Over the last month or so, I’ve come to realize that it’s really easy to lose sight of who you really are in this world. This world’s full of people and companies trying to tell you who you are, what you should be and what you should look like. You need to be skinny and beautiful, you need to be rich and famous, you need to be this and you need to do that. BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH!!!!!!! Everyday, as soon as we wake up, it’s as if there’s 30 radios and televisions turned up as loud as they can go, each one telling us who we are and what we should look like. Not only are the TV’s, computers and radios telling us who we are and what we should look like, but in many cases, even our own friends and family are telling us the same thing and in the midst of ALL this noise... we lose track of who we REALLY are and were created to be.
Ever since I was 19, I’ve been involved in the hunting industry and in the midst of producing shows, short films and product shots for various companies, I’ve found that it’s really easy to produce a certain image for people. Not only that, but once you know what you’re looking for, you can continue to produce that image over and over again through the various forms and slowly but surely, like any trade, you can even start to master it. It’s no different than producing a product, because at the end of the day that’s exactly what I’m doing, I’m producing a product. Only that product just so happens to be me and my “image” AND the image that these companies and consumers are wanting to see. With that being said, I’ve got to make sure that that product (my face), is going out those doors looking as good as possible. That’s why I’ll do multiple takes, to make sure I get that good interview without stumbling over my words. That’s why I’ll use Photoshop to enhance the colors of a picture or edit random objects out of the background, because at the end of the day, I too am producing a product for a company and that product needs to look good and rightfully so.
However, in the midst of ALL these edits and in the midst of producing this rough and rugged outdoor image that everybody wants to see, I’ve found that it’s really easy to lose one’s self. While camouflage and face paint is very much a part of who I am, I also need you to know that under all that camouflage and face paint is a man who genuinely cares about the well being of people and while soft heartedness and “tenderness” don’t exactly sell in the hunting industry, I want you to know that I care about you as a human being. While I very much love producing films and product shots for different companies (all of my sponsors truly are great companies to work with by the way, with great products), I also know that at the end of the day when all of this is over and it’s all said and done... it’s not gonna matter what kind of bow you shot or camouflage pattern you wore. When your standing before the pearly gates, God’s not gonna ask you what kind of broadheads or treestands you used. He’s gonna ask you if you knew His Son and if you accepted Him as your Lord and Savior. In that moment AND for the rest of eternity, the only thing that’s gonna matter is whether or not you had a relationship with Jesus Christ. It is for that reason and that reason alone that I “preach”.
In the midst of the hunting industry, I am constantly wrestling with the idea of “how often do I talk about hunting and how often do I talk about God?” I realize that in the midst of talking about “God”, I run the risk of being a turn off to some of my viewers/followers (I hope this isn’t the case for you). I realize that if they wanted a “sermon”, then they would have went to church. However, while I love to hear your hunting stories and share my own (just ask my wife, I can talk about hunting for hours on end), internally, my soul knows that there’s more to this life than just the outdoor/hunting lifestyle. It is for THAT reason and that reason alone that I also want to talk about God.
So here I am. I’m in the midst of finding out exactly who I am and who I was created to be (as we all are). While I am very much a hunter and an outdoorsmen, I am equally the same a minister of the Gospel. I hope that this is not a turn off to you. I hope that you are able to see and understand where it is that I’m coming from.
And while I continue down my path of finding out exactly who I am and who I was created to be, I want to encourage you to do the same and the only way you’re gonna be able to do that, is to get in touch with the One who made you. HE knows exactly why you’re here and what you’re here for, so give Him a holler!
p.s. - also be sure to shoot a big one this year!. ;) God Bless ya my brother!