Quail season was enjoyable, yet challenging. For some unknown reason, quail were not as plentiful this year as they have been in years past. We didn’t begin hunting until December, due to the coronavirus we both had. On that first day we limited our hunt to the morning at my request. I was still struggling to breath. We only walked about five miles. We walked about ten miles during each of the next three hunts. We ended December with a grand total of ten birds in four hunts while walking thirty-five miles.
The bad start was discouraging but not dissuading. We continued to hunt every week as we made the circuit of fields we hunt every year. The dogs remained excited, and we remained hopeful. Eventually, due to the fact that we did not quit, we found some birds and had a few good hunts. We didn’t fill our freezers, but we will be able to have a few good quail dinners with friends. We made a lot of memories and enjoyed even more. We remember large coveys and successful hunts from years gone by. Good times from yesterday have a way of pushing us through the challenging times of today.
That is exactly what the apostle Paul said about his own Christian life in three short verses (3:12-14). While writing to the church at Philippi, he mentioned twice that he was pressing on and once that he was straining forward. It is significant to note that Paul was writing from prison. Still, he felt very strongly that God’s call on his life was onward and upward. His temporary imprisonment was part of God’s plan for his life. He thanked God for the past, and looked forward to the future.
Believers like Paul are the ones that know God’s best personally and in ministry. There are many times in life when we must “press on” when times get tough. We have all experienced great challenges during the past year. Rather than pausing for a time out, so many of you have continued to strain forward to what lies ahead. God will bless you and His church because of your tenacity. Thank you for not quitting!
Quail cannot be harvested from the recliner. People cannot be reached without faithful Christian servants. Tough times allow us to know the joy pressing on while enjoying the presence of God.
Press on! Earl
- This Sundays Sermon “Surrounded by Evil” Acts 12:18-25
- Family Worship and LifeGroups, Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
- GriefShare this Sunday, February 21 at 4:30 p.m. in the Parlor
- Observance of The Lord’s Supper – this Sunday, February 21 at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
- Family Movie Night “Chronicles of Narnia” on Sunday, February 28 at 6:00 p.m.
- TeamKIDS – Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. for Bed Babies – 6th grade
- The Gathering – Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary; live streamed on Facebook at 6:30 p.m., also available on the website at: http://www.fbcweatherford.com by noon on Thursday
- Services are being posted on the church website, the church YouTube channel at FBC Weatherford Media, and on the church Facebook page at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday.