Monday, March 11, 2013

March 11, 2013   

Today's Photograph . . . .  Bitten By The Bass Fishing Bug (MQ)
Bible Study Verse
Luke 1:1-2
Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us,  just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. (NIV)

Way back in the 70s I was bitten by the bass fishing bug big time time. I joined BASS and attended all the seminars put on by fishing professionals. I purchased all the bass fishing magazines available, even a few books on the subject, and mined the information to make me a better angler.

One of the things the anglers in the know always brought up was keeping journals or notes of every fishing trip they made, good or bad. Record everything . . . where you fished, location on the lake where you fished, date, high and low temperatures, barometric pressure rising or falling, fish caught, when the fish were caught, lures used, time of day when they were caught, etc.

The professionals stressed if an angler did this after every trip, after a period of time recording these the notes on a trip, you would become a better bass angler. Of course, the bass fanatic that I was, I bought a notebook and started recording my fishing trips.

Great idea, and it did work. But, I had to discipline myself to make the entries the same day of the trip. I have to admit, sometimes I was too busy, or for some other reason the recording wasn't entered.
(Tom B)

Action Point
Luke 1:1-3 is such a simple couple of verses. Luke is identifying himself to those who read in the future what he has witnessed.

Do you keep a journal of the good and bad things that have happened in your life each day? If not a written account, how about a mental rehashing at the end of the day before you go to sleep?

Recall what happened during the day. Thank the Lord for each thing that happened and each person that He put in your path. Pray for that person. Don't forget the bad things. Ask the Lord for forgiveness when you tripped and fell in your daily walk; thank Him for helping you get back up, forgiving what you did wrong.

Journaling, and/or mentally reviewing your day will make you a better person.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Purchase a small notebook that will fit in your tackle box, glove box on your boat, or your car or truck. Keep it in a zip top bag to keep it safe from the elements. Don't forget a pencil or pen. Record what happened through the trip. Some outdoors people like to transfer the recorded  data to an electronic journal once they are home.

FisherMan' and Fish Swami's Online Fishing Log offer free electronic fishing log services.