Jay's eDevotionals  

Feb 27

Use Your Earthly Resources for Eternal Trophies!

A few weeks ago, I was hunting on some family land in Texas with my Brother-in-law and Nephew. We mounted our stands by mid-afternoon and everyone was observing a lot of wildlife. We kept in communication by texting each other about our sightings.
 
The clock moved toward 5 pm and the calm of dusk was awakened with three shots from my nephew's direction. He relayed the news that he had spotted some wild hogs and tried to bag one but missed. A few more minutes passed and two more shots rang out and the result was disappointing. He thought that he had gotten a hog, which is a Texas delicacy; but in actuality the picture he sent revealed that he downed a lowly Javelina, which is deemed to be inedible by most normal people who possess any decent culinary standards. Javelina are also known as "skunk pigs" and are kind of related to rodents so this is no prize for the charcoal barbie!
 
A few more minutes flew away and my nephew sent me another text that read, "I'm looking at a huge buck. 12 pts. The biggest I've ever seen. 70 yards." With extreme rapidity my reply zoomed back, "Shoot!" He then sent the saddest reply a hunter can conjure, "I'm out of bullets!"
 
My dear relative (who requested that his name not be used in order to protect what little hunter's dignity he can salvage) reminded me of a vast horde of humanity. So many people waste their best resources on low-value targets and miss a shot at God's great trophy of serving His eternal purposes. In Psalm 90, Moses sums our earthly journey by calling it a fleeting enterprise and concludes with the brilliant advice, "Lord, teach us to number our days that we may present to Thee a heart of wisdom." (Psalm 90:12)
 
We should learn to count and learn what counts!
 
One day soon we will stand before the Lord and give an accounting for how we used the resources He loaned us. Do not waste the precious ammunition of your fleeting days on low-value targets that are of little earthly good and devoid of eternal impact. Instead, carefully evaluate your goals, take prayerful aim and use your limited earthly resources to produce trophies of service that will honor the Savior and bless the Saints!

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