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Topic: Gone Fishing (02/01/07)
TITLE: Soul Catching
By Lori Lochner
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When I was a kid, my parents took me fishing quite often, mostly river fishing, but occasionally lake fishing and for each location we used different techniques for catching the fish. It was something my parents enjoyed doing together and there were many lessons we learned along the way. For example, don’t move your pole, sit as still as you can so the fish will bite, be very quiet or you will scare the fish away, if the bobber goes beneath the water there is a fish biting and you better grab that pole and pull back on it quickly to snag the fish, certain kinds of bait caught different kinds of fish, and the list goes on. My siblings and I used to spend hours at a local pond behind our country home while growing up and we would catch bluegills by the dozens. We would use night crawlers for our bait and it seemed to work well for catching bluegills. When my dad would get home from work he would clean them and Mom would cook them for supper and we always were elated that we helped with supper on those nights.
So much of the technique of fishing is true when one is fishing for souls. I think it is vital that one be still and have a quiet spirit so as not to chase one away, but to warm them to you. It is important to seek what will open the heart of an individual you are working with because every human being is different in what they have experienced in life and what touches ones heart will not touch another’s. Figuring out the key to opening a heart is vital in bringing them to Jesus. And in sharing ones faith or life experiences and giving examples of how God has helped you and if by doing so it snags another soul for Jesus and brings them to a saving grace, the reward is in knowing there will be another soul to share heaven with and God’s great feast. On the other hand, sometimes catching souls for Jesus takes much patience and prayer, as it is with fishing for fish. Sometimes a fish will chew off the worm or chub you have on your line – like taking the bait – as it is with fishing for souls – sometimes God uses you to feed the soul and another fisherman comes along and makes the catch. But joy in the journey and process, because whether fishing for fish or mankind, there are lessons for even the fisherman.
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