Good Morning Brothers…
Well, the 2015 Rifle season has come and gone. For my household it was a week to remember and celebrate. My eleven year old got his first deer…an 8 point buck no less. After a long search, he was finally located, and the anxiety washed away and became joy. An unspeakable joy. The smile is still plastered to his face because he has taken a step into manhood. Hunting families understand that there are sign posts along the road of life. Sign posts that must be passed in order to gain the understanding necessary for the next bend in the road. Killing a deer is a sign post, it is a mile marker along life’s highway, it is a step into being a hunter. He understands that he cannot call himself a deer hunter, past a certain age, if he has not killed a deer.
It makes me wonder about our faith. The faith I share with my 11 year old boy. What sign posts along the road does he need to cross to prepare him for the next bend in the road. More importantly, those lessons that come wrapped in joy unspeakable, are the lessons we never forget. In 1 Peter 1: 6-9 it says, “In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.“
In other words:
Every bend in the road will be filled with pot holes and danger signs, but the faith we have in the Creator of the road, the Creator of our self, will motivate us to keep moving forward. Along the journey, nicked up from the road conditions, we will realize that this faith is more valuable than any amount of money we can think of…and this thought will connect our heart – soul – mind – strength in love and joy…joy inexpressible and unexplainable will flow out of us. This fountain of joy becomes the key to the door of heaven. It marks us as Spirit filled. It marks us a God’s children.
Thinking about life’s road so far, I should be able to remember spiritual sign posts that caused joy to flow with reckless abandon. I should be able to prepare my son for some of those sign posts as well. These sign posts exist in both the physical and spiritual realms. For instance; Baptism is a sign post along life’s road. It should be received with overflowing joy. First Communion is also a sign post. These two together indicate a direction toward holiness. They provide a starting point to the spiritual road that runs along side the physical road. (I should point out, the physical road and the spiritual road run side by side, and sometimes they are the same, to spend too much time trying to analyze all of the idiosyncrasies of the analogy is to defeat the analogy.) We should understand, that we cannot call our self a Christian, past a certain age, without passing these sign posts with unspeakable joy.
So what are some of these sign posts that I should prepare my eleven year old boy for?
This is your chance to chime in. Send me a note. Send me a sign post and we will pull it all together next week.