By Gary Miller
Even though I’m enjoying my days on the water, I’m also making plans for my time back in the woods. It seems preparation for the deer season is just as long as the season itself. At the top of my list right now is becoming proficient with my bow. Nothing would be worse than to travel for hours to hunt a nice buck and then miss it because I wasn’t comfortable with my bow. Those are the things sleepless nights are made of.
I can remember when I first became interested in bow hunting. I went to a local archery shop that a friend of mine owned. I hinted to him about the uncertainty I had about my ability to hunt with such a complex piece of equipment. He assured me of my ability by setting up a bow for me and giving me a few pointers. It took only a few minutes for me to know I could hit what I was aiming at. What I remember most was his admonition for me to “Let the bow do all the work.” He was letting me know that if a bow is tuned correctly, all I had to do was hold the pin (sight) on the target, slowly squeeze the trigger on my release, and the arrow would go where I aimed. If my bow was tuned right, my practice sessions would be geared toward holding the pin steadier on the target and judging the distance between me and my target. After that, just let the bow do all the work. This is also a great truth for us to know about the Christian life.
It seems today, there is a great frustration among those of us who call ourselves Christians. It comes from our inability to live the truths we hold dear. We want to do what’s right but it seems we keep failing and failing. This leaves us discouraged and doubtful. The problem is not our sinfulness; the Bible says we are all sinners. The problem is in our understanding of “tuning.” You see, when we focus on “doing” and “not” doing, we fail. But when we focus on staying “in tune,” we succeed. We must understand this truth. Jesus is our perfectly tuned tool for life. He will do the work for us. Jesus put it this way. “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” Our job is not in the doing or not doing but in abiding. It is in letting Jesus live out His life through us. Today, make sure you’re in tune and then rest in His ability to make you into what He wants you to be.
Gary Miller can be reached via email at email@example.com.