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Man Weekend Recap

Just wanted to update you on my recent yearly trek down to the farm (known as “man weekend”) for some hunting, relaxing, eating, hanging out fun. My two friends, Lance and Keith, from Georgia are a part of this deal. It’s funny because we take so much gear, clothes, food and supplies that you would think we were going away for a month instead of a few days! That’s the result of over excitement and under planning.

In short, the trip was successful. Between the three of us there was only one deer taken and very few seen. We got cold, wet and tired. You might be asking “soooo, where’s the success in this?” That’s the beauty of this trip. Don’t get me wrong we love the hunting, the harsh weather, the anticipation of a huge buck, using all the gear and climbing trees, but gem of this trip is the fellowship, conversations, praying and laughing together.

It’s about joking each other, sitting around the fire telling hunting stories (these are never called hunting “truths” by the way!) and standing around the stove eating whatever is being cooked right out of the pan. It’s about disengaging from stress and the cares of our careers and just being people who need nothing from each other but friendship. It’s just a great time.

So, there you go. Already looking forward to next year.

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This is My Annual Man Weekend

I’m leaving tomorrow for a time that I have come to cherish over the last several years. It’s this once every 12 months “man weekend”. One of my old college roomates, Lance, and another friend named Keith come over from Georgia and we head down to the farm for some, gumbo-eatin’, deer huntin’, sunflower seed spittin’, camp fire burnin’ fun!! I look forward to this time. It’s really more than fun, it’s recovery.

I realize that as a pastor I have signed up for (been called to) a stressful career. It just comes with the nature of ministry, especially in a very dynamic church. So it’s not just relief I need, but recovery. Recovery is about reclaiming things like, my inner peace, my core personality, my God-given joy, my passion and my “non-pastor” real personness (not sure if you get that).  Everybody needs recovery of some type – would you agree?? (By the way, I don’t abuse this wife-supported hobby. I am NOT addicted to it).

rusty and his deerMy prayer – “God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.” Psalm 23:1-3

Amen