I was fortunate enough yesterday to spend time on a catwalk overlooking the Susquehanna river fishing for catfish with my son. I didn’t catch anything. I tangled my line so badly I had to restring my reel. It was hot. My feet got sunburned. I broke my line and lost a bait and weight rig, and I TOTALLY enjoyed myself!
Seriously, it was a great morning. I can’t wait to go back. I’m sure that next time I’ll “hook the big one”.
Jesus started his ministry here on earth by recruiting fisherman to join him and urging them to leave their nets to “fish for people”. There are MANY great analogies that work when it comes to comparing the work of the church with fishing, but here’s what yesterday makes me think though: It matters who you fish with.
I had a great time fishing on the river yesterday, not because conditions were great or I had great results… I enjoyed the time spent with my son. Fishing with friends and family can make a “bad day of fishing” a pretty great time!
I am grateful the group of family and friends that I “fish” with at actionchurch. We’ve had some great “catches” of the last three years. We’ve had other weeks where everything went wrong…when it seemed that no one was “biting”. That’s when doing life and church with people you enjoy being around becomes most important…it matters who you fish with.
If you are looking for a group of people to serve God with…a group of people to fish with…a group to spend life Loving God, Loving People, and Taking Action with: I don’t think you will find better that the crew of actionchurch.
18 One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew—throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. 19 Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” 20 And they left their nets at once and followed him. Matthew 4:18-20