Trophy Whitetail Bucks And Their Identity.

Trophy Whitetail Bucks And Their Identity.

Imagine your most prized possession, the one thing that if you lost it all, this is the one thing you would want to hold on to, materially speaking. That’s going to look different for all of us. To be honest, I don’t know how to answer my own dilema. I’d have to think that one through for a while. A whitetail buck doesn’t get that option. Every single year, he loses what appears to be the single most defining feature that makes him who he is: his antlers. I’ve hunted some amazing places. I’ll never forget seeing the largest whitetail I’ve ever encountered. We were filming a project at Tecomate Ranch in Texas. Thirty minutes into the very first hunt a buck stepped into the sendero we were overlooking. He was a 185 inch perfect 10 pointer with a 29” spread. He looked like a mule deer. In fact, he looked like a big mule deer. There’s some deception going on here if you can read between the lines, or perhaps I should say, if you can look past the antlers. Yes, that deer is a trophy. In fact, he’s a trophy among trophies, but his antlers are not what make him a trophy. What makes him a trophy is what’s going on inside of him. In the core of his DNA, there are blood vessels, proteins, guanines, and all sorts of stuff I obviously know nothing about, that make him who he is at the present. What’s going on inside him is what shows up outside his body. What’s going on inside him shows up outside of him,...
Lies We Believe About Confession.

Lies We Believe About Confession.

After two decades of ministry I've learned something about every one of us walking the planet: we all have things going on inside us that need to be treated in order to be healed. We all know that healing, in many cases, requires surgery. After two decades of ministry I’ve learned something about soul surgery: surgery is done in the light, for it is never done in the dark. Something else I’ve learned about all of us who carry around things inside of us, things that often require soul surgery, is that every person has a deep need to keep those things, those problematic spiritual tumors, hidden from view. The motives are simple: you do not want people knowing about a struggle with unresolved anger. You worry what those closest to you would think if they only knew that you viewed pornography occasionally. You are terrified about what another person might think of you if they knew that you secretly fought wars with materialism. Confession And Darkness Forever Want To Co-exist.  So, you keep it in the dark. Where it seems like it’s safe. The problem is, that’s a lie, and you’re believing a lie to make you think that you can live with it safely in the dark. When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away. -  Psalm 32:3 - David said his body wasted away from lack of confession. I’ve seen it myself. Silence kills the heart. When you keep things in the dark, the enemy can lie to you all the more, because darkness distorts reality. The reality is that everybody has something...
Facebook Friends and Fruitless Discussion

Facebook Friends and Fruitless Discussion

Facebook friends, and all social media platforms like Twitter, YouTube and the host of millions more out there today, have brought value to our lives. I've reconnected with too many high school buddies than I care to count, and that's a good thing no doubt. However, after jumping into someone else's rant about a topic, have you ever felt like you just wasted 15 minutes of your life when you should have just left it alone? I have. More times than I care to count. The Scriptures say, "But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion …” 1 Timothy 1:6 ​Facebook Friends And Exchange Of IdeasSocial media is just that: social. It’s supposed to be about a free exchange of life, and sometimes, it is an exchange of ideas. There's also times when I've seen my Facebook Friends walk away from a "friendship" because I didn't agree.  I’ve learned something about social media in terms of dealing with people with an entirely different world-view than what I hold. Often I’ll feel compelled to dispel a myth, correct an inaccuracy in a political opinion, that type of thing. You know, because I'm an authority, even if in my own mind. What I’ve discovered is that in most cases where I disagree, my rebuttal was often time wasted, for it never ends well. Why Do We Find Ourselves Frustrated With Facebook Friends?  I think the answer to that is simple: most of them aren't friends at...
Time Management: A Subtle Deception I Fell For In Learning To Set Goals.

Time Management: A Subtle Deception I Fell For In Learning To Set Goals.

For years there was a subtle deception I fell for in regards to searching for time management and goal setting. Recently I’ve begun to calendar out my day two weeks ahead of time. I know, believe me I know, it sounds like a stupid, even slightly comical, pursuit in futility: except that it’s working. Every time I’ve ever read article about time management tips and goal setting, it seemed about a common trait found in many successful people in terms of planning their goals, and then scheduling the daily progress toward those goals, was that they planned their day weeks in advance. My excuse was always found its justification somewhere in the idea that, “I’m just not built that way.” Knowing that we all have different personalities, I knew that I could not compare my life to another man’s operational prowess. Time management that works for you, and goal setting plans, too, are both as unique as the person they apply to. However, I felt that, at least for starting out, was that the goal was to form a plan, no matter how little or how much. Actually having a plan became the goal.   So, I decided to try it. I carved out a 90 day vision of what I felt led to accomplish, and then broke it down day by day, appointment by appointment. Let me just tell you: a mere 6 days into the experiment I was depressed. I was depressed over my lazy nature that kept me from doing this 15 years ago.For you see, my brother, 6 days into this journey I felt as if I’d...
Strategic Planning Without Wisdom

Strategic Planning Without Wisdom

Strategic Planning is critical. It's often useless, however, if you cannot connect wisdom with your strategy. I should know, for I've done it far too many times. When you put the two translations together from Proverbs 19:2, it's quite interesting the perspective you gain about life, passion, strategic planning, and mistakes made.   (NASB)Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, And he who hurries his footsteps errs. (NLT)Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes. Zeal, passion for a cause, or even the best ideas, often can be strategic planning in the making that is void of the critical ingredient of wisdom. A burden for a cause, without knowledge of how to carry it out, is something I know a lot about! Sometime around 1999 God began to give me a vision for reaching a particular people group. A tribe missing from the steeple life ... hunters. God began giving me a vision to reach hunters with the gospel and to empower Jesus-following hunters, specifically, to use their passion for God in harmony with their passion for the outdoors. The problem was, I didn't have a clue on how to go about doing it. Yes, I could argue that when you're plowing new ground, you're going to hit rocks beneath the surface. That's the risk of plowing. That's just part of the deal. You learn how to spot bad ground only by experiencing bent plow blades. So, making mistakes is, in fact, a valuable education within strategic planning process, because failure is something must happen on the road to any level of success....
The Zone.

The Zone.

Great athletes often refer to playing in a state of mind which is called “the zone.”  There’s no denying that a zone does exist, for we get rare glimpses of it in every sport. Joe Montana, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Tom Brady, Nolan Ryan … all are men who have proved that they can rise to a position, even above other professionals in the heat of battle, and do things that leave us speechless.  They put themselves in a rare position and simply play at a different level.  Position is everything. He is like a tree, planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.  – Psalm 1:3 Great men of God do experience life in a unique position, but be keenly aware of this truth: a man’s position in the zone of God’s favor is not one that he can arrive at by hard work and sheer talent.  The only reason this man mentioned in the verse above is blessed is because of his position near the living water. He is blessed because the roots of his heart go deep, and stay planted, in the stream of God’s life-giving Spirit. It’s the water flowing into him that create the zone....