“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, plans to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6.
Everyone that watches even the smallest amount of College Football has heard Nick Saban speak the words “Trust the process.” This has been his mantra now for the past 12 years, which has included 5 National Championships, 6 SEC Titles, and basically every award that College Football has to offer.
I keep telling myself that if (arguably) the most successful football coach of all time believes in this phrase, I should too. Although, as a 22 year old college graduate, sometimes it’s hard to trust it. I often find myself stuck in this weird limbo of not being a college student anymore but also not being an adult either. I’m in the process of transitioning from a part-time job into a full time job but at the same time I already have full-time bills to pay. So often life seems to place you in situations where it feels like every time you take a step in the right direction, you get pushed two steps backwards and can’t seem to get out of that rut no matter what you try.
At the beginning of this year, I was preparing to finish school and graduate in May, take the LSAT, and enroll in law school to pursue a career in Corporate Law. It was a decision I often thought about and agonized over as that was the career path that I had decided was right for me years ago and never really questioned. As this became closer and closer to reality, one day it hit me that I had asked for everyone’s opinion besides the One who really mattered. As I began to pray about my future and seek out God’s will for my life I was hit with a very stark realization.
I would hate law.
I don’t want to be stuck in an office working 90 hours a week, no home life, no time to do anything but work. I refuse to allow a job to define who I am and sacrifice my happiness simply because the money is good; not to even mention that this is just not what I believe that the Lord has planned for me. There are parts of a career in the legal field that I know I would enjoy, but I realized that I was chasing a paycheck instead of chasing the Father’s will for my life and I didn’t want that to be the case. It was like Matthew 11:26 was slapping me in the face –
“For what will it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?”
So, I bailed on law school, and decided to focus on what once seemed like an unrealistic dream. I want to find a career in outdoor journalism and be able to combine my love of writing with my passion for the outdoors and be able to spread the Gospel while doing it.
Duck and Bone has provided me an amazing outlet and opportunity to be able to arrange my thoughts and express them in a way that will hopefully make sense to readers. As most of you know, I have been an outdoor fanatic for most of my life. Those of you who know me know that I drive around blowing duck calls instead of listening to the radio, and I spend way more time on a boat in places most boats can’t even go than the average person ever will. My river days in the summer center around running timber holes and shallow creeks looking for birds instead of pulling an inner tube or wake board. We train dogs and tune calls instead of riding jet skis or swimming. Some call us crazy, some call us obsessed; personally, I call us duck hunters.
The growth of this brand since it’s inception has been astronomical. I have personally watched it grow from an idea, to an Instagram page, to apparel design and production, to having a booth at Hunting Expos in major cities, and trust me – it doesn’t stop here. 2019-2020 is going to be our biggest and best season ever and we have a lot of things in the works for the next year. The Lord has blessed us abundantly with connections and opportunities to take this brand higher than ever and we cannot wait to see what all is in store for the future.
But for now, we’ll continue to trust in the Father’s will for this company, and as always,
trust the process.
– Josh Vardaman