I know it is Advent/Christmas season, but it is also hunting season. That time of year when many people that I know are out looking for the trophy buck, or the rare duck to mount. As I see the holiday commercials, hunting and awaiting Christmas Day are about the same for a lot of people.
Will I get that trophy buck to display its head on my wall? Will I get that new vehicle, or play station whatever number? What trophy or shiny new thing will I be able to brag to my friends about?
I don’t get to hunt like I used to, but I remember and cherish those days. My kids would meet me almost in the drive way to see if I brought anything home, almost as exciting as Christmas morning when I did. Honestly, in that area of my life I never hunted for trophies, and I would brag about that. But, then I realized that in other areas I was a trophy hunter, and even bragging about not hunting for trophies was a trophy.
Ah, well we can all fool ourselves into thinking that the things we do aren’t for trophies. You know, those pats on the back, the gold stars they give churches, and certificates we hang on our walls. Tis the season for Christmas presents and trophy hunting.
My hope for me is that I always realize that I have already received the greatest gift I ever will, and that the only thing that I need to pursue is not a trophy at all, but an ever deepening friendship with God, who came at this season of the year to pursue us all and give to us this greatest gift.
Geaux Tigers, Barry
Published on Monday, December 21, 2020 @ 9:08 AM EDT