I grew up the majority of my childhood without a dad. My dad didn't walk out on me, he lost his battle with leukemia. No little boy should have to grow up without his dad. I joke that I didn't have a dad to teach me to shave so I have this gnarly beard. All joking aside it was tough. I think the toughest was going to my little league baseball games and watching the other kids warm up with their dads while I didn't have a dad to play catch with. It wasn't fair, it wasn't my choice, it wasn't right, but that's how it was.
This story from The Harvest comes to us from a teenage boy from Kentucky. "Hello my name is Shawn I am 18 years old and I love hunting more then I can express, I have seen your shows a couple times now as I am an avid hunter and always watch the hunting channel because I love the sport and love to learn and watch new things. My dad left about 9 yrs ago and I don't have anyone to show me how to hunt. I really like your show not just because its good hunting but mainly because you guys talk about God. One day when the time comes I'll believe he will look at you guys and say "well done my good and faithful servants"! I'm so glad I found your show and I have someone not only to learn from but also to look up to spiritually as well. I hope I can meet you guys someday. You have no idea how you guys have effected my life."
I relate so much to Shawn. I didn't realize it as a young man but growing up fatherless made me a sponge for manhood. I didn't know what it looked like. I'm thankful God put men in my life to show me the way. I am also thankful God allows us to be even a small influence in the life of Shawn, even if it's through his TV for thirty minutes a week. Every bit of positive influence helps.
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Author Brad Clay is the host of Final Descent Outdoors and a licensed and ordained minister in Oklahoma. Brad served for 12yrs in vocational ministry before stepping out to do full time outdoor ministry in 2013. Brad resides in Edmond, OK and is married with four children.