White tailed buck hunting in Nebraska 4

As each one of us chooses what we do and don’t do during a day, both short term and long term decisions, there is always a reason why we choose an activity or a particular course of action over other options. The reason for why we choose a direction in our life can be good, pure, and wise or it can be bad. Our motive for our choices is important. As I was sitting in a tree stand this morning from 5:30 to 9:30 am, freezing to death, and only seeing 6 does, I thought to myself, “Why did I decide to do this?” Included in the question of motive is also the question of joy, “what do I enjoy doing?” The pursuit of joy is a very legitimate motive, in fact God created us that way. One of the most important things to remember is that the ultimate source of joy in life is God. Psalms 16:11 says, “In Your presence is fullness of joy”. When we seek God diligently through prayer, reading the Bible, worship, and gathering with other Christ followers God gives us His joy and He blesses us with events and experiences that brings joy into our life. 1 Peter 3:10 says, “He who wants to love life and see good days must speak right, do good, and seek peace with everybody because God rewards and blesses those who do these things”. So why did I choose this hunting trip? Because I enjoy, very much, doing things that are a challenge, that are hard, and winning, conquering, and surviving! So, I am having a great adventure and enjoying it very much, but I am spending time with God in prayer every day, reading the Bible everyday, memorizing every day, and I skipped hunting and went to a local church on Sunday morning because God is the ultimate source of joy, He gives joy and He takes it away, and He works in the details and circumstances of life to give joy.

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