Old Bird Hunter

Nancy’s sister, Sally, texted her and asked if I could use some 12 gauge shot gun shells that she and her husband Jerry were getting rid of. They had discovered them while downsizing and cleaning out their home office. Jerry said he would never use them. I was excited when I realized they were high brass shells I could use hunting pheasants. The one unique characteristic was that the shot was copper coated.

I knew they were old. Before steel shot became available for duck hunting, the first effort to limit exposure of water fowl to lead was the coating of the shot with copper. That was years ago. I didn’t realize how many years ago until I opened a box of the shells in the sunlight while hunting in Kansas. On the side of each shell had been printed: “Ducks Unlimited 1986.” The shells were 33 years old! Still, they worked just fine in my double barrel. Age did not compromise their effectiveness.

About half way through the hunt I realized that the gun I was shooting was 43 years old! For Christmas, when I was in college, I had received it from my parents. The side by side guns are no longer made by Browning, but mine works wonderfully well for me. The two-shot limit forces me to aim better. Not much can go wrong with a double barrel. It breaks down into three parts. I have scratched it up through the years, but it still fires faithfully.

My final insight was that the man carrying the gun and shooting the shells was 63 years old! The years have left their mark on me, but I am still in great shape for the shape I’m in. I walked over the fields and through the weeds with relative ease. The good pair of boots I wore minimized joint pain. The thousand miles I walk each year had my stamina where it needed to be. I wasn’t the fastest, but I didn’t embarrass my hunting buddies. Age does leave its mark, but it does not need to eliminate effectiveness.

This old guy enjoyed a successful week of pheasant hunting while using old shells and an even older gun. Never allow the year of your birth to determine the usefulness of your life. If God gifts you with relatively good health, enjoy every day and live it for His glory!

Preacher/Bird hunter unlimited! Earl


Happy New Year


FBC Happenings

  • Sunday’s Sermon – “Witnesses For Jesus” Acts 1:1-14
  • Regular Schedule for Worship & LifeGroups this Sunday – 9:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
  • LifeGroup Leader’s Lunch is this Sunday, January 5 at 11:30 a.m. in the FLC
  • GriefShare’s Loss of Spouse Seminar, January 5 – 4:30 p.m. in the Parlor
  • All Wednesday Evening Activities resume next week – January 8
  • Wednesday Evening Meal at 5:00 p.m. Beef Noodles
  • GriefShare (13 Sessions) begins January 12 at 4:30 p.m. in the Parlor
  • RE: Weekend Registration is open for Youth. Contact Seth for more details.

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