Stay Out of Trouble is this weeks Outdoor Truths by Gary Miller.
Stay Out of Trouble – Outdoor Truths
Several years ago I can remember going down to the river during late winter to try my hand during the walleye run. Only until the other day, I had forgotten how much fun it really was. I had the opportunity to go back with my former high school basketball coach. He is a nut about fishing and his specialty is walleye. We spent all day jigging for this wonderful table delicacy. We brought home 7 keepers. I was sure glad he let me take them all home and no one at my house complained about supper that night. Coach is on the list of the retired whose work now is fishing on every day that ends in “Y”. While some are still in the getting and gaining mode, these men are pursuing the simple contentment that comes from being on one end of a rod or gun. Another retiree told me just last week that “Every day is Saturday”. He loves life. He also admonished me to make sure that I keep my son hunting and fishing so he will stay out of trouble. He told me that his son, who is now raising his on family, lives on the lake and fishes every day. He is so proud of that.
You see, to these men, their boat was more than a tool to catch fish. It was also a place where the awkwardness of a conversation between a father and his child became easy. Over the years the lake or the river had become a place where counseling, advice, and even prayers were offered. It was a place that major decisions were contemplated and settled. It was there that interruptions were welcomed if they were of the fish variety. And it was there that smiles were real and honest. It seems that “us men” need help in communicating at times. We struggle with the right words and tone of voice, and even timing. The fishing trip knocks the edge off of all of that and allows us to spoon feed words of wisdom to those who must grow up, and old, and to those who need to “stay out of trouble.”
I am still booking for 2017. I’d love to come speak to your men’s groups or your outdoor event.
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DISCLAIMER: The views, beliefs and opinions expressed in this article, Outdoor Truths, are those of Gary Miller and do not necessarily reflect the views, beliefs or opinions of Courageous Christian Father. Outdoor Truth’s is a syndicated article published in various newspaper and online sources and has been used on Courageous Christian Father with permission from Gary Miller. #OutdoorTruths
Gary began pursuing his desire to write a newspaper column to hunters and fishermen that would lead them to contemplate their relationship with their Creator. The column was picked up by two newspapers. After these many years now, it covers much of the country not only through several newspapers but also through regional magazines and online. His writing provided opportunities to speak to these same hunters and fishermen at events such as Beast Feasts. The results were men giving their lives to Christ.
Even though he was not raised in a hunting or fishing home, Gary has followed his heart to the water and woods since he was a child. What started on the banks of the local canal catching carp, now extends to every part of his life as he aims outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen toward Christ.