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Topic: Fishing (06/07/04)

TITLE: Going Fishing
By carol elliott


About two weeks ago, I wanted some down time, so I sat down to watch some television. As I turned to the Christian station, there was a message being preached about being fisherís of men. I decided to listen and digest every word that was being preached. The Pastor kept repeating, Ďare you fishing?í He certainly got my attention.

I must admit there are times when I feel that I am not fishing. I work in a Christian school and I drive to work daily, so I really I donít have much contact each day with the outside world.

The next morning as I got up and went to prayer, I repented asking the Lord to help me not to loose focus, that I was a fisherman. I asked the Lord to please give me opportunities to be a fisherman.. I felt the Lord spoke to my heart like only he can, Ďgo fishing in your school; theyíre many fish there. As I sat meditating on Godís word, I asked the Lord to help me not to hinder anyone from coming to him.

Because I work in this sort of an environment, (a Christian school), I am reminded so often, that there are many children whose hearts are cold to the things of God. Many of these children have been raised in a Godly environment, but when it comes to being sold out for God, I see far and few. So I am praying, ĎLord, make children, teenagers, and young adults hearts sensitive to the things of God. Draw them to you Lord.í

As adults we need to go fishing for the children, if we donít, Sharks will come along and eat them up. The Lord told Peter to be a fisher of men. I know sometimes the last thing we may want to do is to go fishing, I know not ever catch will be overjoyed with the idea of being caught, but I cannot for one minute forget the command that was given. My job as a child of God is is obedient to what God has commanded me to do.

Fishing isnít always easy, it involves work, but God tells us just to open our mouths, he will fill it. Sometimes I can become lazy, but then I am reminded of what Jesus did on Calvary and then I am able to refocus once again.

How many fish will the Holy Spirit allow to come into my net? That is up to the Holy Spirit. My job is to keep throwing out my net. Sometimes I may only catch one fish; someday I may catch several fish. Itís up to God how many fish I catch..

Member Comments
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Marie B. Corso06/14/04
The Pastor kept repeating, Ďare you fishing?í He certainly got my attention.

I thought that would have made a good and powerful opening sentence to your good article. Good thoughts here! Well thought out.
Oh, and no need to capitalize Sharks. "My job is to keep throwing out my net." That's a great line.
Lynne Gaunt06/16/04
Good topic, and you kept a clear focus throughout. I especially like the advice: "God tells us just to open our mouths, he will fill it". Nice job.
Melanie Kerr 06/17/04
A nice article. I liked the bit about sharks eating our children.
L.M. Lee06/19/04
it is easy to get comfortable in our own little world and forget about the "world" - good reminder.
Marcell Billinghurst06/19/04
A great article, a good reminder to minister and share God's love with us in our daily lives, instead of waiting for the big opportunities, to say. "Lord, I am willing, use me where ever I am, and through my daily tasks each day. "Well done.