Fishing for Squirrel

They profess to know God, but they deny him by their actions – Titus 1:16

fishing-7My dad did what any good father would do; he taught us five girls how to fish. How I loved to go fishing as a teenager! I’d beg my dad to take me out on the lake in our boat every chance I got.  

We’d fish for black bass which fed near the shore around partially submerged felled trees. The trick was to cast out your line as close to the base of the tree limbs as possible. The only problem was, I hadn’t quite learned how to get my line that close without getting it snagged in the branches.

“Fishing for squirrel?” my dad would jokingly tease whenever he saw me trying to free my line from one tangled mess or another.

I wonder if our walk with the Lord ever looks like we are “fishing for squirrel”. Do our actions ever make people wonder what exactly it is we are trying to do? We profess to know and serve God, but are there times when our actions speak otherwise? Do we constantly find ourselves in one mess after another?

We are to press on toward the goal for the prize for which God has called us (Philippians 3:14). Keeping this goal continually before us helps us to avoid becoming entangled in life’s affairs. It reminds us to refrain from questionable behavior and to live in a way that brings glory to God.

PRAYER: Jesus, be Lord over our thoughts,  feelings, words, and actions. We want everything we say and do to line up with your Word so we may be a blessing to others and glorify You. Amen.

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