"But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations” (Psalm 33:11).
I recently discovered that ax throwing isn’t just for foresters, loggers, or Medieval battles. And while historically, axes were used to kill or maim an opponent. It’s now a bona fide sport; all it takes are closed-toe shoes, decent aim, and an exceptionally sharp weapon.
Britt, our granddaughter, and Brandon, her husband, wanted to go ax throwing while we were visiting them. My husband and I decided to try this new sport. A trainer gave us basic instructions such as holding, aiming and throwing an ax. Although the goal is to hit the center, it requires more skill than hitting the center with a dart. The modern sport of ax throwing involves a competitive throwing at a target, attempting to hit the bullseye as near as possible.
We discovered we were more accurate and finished well when we did the following:
Listened with intention
Learned from knowledgeable individuals who modeled the correct techniques
We kept our eyes focused
Kept our minds centered on the game
Trust and follow the advice of the trainer
Concentrated on following through with precision
Life is a lot like mastering a hatchet while ax throwing. Daily targets require strategies precisely like those we used to excel in throwing an ax and hitting the mark. On the other hand, inaction and inattentiveness will cause disappointment and failure to reach our goals.
We must know God’s word, will, and instructions to finish well. Though his plan is unique for everyone, the blueprint for success is the same. A Christian’s goal is to obey Christ. Our hope of eternal life means our actions are intentional, not aimless. We control human desires, so we don’t miss the target. It’s essential to fight for victory with scripture, prayer, and the power of the Holy Spirit. Paul uses the analogy of the runner who wins.
“Do you not know that all the runners run in a race, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the award. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever” (1 Corinthians 9:24-25 NIV).
Our relationship with God increases self-worth and brings glory as we trust that the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations (Psalm 33:11). Therefore, if we do everything with intention and a specific end, we're likely to hit the mark and get the desired result.
Prayer: Lord, as I listen and learn, help me follow your advice by developing spiritual discipline. Please show me how to focus, aim, and hit the mark. Please help me to focus on pursuing your purpose for my life. Amen.
Your turn: Do you have any experience with ax-throwing you’d like to share? Are there other sports that remind you of the Christian walk? What are some experiences in life where you failed to develop spiritual disciplines?