Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Matthew 4:19 "...and I will make you fishers of men."

Deep Sea Fishing... for?
On the pier getting ready to head out!
     This past weekend I joined 41 other men (most of us members of a family fitness gym, where Diane and I have connected for 3 years) on the annual fishing trip. This was my 2nd time, having missed last year due to furlough in Canada.
One of the 3 boats
     As things would turn out both times the group was divided up on 3 different boats, which leads to a competition to see which boat can bring in the most/biggest catch. 2 years ago my boat 'won', and this year I was also on the 'winning' boat. Both times I have been 'accused' of cheating! It has been suggested that I have an unfair advantage - being connected to the 'boss upstairs'. I have responded to that comment by suggesting that that connection is available to all of us.
The winners... with our catch... a Marlin! I'm 2nd from left, back row
     More to the point of my participation. As a follower of Christ, someone who really wants to be a disciple, to have my life reflect a relationship of obedience to Christ, I care about the people I have come to know and become friends with. It could be said that, in many cases, my lifestyle is quite different than that of some of the guys I connect with. BUT, I'm reminded of Jesus' willingness to reach out to the world, a world of hurting, broken, and less than righteous people. It can get messy at times, but if you need safety you may as well not get out of bed in the morning! Or, don't leave the safety of your church sanctuary. I believe that we are called to be 'in the world' but not 'off the world'. That can be a tricky balance to maintain, but it seems to suggest connecting without contaminating.
The entire team... lunch after fishing
at the villas where we stayed for the weekend

     As you might guess, this isn't an environment where everyone would be comfortable. Often these events feature excessive drinking, language, and 'un-sanctified conversation'. BUT, is this not also where the salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16) are needed? My prayer is that my life will reflect Christ to others, with the intent of drawing them to Him. That also means that I need to be 'different', while at the same time showing love and true friendship...


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