Proverbs 12:27 (NKJV) The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting, But diligence is man’s precious possession.
As my preparation for departure to the western wilds wraps up, I’m stricken by this verse. I’m headed to the Rocky Mountains, once again, for peace, recharge, a deeper understanding of the Lord, appreciation of the splendid gifts of this playground He entrusts to us and… elk. If the good Lord sees fit, I should like to fill a tag and, consequently, the freezer.
To fill an elk tag is a great joy, but a tremendous blessing, a gift. After the enjoyment of time spent in God’s grandeur, my family will be fed and nourished for the better part of the year. If I went to the mountains, or the fields here at home, shot my game, walked away without attempted recovery or simply left it lie, that would be wasteful, irresponsible, illegal and just down right unappreciative. After all, I already stated how valuable that game is and what blessings and joy it brings.
This is true of all the things He provides for us, the fruits of our labors, our talents and abilities, our knowledge, everything. To not make use of these gifts, earned or bestowed, is wasteful, irresponsible and just down right unappreciative.
The value of the gift is determined not by the recipient, but in the heart and intent of the giver. Do you think that anything God blesses us with is given in any less than the purest, most loving, fullest capacity of His endless love? The intent of His heart, therefore determines its worth. Consequently, no matter how great or small we measure it, it’s value can be no less than infinite.
Our days are forever being filled with examples of these gifts, His heart, His love. What are we doing with them? Are we roasting what we were blessed enough to take? Are we applying ourselves fully and utilizing our talents and resources to their fullest? Are we being diligent?
As I prepare to head west, Proverbs 12:27 has given me something to examine and work on putting into practice, diligently. This applies not only to my time at 10000 ft, but to every day and every facet of my life… and yours. Food for thought. Have a blessed and safe weekend.
In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,