As I write this blog post, I’m looking out my window at a freshly laid covering of frost begging me to be out deer hunting. The professionals say that when the temperature drops and the frost sets in, the deer start moving and the hunt is on. Unfortunately for us weekend warrior hunters who’s hunting is interrupted by Saturday morning chores, sports and family things alike, we just enjoy the sporadic times we bundle up and find a tree.
For many weekend warrior hunters, the problem isn’t always just seeing deer, but also shooting deer. While we might say we didn’t “see anything”, seeing them with our eyes, getting them in our sight picture, turning off the safety, and sending a round accurately is another ball game. Whitetail are so smart and observant, that the smallest disruption to their morning might blow the hunt. Every hunter knows, watching deer in the field is much different than watching them in your sight picture.
Sight picture is described as what the shooter sees when he or she looks through their scope or down their sight alignment. When they shoulder their rifle and peer through the scope, everything outside of that sight picture disappears or goes blurry. As the hunter places the scope crosshair on the deer, focus is complete, breathing is controlled and nerves are calmed; all while their heart beats out of their chest!
Like marksmanship, sight picture is crucial for us Christians living in a world that is off it’s rocker. Paul describes sight picture this way in a letter he wrote from prison: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Philippians 4:8).
You see, we as Christians have to keep our sight picture focused on what truly matters. While that doesn’t mean things outside it don’t exist or aren’t important, it just means they are not the primary focus in the moment. Luckily, Jesus helped us to see what truly matters when he told his disciples to “Go therefore (because HE has been given all authority) and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).
While there are so many things in this world begging for our allegiance and attention, what is in your sight picture? Have you lifted up your weapon and peered through the scope yet? Or are you hiding in camouflage? Christians, we have a clear mission, a clear call to focus. Don’t let the things of this world keep you from putting Christ’s mission in your sight picture.