Added: Aleece Kavanagh - Date: 27.06.2021 10:38 - Views: 40624 - Clicks: 4654
One thing we know about Jesus is that he had a deep passion for fishing. You may remember how on two different occasions Jesus used just a few small fish to feed thousands. In Matthew 14 he feeds people. In Matthew 15 he feeds people. On another occasion Jesus was questioned about paying the two-drachma temple tax.
He said, "Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.
Some of you might want to take notes since it is income tax time. As we speak, there are men out in the hot water ditch by the power plant fishing for tax money. They are deeply dedicated, Bible-believing men! Of course, one my favorite fishing stories is found in Luke That was when Jesus called his first disciples. Several of his first followers, seven of the twelve, were commercial fishermen! That says it all right there!
He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, 'Put out into deep water and let down the nets for a catch. But because you say so, I will let down the nets. So they aled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full they began to sink.
That Jesus sure knew how to bring them in! No one could out-fish Jesus! You could tell people you caught a boat-load of fish, only not be lying.
Or better yet you could tell people, "I just saved a boat-load of money on eternal life insurance. Jesus was fishing passionately for men who could influence other men's eternal destinies. Jesus loved fishing. But just what type of fishing was he passionate about? I always found it curious that Jesus chose fishermen to be in his inner circle of leaders. These were rugged individualists. They were adventurous outdoorsmen who were mostly uneducated. They were grunts. They were as tough as nails. They were full of testosterone. They had dirt under their fingernails and in their blood.
These were real men! I believe the answer rests mostly in their chosen occupation; fishing. There are eerie similarities between human nature with all its idiosyncrasies and fishing. Because they were effective fishermen, they could also be effective shapers of destiny.
They were ahead of the learning curve. They could apply some of the same principles they employed in fishing for fish to the job of fishing for men. Fishermen generally do not take the risk of being under-prepared and fishermen generally do not take the risk of being over-prepared. There is a certain science to fishing. They methodically study the species of fish they want to catch. They research. They read. They practice. They take notes.
They spend time listening and watching other fishermen. They go to seminars. I love the quote in the video clip where the guy says, "I need three more years to begin thinking like a fish.
I remember a few years ago fishing along the shoreline for bass. It was late in the evening and I was just messing around. I threw my line in the water hoping for a tiny strike, but instead, some powerful creature took my line and went straight out into the deep water. Bass never do that. For several minutes I wrestled with this goliath fish.
I would get him close to shore and he would keep powering out into the deep water. It was a fish the size of my dog, if not a little bigger! Luckily, there was a man nearby who had a net and together we weighed this fish; a nineteen pound carp!
When you fish you never know what you are going to encounter. But you have to be prepared.
Sometimes while you are fishing for one species, the opportunity to catch another species arises. Sometimes you catch a stick or log, get into a snag, break your line, or have a reel go bad. Sometimes you may wind up with some big ugly snapping turtle on your line. Of course there is the other side. You can be over-prepared. There are some guys who are so busy trying to get the right equipment together that they never get around to fishing.
You can spend your entire life in a Bass Pro Shop or at Walmart and never get outdoors. This brings us to a second principle. In addition to being prepared, a fisherman must have a willingness to go fishing. Right now, I have everything I need in this boat to begin catching fish. It is important to be prepared. In that video clip the fisherman waded out into the river out to where the fish were. He was willing to step into the current and even be swept up into the current, all for the thrill of the catch. Last year I sped across the lake in my boat after a heavy rain. I settled into a cove along with a half-dozen other fishermen and did my thing.
I kept trying to make conversation with other fishermen, but they kept looking at me funny. I finished up, went back to the docks, and got more funny looks. The muddy water had splashed onto my face as I went across the lake. I was pretty cool! Fishermen understand that if you're going to fish, you're Hot guy with glasses at passion to get dirty. If you are going to catch fish, you're going to smell like a fish.
There is no way around it. Fishermen do whatever it takes and suffer whatever cost to get in proximity of the fish. They will wade out into uncertain waters. They will suffer ticks, chiggers, and mosquitos. They will brave the elements including rain, snow, ice, heat, cold, wind, waves, and poison ivy. Again, they do whatever it takes to be where the fish are.
But even at this, they know not to get too close to fish. Fish need their space. They cannot be spooked. They cannot be stressed out and over-pressured or else they prematurely close down.Hot guy with glasses at passion
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