Hunting season is over.
I don’t know about you but the fall is my favorite time of year. In Texas the oppressive summer heat is over. You can smell the grills going in your neighbors backyard. It is typically an Indian Summer in September and then the first cold front comes through bringing with it cool, brisk nights where you need a light fleece. Perfect for a fire pit and good company.
This time of year football season is in full swing and so is hunting.
Yes from September to December 31 life is just grand. But like all good things, it comes to a close. The new year kicks off and you have to start all over again. Sometimes that new beginning is welcomed, other times it is not. The sales quotas start back up again, the capitalistic wheel keeps churning and you must jump on and plod ahead.
Plus, it is the dead of winter and the only sport on television is basketball. Great if you are a basketball fan, not so great for the rest of us.
Once you get past the Super Bowl it is no-mans land. It is tinker-time, that period after the season where you journey into the garage and clean your gear. You reminisce of the good times and look forward to the next season.
You get the point.
The truth is that all good things come to an end. That life is temporal and one day it will all be over.
Because of this you really have to ask the question, what are you living for?
There is no doubt that fall, sports and hunting season are all great things but they are still not worth living for. They are only temporal things and like anything in this life, once they are over you will still be unsatisfied and looking for more. Seeking the next rush, the next thrill.
That is why it is important that we as Christian men have our priorities straight. The men of Duck Commander have a saying that we like, it goes like this:
“Faith, Family, Ducks”
The question is not whether or not these things are bad, just that we have our priorities in order, so that our love for life an all the pursuits that come with it (sports, hunting, work) don’t take precedence over our relationship with God and our responsibilities to our families.
In 1 Timothy 3:2-5 we see a great picture of what a godly man should look like.
“Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?”
Although specifically talking about overseers in the Church, or elders, we should all aspire to live a life where we are qualified to be an elder. These standards are not just for those seeking to lead in the Church, but for all men.
A reminder that football and hunting season will come again, but the chance to live a life for Christ only comes once.