My friend rolled into the driveway. Getting out of his truck he grabbed a box and a handful of arrows. With cane in hand he slowly made it up the steps to my front door. He is ten years older than me, a muscular guy and still in reasonably good shape. He commented on my "white" head covering. I was surprised by how we’d aged. We both had been through a lot. He had battled cancer and buried his wife. I had buried a son. We both agreed that it was better to have memories than dreams. The reason for the visit was that he was clearing out his shop and wanted to know if I wanted to buy his collection of broadheads. I told him to bring them all and we would negotiate. It was Christmas again!
The heads were Fred Bear, Zwickey, Hilbre, Rocket, Spitfire and Rocky Mountain. Glue on and screw in. Plus five near perfect 1963 Bear arrows fletched with white feathers. Almost one hundred pieces. Most of the heads had never been shot. There were several packs of unopened "bleeders". First production expendable’s never opened. What a treasure! As we went through the box Roy shared some adventures he’d had chasing whitetails, bears and other critters. He reminded me that he too liked going after squirrels with a bow. We talked about old friends and those who have left us. Roy stated several times how he had seen God's mercy and grace in the difficult times. It was an encouraging afternoon.
We both were blessed by our archery past time. Making friends and having fun along the way. His intent as well as mine is to keep at it ‘til we can't or God calls us home. These heads are a reminder of days gone by. The adventures taken and all the mishaps in between. All of it has mattered.
Where are you in the big adventure of life? Are you prepared for the final episode? Are you preparing someone else to keep your ministry going? These questions are not often discussed but what are you leaving behind? Are you taking what God is given you and sharing it? Keeping it to yourself isn't what He intended. Give thought to what is written here... you can’t take it with you. 2 Cor. 9:10 “Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness.”
By Mike Peters
VC of the Board of Directors, Chairman of LOTHAC chapter Ohio