And Jesus said to them, "Follow me and I will make you fish for people." (Mark 1:17 NRSV)
A few years ago, I heard a story about a fisherman who was very successful in catching lots of fish. Then one day there came a man who was curious about how the fisherman was able to catch so many fish, so he got to know the fisherman and ask him if he could go fishing with him. The fisherman said lets go. When they climbed into the fishing boat the man became even more curious about the success of the fisherman, because he saw no fishing gear. The only thing he saw was a rusty old tackle box in the corner of the boat.

Well, when they finally got to the fisherman's special fishing cove. The fisherman opened the old tackle box and pulled out a stick of dynamite. He lite it and threw it into the water. There was such a huge blast that the two men where almost knocked out of the boat, but soon some fish started floating to the top of the water. The fisherman started picking up all the fish and putting them in the boat. The man in the boat got out his wallet and told the fisherman that he was under arrest and showed him his Game Warden badge.

The fisherman seemed to be unmoved and got another sick of dynamite out of the rusty old tackle box. He lite it then handed it to the Game Warden and said, "Now are you going to sit there or are you going to fish."

That is our call as well!

Dear God, may I be a good fisherman of your people, as I share your hope and love. In Jesus name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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