Faith Focus: It’s always time to go fishing

Some people choose a senior living community for its friendly atmosphere, five-star dining or luxury amenities.

For Jerry Blissette, however, it was the fishing pond at Buckner Westminster Place in Longview, Texas, that sealed the deal.

"The pond is right outside my window," Jerry said, "and I can fish as often as I want!"

Jerry fishes every day at Westminster Place, anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. He's only missed a few days since moving to the community with his sister in October, and even then just for weather. Every day, he catches three or four fish before throwing them back.

The older I get, the more I like to fish. It’s peaceful. It’s relaxing. And now that my children are getting a little older, it provides a way for us to spend quality time together away from technology and distractions.

As we wait for fish to (hopefully) bite, we find ourselves talking for more than normal in the course of increasingly busy days. I’ve discovered many things about them sitting next to a pond that I may not have learned otherwise.

Sometimes I wish I could fish daily.

Then I remember that I’m supposed to. I’m even commanded to.

In Matthew 4, Christ calls his first disciples, Peter and Andrew. They were casting their nets from a boat. Jesus called them to a different lifestyle.

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” (Matthew 4:19)

He calls all of his followers to do likewise, including me. Each day. Every day. The fishing pond is all around us – family, friends, acquaintances, and co-workers. The list goes on and on.

Let’s share the good news. Live out the gospel. Shine hope into the lives of others.

So who’s ready to go? It’s always a good day to go fishing!

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