Friday, February 14, 2014

February 8, 2014   

Today's Photograph . . . . Mahi-Mahi (Will D) 
Bible Study Verses
Luke 8:14-15
The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life's worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop. (NIV) 

The lifespan of a Mahi-Mahi, Dorado, is only about 3 years. Needless to say, they have remarkable growth rates. In fact, scientists believe it is possible for them to grow as fast as three inches per week. To do so, they cannot simply wait for meals to approach - survival and this rapid growth rate depends on their ability to devour food with speed and aggression. It is this acumen that makes them such a remarkable and acrobatic game fish. 

In the parable of sower, Jesus tells us what can hinder our spiritual growth - distractions that keep you and me from being remarkable Christians. The "thorns" that existed over 2000 years ago are still present today dubiously distracting us from spiritual growth. 
(Will D)
Action Point
Avoid life's thorns by: 
  • Devouring God's word with speed and aggression. 
  • Consuming His word daily.
  • Retaining and applying it to your daily life. 
  • Planting yourself in good soil by refusing to allow the thorns of this world to distract you. 
In doing so, you will become the person God has created you to be.
Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
When fishing the oceans for pelagic species, always scan the horizon for debris or Sargasso patches. Fish them. Recently I saw a bright green kid's pool floating that had drifted miles offshore. I didn't give it much thought until a few days later a friend called with excitement over a blue marlin he'd caught under it.