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Outdoor Truths: Aiming Outdoorsmen Towards Christ June 19, 2014
The mornings are still crisp and the days are not yet encircled with oppressive humidity. It really is a great time of year to do anything outside. While I am enjoying fishing, I also am already locating the places I will hang a tree stand in preparation for deer season. If I wait until the summer months I will only be able to endure short stints outside. There is a small window of opportunity available before I will have to pay the price of being in the bubble of the sweltering heat.
A few years ago I had the opportunity to go on a hog hunt in Arkansas. Even though it was during the early summer, there was an unusual cold spell that made it somewhat bearable. Instead of 2 million mosquitoes, there were only a million. I had my Thermocell (battery powered mosquito repellant) strapped onto a chair between me and my guide. These devices are supposed to create a sort of force field that encompasses about a 15 feet diameter area. Since there were so many mosquitoes it seems they were willing to push the limits of that distance. While the repellant worked, it seems that I would only have to extend my arm to get outside the field of protection. So I huddled up and stayed within the confines of safety.
When I think about either of these examples, I am reminded of limits or parameters. Sometimes the comfort and safety within these are achieved by staying outside the boundaries and sometimes it is by staying inside the boundaries. And perhaps the only difference is perspective. Regardless of the perspective, not only must there be boundaries but there must be something that warns us when we are approaching those boundaries. It’s sort of like those ridges on each side of the highway that let you know you have veered off the road. They startle you enough without causing harm, to cause you to make the necessary adjustments. The ridges are not the danger zone but only a warning that you are getting too close to it.
Many view the Scriptures as simply a way to keep you and me from having fun, when in fact it is just the opposite. God’s word is not a killjoy but ridges on this highway we call life and if obeyed we save ourselves from mountains of hardship and heartache. God has designed this universe, our Earth, and mainly mankind to function a certain way in order to get the most out of it. That’s why He gave us instructions. They are not for His good, but for ours.

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