“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him…”
The bible is full of imperatives which are commands and calls to action for the believer. A story from a good pastor-friend of mine drove this home recently.
This brother was preparing for an international trip one morning well before daylight, when suddenly there was a violent knock at his front door. Looking at his watch he saw that it didn’t yet register 5:30 am. He wondered who would be at his front door at this hour. In that moment of uneasiness, he also remembered that there had been a couple of recent break-ins in his neighborhood. With stealth, he made his way through the dimly lit hallway that led to his front door, and crossed to a nearby window that would give him an unnoticed point of view. From there, he looked out and saw a man with his face mostly covered by a hoodie, peering into the tiny window in the front door. The man held one hand behind his back and stood in a very offensive posture. Fearing the hidden hand held a weapon, my buddy went on the offensive (this proved to be true, as the man had a pistol). By recognizing the signs of a home invasion, my friend was able to stop the man in his tracks and send him fleeing. The police were called and the man was later arrested. What began as an attack that could have left my friend’s family hurt or killed, turned into a thwarted plan that left the armed burglar in jail, lucky to not have been shot. My friend’s vigilance saved lives. A tactical principal held true. Action beats reaction. Every time.
This story ended favorably because he not only read the warning signs, but he remained vigilant and steadfast. And he was armed. He knew the posture and signs and had armed himself in the defense of his family. But locks and guns only go so far. His MINDSET is what saved his family that morning.
I wish more men would take the spiritual defense of their own families more seriously. We have been called to holiness, and to fight for our wives, marriages, children, and our own godliness. This requires vigilance. I have to be aware of my own temptation and sin, my own weaknesses and tendencies, and my own knack for abandoning my walk with The Lord. As a father and shepherd, I am responsible for the safety of those in my home, in my care. Defending my family isn’t just a physical responsibility, it’s a spiritual one and an emotional one too. If I am vigilant in my pursuit of Christ and godliness for my own life, then I will more likely be in tune with the needs of my wife and kids.
When the enemy comes, I will take action and go on the offensive, rather than waiting until after he attacks and trying to react defensively.
Knowing the roaring lion and his tactics as Paul instructs in 2 Corinthians 2:11 is critical. Knowing The Lion of Judah and submitting to him daily will enable me to ROAR BACK. Besides, action always beats reaction. Arm yourself.
2 Corinthians 2:11
2 Corinthians 10:4-6
Every fall, we try to do a Holloway Nation photo shoot. It is a lot fun, and also a great way to watch these guys grow from year to year. Thought we’d share a few of these pics with you. Little and I are so blessed to be in our twenty-second year of marriage together. It has been an amazing journey and I am so grateful to The Lord for the family he has blessed us with. I love these guys like crazy. Plus see how much they’ve grown from last year.
Photography done by Caroline Ellis.
A couple weeks ago, my assistant, Caroline Smith, came by and took some pictures of me and my family. If you know anything about our life here, you know how hard it can be to nail all of us down at one time. It’s even harder trying to get us to all look at the camera at the same time. That’s why we love that Caroline was able to just come over to our home and take photos of us while we were hanging out. It feels more real for our family that way. If you’re interested in using her as a designer or photographer, you can check out her work here.
It’s pretty crazy to look at the history of Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters and the way the Lord has exponentially grown this place. Beginning in 1997, we’ve come a long way—and Nancy McDaniel played a huge role in those formative years.
Nancy began her involvement at SWO on the Board of Directors in the early 2000s, helping to establish the DNA of this ministry. Originally from South Florida, Nancy became one of the first board members to have a hand in the pulse of this ministry. She not only understood the vision and goal of SWO, but she also understood the inner workings delicate nature of the administration side of camp. So much of her ability to understand SWO was due to the fact that she really became one of the first board members to really be involved with everyday life here. Understanding the importance of both ministry and administration in the business world is pretty difficult for most people, but not so for Nancy McDaniel.
Because she had such a heavy involvement with everyday life here at camp, she was able to spear-head the Coop project when we grew too big for our chapel. She wrote grants, talked to donors, and oversaw the project.
Tim Litchfield, our reservations coordinator, remembers Nancy as feisty. He recounted a story in which he and another girl on staff at the time, Amy, were writing a proposal for faster internet in the office. They handed the proposal to Nancy, who confronted them about a week later to discuss it. In Tim’s words, “Nancy let us have it for about 20 minutes letting us know exactly why our proposal wasn’t to be taken seriously.”
Apparently their proposal didn’t measure up to the professional standards of Nancy, so she informed them of all the things they needed to work on before writing another one. She ended the conversation by informing them that despite their best efforts, their plan to get faster internet had been approved.
A week and a half ago, Nancy McDaniel passed away, and Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters grieves her absence. Francis Chan said, “Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” Nancy’s life reflected this quote. She served on the Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters board of directors for a little over 12 years. Although for the past 6 years, her health prevented her from being as involved as she once was, she still remained a part of our Board of Directors, and stayed as connected as was allowed.
Once you’re a part of the SWO staff, you’re family, permanently. We feel her loss here, but we rejoice in the fact that she invested her life in things that were of eternal value.
Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters and I are incredibly grateful for your love, support, and investment, Nancy.
We will miss you.