"As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 'Come, follow me,' Jesus said, 'and I will send you out to fish for people.' At once they left their nets and followed him." -Matthew 4: 18-20
Maybe it was another one of those bad days fishing. Why else would Peter and Andrew drop their nets so quickly to follow after a man whom they had just met; a man named Jesus. The fish must not have been biting.
A while back, when my son Michael was a young boy, he and I were fishing at a friend's pond in Mississippi. Michael set his pole down and replied that he was done fishing. My friend, Doug Boone, asked Michael why he was stopping and Michael replied he was done because he wasn't catching any fish. Doug looked Michael in the eyes for a teaching moment and said, "If fishing were easy Michael they would call it catching."
As disciples of Christ, we are all called to be fishers of men and women and let's face it, the catching takes a lot more patience and perseverance.
Well, I want to tell you about a fun way to be a fisherman/woman that has the potential to reap a large catch. My friend and fly fishing mentor, Joe Araoz, has developed an incredible outing for becoming both fishers of trout and people! Joe has arranged with the owners of Fern Valley in Clarkesville, Georgia to host a monthly outing where half of the proceeds go back to JCPC Missions! Each month, four fishermen/women will sign out to go fly fishing; complete with a guide who will provide all the gear and teach and mentor. Joe says that this Fly Fishing Mission will change the world one fish at a time!
Not only is this mission outing a wonderful way to raise mission funds and share great fellowship, it also allows you to invite a friend so that you can introduce them to JCPC.
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Prayer for Today
Call us anew to be your disciples, O Lord, so that we might lay down our nets and follow you. Amen.