Perspective: Caribou

Posted: March 1, 2016 in Perspective
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To the Nunamiut Eskimos who live in the inland mountains of Alaska’s Artic National Park, Caribou (aka wild Reindeer) are the single most important component to their survival. The history of these nomadic, remote people has shown that through the generations, they have adapted well to the harsh living conditions of the Artic Region. In large part, this is due to having discovered how to make the most of what is available to them, including learning to utilize almost the entire Caribou, head to tail, beyond just as a source of meat. Fat and bones are used for broth…skin/fur for clothing, tents and bedding… rawhide for snowshoes and sleds… sinew from tendons for fishing nets, lashing for hunting tools and as a very durable sewing thread. The Nunamiut Eskimos, through their sheer drive to not only survive, but thrive in the severe environments in which they live, have learned the necessary skills to make the most of what they have. And in turn, they’ve also developed a strong sense of respect and honor for the Caribou they share this frozen land with.

I believe God desires the same from us. Our body, spirit and soul (mind, will and emotions), gifts, talents, abilities, time, finances, etc.; every ‘tool’ given to us, He designed and intended to be used to fulfill the purpose and plans He created us for. And like the Nunamuit Eskimos, we must not only live in ‘survival’ mode, but be determined to stay on the path God intended and learn to thrive there. For sure, it will take us learning to utilize every ‘tool in our toolbox’, including the difficult situations and life circumstances we face. But we can be assured that God doesn’t make mistakes. He’s already equipped us with everything we need to fulfill His purpose and plans on this earth.

Sometimes however, we can feel like only parts of us are ‘good enough’ to be used. Simply, this it’s not true. Maybe we’ve used parts of our bodies/life for unhealthy things. Maybe we feel as though we’ve wasted our ‘early days’.

The good news is that God can/has redeemed, ‘bought back’ and restored that which may seem ‘lost’, ill-used or forgotten. When we believe in Jesus as our Lord and Savior, accept His sacrifice that makes us whole/’new’ and then choose to live that ‘wholeness’ each and every day, our whole life, every part of us, will align with the purpose and plans God intended.

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!’ – 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)

‘Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.’ –  Romans 6:13 (NLT)

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