What is your pursuit? Do you have a dream or a goal? Maybe it’s catching giant rainbow trout with a dry fly or a two-pound bluegill using ultra light tackle. Maybe its whitetails or turkeys or a giant bull elk with a bow. Can you imagine how dull life would be if we had no goals, no passions, no dreams or no pursuits?
The Christian life should be anything but dull. Jesus says in John 10:10 he came to give us life to the fullest, and the Apostle Paul again reminds us in Ephesians 3:20, God is able to do in and through you more than we could ever ask or imagine. What’s not to be excited about then?
Scripture would seem to back up the idea of pursuing good things. In Philippians 3:13-14, Paul puts everything into perspective. He writes. “I forget what’s behind me and I am reaching forward to what is ahead”. He then adds that his goal is the prize promised by God. What could be better than pursuing and capturing the prize? Paul speaks of his life and his pursuit like the adventurer he was; the kind many of us are or hope to be.
There is nothing wrong with our earthly pursuits whether it be relationships, financial security, a trout, or a trophy on the wall. But have you thought about the question Jesus asked in Mark 8:36 , “What do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?” All of our earthly pursuits, no matter how fun or how big, are all temporary. The only thing to matter in eternity is our status before God and our relationship with Jesus Christ. No passion, no pursuit, no goal should ever, can ever, take the place of that. Don’t let earthly gain rob you of heavenly reward. Chase your dreams as part of the exciting life God intends for you on earth. But whatever you do, don’t neglect the pursuit that will lead you into eternity. We need to keep it all in perspective.
This fall you have an amazing opportunity. While pursuing your game afield, throw in some time each day for some much needed perspective. You are invited to join Zeke Pipher, Aaron Farley, Brodie Swisher, Mark Huelsing, Randy Hynes, and myself for the “In Pursuit Challenge”. Using Zeke’s new 90 devotional for outdoorsmen and women, In Pursuit, as the basis, you will join a community of like minded believers, from across North America, who are seeking to make this season the best of their lives.
The 90 Day In Pursuit Sportsman’s Challenge will give you the encouragement and perspective you need this fall. You will be challenged by those of leading daily discussions on the In Pursuit Challenge Facebook page but also by all those participating. But its not all “serious stuff.” You will learn great hunting and outdoor tips from experts in their fields and have the opportunity to participate in a big buck contest and maybe even win some great gear.
How do you participate? Go to and order the book. Get the t-shirt too so you can show it off next to your big buck this fall! Then, go to the Facebook page and request to join our group. One of us will quickly approve you and your are in! Its that simple.
Make the most of your fall season. Make it the best ever! Stay true to your pursuits, don’t give up, and let us help you keep it all in perspective with the In Pursuit Sportsman’s Challenge.
Everything kicks off on September 1st. I hope to see you there!
PS…This is not just for guys. A number of women have joined the Challenge too!