outdoortruths 02 300KENTUCKY (12/2/13) - Some of my most memorable winter outdoor experiences come from the lake. As a young adult I spent more time fishing than hunting. And as I have mentioned before, there was no boat, just hip boots. It was cold only if the fish were not biting. Those days were about persevering; persevering through the weather and through the lull of inactivity until the fish decided to feed.

The gulls always gave away where the fish were hiding. If they began to fly above a certain area, you knew the minnows were being pushed to the top by feeding fish that were below them and that would be the best time and place to cast your bait. There were many days we caught more than our share and a few that we came home empty-handed. The days when the gulls never flew, only gave us hope for the next day if we could just persevere.

When I think of persevering I think of emotionless persistence. I think of someone who keeps going through all kinds of circumstances because he or she knows the preferred outcome is at the end of the way. He does not keep going because he feels like it or because the conditions are always favorable but because he knows that he is on the right path and the reward is worth his resolute effort. What he does not know however, is the time it may take for his perseverance to turn into his prize.

Some of you have been persevering for a long time. You have been chasing a goal or dream that you are sure is just around the corner. Right now however you are doubting that it will ever be realized. You are tired from the work and the wait. You perhaps look at your advancing age or even those times in the past that you have failed. All of these push back against your perseverance. What do you do? First of all, check the source of your dream.

Make sure that it is lined up with God's purpose for your life. God is the designer of dreams. He has made you to be fulfilled in life but sometimes our dreams must be gently put back on His course. Secondly, check your motives. Why do you want to accomplish your goal? Is it for selfish reasons or purposes only? Is it for your own edification? The right motive is .... so that others may see God through your accomplishments and so that you may be able to spread the good news of God. Lastly, realize that many times the greater the purpose the longer the preparation.

Friend, when your dreams are aligned with God's purpose and your motive is to give God the glory, He will not only give you the strength to keep going, but also His peace that will carry you through even the most difficult times.

Gary Miller
www.outdoortruths.org

 

Disclaimer: The content supplied by columnists and letters to the Editor on this site does not in any way, shape or form, implied or otherwise, necessarily express or suggest endorsement or support of any of such content, statement, or opinions therein. SurfKY News does not necessarily adhere to or endorse content provided by outside non-staff sources.

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Posted on 2/2/14
3/13 - 16
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week

May 22, 2015 5605

Madisonville Man Charged with First-Degree Rape

by SurfKY News
May 19, 2015 5501

Owensboro Health Proposes Building $15M Health…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
May 18, 2015 3937

Madisonville Man Wanted for Attempted Murder in…

by SurfKY News
May 19, 2015 3723

Two Charged with Marijuana Possession after…

by SurfKY News
May 20, 2015 3287

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park Holding Beach…

by Gil Lawson

Most Read This Month

May 15, 2015 10338

New Madisonville Business In Full Operation Soon

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 15, 2015 7316

Investigation of Local Barber Shop Leads to Drug…

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

May 22, 2015 5605

Madisonville Man Charged with First-Degree Rape

by SurfKY News
May 22, 2015 1205

Authorities Searching for Missing 5-Year-Old Boy

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
May 22, 2015 850

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - May 22, 2015

by SurfKY News
May 22, 2015 728

MPD Seeks Three in Residential Robbery

by SurfKY News
May 22, 2015 699

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

by SurfKY News
May 22, 2015 658

One Vehicle Collision Sends One to ER

by SurfKY News
May 22, 2015 598

Governor Announces Hopkins County as Kentucky…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
May 22, 2015 590

Post 2 Telecommunicator among KSP Graduating Class

by Trooper Stu Recke
May 23, 2015 552

Elks BBQ Fundraiser Quick Sell Out

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 22, 2015 447

Omni Visions Seeks to Recruit Foster Families

by Karen Jones