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Saturday, May 31, 2014
May 29, 2014
Today's Photograph . . . . Not A Pike, But A Trout Beauty (MQ)
Bible Study Verse
Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. (NIV)
Thoughts A couple of summers ago, my son and I went on our first Canadian fishing trip. We had been planning this trip for quite awhile with some extended family and were excited about finally getting the chance to land some northern pike.
Well, our first morning out fishing was going to prove to be difficult to top. We anchored our boat near a rock island and my son threw out his first cast. Immediately, he had a fish on and started reeling it in. It wasn't a huge fish, but at least it was a nice start to the day. He reeled it up to the surface, and we could see that it was a walleye.
As he continued to reel the fish over to the boat, a nice northern pike came up out of the deep water and nailed the walleye. The fight was on! The leisurely reel turned into an epic battle between my son and this northern. After a few minutes of fighting with it, my son was able to get the pike up to the side of the boat where we netted it and brought it in--with both the walleye and the northern on! That northern was never on the hook. He simply had bit the walleye on the side and absolutely refused to let go! The first cast of the trip accounted for a "2 fer" - one hook, two fish.
Many times our focus is on me - my salvation, my God, my Lord, and my church. The reality is that faith is bigger than my personal experiences with God. When God looks at a man within a family, he desires a "2 fer."
The salvation and faith of a dad is supposed to be passed on to the next generation by him. One faith, two generations or more.
Action Point As outdoorsmen, we understand the value of passing on an outdoors legacy to our children. It's up to us to pass on the traditions and the fun of being out in the wild. We also need to recognize that it's up to us to pass on the Christian faith to our children and grandchildren.
Ultimately, the Holy Spirit has to draw each person to Himself; but we have been given the privilege of teaching our children about Jesus. It's God's plan--a "2 fer."
Sportsmen's Tip of the Day Fish just love to eat leeches. The problem is that leeches love to attach themselves to people while they are in the water. If you get a leech attached to you, pour salt on it, and then you can pick it off.