Fishing with Papa

Fishing with Papa

One of my biggest regrets in my life happened when I was just a small boy. I didn’t hurt anyone or steal anything. I didn’t do anything that incredibly shocking. In fact, I didn’t do anything. And that is part of my regret.

My family is originally from Monroe, Louisiana, now known as being the home of Duck Dynasty. It is a place where people love to fish and hunt and be outdoors. My grandfather, Papa, and grandmother, Meme, lived on the bayou. My Papa loved to hunt and fish. My regret came about one day while my brother and I were playing a game on the Nintendo at my grandparents house. We were playing a bass fishing game. My Papa came home and we jumped up excitedly and told him that we had been catching bass. My Papa was excited for us until he saw that we were only talking about a video game. He walked away with a disappointed look on his face. Not too many years later my Papa would die from cancer. I never got to go bass fishing with him.

As I have grown older I have regretted that time more and more. I traded an opportunity to build a real relationship and have a real connection with my Papa for a game. As heartbreaking as this is I can’t help but think that we do the same thing with God. We shun the opportunity to build the ultimate relationship with the God of the universe for temporary things. We stay too busy looking for money, success, happiness, acceptance, fulfillment and so on instead of building THE relationship with the provider of all things. Paul talked about this in his letter to the Romans where he says, “Although they knew God, they did not honor him as god or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened… and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.” (Romans 1:21,23 ESV)

            I won’t have another chance to go fishing with my Papa, but I do have the opportunity to build the relationship that really matters. So how about you? Are you building a relationship with the eternal God? Or are you wasting yourself in search of the temporary? Despite what you may think, it is never too late to build that relationship with Him. Matthew 7:7 shows us clearly, “Ask, and it will be given you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (ESV) Build that relationship today. Make time for God. You don’t have to be perfect, just willing.

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