I don’t often look at Facebook. The propaganda spewing unchecked is too awful. I tried to delete my page and failed. So, once in a while I look. It is like looking at some circus sideshow freakishness. Yesterday, I looked. I was rewarded.
My reward was a post written by Mr. Archer. You may know him. He’s the fellow that is blessed with the latest gear provided by the most pious supplier and whose archery performance remains superior because of his unparalleled support from God.
God has provided Mr. Archer has some extremely expensive gear. Excluding his stabilizers I looked up the price of his bow, sight, scope and arrows. The package price: $2588.98. The bow, a compound, is the 2021 edition. Along with the bow he’s “blessed” to now have a new sight, scope and arrows.
Mr. Archer posted one if his practice session’s results. No doubt it was excellent! Not perfect but pretty close using Vegas scoring and relating it to USA Archery scoring on a 3-spot. Nevertheless, pretty impressive.
Mr. Archery is, also, a “Pro” archer with a number of sponsors! Perhaps, this guy is really good. So, I checked. You know finding results of archery performances are not difficult. What turned out to be amazing is that he was a rare find and a winless one at that! It seems his “Pro” sponsorships are based on his potential and perhaps God’s recommendation.
Mr. Archery is indeed blessed not with one $1549.99 bow but two. He has one for target archery and one for 3D. Obviously, I attend the wrong church. Clearly, neither God nor Jesus has been so inclined to provide me with cash or sponsorships to subsidize $3099.98 in brand new 2021 bows. Heck, it was all I could do to get permission from my wife to purchase a $249.99 Olympic recurve bow.
Now, to be fair to Mr. Archery and God, I admit I do have two compound bows. Their combined price was $1398.00 spread over six years. Both are similar models made by the same manufacturer. Neither, the Shaker 5000 or the Decelerate remains on the market.
The Shaker 5000 was notorious for rattling limbs so hard they would crack and the Decelerate lost parts every few thousand arrows. Both were introductory bows and I expect the maker never expected anyone purchasing those bows would shoot over 3000 arrows per year.
I understand, from Mr. Archer’s posts on Facebook, his new bows are very forgiving. I’ve never really understood how a bow can forgive an archer. I expect my current $249.99 bow is simply shy and quiet around those big money bows. If it had emotions or empathy enough to forgive it likely feels a little dejected next to all those prouder more forgiving bows.
Now, Mr. Archer does offer advice beyond how one makes the best sublimation to God via Facebook in order to get the most bang for your prayers (and as such become Blessed). He further points out that it is currently time to get ready for the indoor archery season. In fact, he makes this recommendation a full six days before his first announced indoor competition.
On Facebook he reveals to all that might read his post that he has spent a couple of hours practicing to get ready. I can only suppose with God and Jesus on his side that is ample practice. His sponsors are fortunate to have such a hard working athlete to inspire others to run out and purchase their forgiving bow.
I’ve often wondered how an individual athlete seeks heavenly support for victory. Would a prayer be like, “Oh Lord, give me the strength and skill to vanquish my competition?” Or, “Dear God, help the beat everyone here today.” Or, “Sweet Jesus, help me performance my best in order to win.” Maybe it is good enough to type “Amen” and forward Mr. Archer’s prayer on Facebook. I haven’t tried that, yet.
No such prayers would ever be in my thoughts and being blessed with two new bows remains absent for me. I remain simpler, “Lord, help me be a good example and let me help others where it is needed and help me to treat folks with kindness.” That prayer too often fails. I miss a lot and not just when it comes to shooting arrows.