You’d think that spending the day offshore, chasing your favorite pelagic fish, hanging out with a bunch of guys, laughing, joking and enjoying the water would be the definition of a good day. However, some fishermen are quick to complain if their kill box isn’t packed to the brim with meat fish or their riggers aren’t full of release flags.
But the reality is that every moment we spend enjoying our sport is a gift. We should be thankful to have access to a rig that can take us offshore. We should be thankful to have friends that we can share our day with and thankful to see the first moment of the sun’s rays as it pierces the darkness. Thankful we know what blue water looks like and thankful to see the flyers get up, the mammals play, rays prowl, and the sunfish bask in the warmth of the sun- for those are all experiences many people will never enjoy.
At the end of the day, we should be thankful for a relaxing ride to the dock and for being able to put our feet upon solid ground. Whether we are successful in catching a box full or not, we have so many reasons for thanksgiving.
2 Corinthians 9:15
Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!
The fact is we don’t always feel like giving thanks. Let’s be real here. Sometimes life is tough, situations are overwhelming, trials seem like they are never ending and there isn’t much peace to be found each day. You may be experiencing challenges of health, family relationships, persecution, finances (or lack thereof) and contentment. You could even be facing all of these difficult circumstances at the same time!
Life isn’t that much different today than it was when the scriptures were penned. However, throughout the Old and New Testaments there is a definite pattern of thankfulness. King David praised God in the midst of being hunted by Saul. Job gave thanks in the face of death and Paul expressed gratitude while shackled in a Roman prison. What was the source of their thanksgiving?
Their attitude was a reflection of their focus.
The foundation for their thankfulness was not in their own circumstances but in the reality of God’s character and the gift of His Son, Christ Jesus. Our individual circumstances may not be a reason for thanksgiving, but God’s goodness and faithfulness are a cause for praise. And words cannot begin to express our gratitude for our salvation; even when our world is falling apart – God’s gift of salvation is certain, definite, and sure.
2 Corinthians 8:9 declares “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.” That’s reason for thanksgiving!
“Take a Kid Fishing” has been promoted throughout the sport fishing community with the purpose of enriching the lives of kids. Creating memories that will last a lifetime. Each of us has an opportunity to share our experiences with other folks. It’s always fun to fish with good buddies, but it’s even more enjoyable to see the look on someone’s face the first time they see a flying fish or watch the mammals cruise under the bow of the boat. Invite someone to go fishing that’s never been before and you’ll be thankful you shared the experience. (DW)