Consider these words from II Thess.5:18, “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Or, this from Eph. 5:20, “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
These verses and many others in the Word of God tell me that thanksgiving ought to be part of and for every part of life. Friends, “everything” and “all things” includes our bow hunting privileges.”
I remember getting my first hunting bow. It was a 40# solid fiberglass bow my folks got through Sears and Roebuck catalog. I used it in my first two hunting seasons, 1956 and ’57, in the 9th and 10th grades. There wasn’t much available in stores in those days. I remember how proud and thankful I was to have a bow that I could hunt with. It was not until 1990 that I saw and bought a K-Mart year end sale Bear Super Kodiak bow. Again my thankfulness for such a fine bow is a wonderful memory of those days.
My list goes on and on: thankfulness for Goldie Brown and Charles Baker, my first hunting mentors; for parents who let me explore the wilds of northern Michigan; for friends who I hunted with and who helped me develop my hunting skills; for many helpful inventions that aided in my bow hunting success; for work and a wife that allowed me to hunt in so many unique and wonderful places in the USA and Canada; for the experience of just being a bow hunter who can remember those close up encounters with hunted game and many success stories. For a life of bow hunting, I continue to be thankful. Now after 53 hunting seasons, I am thankful I can still bow hunt.
You, also have your experiences and reasons to be thankful. The question is, are you thankful? Or, are you discontent and consumed with wanting more, better and bigger trophies and equipment?
Our joy, while stalking the wild places or sitting in the stands of field and forest, should be thankfulness for it all. Use the quietness of the bow hunt, then look up and thank your Creator for allowing such a wonderful thing to come into your life’s experience.
And don’t forget to thank God for Himself and the joy of salvation He gives. In everything and for all things give thanks