Well, it is official, I got skunked on my hunting trip to Nebraska with the goal of shooting a big whitetail buck with my bow. I practiced shooting my bow for the last 6 months probably more than 50 hours, I listened to many hours of YouTube presentations of whitetail hunts and how to succeed at it, I spent a fair amount of money on equipment, the trip, and the guide in Chadron, Nebraska, and for 10 days for 10 hours a day I sat in the freezing cold on a platform fastened to a tree 15 feet off of the ground waiting for that monster buck to walk by. Disappointment is heightened considerably with the price that is paid in effort, time, money, and all the mental dreaming and visualizing of success.
Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.”
The disappointment I feel is very real, but I will get over it in a couple of days. A key way is to mentally focus on the next big goal and how to accomplish it. My next one is considerably more Nobel than shooting a big buck that I could get mounted and hang on my wall. In about a week I will start teaching each week my “Men’s Leadership Class”, “Ladies Leadership Class”, “Leadership II”, “Leadership III”, a class on Sunday mornings at 8:00 am on “Theology and Doctrines”, a Wednesday evening service in which I will teach through the book of Philippians, teaching my leadership class material at Koinonia Bible School, and teaching a 2 day seminar in January on how to use my Leadership Class material. I have been writing, reading, listening to sermons and lessons, and praying diligently for wisdom as I get ready for this 7 months of teaching. I am excited about the goal and the potential results.