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Lessons from a Bow Hunter, Part 3

  • Psalm 119:105 (NKJV) Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

The third and last principle Pastor Hobbs taught us that day (see Parts 1-2) was demonstrated by an unusual prop—a clothes pin.Clothespin-2459e

Pastor Hobbs gave each of us an old-fashioned clothes pin with a little piece of reflective tape attached to it and then he explained: the day before (after setting up camp) the hunters would scout out the place they were going to hunt early the next morning.  On the way back, every so often, they would attach a clothes pin with reflective tape on it to a low-hanging tree limb or brush.  The purpose of this was so the next morning—when it was dark—their flash lights would identify the reflective clothes pins when going into the woods and they could thus find their way to the hunting site.  Ingenious!

Over the years I’ve observed many people who did well when things were going well (when there was plenty of light) but would lose their way during the dark seasons of the soul.

They had not learned the third lesson of the bow hunter: Place “markers” in your life to help you find your way.

There is a very real danger of living most of our lives on auto-pilot.  Think how many miles you’ve driven where the landscape passed by but you saw very little—you were on auto-pilot; seeing but not observing.

When we are not intentional about observing what is happening around us and leaving “markers”, then when things get tough, when we get under pressure, when life gets dark—we stumble and lose our way.

This blog and the last two are a tribute to leaving markers.  Many years ago I started a daily reflective journal where I begin to record lessons, imagesCAQ686EGprinciples, quotes, bible verses and other observations that had impacted me each day.  I go back through my journal over and over adding a little each day and reflecting on past lessons observed.  This is where this three-part blog series came from— reflecting on the markers given by Pastor Hobbs back in 2009.

Another marker for me is reading through the 31 chapters of the book of Proverbs (in the Bible) each month.  I have been doing this for so long I can’t remember when I started.  But one thing I’ve learned is that when hit with a dark patch I know instinctively where to go to find markers that will give me wise direction.100926496

Defining what true success for my life and periodically going back to reflect on that definition has provided key markers that have kept me focused and away from poor choices.

These are just a few of the many markers you could attach to your life.  The important thing is to be intentional about observing life around you and drinking deeply from the wisdom of the ages so that when the way gets dim you have a way to find your way back home.

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