“I need a break.”
Those words put an abrupt end to my plans. It was the middle of the week and I was in the midst of planning for Saturday’s turkey hunt. It was going to be the first time since opening day that I was able to sneak away and chase a longbeard. A couple of crazy weeks at work, combined with the training for and running of my race had really put a hamper on my turkey season. I had looked forward to this Saturday for weeks.
My wife on the other hand, she had put up with my training and crazy schedules for months. She was right, she did need a break! But did she have to have it during turkey season? Couldn’t she just wait a few more weeks, when I was ready to give her a break?
She would have waited. I could have explained the situation to her. I could have shown her, with some clever little scheme of my own, just how important it was that I turkey hunted this Saturday. I could have pulled this off.
I could have…but I knew I shouldn’t.
If you haven’t noticed by now, I am pretty passionate about hunting. My wife would say “obsessed” is the better word. She may be right. I spend all year thinking about hunting, preparing for hunting, training for hunting, writing about hunting, and then, you know, hunting.
I am like most guys – passionate, driven, and goal-oriented. I live for adventure, challenge, risk, and excitement. I love to pursue the next thing, whatever that may be. These are all good things, but as my life has proven, they can be taken too far.
Zeke Pipher wrote Man on the Run for guys like me. Guys like you. Zeke’s book is a challenge to all men – that we should be passionate and driven, but that we shouldn’t be imbalanced. Zeke has been there and done that. His book isn’t full of good ideas, it is full of experience. It is refreshing to read an author who is so open and honest about the times that he has blown it. I can certainly relate to that.
Man on the Run isn’t about telling men to give up their pursuits, dreams, and passions; it is about showing men how to live well while pursuing them.
My wife got her break, and I got to spend a wonderful morning with my daughter and son. We had breakfast, we played with Barbies, and I realized just how difficult it is to take a three-year-old girl to a public restroom while also holding a four-month-old baby. Good times. As for hunting? I went the next weekend.
I am a man on the run. I have dreams and passions. I also have important responsibilities and relationships. I can give my best to each of these things and I can, with some help, learn to live life to its fullest.
Hunters, husbands, fathers, and men… do yourself a favor, your wife a favor, do your children a favor…read this book.
About the Author
Zeke is a regular contributor to several national outdoor magazines, including Field & Stream, Deer & Deer Hunting, Petersen’s Bowhunting, and Bow & Arrow Hunting. He writes and speaks regularly on subjects such as hunting strategies and the life of the sportsman, as well as topics like marriage, parenting, and balancing priorities.
Zeke is the senior pastor at Heartland Evangelical Free Church in Central City, Nebraska. He’s been married to Jamie for 14 years, and they have three children. He earned his Master of Divinity from Talbot School of Theology, and his Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Learn more at ZekePipher.com