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Be a Thinker

Micah 6:8 (NKJV) He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?

One of the greatest dangers facing America is its “dumbing down”.  More and more people have been and are being raised up to merely parrot what they are told.  Memorization and regurgitation have replaced deductive reasoning, analytical processing, development of ideas, drawing one’s own conclusions… free thought.  An increasing number of people do not know how, or care to test the ideas they are fed.  

Of the people I know, the ones I consider of high, greater than average intelligence, are free thinkers.  They possess deductive abilities.  They don’t simply know “facts”, but can develop their own philosophies, problem solve, and are capable of a creative perspective many others lack.  

This is particularly important within the body of Christ.  As individual believers, growth is found in our development.  As we draw closer to the Lord and the power of the Holy Spirit within us amplifies, progress of purpose increases. 

One very important variable in the equation of growth, maturation and our ability to process and reason is reading.  Yes… reading.  Reading is common to virtually every deep thinker I have known.  Reading stimulates creative thought in ways that nothing else can.  In reading, you get exact expressions.  You gain insights into the thought process, the psyche of the author.  Reading leads to well informed people.  Reading stimulates thought, analysis, reasoning, questioning.  It leads to writing.  If reading creates an informed person, writing makes an exact person. 

We are tested each and every day.  Thoughts and ideologies are tossed at us from each and every direction, some good, some not.  How are we to navigate our way through this barrage if we lack the ability to think and reason for ourselves.  Culture today would have us operate autonomously, ruled by emotion.  If you feel it, it must be right.  People capable of independent minds can reason their way through the reconciliation of the mind and heart.  However, to do that you must be well informed.

You must learn to read well.  You must learn to choose your authors well.  As one who believes in Jesus or as one still seeking, this must include scripture.  You must desire to read, study and internalize the Word.  It cannot stop there, though.  You must pursue extra-scriptural text, reading what trusted theologians have to say about the bible.  You must also seek out text on a myriad of other subjects such as history, philosophy, science and the arts. 

In order to be able to test that which is being presented to us, we must seek to cultivate knowledge.  Otherwise, how will we possibly discern what is right, what is truth, when the time comes.  Have a blessed weekend.

II Timothy 4:3-5 (NKJV) For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;  and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.  

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

Allotted

Proverbs 30:7-9 (NKJV) Two things I request of You (Deprive me not before I die): Remove falsehood and lies far from me; Give me neither poverty nor riches—Feed me with the food allotted to me; Lest I be full and deny You, And say, “Who is the Lord?” Or lest I be poor and steal, And profane the name of my God.

I read this passage the other day and it really struck me.  I pondered on it and upon that contemplation was heaped conviction.  “I don’t pray for that”, I thought.  In fact I’ve never prayed for that.  More often than not, I pray for extreme favor and over abundance.  

One of the men in my Iron Men group offered an observation the other day.  He wondered why, when things are going good, we are getting what we want, we are riding high, we so often feel the furthest from God.  He said, during those seasons, it seems we are so slow to turn to God.  We forget about Him.  It takes us rolling back down into a valley to turn to Him.  Well, this Proverb offers a very simple and direct answer.  

God knows each and every one of us.  He knows our bents.  He knows how we will receive blessing and how we will steward those gifts.  A man who has “everything”, or at least everything he wants, can easily find himself falling in to the trap of indifference to God.  We become expectant, complacent and unappreciative.  His gifts become devalued.  If every year, nearly every time I went to the field, I could harvest a “trophy” deer or elk, how long do you think I would appreciate His blessing?  If every customer who walked into the archery or harley shop, dropped a pile of money, how long would it be before I had little regard for those people, for God?  

God’s provision is always there.  Not only that, when we approach Him with a humble and grateful heart, His provision will be precisely what we need, our allotment.  

Deuteronomy 8:17 (NKJV) then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’ 

When we are given much, often times our tendency is to take the credit.  It was my ingenuity, my drive, my effort that produced the success.  We tend to think far too highly of ourselves and dismiss the true source of the blessing.  Our efforts may have produced a result, but where did our gifts and talents originate from.  Who blessed us with the opportunity to apply those gifts?  All good things are from God, no other.  When we forget that, lose sight of the source, refuse to be humble and grateful, giving all glory to God, He WILL bring us low.  

Deuteronomy 8:18-20 (NKJV) “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. 19 Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the Lord your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish. 20 As the nations which the Lord destroys before you, so you shall perish, because you would not be obedient to the voice of the Lord your God.

I’ve never given thought to the notion that the reason something may not be happening for me, coming to me or being provided me as I would desire, could simply be God’s intentional withholding.  That He may keep it from me, because I cannot handle it.  It may be something that would draw me away from Him.  It may simply not be a portion of my allotment.  

I will certainly be more mindful of how I pray for provision going forward.  I will also be grateful for the provision He blesses me with and how I utilize it.  It is, after all, my God given allotment.  I hope you all will do the same.  God Bless you and have a glorious weekend.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

Divine Appointment

Psalms 37:23-24 (NKJV) The steps of a good man are ordered by the LordAnd He delights in his way.  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand.

Pastor Jeff Rabe stopped by Route 65 the other day.  He was picking up some arrows he’d had me make up, as well as a bit of conversation. 

I shared with him a conversation I’d just concluded with a gentleman I’d never met prior to that day.  The man and I had discussed Harleys, of course.  However, as our connection began to strengthen, our conversation deepened.  We talked about the history of Harley-Davidson, America, generational differences, society and inevitably, faith.  It was a wonderful conversation, one I hadn’t planned on or expected.  I left feeling energized, connected to another believer and God. 

As I finished sharing my experience with Jeff, he simply responded with, “divine appointment!”  “Indeed”, I replied.  After Jeff and I parted company, I couldn’t stop pondering his simple statement.  “It was just exactly that, a divine appointment.”  Anyone who knows me, knows I firmly adhere to the understanding that there are no coincidences.  That gentleman and I were appointed to meet, connect and share, at that time and place.  Not only that, it was divinely inspired and purposed.  There was a need, though I’m not sure exactly what it was, that God determined to fill.  

As I pondered on this notion of “divine appointments”, I couldn’t help but wonder.  How often does God set these appointments for me?  My speculation, multiple times a day.  I’m engaged in one right this moment with each and every one of you.  In fact, this appointment is the result of another He set nearly 5 years ago.  He set up a “divine appointment” with Mike Sereg and myself in that very same showroom.  From that appointment, a friendship grew and ultimately led to me doing this with all of you. 

Jeff’s statement also got me wondering, how often do I miss, ignore or under appreciate the appointments He sets for me?  How often do I get frustrated because things aren’t going as I believed they should?  Something as simple, though discouraging, as being held up in traffic or line.  That may be the necessary mitigator to place me in the path of the “appointment” He has set for me.  How often do I look at it like that?  Scripture is rife with examples of God orchestrating His appointments.  Not all of them are pleasant, what the person expects or wants.  Take, for instance, Paul’s trip to Philippi in the book of Acts chapter 16.  God directed him to detour to Macedonia and there, Paul is thrown into prison.  Now, I assume that Paul didn’t know he was headed to prison when he obeyed, but had he disobeyed, that would have been avoided.  However, God’s intent was for Paul to keep the appointment set for him, so that the jailer and his family would be saved.  

This understanding could be a total game changer, folks.  If we allow it to be.  Your car broke down?  Inconvenient, costly, disheartening…  surely.  Or, could it be a “divine appointment”.  Plans change unexpectedly and you end up here instead of there, with this person instead of the other?  “Divine appointment”? My point is that it could, and likely is, that most of our day consists of, by His design, “divine appointments”.  Appointments set by Him, for His purpose and for your’s and other’s sake.  Our life is a tapestry of “divine appointments” woven masterfully by our loving Father.  Will we joyfully seek those appointments and determine to fulfill them?  Or, will we choose to ignore or spurn them, allowing God’s woven work of art to become a moth eaten rag?  Have a blessed weekend.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace  

Understand

Proverbs 2:1-5 (NKJV) My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you, So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding, If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will understand the fear of the LordAnd find the knowledge of God.

All too often I find myself impatient, offended even at my lack of understanding of God, His word and the happenings in the world.  I get into conversations with others on a myriad of topics, and get frustrated with my and their understanding, rather lack of.  I find myself asking God, “why don’t you just show me, teach me?!  Clarify this and that for me, Lord!”  When my requests go seemingly unanswered, further offense is taken and deeper frustration takes root.

However, this week, without giving me the understanding and knowledge I ask for, He enlightened me somewhat on the subject of understanding.  Understanding, you see, is a precious commodity.  More precious than silver, gold and precious jewels.  It is a hidden treasure, far too valuable to just leave lying around, too valuable for a heart that is ill equipped to receive it and not fully cognizant of its infinite worth.  

God etched the map to this treasure in His word and tucked it away into the very deepest reaches of His heart.  You will not find it on the surface.  You must search, press in.  You must openly receive God’s word, pursue it with the deepest sense of focus.  You must sincerely treasure His commands.  You must be ever ready and attentively listening for this wisdom.  You have to commit, down to the absolute depth of your heart, to understanding.  

God does not, He will not give this precious treasure away flippantly.  He waits for the truly committed, fully surrendered, humble heart to press in, never ceasing to pursue the heart of God.  This heart is rewarded.  To this heart He rains in a wealth of understanding that can be used for His purpose, His purpose alone.  

Mike Sereg once said, “at the heart of every problem, is a problem with the heart.”  So, the next time I’m struggling, frustrated, impatient and offended because I want to understand, “DESERVE” to understand, I will examine my heart.  I will ask, why do I want to know?  What will I do with this understanding?  Is my desire for His purpose or mine?  Have I pressed in as He expects?  Obviously not, or I wouldn’t have to ask!  Have a blessed weekend!

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

Little Thing

Luke 16:10 (NKJV) He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. 

I had some gentlemen in the archery shop in need of some “tuning up” for Iowa’s upcoming archery opener.  The first man’s struggle was consistency.  He stated that he just couldn’t get dialed in.  That no matter what he tried, he just couldn’t put consistent groups together.  He came to the conclusion that the issue was with him.  There was something that he was doing wrong or inconsistently that was to blame.  After his description, I asked for his bow.  I had never worked on it, or looked it over prior to this visit.  As I examined it, a number of things immediately jumped to my attention.  I explained to him what I saw, how it was wrong, and the effects these flaws would have on his performance.  They were seemingly small details, indistinguishable to the untrained eye, but had a dramatic impact.  In fact, all of the inconsistencies he was describing, could very likely be attributed, at least in part, to these “little” things.  

The problems this man was having, were the result of the previous person’s lack of attention to detail, the “little” things.  Now, because I was willing to take care of this man’s “little” issues, when he needs help with a bigger issue, wishes to refer a friend somewhere, wants to make a more expensive purchase, where and with whom is that likely to be?  Why would he entrust a major need or purchase with someone who was unsuccessful in executing the “little” things.

Well, my friends, God handles the delegation of opportunity the exact same way.  Far too often we focus on the big picture, the big event, the big opportunity or big desire, perhaps beg God for our “BIG” chance, but we haven’t paid attention the details, executed the “little” things and earned the right to the “BIG” one.  We even sit back and wonder why, all the while God’s wondering when we will start paying attention to the “little” things He asks of us so that He can entrust us with the bigger ones.  Those “little” things are precisely what God uses to train up and prepare us for the “BIG” one.  

Next time you catch yourself wondering when God is going to give you your “BIG” chance, your patience is wearing thin, you start thinking, “it’s my time… when Lord, oh when”, take a moment and think about all the “little” things He asks of you.  Take a good, hard, long look, be honest and answer the questions; Did I execute?  Did I deliver on what God wanted?  Did I prove to Him that I can handle the “little” things in preparation for the “BIG” one?  Have a blessed weekend.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

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