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I know that I am constantly growing as a hunter and fisherman. All I have to do is look back at last year and I know there is room to get better. One young man was being interviewed for a new position. The interviewer asked, “What do you wish to gain by your employment here?” To which the applicant replied, “I wish to gain experience.” Well, there’s one thing that’s for sure, he will gain experience. It may be a good experience or a bad experience, but he will gain experience. Each hunt offers much of the same. Hopefully, most of the days will bring good experiences but undoubtedly some will bring a painful one. Last year I bragged about my fifty-five yard shot on a double bearded gobbler, but a few days later I missed another bird at only fifteen yards. Now I may thought that I had arrived as a hunter after such a long, and might I say impressive, shot. But missing at such a short distance brought me back to the reality that I am an incomplete hunter. And the truth is, as long as I continue to pursue this passion of mine, I will forever be learning and growing.

It’s sometimes amazing that we can deal with these faux pas’ when it comes to hunting or fishing, but we are quick to give up when it comes to something like our Christian life. We tell ourselves that if we cannot do it completely, perfectly, and wholeheartedly, we will just not do it at all. And thus we let our incompleteness determine our worth as a child of God.

Did you know that Michelangelo started forty-four sculptures? Fourteen of them were never completed. I heard these facts just the other day. I wondered what the value of those fourteen might be. You see, our worth to God is not based upon how many successful Christian days that we have notched in our belt. It’s based solely on the initiative of God to love us; even while we were unlovable. And God’s determination to continue to love us is not based up our ability to be lovable. It is based upon His desire to accept us even though we are an incomplete work.

 Gary Miller; gary@outdoortruths.org

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