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, and others cannot help but notice it.
He is a trophy, but he’s a trophy internally long before anything shows up for others to see. Shedding his defining feature has no bearing on his identity.
“ … Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
- Colossians 1:27 -
Jason Cruise is a published author and speaker. He is the host of Spring Chronicles on Sportsman Channel.