Set Your Sights

I am a big fan of Bones.

The Fox show is in its 6th season (I think). I didn’t watch it at all during the 1st 2 years, stumbling across it during the 3rd season when I was home on a Thursday night with a remote control and a glass of sweet tea. I’ve been hooked ever since.

Thanks to syndication, I’ve been able to see just about every episode – many of them multiple times.

Dr. Temperance Brennan is a forensic anthropologist who works at the Jeffersonian Institute in D.C. She is the lead dog for a batch of squints that bring the best of science to the world of crime fighting and case solving.

Her FBI partner is Agent Seeley Booth. Early in the show (episode 1?) he nicknamed Brennan Bones because she works with, well, bones.

The ups and downs of the romantic tension between these two characters has not been matched on TV since Major Tony Nelson spent 5 years working up the courage to marry Jeannie back in the late 1960’s!

Brennan is a very likable, in many ways child-like, character in spite of the fact that she is profoundly arrogant and emotionally disconnected. Booth is the earthier of the two, having served as an Army sniper; he is a national hero and the consummate FBI agent.

The supporting cast is equally entertaining… Angela and Hodgins (who are married and about to have a baby), Cam, Sweets, and a stream of engaging interns.

Booth, as I mentioned, is a former sniper for the U.S. Army – a Ranger, if I remember right. His aim is the focus of more than a few shows. Although the star of the show is the solved case-of-the-week, and Bones herself, Booth’s unparalleled accuracy has saved the day on many occasions. 

I’m not a gun guy.

My dad had a couple, but never taught me how to fire them. Friends have offered to teach me, but I have never had the time or interest to learn.

My idea of hunting is wondering around the meat market at the local grocery.

I do know, thanks to Bones, that long-range rifles have sights.

A sight is, by definition, an optical device used to assist aim by guiding the eye and aligning it with a weapon or other item to be pointed (like a camera!). [Wikipedia]

According to the U. S. Army Field Manuel, there are four fundamentals of marksmanship:

  • A steady firing position
  • Aiming
  • Breath Control
  • Trigger Squeeze

That second component, aiming, has to do with the sight. Specifically:

  • Sight alignment
  • Sight picture
  • Front sight focus

I have come away from some brief research realizing I have a lot to learn about aiming. For example, did you know that many weapons have dual sights which have to be carefully and meticulously coordinated with each other? Then, your eye has to actually be brought into line with the alignment of the sights. That’s a lot of lines…

In short, aiming is a very purposeful, focused set of mental and muscle memory skills. It requires incredible discipline to master.

I need to set my sights!

Colossians 3: 1-2 reads…

“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” (Colossians 3:1-2, NLT, emphasis mine)

There it is… SET YOUR SIGHTS

As I have contemplated these verses in the last few months the thought occurred to me that “where Christ sits in the place of honor” is more a present reality than a future location. He is there, now. He is making intercession for me, now.

I know that (head) but too frequently I fail to know that (by experience).

I don’t take the time necessary to align, picture, focus, aim… to set my sight. I am too casual about it all. I point and fire without the precision of aiming. I scatter fire around and hope to hit something.

So, I find myself hitting secondary things all the time – things of earth. I hit credentials, certificates, career tracks, collections of toys, and so forth. I set goals in these areas and, like a good-little-Christian, ask God to “bless my goals.”

Sometimes I reach the goals. When I do, I genuinely thank God.

Sometimes I don’t reach the goals. When I don’t, I really do try not to blame God.

I suppose that’s an okay way to live. Yet, I can’t help but wonder: If I took the time to set my sights on “things of heaven” how would the goals be different? How would the motivations change? How would the actions honor God and inspire (breathe life into) others? How would I be more like Jesus?

I know it will require the discipline and patience of a Seeley Booth to become a master: capturing our Father’s hopes in my sights – aligning life to that vision of Him/His Kingdom – holding the picture long enough for Him to become the One that I see beyond all others – and focusing like a laser all of my energy on Him/His mission.

It will demand a rhythm for living. It will insist that I align, picture, and focus.

Pray for me? Join me?

It won’t be easy – no bones about it.


About christmasandicecream

Grace & Peace to you all! I'm Randy. I am a follower of Jesus - sometimes close up and, sadly, sometimes way too far away. My best friend, administrative assistant, partner, and high school sweetheart all live with me and go by the same name: Adele. She and I are part of a relationally-focused, small group based Church family that helps us along spiritual quest. Our boys are both grown now. We have a wonderful daughter-by-marriage and 2 truly GRANDchildren... 1 boy and 1 girl. We are Corgi people and now oversee the care of 1 spoiled Corgi puppy named Elly May. I am a devoted fan of 2 'seasons' in each year: Christmas and baseball!! At my house, a Christmas tree goes up somewhere within days of the close of the Fall Classic (baseball lingo for the World Series) and a Christmas tree stays up all the way through Spring Training. In between it is non-stop celebration of the Incarnation. I live in the Mid-Atlantic part of the U.S.A. and, among other things, work as a coach and consultant with an incredibly diverse network of churches that make up the BCMD. My Church-roots are in the Baptist bucket of the Christian ice cream shop. But, just because I have a favorite flavor, doesn't mean I don’t like them all! I do. I work with things like soul care & leadership development of pastor/pastoral team members; with small, simple, organic models of church life; with relational strategies of spiritual formation; and with the health of the Church. I taught at New Orleans seminary for a decade and have served in local churches for 30 years. I am currently part of the faculty of Rockbridge Seminary – a new kind of seminary for a new kind of Church – where I also play a role on the Academic Council. *I am obliged to note that questions, comments, ideas, views,... just about anything you read here, are mine, and not those of BCMD, RS, any other organization or school I work for, or those of most normal people. Thanks for visiting. Come back again.
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