3 Powerful Secrets You Can Learn From Bowhunting

You Can Challenge Your Faith To Grow


Hunting with a gun is one thing. Bowhunting is something entirely different. I realize this post may seem a little different from my usual posts…but this hobby of mine has a few secrets that will really help you in life. So I wanted to share them. Before I do, let me say this: God will help you with everything in your life. For these secrets to work best, you have to build your faith. The only real way to do that is through a personal relationship with Christ.

Romans 10:13 – For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

3 Powerful Secrets You Can Learn From Bowhunting:

Secret #1 – Patience is necessary to get what you want.

In life things don’t always come easy. You have to work at it if you want to accomplish anything of real, lasting value. Most often, anything good in life will involve having patience. I’ve really learned that lesson this year. During the times that I sat in a tree stand I learned…Patience is hard. No one really likes to have it.

You know why people would rather talk about being patient instead of practicing it? Because patience involves waiting. No one wants to wait. But often the best opportunities come from simply waiting. Other people jump on the quick or the easy thing. When you wait you get the chance to receive the best thing. Now…Go be patient.

Secret # 2 – Good things take a significant investment.

One thing that I’ve learned by watching other really successful hunters is they make a huge investment. Time, money, effort, waiting, learning, practicing…all of these things and more are required to be a great hunter.

It’s the same in our day to day life. You’re not going to get something good for free. If you want to see growth and positive things start to take hold in your life…invest in it. Yes, it may cost you time, money, effort, waiting, learning, or practicing…but in the end you’ll be glad that you made the investment in your life that you needed to make. The funny thing about investments is they eventually pay off. Now…Go invest.

Secret # 3 – When your opportunity comes, don’t miss it.

I had the opportunity to harvest a deer this year. It was a great experience to take it up close, with my bow. I don’t really see myself wanting to do it any other way.

Here’s what I realized in that moment:

  • You need to have the skills in place to take advantage of the opportunity. When your moment of opportunity comes, you can’t take the time to get ready. You need to be ready.
  • You can’t get shaky. Don’t let excitement, fear, the unknown, or anything else keep you from using the skills you’ve worked hard to put in place.
  • Take aim…Release your arrow. You can’t aim forever. At some point you have to release. What does that mean for you? You may have to actually take action. All the learning, investing, working, and waiting have all been for this one moment. So shoot when you have the chance. Now…Go get your opportunity.

There you go. 3 secrets that you can pick up from bowhunting, use them in your own life.

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Larry Shankle is a pastor, author, and blogger. He helps people get clarity and direction in their calling, purpose, dreams, and leadership.

Larry and his wife (Amanda) live in the Arkansas river valley with their two boys (Braxton and Dawson). He has spent almost two decades in active local church ministry serving in multiple leadership roles. Larry has spent the last six and a half years serving as Lead Pastor of GrandviewChurch in Natural Dam, AR.

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