Monday, February 3, 2014

February 1 , 2014   

Today's Photograph . . . . It May Be That's How We Should Try Fishing For Men, By Letting Them See Us Living For Jesus  (Marshal M)  
Bible Study Verses
Matthew 4:18-19
And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." (NKJV)
With the Silver Salmon running and the pristine afternoon conditions, my friends and I enjoyed treasured, prime Alaskan fishing. We were wading along the river while casting toward the opposite bank as the fish passed through. 
The borrowed open faced reel gave one friend a struggle. Another friend and I approached to lend a helping hand. The struggling Samoan explained, "I have never used a rod and reel before." 
We were stunned as he had earlier stated he was an accomplished fisherman. 
He went on to explain that he had always used a spear to wade fish in coastal lagoons on his island home and he was a good spear fisherman. 
After a quick lesson in the operation of an open faced reel he was casting almost as good as the best of us out there! The years of spear fishing seemed to have given him the needed excellent hand-to-eye coordination. He caught fish in no time. 
(Marshall M)

Action Point
Jesus told Peter and Andrew he would show them how to fish for men. We often have people in our lives that we want to lead to the Lord and are often frustrated that we can't reel them in. We've used all the right baits and techniques and still nothing much ever changes. 
What we sometimes forget is that Jesus taught by letting his disciples see Him live a righteous and holy life. It may be that's how we should try fishing for men, by letting them see us living a holy life. 
That's one way to teach a new skill, watch someone else practice what they are a teaching. Let your life be the teaching lesson to your friends.

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
A good way to teach people to fish is in the back yard. Take a washer and tie it to the end of your line and set up targets in the yard. Learning how to cast accurately and deal with obstacles that you might encounter at the lake or river will really improve their casting ability. It will be good practice for you also.