Tuesday, February 7, 2012

February 7, 2012   

Today's Photograph . . . . However, There Are Other People You Don't Usually Talk To  (Janet B)
Bible Study Verse
Ephesians 4:10
He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe. (NIV)

John and Paula attended the same church as my wife, Ann, and I. John and I gravitated toward each other as magnets to iron because we both loved to bass fish. Whenever we met at church, bass fishing somehow got into the conversation.

Neither of us had a boat, but he had an old seven-horsepower outboard motor. We would use my vehicle and his motor, head for our favorite marina that we knew rented flat-bottomed boats, and spend an evening bass fishing. On the way home we always stopped at a Dairy Queen to get steak finger baskets and talk about the trip. It was just something we did as friends.

Another part of life that we shared were the moves each of us has made. John and Paula moved around a lot, as we did. Every time, we helped each other move furniture and boxes to our new destinations.

Bob is another fishing buddy of mine. He and I share fishing holes and stories whenever and wherever we can. One of the things I appreciate about him is that whenever there is a need, you don't have to ask him for help. He and his wife, Bev, are there for us.
(Tom B)

Action Point
I have been blessed with some great friends. John went home to be with the Lord a few years back. Although he is not around to share bass fishing trips with me, I like to imagine that he is scouting out the bass fishing for me in Heaven, waiting until I join him. He has the outboard motor all ready to go.

Everybody needs friends, whether they are fishing buddies or not. A friend is someone you can tell stories with and listen to theirs. A friend is someone you can share good times with as well as the bad ones. They are there to lift you up when you need help and you are there to help them when they need a lift.

Sometimes the Lord puts people in your path towards whom you just naturally gravitate. However, there are other people you don't usually talk to. Go beyond the "Hi, how are you?" and get to know them. Who knows--maybe they have the outboard motor and need someone to take them fishing.

Sportsmen's Devotions
Share a fishing or hunting trip with somebody. Share the cost of the trip, especially the cost of gas. Share fishing tackle. If you have some lures you never use, give them to somebody who might be really excited to receive them. Someday you can share fishing trip memories with them.