Fully Alive When Helping Others

by kingteamdad

If you insist on saving your life, you will lose it. Only those who throw away their lives for My sake and for the sake of the Good News will ever know what it means to really live.” (Mark 8:35 LB)

Ramblings from Evan’s dad Evan loves to fish. He will do it with a fancy rod, or with a twig. As long as there is water and the possibility of fish, he will wet a hook.

This reminds me of story I heard about the guy who liked to fish. He heard there was a group of fishermen that met at a church once a week. He decided he would join, since they were like minded. The first meeting he attended they sat around and talked about fish and what they liked. It was a very informative meeting. The next week he excitedly attended the meeting and heard great discussions on where fish lived, and there was even a slide show. The third meeting had a guest speaker with an extensive slideshow on the different types of fish. By the fourth meeting he began to get impatient and just wanted to go fishing. That evening they announced there would be discussions on organizing a fishing trip at the next weekly meeting. However, he was deeply disappointed when the next meeting’s discussion led to the group wanting to form a committee on possible places to go fishing. He left the meeting, frustrated, not wanting to sit around and talk about it anymore. He just wanted to go fishing, and fishing he did. He had a wonderful day of enjoying the water, and landing several keepers. The next week’s meeting went crazy when they found out he had actually gone fishing. They asked him to give a 45 minute talk to the group on the successes and pitfalls of fishing. Afterwards, they wanted to put him on a speaking tour where he could go tell other groups about his successes. Sadly he walked out of the meeting knowing he would not return. He realized that while he wanted to fish, they just wanted to sit around and talk about fishing.

I am saddened to think about how often we as Christians only talk about doing God’s work…and not actually doing it. When I was meeting every week with Dr. Jim, he asked me what my thoughts were on meeting with a less mature Christian. I remember giving him some pretty good excuses, like “I am not knowledgeable enough in the Bible”, and I didn’t feel like I was ready. He assured me if I waited till I felt like I was ready, I might never do it. He then went on to tell me he had someone in mind for me to meet with and desciple. A week later I started meeting with “Fred”, and we did so off and on for the next two years. We often struggled through questions and issues that I did not always have the answer for when asked. But we both did grow spiritually. Was it easy? No. Were there mornings I showed up at O’dark:30, only to have “Fred” not show?  You better believe it. But, I wasn’t doing it just for “Fred”, or Dr. Jim, or even me. I was doing it because that is what Jesus commanded us to do.

Dr. Jim told me that God doesn’t require us to be successful. He calls us to be faithful and to learn to love and serve others unselfishly….

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“If you insist on saving your life, you will lose it. Only those who throw away their lives for My sake and for the sake of the Good News will ever know what it means to really live.” (Mark 8:35 LB)

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