All Things Church & Archery
Some of you may not know that I am an avid hunter and prefer to use archery equipment when I go. I love the challenge that archery hunting provides. It requires a lot of practice, a good deal of patience and can be frustrating at times when all the hard work required to get close enough for a shot and the target is just out of range. Conversely, when it all comes together on that archery hunt, the payoff is that you accomplish something that was very difficult and gain a sense of victory.
As I think about the season we are in as a church family here at GCC, I’m reminded of those same aspects of archery hunting. Change and/or growth at a church requires a lot of practice, a good deal of patience and can be frustrating at times when things just seem to be out of range. Yet, when we accomplish God’s plan for this church in this season, most times you accomplish something that was very difficult and know the sense of kingdom victory through seeing lives come to Christ.
Finally, the basic components of an archer’s bow consist of the riser, limbs and string. In order to shoot an arrow, you must attach the arrow to the string, it has to be pulled back under a decent amount of stress or strain, aimed properly and then it needs to be let go or released. This too reminds me of a growing church body. The necessary steps, the stress or strain, the pulling back (taking steps backwards it seems), the preparation in aiming at the right things to be successful and then letting go of pride, inconvenience or what’s precious to us in order to continue God’s work. These things are required most of the time in order for His Kingdom to be advanced. Then it’s just letting the arrow do it’s thing and that is hitting the target.
Be an active part of what He is doing…..He is so worth it!