Functional Provision

If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. – 1 Timothy 5:8

We quote this verse in our CD Cheaper by the Baker’s Dozen. Providing for your family is the 1 Timothy 5:8 way, but is it really talking about financial provision alone? We’d be mistaken to think so. Children are to be taught the valuable lessons of good stewardship, but this is done in both poor and rich homes alike. How much money you have or don’t have makes little difference.

Take our family sport of hunting, for example. We claim that we “hunt for food,” but that really is with tongue-in-cheek. After what we spend on traveling, ammo, gear, etc., hunting is a very expensive method for gathering meat. We hunt for a much deeper, more eternal reason than meat. These include heritage, conservation, family, and rich moments in God’s great outdoors. Sure, there is something to be said for taking advantage of the sport and getting as much in return as possible. From the permits we buy to the land we scout, our minds are on maximizing our hunting potential. We may dream of our trophy bull or buck, but we are thankful to God for whatever He blesses us with. The children are just as into that provision as the adults.

The Jeubs are hunters, but we aren’t the rowdy, shoot guns in the air, poaching type of hunters. We are conservationists who believe hunting is a heritage, much like agrarianism. Being a good steward of the earth is a biblical mandate, and hunting falls into that category of land and wildlife management that is necessary for a healthy environment. After dropping our elk, we make a habit of taking off our hats, kneeling, and laying a hand on the warm animal to give thanks to God for the provision blessed to us.

We choose hunting as a family activity largely because of the valuable life lessons it teaches: conservation, diligence, nature skills, camaraderie, safety and survival, and on the lessons go. Top on the list is provision. The children are eager to contribute to the provision of the family. Knowing that their hard work and diligent hunt brought the food on the table is a realization that sinks deep into the soul. The kids become creators of provision, walking in the image of God.

We butcher our own big game animals. Most hunters drop their animals at the local meat market. No shame in that, but we choose to butcher our own. It gives the entire family a piece of the action, even the little kids not yet old enough to hunt. We will name the choice cuts with the name of the hunter that brought down the animal, like “Lydia’s Tenderloin Steaks.” What better confidence builder is there than this: sharing a hearty elk steak meal with 16 others all saying, “This elk tastes great!” knowing that you were the one to provide?

This post has been taken from our new book Have Another Child, due out Mother’s Day 2010.

About Chris & Wendy Jeub

The Jeub Family live in Monument, Colorado. They encourage couples to love God and love one another, building an atmosphere of love in their homes.

  • http://www.ronstauffer.com Ron Stauffer, Jr

    I’m glad someone finally came out and said that hunting isn’t very cost effective.

    That’s been part of the reason why I’ve never looked at hunting as a source of food. Those elks steaks are good, but cost a premium!

    Maybe when the kids are older and can be a part of the experience. :)

  • http://www.ourfruitfulharvest.com Fruitful Harvest

    I can’t wait to read your new book~


  • Michele

    Hunting is NOT cost effective. And you can’t always count on it. I so agree that it is a family event. Hunting teaches kids so many skills that will help them in life.

  • wendi

    Fishing is the same way, my family and I joke that we feed the fish more than they feed us. But you are right, it teaches wonderful lessons about a great many things. Thanks for the post!

  • Stephanie

    Hunting has been quite the money-eater in our home, and has not produced any results of meat on the table yet. I’ve been waiting 3 years now. LOL I look at it this way, my husband is a pastor and he needs a release somewhere, so its good for him to have this hobby . I wish for his sake that he and the boys would be able to shoot something for all the money they’ve spent to continue this hobby. But God just hasn’t allowed it to be our time yet.

  • JAC

    The caption there says your book will be called “HAVE Another Child.” Freudian slip? ๐Ÿ˜€ (I’ll go along with you either way.)

  • JAC

    Ah… I see now where you mention changing the title. And I like your reasoning.