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On the Run: like a deer on the run from a predator, who are you on the run from?

Over the past several months I’ve come across several Outdoor Industry Leaders who have shared with me that at some level, “I am feeling down”.  As I listen and ask more questions I can hear a thread of doubt, stress, depression, and even some signs of isolation or loneliness.


Do you see areas of your life where you see threads of doubt, stress, depression, isolation, or loneliness.  I know I have over the years.  In my early career in Forestry I isolated myself to mask the hurt and pain of not having a father figure and/or spiritual leader in my life.  As I grew older, I masked stress, and loneliness with more work, traveling, speaking, writing, and creating new leadership platforms.

Now, as a much more healthy, well-balanced husband and father at age 40, I have Mentors and Coaches in my life to keep me focused.  Just like Chaplain to the Outdoorsmen is focused at providing a safe place for you the Industry Leader to be healthy and well-balanced in life.  As a Leader in the Hunting, Fishing, and Shooting Sports we would love to provide you with a Life Coach as well.  We look forward to serving you in this area.


I would submit that Psalm chapter 42 is a great response for you to consider when having doubt, stress, depression, isolation, and loneliness in your life.

It is important to know, that the “deer longs for streams of water”, because he is wore out from being on the run from the predators of life.  He is drinking because he is dying of thirst and because there is an enemy on his heels that is closing in fast.  He has got to refresh himself quickly so as to be ready to run again at a moments notice.

Now, I know this is not the image you had in your head… is it?  And I would submit that the photo I posted of the deer leg I found this spring is a much closer representation to how you feel when you are on the run.   But, it is the true imagery of chapters 42 & 43.  You might have read this before and thought… Ohhhh….. how nice, the doe and her yearling are getting a drink of water from the shade of the day under the cottonwood tree on the banks of the quite stream.   You might have even sang about it in a song at a church, conference, or retreat.  But it isn’t the reality of what is truly happening.

That deer is dead tired from running and needs water, the author of Psalms needs God’s restoring power to stand against the oppressor.  You need that same power… and it is available to you.

You will want to read all of Chapter 42 and 43… but look at what Chapter 42:5,11; and 43:5 all say.

5 Why are you depressed, O my soul?
Why are you upset?
Wait for God! (Put your Hope in God!)
For I will again give thanks
to my God for his saving intervention.

Psalms 42-43


When you are feeling blue, call on the words of God from scripture when He says, “Wait for God!”, “Put your hope in God”, “The Lord will send His faithful love by day; His song will be with me in the night”, “Vindicate me, God and defend my cause… rescue me… for you are the God of my refuge…”  “Send Your light and Your truth; let them lead me…. Let them bring me to Your holy mountain, to Your dwelling place.”

Put your Hope in God!

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Posted by on April 27, 2011 in Devotional


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Who am I investing in? The Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality

I am in the midst of reading, “Integrity” by Dr. Henry Cloud.  A really good read for anyone regardless of where you stand on spirituality.  Dr. Cloud makes the observation of a friend who is a business owner that says he doesn’t get into a business he doesn’t understand.  Dr. Cloud’s counter is, but “I know of other businesses that you invest in.”  To which his friend replies, “I did not invest in those businesses.  I invested in the people.”

My heart feels that way toward each of you reading The Chaplain To The Outdoorsmen.  I do not necessarily understand your business; however, I understand people… and I’m here for you.


Think with me if you will about the business you find yourself in today.  For some, you are Outdoor TV Hosts, Online Personalities, Outdoor Social Media Experts, Wildlife Biologist, business owners in the Outdoor Industry, as well as, hunters, shooters, fishermen, and archers.

All of us at some point have invested heavily in the “market”, “strategy”, and/or “resources” of our industry.  We can’t help but look at the bottom line… The Mission/Vision of our TV Show, DVD sales, product development, and/or accessory resources.   The dream we have to succeed in our industry, to be known, sought after, respected, asked to speak, interviewed, quoted, published, and yes even 1st in the ratings.

And in the midst of all that… people are the most important part of the journey.


25 So Jesus got them together to settle things down. He said, “You’ve observed how godless rulers throw their weight around, how quickly a little power goes to their heads.26 It’s not going to be that way with you. Whoever wants to be great must become a servant.27 Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave.28 That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not be served—and then to give away his life in exchange for the many who are held hostage.”

Matthew 20: 25-28


If I might suggest… We (including myself) have a tendency to throw our weight around and quickly our success goes rapidly to our heads.  In the midst of rapid success we forget to invest in those around us.  Jesus modeled for us… whoever wants to be first, must serve others.

May I submit that we consider asking ourselves… Who am I investing in?

Also,  let me encourage you to make a list of everyone who has played a part in your journey to where you are today and say a special, “Thank you” to them.  Here is a link to a post (No One Ever Got To The Top Alone) that I wrote in 2008 recalling all the folks who have invested in my life over the years as a pastor.  I hope you find it helpful.  I too need to update my, “Thank You” list…

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Posted by on February 22, 2011 in Devotional


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