There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot.
Being always practical (ok, maybe once in a while), Tom and I figured out a few years ago that the best place to keep store and restaurant coupons is in the car. Invariably, we'd be out, get an urge, and no coupon. So being frugal (see "ok, ..."), we'd usually forego the opportunity/urge.
We were out shopping one time and when I pulled out the ziploc, I counted over 20 B,B & B coupons! Well, that's just crazy! What was I keeping all those for? Oh yeah, so when I finally remembered to buy napkin rings for the holidays I wouldn't have to pay full price. And, oh yeah, that never happened.
Since I've found some pretty good bargains at B, B & B, I finally figured out to take all my coupons in every time, just in case. Then one day I was in line to pay, and was embarrassed by all my coupons when most of the other customers didn't seem to have any.
It was one of those fabulous moments when my heart was tender and my mind was open to the Holy Spirit's prompting. However, my experience has been that sometimes a tender heart and open mind aren't enough to overrule the fleshly part of me that's more afraid of looking foolish than of not doing the Lord's will.
This time, I turned down the volume of the flesh and began asking folks if they had coupons, and if not,would they like one. Not surprising, at first, I got some of those "You've got to be crazy," looks, but they didn't last long.
We don't always know how far reaching our actions are. We do know that Jesus calls us to be fishers of men, and that can look a myriad of different ways.
What works for me is to give what I can, wherever I can, whenever I can. What works for me is to not worry about looking foolish, just being obedient to the Lord's call. Even knowing it works for me doesn't mean I always follow through, but at least I believe I'm on the right track.
What does being a fisher of men look like to you? How do you overcome the foolish in order to be faithful?
I'm linking this post to Giving Up on Perfect and Coffee for Your Heart.
17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”