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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Gone Fishing (02/01/07)

TITLE: Learning to Love Fishing
By Kathy Bruins
02/02/07


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Fishing was not my favorite pastime when I was young. Sitting still for more than two minutes at a time was a challenge for me. Needless to say, we didn’t catch many fish for they were easily scared away by my constant movement. Then there was the stink to deal with when cleaning the fish. It was really gross to clean the guts out. I never could get a slimy worm on the hook either. All in all, the whole fishing experience was “yucky” to me.

Jesus proposed to Simon and Andrew that He would make them fishers of men. When you think about it, Simon and Andrew had dirty and stinky careers as fishermen. They most likely were uneducated and crude in manner. Would they scare the “fish” away?

As Jesus worked with the brothers, and the other disciples, it became apparent that these men became more than qualified to cast their nets to a lost and hurting world. Jesus shared His life with them, and loved them unconditionally. The fisherman bloomed to become a beautiful and attractive scent, pleasing to God. They gave the remainder of their lives to fishing. Their nets became full to the point of bursting. Fishing for men became their passion.

When walking with Jesus, you can’t help but become passionate for that in which He is passionate.

Sometimes fishing does bring me to a place that is unpleasant. There may be sickness, sin, death, smells, dirt…you know…yucky, but the aroma of Jesus Christ seeps through my crevices, when I am obedient, and changes things either for the situation or my attitude…perhaps both.

I prepare my fishing rod (the Bible) and my hook (the Holy Spirit) for an unending adventure searching for fishing holes in the wilderness. My Father and I are gone fishing.


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Marilyn Schnepp 02/11/07
Such a lovely and beautiful thought; and done in such a short, sweet and to the point way. I really loved this little devotional, it got my brain cells to working; thanks for sharing. Loved it!