This past quail season included crossing paths with more incidental “critters” than any season I can remember. Every year there are plenty of cottontail rabbits and armored armadillos. This year the plethora of animals grew to include a badger, a bobcat, a swan, thousands of snow geese, and countless wild hogs.
Wild hogs come in a variety of sizes and colors. Wild hogs stink. Wild hogs destroy crops. Wild hogs cause momentary fear when they burst forth from the brush. Wild hogs wear my dog out when she chases them. Wild hogs interfere with a good quail hunt, not by confrontation but by distraction.
A dog running after a hog will not point a quail. A hunter dodging a hog will not shoot a quail. A dog exhausted from a futile attempt to catch a hog will not work a pattern in front of the hunters. Energy spent to chase hogs cannot be used to hunt birds.
Freckles did fairly well most of the time. The big hogs exited with speed that discouraged any attempt to follow. The one time when Freckles chased a hog out of sight was when the hog was young and slow. Like a carrot in front of a donkey or a rabbit in front of a greyhound, the small hog led Freckles into the next quarter of land. She was exhausted when she finally returned.
Many Christians exhaust themselves pursuing the things of the world and have no time or energy left to fulfill God’s plan for their lives. I have often heard Christians explain their lack of service through the church as a need to avoid burnout. The burnout they experience is not from excessive service of Jesus through His church but through excessive involvement in the things of the world. Jesus said it is impossible to serve God and mammon. Mammon refers to the things of the world, including money.
We possess a limited amount of time, energy, and money. If we spend those things elsewhere, there is none left for God. A birddog that continues to sprint after hogs will not find many birds. A Christian who runs after the world will not make many disciples.