"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others." --Philippians 2:3-4
It’s amazing to me how quickly summer vacation has passed. I had promised the grandchildren at the beginning of it that I would take them fishing. Several days ago, I realized that next week they would be going back to school. As a grandparent, I try to keep my promises, so yesterday, we all went fishing at Kuhn’s pond which is close by. I had picked up some fishing poles at a yard sale several years ago, so there would be a pole for each of them.
I spent some time in preparation putting hooks, sinkers, and bobbers on each one. I then went to a bait shop and purchased some worms and loaded everything into the car. Now I was ready to fish. Then I thought no, they were ready to fish. When you have four young people who have never held a pole in their hand, I realized there would be no fishing for me.
Here are some of the comments that I heard while they were fishing:
“Papaw, would you throw the line out for me.”
“Would you bait my hook for me?”
“Those are some big worms.”
“Does it hurt when you hook them?”
“My hook is caught in my t-shirt.”
“I’m bored, so when are they going to bite?”
“Would you bait my hook again?”
“My line is stuck.”
“Would you get the hook out my fish.”
“I can’t cast it far enough, help me.”
Each of these comments was repeated about three or four times. To my amazement, everyone caught at least one fish, some several. Even though I, myself, didn’t catch anything, I was happy that everyone else had a good experience.
I think a church family can operate the same way. Jesus wants us to be fishers of men, and we need to develop programs to help us do that. We all have different talents and positions within the church that the Lord has given each of us. A lot of preparation goes into a vision that a member sees that can add to the benefit of us all. There can be setbacks, but the important thing is that the goal will eventually be accomplished and that the celebration will include everyone, even those who weren’t involved.
During our fishing experience I heard Linda singing, “I will make you fishers of men, if you follow me.” That’s what it’s all about!
Next men’s breakfast:
Saturday, September 24th, 8 a.m.
Ma Maw’s Diner, Baltimore