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Teach What You Have Been Taught


As a boy I went on many fishing trips with Dad. He was never too busy to help untangle a line, straighten a backlash or tend to my hang ups. But, eventually I became proficient enough to walk along side him without tangling my line, learned to untangle my own backlashes, and free my own snags. But, I had the hardest time learning how to catch fish. I would walk about ten feet behind him and cast near the limbs in the water like he did, along submerged logs like he did, under overhanging limbs like he did, use the same bait he used, and even try to match his movements with his reel. But, he would catch bass and I would catch limbs, grass, or nothing at all. When he had caught a few fish, he would step back and watch what I was doing wrong. Sometimes, the rod tip was too high, or too low; I was reeling too fast or too slow... whatever he said I tried to do. Success was really sweet for me and for him. It didn't matter if it was the smallest fish in the lake, it was special because it was mine and Dad was proud. Over the years, I learned how to catch fish (but never as good as Dad) and I began to teach my children, taking time to untangle their lines, straighten up their backlashes, and tend to their hang ups.   We enjoyed fishing together just like Dad and I. Now, I watch and help my grandchildren... not as much as I did their moms and dad, but the joy is still there. It is especially enjoyable to see my grandchildren standing next to their dads who are untangling their lines, straightening up their backlashes, and tending to their hang ups. We have all learned a Biblical truth though our fishing... 2 Tim 2:2-3 And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.  Teaching others how to fish is important, teaching them how to be fishers of men is even more so. Let's not do the one and neglect the other.