Lessons Learned From Axe Throwing

Lessons learned from axe throwing. Is there such a thing? If this past Father’s Day is any indicator, I’d have to say, “Yes!”

For Father’s Day this year, Pilot and I went to a local axe throwing establishment with Pie and Explorer. Pilot and Pie threw axes once before, but this was Explorer and my first time.

Right off, let me say, I loved it. Two hours of hurling axes at a wooden target and scoring multiple bulls eyes? What’s not to love?

Being Father’s Day, there were many family groups along with the bearded Viking-hair-styled kilt wearers. Multigenerational, father-daughter, father-son … it was great.

So, what are the lessons?

  • If we’re gonna hit the target, we’ve gotta grab an axe, step up to the line and hurl the axe toward the target in front of us.
  • If the axe doesn’t stick the first, second, third time, we keep trying.
  • Just because we hit a bulls eye once, twice, three times, doesn’t mean we’ll hit another one the next go round. Don’t give up.
  • Don’t discount the 1s, 2s, and 3s we hit. All points big and small add up.
  • Age, gender, ethnicity, nor attire are qualifiers for hitting the target.

That said, how do we apply these lessons to our life?

  • If there’s something we want to accomplish whether it’s a life goal, spiritual goal, work goal, relationship goal, we’ve got to grab that axe, step up to the line, and throw.
  • If our first attempts hit the wall, bounce off, and land with a solid thud to the ground for all the world to hear, we pick up that axe and throw it again.
  • We may score one bulls eye, then miss the next. When that happens, we keep throwing. Keep trying.
  • Each step forward is important, no matter how small. We don’t dismiss those which seem insignificant in comparison to our overall goal.
  • What truly matters is a willingness to grab that axe, step up to the line, and give it our best shot. Repeatedly.

Have you ever gone axe throwing? What’d you think about it? Personally, I can’t wait to go again!

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I don’t mean to say I am perfect. I haven’t learned all I should even yet, but I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ saved me for and wants me to be. No, dear brothers, I am still not all I should be, but I am bringing all my energies to bear on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God is calling us up to heaven because of what Christ Jesus did for us. Philippians 3:12-14 (TLB)

I wish you well.


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