Being someone who enjoys the outdoors (gardening, fishing, hunting), my grandad has sometimes struggled through winter (January/February). Even though age and health has deterred him from some outdoor adventures, he still finds time to work on a project. His new project is a tree nursery he started last fall. The plan is to the plant the trees this spring. Each season brings a new project.
Every spring, he prepares to plant garden and before the last 10-12 years he would find time to seek a fishing spot. As spring turned into summer keeping the garden in the best shape possible was the goal. Receiving help from my dad and others in the family, my grandad keeps the garden going. Late summer and early fall provide the opportunity to harvest the garden crop.
As evenings turn cooler, he would begin to think about hunting. He used to travel to Wyoming and guide elk hunters. In West Virginia, on some family property, he searched for deer and turkey. Within the last seven years he has not been able to get out and hunt but he still is able to travel into the woods with family and friends. He just enjoys being outside.
The post hunting season (after Christmas until spring) is the challenge for my grandad. The months of January and February have always been difficult. Getting outside with the cold weather has never been easy. Even though it was harder, my grandad found ways to do something related to nature.
I remember one winter weekend in January (when I was around 11 years old) right before a snowstorm was coming, he and I went outside in 3 inches of snow (with snow coming down at a steady rate). I was not quite sure what we were about to embark on, until he handed me a fly-fishing rod and we practiced casting. I learned how to fly cast in the middle of a January snowfall. For my grandad, there was no better time.
The overall picture here is that (I realize I’m biased—but other folks have confirmed), my grandad knows how to garden, fish, and hunt. My grandad’s experience and work ethic have been a constant for him. He learned a few things as he managed a farm and feed store for around 30 years. The fishing and hunting are two family pastimes that were taught early on and new learnings added over the years. Every season had a purpose to it.
As followers of Christ we have a purpose. Different seasons within our lives may create a new or specific challenge. As we follow God by loving and serving people our purpose is defined.
Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s handiwork (workmanship), created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
We are created by God to serve God as He leads/calls us. As we share God’s love in our relationships and communities we are serving God with the gifts/talents/abilities God has given us. As we serve God with our gifts we our living out our purpose.
1 Peter 4:10, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
We may experience different seasons of life, however serving God is always our purpose. Whether we are preparing to graduate, just beginning our college journey or somewhere in between, we need to continue serving God by using our abilities. We have a purpose to share God’s grace, joy, peace, and kindness with the world. May the following verse be our prayer as seasons change for all us but our purpose to follow Christ remains the same.
Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters”