Posted by: sailingspirit | April 19, 2011

Fishing Analogy

I’ve long enjoyed the simple analogy, “You get them into the boat, let God clean ’em.” Direct, effective, clear. I like it. But I’m realizing that it’s also taken out of context of whichever message it was delivered in, and thus is subject to inappropriate stretching to other situations.
For those of us who like to take a directive and run ourselves into the ground with it, it’s well worth a verbal asterisk that this fun statement is a warning not to hand-hold and direct new brothers and sisters too much, because we don’t know the entirety of what is good or timely for those people to learn. Thus, what the analogy means is “Do your part, then let God take over.”
So perhaps a refined version would be helpful. Something like, “Keep casting the bait and, when there’s a nibble, coax them toward the boat. God will bring ’em in and clean ’em up.”
Lengthier, I know. But more clear about roles, isn’t it?

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