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The State of Michigan has a unique event that they put on each year.  It’s called the “Mentored youth hunt.”  I chose this year to involve my two older kids in this event.  We got all geared up and prepared them by shooting the gun and seeing how they would handle that.  That went much better than I ever expected.  Accuracy was on and they were not scared of the gun, which is a big factor.  So on Friday night we headed up north and stayed with family.  IMG_1210

Since there were two kids, one Dad ,& one gun, we had a problem.  So we had to decide who was going to hunt at the different times and who would sit out.  Chloe, our oldest daughter, offered for Ty to hunt first.  Ty is two years younger than Chloe, but I thought it was a nice gesture on Chloes’ part.
The next morning Ty took his first shot at a deer, he did great and got a great shot on it.  We looked for a good period of time, but due to undergrowth in the woods, we were unsuccessful in finding his deer.  Ty had a great attitude about it though.  That night we sat out again and this time it was Chloe’s turn.  A doe came through quickly and Chloe felt the pressure of the hunt and couldn’t even get the deer into the scope.  I was hoping that she wouldn’t let discouragement set in.  That will ruin anyone on any endeavor.  As we were sitting there waiting for more deer to come through, Ty dosed off and Chloe leaned over to me and said ” Dad I have prayed so many times this week for GOD to give me Courage to do a good job when I see a deer.”  I said,  ” Chloe I am so proud of what you prayed for, most people pray for a big buck to come through.  But you prayed for the right thing.”  I didn’t realize the fears of a nine year old.  She seemed to be thinking about her fear more than her excitement of the hunt.  I think many of us do this in most things that we do in our lives.
Fast forward to the last night of hunting,  we are bored and ready to leave.  I am keeping them out in the woods for quite a while each sit.  They were both done at this point.  Then I got a text from the house, “they are coming your way.”  Now we are in game time.  Chloe ends up spotting the doe at the end of the field in front of us.  She gets the gun set and Ty & I standing back.  She takes her time and pulls the trigger.  BOOM!! To my amazement, the deer drops to the ground at 170yds.  (I have never even shot a deer that far away)
I jump out of the hunting shack and put my arm in the air and said ” you are awesome Chloe!!!”
She responded, “I didn’t even feel like I aimed.”
I knew right then that she had an answer to prayer.  She was given Courage in the scary moment.  I am more proud of my daughter for praying for the right thing than I am about her getting a deer.
Just remember on your journey through life it will help if you pray for the right things.  God doesn’t care if you get a deer, but I believe that he can be glorified in a moment like this through a young girl asking for Courage in that moment.
Here’s  to those that seek courage like my daughter did.
Steve Morgan

 

Today we live in a time where it doesn’t really feel as if there are very many real threats to our day to day living here in America.  We can go to the store, go to a movie, drive through states and never worry much at all.  We really live in a time in history that is very low in the savage category.  It wasn’t long ago in history, and some present day situations, that you can read about people that feared for their lives everyday.  As Americans we are raised to be kind of wimpy tax payers.  Its almost like we don’t have that in ate desire to be the best anymore.  

 

A few years back I heard a speaker at an event we went to, talk about the Cycle of the Body Politic.  I had no idea what he was talking about. He then showed us an overhead.  He said that history repeats itself when people don’t learn from it.  I was blown away.  That talk changed my thinking forever.  I, like most Americans, never thought much about it.  I figured my life would be me trying to just make it.  To my surprise, my life can be whatever I want it to be.  I felt like it was a matrix moment.  One of those things that once you learn it you cant unlearn it.  

I left that weekend worried.  I heard about this progression that societies go through and how it keeps cycling.  To my excitement I was told that sometimes in history people actually were able to turn the dial back and preserve their freedom.  Ronald Reagan said that we are only one generation from losing Freedom at any point.

I have attached the chart that I was talking about earlier.  It is pretty crazy as you look at it.  I did an article recently asking people what they thought the biggest problem Americans face today and their were many great answers.  Let me tell a story that may help explain what I think Americans face as a huge issue. 

A young man walks up to someone on the street and says ” excuse me, what do you think the biggest problem our generation faces?”  The man looks down at the young boy and replies,”I don’t know and I don’t care.”

I believe that Apathy is the problem of our time.  It is so sad to see the greatest nation in history get lazy and not defend the freedoms that we have enjoyed for so long.  

I also think that the problems that we don’t know about are larger than we can even comprehend.  I encourage you to dig in and start learning about the freedom that you currently have so that you can defend it if need be.  Its much easier to keep your rights that to ever get them back once they are gone.  I think we are moving our way to Fear and maybe further.  

Lets do our best to keep Freedom for the next generation.

 

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Thanks for reading,

 

Steve Morgan

I believe that this could be a great exercise for someone to figure out where they are spending the most time in their life.

I love this title because it explains what most people deal with on a regular basis. We deal with that struggle between good and great. I grew up around people that always talked about the grass being greener on the other side. Which just meant they were dissatisfied with what they really were put here to do.  So they were constantly in a struggle, or they were constantly looking for something better, and they’re always dissatisfied.

Have you ever had the pleasure of being around a person that is totally dissatisfied and they spend all of their extra time looking for something new rather than making what they’ve got good?
I was talking to somebody on the phone one time and he explained a very interesting thought, he said “the grass is always greener where you water it.”   I thought this was an interesting scenario. Most people can relate with this because its something that is outwardly noticable.  It’s summertime in Michigan and it’s very warm this year with lots of days of no rain & 90° weather. Many lawns are just burnt up and brown and you can tell the people that run the sprinklers and those that dont.  So I will add a photo to this blog to to show the comparison of watered grass and unwatered grass.
Have you ever met somebody that doesn’t water the so-called grass of their marriage, their children,their finances?  I’ve met many people that didn’t want to be accountable for the results in their life. If it was as simple as looking at what grass is green and what grasses are burned in life , you would sure be able to figure out where people are watering things in their life.  Can you imagine seeing someone out in their front yard holding the hose over weeds and giving them all the water they could need?  I believe many people do this unintentionally.  Either way it doesn’t lead to better results.
I know for Beth and I,  we have really placed a lot of value in certain areas that we’ve wanted to get better.  We’ve called it intentional growth and we’ve made it intentional to grow in those areas just like putting a sprinkler on certain parts of your lawn. We used to think that people were either good or not good in areas, like: finances, raising children, faith or whatever.  What we found was that when people place that intentional learning into their lives in those areas, there so-called grass of that area got much greener. What are some areas that you think that you could either get better or have gotten better, and what are some ways that you’ve done so?
I know now that results in an area of life don’t come quickly most of the time.  I like the saying, “the sweets not as sweet without the sour.”  I think in this case , the greens not as green without the burnt.  It’s ok to have spots in your life that are brown grass, but hopefully they are the ones that don’t matter.  I have decided to try and water the most important areas of my life.
Here’s to your grass being greener in the areas that matter in your life,
Steve Morgan

I love the following story, it really represents how we as humans should attack problems.  Bill Lewis did a great post about this, I think everyone should read it.

I’m sure everyone has heard the story of David and Goliath.  I Samuel 17 tells the story of a small shepherd boy who defied a giant and TOOK HIM DOWN.  The Philistine army and the Israelites were facing each other ready for battle.  They were positioned in a valley and had their backs to the steep slopes behind them.  The Philistine army had the advantage because they had a big whopper of a guy named Goliath who was over 9 feet tall.  The giant would come out everyday and taunt the Israeli army to come and fight.  This went on for 40 days.  Neither side would attack because it would put them at a disadvantage based on where the armies were positioned.  One day David comes to the battle field to check on his brothers.  He sees what this giant is doing and is outraged.  David  decides to go out and kill the giant with a slingshot and a bag of rocks.  David was not qualified to fight anyone, let alone a giant.  He was a teenager and not trained as a soldier but he had the most powerful weapon on his side,  FAITH.  He took his stones and slingshot, ran to the battle field and slew the giant Goliath.

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I know in my life I have always shied away from attacking a goliath in hopes that it would go away by itself.  Never does though.  I know some people do this in their marriage, finances, faith, or any of the other 8 F’s.

The one that makes me laugh is when I think back to how we handled our finances, we would do a budget only when things were BAD.  Otherwise we would spend it like we had it.

I hope you chose to slay your Goliath and move on, not just pretend its not there.

Steve Morgan