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Be Three

Proverbs 1:2-7 (NKJV)  To know wisdom and instruction, To perceive the words of understanding, To receive the instruction of wisdom, Justice, judgment, and equity; To give prudence to the simple, To the young man knowledge and discretion— 5  A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel, To understand a proverb and an enigma, The words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.


On the radio the other day, I heard a man state, “as disciples we should each have a Paul, a Barnabas and a Timothy in our life.” As I thought about that, I agreed. I’d take it a step further in saying, in doing so, we liken ourselves to a Paul, a Barnabas and a Timothy, as well.

In most avenues of my life I realize the greatest rate of growth if I both assume and surround myself with the personification of the roles of those three purposes.

Applying it to my progression as a hunter and archer, it indeed becomes very evident. Since my beginnings, I’ve had a Paul, that mentor type to guide, encourage and, when needed, correct and rebuke. They are persons of experience, wisdom, patience and leadership. They are people I trust to lean on, to teach and guide my growth. I still have and rely on my Pauls.

Having a Paul, I am therefore a Timothy, the student. I become the embodiment of a vessel in need of fulfillment. The day we stop seeking to learn is the beginning of the end of our development.

By embodying the purpose of a Paul, Timothys come within my sphere of influence. I can help to instruct and develop future hunters and archers. I provide wisdom, guidance and, when needed, correction and rebuke. Passing on the torch to the next generation of woodsmen is critical for the perpetuation of our hunting heritage. In being a Paul for other’s I gain additional insights and refinement, as well. One of the greatest of teachers, is to teach. When guiding others, I learn just as much about the subject and myself, as by any other means.

Lastly, whether chasing game in the mountains or here at home, I have my Barnabas. This person is my confidant, my partner. Be it my wife or a good friend, we share a similar attitude and mission directive. We cooperate and communicate in order to accomplish these things. We are each other’s support system, second set of eyes, hands, ears and feet. We depend on each other and our success is the result of cohesive collaboration. In having a Barnabas, I become a Barnabas for another as well.

As I walk the path of discipleship, it is important for me to be mindful of the relationships I cultivate. Being sure to incorporate a Paul, for wisdom, instruction and rebuke, a Timothy, for passing on the perpetuation of our faith, and a Barnabas to walk along side me through the journey.  By doing so, I assure myself a greater refining of the person God would see me become. My walk and witness is deeper and more fruitful. The exclusion of any one of these personas, or failure to embody them in oneself, serves only to steepen the curve. Have a blessed weekend.

I Peter 2:9,10 (NKJV) But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.  

 

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,
Scott Pace

The WHY

  1. I spend a great deal of time planning and preparing hunts.  As an pro shop owner, that applies to helping others prepare for theirs, as well.  Preparation is good, essential actually.  A simple outline would follow something to this effect:  #1 choose your game (the what), #2 what type of experience are you after and what are the area(s) you want to hunt (the where), #3 figure out the guidelines, ie the application process if applicable, the rules and regs of your location choices and complete them (the how), #4 gear needed, assembled and organized, #5 get your body ready for the experience you have chosen (#4&5 are details of the how).  If you do all of the things in this outline, pack up and set out, you MAY get somewhere.  You MAY have an amazing experience.  You MAY… even fill a tag.

However, if we really want to maximize our odds, we must not exclude the final and absolute crucial piece of the outline, the WHY.  Why are we wanting to do this?  Why are we making the choices we are making and why are we going forth in the manner we are?  Once we have figured out the WHY, we can develop and settle on a path that will get us there.  If we are honest, truly devoted to the WHY, that path will likely be a narrow one.  Will you take it?

Matthew 7:13,14 (NKJV) “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Like in life, the path to success in the field is seldom the one that most are willing to take.  If you want to find your game, you will likely have to be willing to seek and follow the path few others will.  When the pressures on, elk, deer, turkey head for inhospitable locales, places they know are hard to get to and they will find security.  Are you willing to find the way in there AND take it?  That’s where the reward is.  That’s where the WHY lives!

Most of the world around us is looking for the easy road, the wide, broad stretching mesa of easy travel.  I’ve looked for that route, sometimes still do.  I’ve followed that route, in life and on hunts and what I’ve learned is that elk do not live there.  They seek out those hard to get to cracks and seams that you see in the picture above.  They travel down narrow paths to get beyond the reach of most.  

To get to the reward God promises, your path will not be across a lush grassy mesa.  It’ll be along a sheep trail, with you questioning the sanity of your every step.  He never promised us an easy road.  In fact just the opposite, but He will empower our WHY, and assures us victory for our willingness to find and take the sheep trail.  So, assemble your outline, figure out the WHY, look for the narrow path and push on.  Have a blessed weekend.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace 

 

Draw Odds

Genesis 28:15 (NKJV)  Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.”

The application deadlines for western big game hunts have closed or are soon to.  This is an exciting and fun time for me.  It’s the dawn of a new season, new prospects and renewed anticipation of drawing an ever elusive, coveted tag.  I invest a good deal of time, energy and resources in researching the game I hope to pursue this coming fall, the states I would like to hunt, the units within the state, then down to the nooks and crannies within those units.  It’s necessary, tedious, frustrating and wrought with angst, but fun at the same time.  I have completed our apps for Elk, Mule Deer and Bighorn Sheep.  From this point, no amount of worrying or second guessing will change the outcome ahead.  It’s just hurry up and wait.  

Honestly, the odds of my wife and I drawing even one of the tags we applied for are extraordinarily slim.  They are all highly sought after, coveted tags.  That’s alright, though.  If we draw one of these low odd lotteries, great!  If we don’t, no worries, I have a back up.  I will purchase a guaranteed over the counter tag and head west all the same.  

Each of us knows someone, once was our self and some still are willing to rest all of our hopes, dreams, desires and goals on those low odds, highly coveted tags.  How many walk through life asking the question,”what if you’re wrong?  What if this really is all there is?” So, if that’s the case, even understanding the extremely low odds, that’s what they are willing to hang their hope on!  That’s crazy!  I won’t rest the hopes of my hunting season on tags with greater odds than that, but they’ll hang the hope of their eternity on it?!  I want a guarantee!  There are millions, billions of people walking through life applying for tags that aren’t going to come through.  Yet, if they but choose to, they can head elsewhere, stroll up to the counter and be guaranteed one!  

I want to head west and bow hunt every fall, if able, and am perfectly confident that I can.  Why, because I know where to go and be assured the opportunity.  I’m going to spend eternity in paradise with my Lord and Father.  Again, I am perfectly confident of that.  Why, because I know where to go and He has assured me that opportunity… a guaranteed tag!!!  Have a blessed weekend!    

John 14:6 (NKJV) Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me. 

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

 

Entangled

Matthew 13:7  (NKJV)  And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them.  

When you surrender your life, mind, heart, spirit and body to Jesus Christ, accept the truth that He went to the cross to bear the sins of the world, your sin, and believe in your heart that God raised Him to life three days later, you are saved.  Through His sacrifice, you are justified, your slate wiped clean, you are made righteous. That cannot be reversed.  John 10:28-30 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. 30 I and My Father are one.”   Satan lost that battle.  There is nothing that he can do to pull you from Jesus’ embrace.  That’s the good, no great news!  

Now, the meat of today’s commentary.  In Matthew 13:7 we see a secondary tactic employed by the evil one.  He no longer has opportunity to claim you as a trophy.  You belong to God and cannot be snatched away.  So, his next option is to render you inconsequential.  This is, I believe, one of the greatest dangers facing the American church.      Luke 8:14  Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity.  We live in satan’s domain and he will utilize any and all tools at his disposal to render you ineffectual.  As a follower of Christ, one of your primary obligations is to go into the world and make disciples.  Fortunately for satan and unfortunately for us, our culture provides satan with a plethora of options to call into service to sideline us from the work God would use us for.  The evil one cannot rip us away but he can maneuver and position us in such a manner that he may be able to get to those we were meant to touch.  

The only way to counter this is diligence.  We have to arm ourselves against the never ending onslaught.  If we are to resist the barrage of distractions he casts in our way, we most be focused, intentionally.  We must pray, seek God’s heart, desire to know Him, through His word, His communion, His gifts and His Spirit.  Do not allow the things of this world to entangle you and impede your mission.  Another’s eternity could, very well, be at stake.  Have a blessed weekend.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

Tenaciously

I Corinthians 15:58 (NKJV)  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

I find that I am generally most successful at an endeavor, when I exercise a particular brand of tenacity.  That brand being, all in, set my sights on whatever it is and with focused determination pursue.  

When practicing shooting, I know whether I am executing with tenacity, mindful of all the intricacies of my form, or just going through the motions, completing a set routine and calling it good.  While hunting, especially elk hunting, if I lose my tenacious drive (or like one particular year never had it),  I am almost certain to fail.  It’s not enough to just hold on, endure and hope to make it to the end.  Tenacity is a fired, determined, no quit approach to the pursuit of what it is that you KNOW you will accomplish.  Tenacity is an unwillingness to give up, to endure, yes, but to endure with vigor.  Tenacity is being willing to say, “this hunt is not going as I’d hoped.  I’m beat up and worn out, but I’m headed for that saddle with vigor and determination, because I know that I don’t know what opportunity may await me on the other side.”  Tenacity is a refusal to just hang on and pray the end comes sooner rather than later.  Tenacity is watching an obstacle drop in your path and immediately, enthusiastically searching for a way over, under, around or through.  

Tenacity is a great thing to strive for.  It’s something I wish I could say I never lacked.  Unfortunately, I sometimes do.  

Tenacity is something that I’m learning needs to be applied to my pursuit of a greater understanding of God and my relationship with Him.  I need to be tenacious about reading His word.  I need to pursue, with tenacity, daily time in close conversation with Him.  I need to tenaciously endure the hardships and heartaches that have and will inevitably come my way.  In doing so, it shows my willingness to faithfully believe that no matter what it is or what the reason (known or unknown)  He will not let me fail.  His working of this level of tenacity in me serves as an illustration of His glory to all around me.    Psalm 37:23-24 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LordAnd He delights in his way. 24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand.  

We can merely hold on until this life is over, fix our grip and wait for that glorious day to come when we leave this world and join our Father in the eternal home He has prepared.  Truthfully, I don’t believe that’s a shameful thing.  For some to just endure the rigors the world throws at them is nothing short of monumental.  However, for most I believe we owe it to God to be as vigorously tenacious as we can while we’re here. We have work to do for His kingdom, examples to set, relationships to cultivate, disciples to make.  That doesn’t happen if we’re not in the game and tenaciously pursuing the possibility.  Have a blessed weekend!  

Philippians 3:12-14 (NKJV)  Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

 

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