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Topic: Fishing (06/07/04)

TITLE: Fishing for Compliments
By Lana Fletcher
06/10/04

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“Fishing”

The dictionary gives two definitions of fishing.

1. To catch or try to catch fish.

I have never caught a fish or even tried to catch a fish so it would be hard for me to write about it, since fiction is not my style.

Two of the idioms listed under fishing describe my experience with fishing for fish. I am like a fish out of water--completely unfamiliar with one's surroundings or activity and I feel like I have other fish to fry--other matters to attend to.

But the second definition I do all the time.

2. To seek something in a sly or indirect way, to seek to draw forth: fish for compliments.

When I get my hair styled and wear a special outfit, I am fishing for a compliment.

When I cook a tasty meal, I am fishing for a compliment.

When I point out something good I’ve done, I am fishing for a compliment.

When I help someone, I am fishing for a compliment.

When I do my best in a class, I am fishing for a compliment.


When I write this story, I am fishing for a compliment!


But when I spend time with God all I have to do is believe to receive His “Well done, good and faithful servant.” In fact His rule is “No Fishing Allowed.”


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Corinne Smelker 06/14/04
I think you might be a little hard on yourself!! Do you truly always cook in order to get a compliment? I hope not, otherwise what would happen if you no longer needed the compliments? Would you and your family go hungry? :)
Lana Fletcher06/14/04
I should have let people know I was writing this 'tongue-in-cheek' as how we tend to be. I know nothing about fishing so just tried to think of something to write.

Thanks for your comment. Yes, with Jesus' help He does change our motives.

Lana
Melanie Kerr 06/15/04
Well done! It is always a challenge to write about something we have no experience about! I like God's "No Fishing" notice.
Donna Smith06/15/04
I loved this! Humility in his presence, was well presented. And just for the record (which I may regret) I did stop cooking b/c of no compliments, which made me feel horrible; started "cooking" for the Lord, and now I get compliments! :)
Thanks for this article.
Lynne Gaunt06/16/04
Your introduction was very clever. I liked how you showed us what you don't know to emphasize what you do! I got the tongue-in-cheek tone of your article, and enjoyed it. Thanks!
Karen O'Leary06/18/04
I really liked this piece. It is creative and fun. Thank you for sharing it.
L.M. Lee06/19/04
no fishing allowed...just being one-on-one with the Master. Nice thoughts.
Marcell Billinghurst06/19/04
I enjoyed your article, this is a subject many of us could identify with. It is a lesson we all need to learn to do things for God's glory not our own. Keep writing and God bless you.