THINK LIKE A FISH
I like to fish, but I have never considered myself a real fisherman. I know the basics and I have stood on countless shores and in numerous boats trying my hand at catching these seemingly evasive creatures. So when my friend Lenard called and said he was coming to Iowa and wanted to fish, I knew I would need some help. You see, Lenard was a graduate of Tuskegee University in Alabama with degrees in Finance and Aerospace Engineering, but his mild demeanor and simple dress did not tell the full story. Lenard was a die-hard outdoorsman. He did not like fishing, he did not love fishing, he lived fishing. Given the choice of meeting the President of the United States of America or catching large mouth Bass, well…I would tell the President not to hold his breath.
I called my Brother-in-Law Judd. Judd was born and raised in rural Iowa. His high school graduating class was only 14 students and second grade and third grade combined only had 8. He lived near a good sized lake and like my friend Lenard, he too was a die-hard outdoorsman. I knew he would be the perfect tour guide for this trip. When we arrived at Judd’s farm, he had the boat ready to go and we decided to fish near his home. It was a beautiful morning and as we trollied into the open area of the lake we could see other boats getting into position for today’s catch.
The day started off slow and it wasn’t long before I realized just how little I knew about fishing. Lenard and Judd were talking reels and lines and bait and motors and depth finders and on and on. I tried to listen intently but I may as well had been watching an old Russian play in it’s original language. I couldn’t keep up. These guys were for real.
The first catch always comes as a surprise. Lenard had apparently been trying a few different things and finally found a winning combination. He told me and Judd what he discovered was working and Judd laughed and said let me try that. Sure enough, it worked. For the next 2 hours we would catch fish non-stop. I stopped counting at nearly 100 fish. As quick as we could get a baited hook in the water, another one of us was pulling a fish up. It became so ridiculous that other boats tried to ease into our area, assuming our position on the lake had something to do with our success.
After a while, I asked Lenard and Judd why we were having so much success. They talked about the color of the water, the time of day, why that particular bait, the flow and direction of water movement across the lake, the type of fish in the area and even the time of year we were fishing. I was amazed and humbled at the same time. The reason for their success was simple. They knew how to think just like a fish.
Matthew 4:19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” Based on this scripture, Dr. Woods most recent workshop encourages the congregation to see their church through the eyes of the fish, i.e. the unchurched and those who have never experienced “church” at all. How can we more effectively reach the lost and how can we insure a pleasant experience from the parking lot to the restroom to the pews? How user friendly is your church? You might be surprised. Dr. Woods is available to come and speak with your leadership and/or congregation. Hit “Contact” and send him a message if you are interested.