Thanks to @AlQuackenbush we had the joy of taking our boys to the Fred Hall Fishing Tackle, Boat and Travel Show this past weekend in Long Beach, Ca. A big thank you to Al for his generosity and the sponsors who donated the tickets. A real treat for our family and something we don’t often get the privilege of enjoying.
As Stephanie and I walked the floor of the convention center with the boys my mind wandered back to all my years growing up without a father in my life. My father left in 1983 and divorced my mom in 1985 after some 30 years of marriage. As I mentioned in an earlier post I’ve only seen him 4 or 5 times in the past 27 years and none in the last 10 or 11 years. My mother raised us kids as a single parent, and did a FINE job I might add. So, for all the single mothers out there reading this post. You are my hero’s.
THINK WITH ME:
During the most crucial years in a young boys life and into manhood, a father figure was missing in my life. Most of the hunting and fishing I did in my teenage and young adult years happen to be with my brother, cousins, guys from the golf course where my mother worked, guys from church, clients, and friends. All the hunting and fishing trips that a young boy hopes for as a teenage, young man, and young father, hoping to share his children with his dad on hunting expeditions, never occurred. I found myself looking to be the warrior man that God had created me to be; however, I lacked the one thing I needed most… a father / dad to walk with me, talk with me, show me how to live as a man. I looked for that role model in a lot of guys… and over time pieced together the best part of a lot of different men who have helped me become the man I am today. Some of those men I’ve never met, but watched them from a distance as Outdoor Hunting / Fishing TV Show Hosts. Some good… some, not so good.
It is for that reason God has called me to Raise Modern Day Warriors. No boy should be without his father / dad in the most crucial time of developing the man God uses. I don’t want to look back one day and miss the best that life has to offer in doing life with my wife and boys. There is NOTHING so important that it should take time away from being with Stephanie and the boys in the outdoors… NOTHING.
My heart has been mended over the past 27 years. I am very healthy in my relationship to God, my wife, and my boys. My prayer is that I’ll one day take the hunting and fishing trips with my boys I never had with my father. And there will be hunts for me to take my sons and my grandsons on together… multiple generations walking side by side into the great outdoors.
My heart is for those of you in the Outdoor Industry. I pray for health and balance in your life. You see… you are my little boys hero’s. My boys look up to you. They think you guys have hung the moon. They watch your Shows, your Videos, your You Tube clips, your Blogs, your Twitter feed, and your Facebook… they know your names, your sponsors, what bow you shoot, clothes you wear, and gun you carry. The reason for Chaplain to the Outdoorsmen is that I want to invest in you… because whether or not you saw this coming, you are helping me Raise Modern Day Warriors.
I want to leave a different legacy for my boys than the one left for me. And I need your help.
The following scripture is one I read often. I hope you’ll find it helpful… You are helping me train my boys even if you didn’t know it.
READ WITH ME:
6 Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6 ESV
ACT WITH ME:
Thousands of little boys and girls, just like my sons, Caleb, Josiah, Levi, and Silas are watching you. As you are recording your show this week or your video for release, please consider the thousands if not tens of thousands of next generation hunters and fishermen who are following your lead.
Throughout this post are several pictures of me from the past 27 years. As you look into my eyes you’ll notice a sad 13 year old boy, a some what arrogant 21 year old young man, a 29 year old new husband, and now a 40 year old dad wanting to leave a legacy of Modern Day Warriors.
Look into my eyes and see what unfolds for you.