Sunday, September 22, 2013

September 17, 2013   

Today's Photograph . . . . Do Not Leave Behind Your Christian Faith And Principles When You Go Trout Fishing  (Herb C) 
Bible Study Verses
Proverbs 4: 25-27
Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left;  keep your foot from evil. (NIV)
As you were growing up, how many times did you hear, "Look where you are going." That sentence conveys a strong message for a fly fisherman when he is wading a stream or river. 

I was nine years old when my father hired a professional fishing guide to teach us how to read trout waters, and his first comment was, "Look, before you take your first step. Locate a path for good footing, then look for trout. Learn to trust the Lord and visually appreciate His creation; for not everyone has this opportunity to witness the splendor of a trout stream." 
Years later I attended a two-day fly fishing seminar conducted by one of the West's foremost trout fishing guides. He encouraged, "When entering and fishing a trout stream, a fly fisherman should spend seventy-five percent of his time looking for trout and twenty-five percent of his casting to the fish."
(Carl B)

Action Point
Trust in the Lord, for He was the greatest fisherman. Do not leave behind your Christian faith and principles when you go trout fishing. 
The winner is not the person who catches the biggest trout nor the most. The one who demonstrates his faith and principles, and shares these virtues with his fishing companions becomes a winner.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
Always wear polarized glasses when wading a trout stream. These lenses help you look beneath the surface and select the best path for footing, avoiding boulders, potholes and other tripping hazards.