I’ve been thinking about writing a book of my fishing stories. Some of them are not very long. Maybe I’ll just write one every now and then on this blog.
The first time I went fishing was in the spring when I was nine years old. My grandpa took me fishing on the banks of the Mattaponi River. He bought me a Zebo push-button reel. I remember him casting his spinning reel out and winding it in. He showed me how to push the button on my reel and let the button loose when I cast it. I didn’t do so well.
He could throw his line across the river, and I can remember when a fish hit his lure. He gave me his pole and talked me through winding and playing the fish all the way in. It was a shad, one of those large whites of old. I was hooked for life!
I was determined to learn how to cast my rod. I never did throw it out on that day, but the Lord blessed me with a fish that hit my line close to the bank. I struggled with it and got it to the bank. Another fisherman netted it just as it unhooked itself. He said I had to touch it. Everyone there praised me.
I still go shad fishing in the spring, but the shad have gotten smaller and there are less of them. The water used to boil with them. I still have a lure in its package just like the one I caught my first fish on. It’s a Hildebrandt’s Shad King lure made by John J. Hildebrandt Corp. in Logansport, Indiana, since 1899. It says on the package, “We Sold Your Grandfather.” There are two lures in the package, size no. 2RN. Two lures in one package! Those were the days!
Recently my wife and I attended a church banquet. It started late. I kept thinking that the banquet in heaven will be on time. We did enjoy talking to friends who we don’t see often. That was the best part of the evening. I was thinking of all the Bible characters who I would like to talk to in heaven; after talking with Jesus, of course. I read so much about them, I feel that I know them.
The banquet food was pretty skimpy. That turned out to be a good thing as it was not very tasty. The sherbet, with one raspberry on top, was the best part. Too bad it was such a small serving. Mostly, the whole experience was very disappointing. It was made even worse by knowing that it was super expensive.
The banquet that God has planned for us in heaven will not be disappointing. There will be a long table of food that will be of exceptional quality. We will be able to eat our fill. It will be free for all those who have accepted Jesus as their personal Savior. So you will know that everyone who is there will have Christ’s character.
The Bible says in Matthew 22:14 where it talks about the wedding feast, “Many are called, but few are chosen.”
The beginning on many banquets will start when Jesus comes back to Earth and takes us to heaven. A better life is promised for us!
It’s amazing how sin isn’t called sin anymore. People have been brainwashed to use different words. And people want to force their opinions on others. They use politics and even deadly force. But that is nothing new.
I don’t believe in being politically correct. I call things as I understand them, but I would never force people to do as I do. God gave us freedom of choice. He also gave us the consequences of our choices.
I choose to glorify God with my life. Let Him be seen in me. I choose to honor God and share His truth in my part of the world. That way the world will be lightened with His glory. Yes, people will be against me. Persecution will come as it has always come in the past. We do live in this world, but we don’t have to choose to follow sin. There is a better life promised and a better world, also, with true love–even if people see things differently.
It is good to see a married couple come together after an argument because they truly love each other. We need to remember that the world doesn’t revolve around us, but it should revolve around Christ.
I keep thinking about Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. They were the only ones left standing when Nebuchadnezzar had his statue. Of all the other Israelites that were there and the other people, they chose to follow God’s commands. It is so interesting that people couldn’t wait to tell King Nebuchadnezzar.
In this world, we don’t need to be politically correct. We can choose to shine for God!
At this time of the year, I want to thank those who bought my books. Your comments were encouraging as well as your advice to make my writing better. This is a new talent that God has given me late in my life, and getting the books out there has been easier than I thought. When I first started, I didn’t know what I was doing. I asked no one and basically kept what I was doing a secret. The Holy Spirit led the whole way. This has become something that I enjoy doing and never knew that it was in me. Even doing these blogs has helped me in writing.
My next book, By Design, will be out next year. This is the story of Brenda who strikes out on her own. She is led by God but doesn’t realize it at first. It completes the set of four books based on Dan Stanley. While all four books are connected, each one can stand alone. You’ll want to read them all to understand the complete story.
I especially want to thank my wife, Badona. She has edited and co-authored throughout. I couldn’t have done it without her!