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THERE IS A FINE LINE BETWEEN FISHING AND SITTING THERE LOOKING STUPID

By the late Pastor Bob Moody

You’re driving down the road and notice a basically regular looking fellow on the bank of the river staring intently into the water. You immediately wonder what’s wrong with him. He isn’t moving. It doesn’t appear he’s attempting to accomplish anything. He’s not reading a book or even playing with a hand-held electronic toy or talking on his cell phone. He doesn’t look intelligent enough to be contemplating the meaning of the universe or the Theory of Relativity. You don’t want to be mean, but you just assume the poor boy’s elevator ain’t making it to the top.

Just about the time you come to your conclusion, you look out into the middle of the river. Instantly, your poor opinion changes! The simpleton of a minute before is now a driven, focused individual with great patience and perseverance. What caused you to change your mind? You saw what he was focused on – the bobber attached to his fishing line out in the river. What we focus on – what we have fixed our sights on – defines who we are.

In the twelfth chapter of Hebrews, we read these words, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.” The Christian is to be focused on not only what Christ has done for us (author of our faith) but also on what He wants from us (perfecter of our faith). To do this, we must follow the writer’s admonition in the same passage, “Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

My life is to be defined by my obedience to the direction of the Holy Spirit of God. To do so, I must, like that fisherman, concentrate on God and what He has called me to do. All else will take me off track. Others may not see the object of my focus, but like that fisherman, I will know what I’m about and what I’m doing.

Lord, help me to throw off sin and focus on You. I want to get so close to You that people can’t help but see You in me.

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Kurt J. Kolka grew up in the small community of Grayling, Mich., near the forested AuSable River. After majoring in English at college, he began a career in writing and newspapers spanning more than two decades. In his spare time he creates a Christian comic strip, The Cardinal, which has a 28-year history of publication. He has also authored a book, “Bullying is No Laughing Matter” (Front Edge Publications, Ann Arbor, Mich., 2014) and is working on his first novel. Kurt and his wife Diane have been married for more than 25 years and have one daughter, Rebekah, and an overprotective dog, Alli. Of life, Kurt says, “Life is never dull with God at the steering wheel, but, man, does He have a lead foot!” More about Kurt and his musings may be found at www.betweenthepines.org.

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