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OPINION

Green: The trophy buck

RENAE GREEN

My husband is quite proud of all the dead animals hanging on the walls of our house. He is an avid hunter, and during this time of year, he seems to eat, sleep, and breathe hunting. He was surprised the other day when I pointed out that I, too, am gearing up for my own hunting season. We actually have a lot in common when it comes to this particular sport.

You see, he does his hunting in the woods, and I do mine at the mall. He sits in a stand, and I stand in a line. He has special clothes for hunting, and I hunt for special clothes. He hunts with a bow, and I wrap up my purchases with a bow.

He comes home from his hunt and tells me, “I bagged a deer.”

I come home from my hunt and say, “I have lots of bags, dear.”

I was quick to point out that I am much better at hunting than he is. When he hunts, he often comes home with nothing. I, on the other hand, come home with a trophy every single time.

He wasted no time in reminding me that, while I may bring more trophies home, my trophies are easier to find than an actual 12-point buck. And, he usually does end up with a nice trophy buck, which is why his walls are covered with them. So, we both win. He gets what he hunts for, I get what I hunt for, and everybody’s happy.

Have you ever noticed that life is that way? We almost always find what we search for. If we look for a beautiful sunset, we will find it. If we look for the telephone poles that get in the way of our beautiful sunset, that’s what we’ll see.

If we look for the good in other people, we’ll find good, kind, intelligent people everywhere. But if we look for things to criticize, we'll have no shortage of materials to work with.

We all like to display our trophies, too. My husband loves to show people his deer mounts, and can tell a detailed story of how each was killed. In the same way, I love to show off my purchases and brag about the bargains I found. It makes me wonder… what kinds of trophies do I display in my life? What things do I look for, find, and show off?

We each have a choice. We can look for the good, the true, the pure, the lovely, the right, the noble things around us, and we will probably find them. Then, those will be the things we talk about, dwell on, and exhibit in our hearts. Or, we can look for the bad, the negative, the wrong, the disappointing, the impure, the dishonest, the ugly, and we’ll find those things. And of course, that's what others will see displayed on the walls of our lives.

In the coming weeks, my hero will spend a lot of time in the deep woods of Texas, where he’ll spend countless hours hunting for that enormous, off-the chart buck. If he’s successful, we'll eat venison for many, many weeks. At first, I thought it unfair that he gets to go to his hunting Mecca, while I have to stay here at home. But then I realized, I have a credit card. And I have the internet.

“He who seeks good finds goodwill, but evil comes to him who searches for it,” Proverbs 11:27.

Renae Brumbaugh Green is a bestselling author and award-winning humor columnist. She lives in Stephenville with her handsome, country-boy husband, nearly perfect children, and far-too-many animals. Connect with Renae at www.RenaeBrumbaugh.com.