding the world.  Not all of us are destined to be Norman Borlaug, but every Norman Borlaug needed a great many of us to realize their design.  

As I go forward from this day forth, I will try to be more mindful of the “Borlaug Effect”, how my life impacts others, who in turn affect others, who affect others who will affect the next man who feeds the world.  

Lord let me no longer doubt the plan and design You have for my life.  Heavenly father erase from me the doubt of the significance and effect my life has on those around me, rippling out to the rest of the world and generations to come.  How great is Your design and plan, Lord?  I can’t see it fully Lord, but this I know, the gift of faith You fill my heart with assures me that it is a grand and perfect design.  I pray Lord that my ripple in this world will have the effect You desire.  In Jesus’ precious name Amen.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy

Scott Pace 

 

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