Monday, June 18, 2018
It had been several weeks since I last visited a favorite hunting area. It was early spring, and the new growth had just started coming up. I tried to get an early start on upkeep by weed-eating around the barn and down a rarely used road that led up the hill. I was hoping to make some progress on the maintenance that would have to be done before the next season. I usually wait until the last minute and only do what absolutely must be done in order to hunt. It seems every year I spend most of my time keeping the weeds and limbs from closing in a little more on my hunting area. And it seems I never fully accomplish that task. The paths are narrower, the site windows are smaller, and the trees keep encroaching on my once roomy spread. I wanted this year to be different, but since my last visit, I've already been taken over by vines, weeds, and limbs. It's only been a few weeks, but this has been plenty of time for the weeds to begin to choke out one of my all-time favorite hunting areas. I'll gather up my chainsaw and weed-eater and make the trip this week. The fight for property rights is on!
I know of no better picture of many lives today. Neglect has caused some of the most important things in life to be choked out. What was once maintained and protected, has now become swallowed up by so many things that have no value. What was once hallowed ground has now become only a memory of some previous activity. The weeds have become so numerous, we simply become weed farmers than take the effort to eradicate them and return to the worthwhile crop we once produced. Why do we give in? Because it takes time and effort to rid the worthless things from the worthwhile ones. But it must be done. Have you noticed a particular area in your life that is being swallowed up by worthless things? It will always be the area you have neglected. To neglect one worthless thing for another is of no consequence, but to neglect something of great value will not only cause it to be strangled by insignificant things, it will ultimately cause you to lose something you may never get back. Take the time to do maintenance on the most important things in your life and they will be there when you need them the most.
Monday, June 10, 2013
Perhaps the greatest reason for most of our failures is
simple neglect. In the outdoor world it may be that we neglected to check to
see if our scope was accurate before we went on our hunt. Or it may be that if
we had not neglected to retie our spinner bait, that bass would not have broken
the line. Neglect comes in many forms when it comes to hunting and fishing.
Just the other day I was reminded of this truth. I had
already gone through two anchors this year. Once, while river fishing, my son
had lost one. He neglected to make sure it was tied securely. Just a few days
later I was forced to cut my anchor cord because I was unable to get the anchor
unstuck from where it had planted itself. And now, only three days later, I was
back with a new cord and anchor. I thought I had tied it securely. I had even
made sure to pay attention to the knot each time I retrieved it from the
bottom. And even though I noticed that it had not seated itself tightly enough,
I thought nothing else about it. A few minutes later, as I tried to pull the
anchor back in the boat, I noticed that the cord was weightless. It had become
untied. I had neglected to notice it loosening before. I immediately looked to my left to try to mark just where the boat
was sitting because I knew the current would take me quickly downstream. I made
my way back to the bank and made plans to put on my best deep-sea diver
imitation. At 9:00 a.m., after a few cold and wet dives, I retrieved it from
the bottom. I didn't want my neglect to cost me anymore than it already had.
costly. Sometimes the price is not exacted until later. This means that we may
think the consequences of neglect are minimal or even non-existent. So we
continue down a certain path thinking the things in our life will stay as
securely fastened as they were the last time we checked. Then something happens
and we reach for our anchor and discover it is no longer to be found. Our
neglect has caused us to become disconnected from it. It is still there where
we left it. It is still in good shape. It is still holding on - firmly attached
to a solid foundation, but we have floated past it and are now left to the will
of the current.
Perhaps today is a good day to mark the place where you
were last attached to your anchor. Perhaps today is the day to decide that
neglect has already cost you too much and that it's time to take the dive to
retrieve that which holds your life steady in the midst troubled waters.
Perhaps today is the day to come back to the Lord.