It’s Friday, here you go. There is a story about a gentleman named Larry Cain. He was famous in his hometown for his God-given ability to catch good-sized trout. Larry loved to take Ben the teenager of his best friend with him because in Maine you are limited to five brook trout per day and Ben usually never catch any, which meant Larry could catch ten. Ben didn’t seem mind; Larry would usually hook one for Ben and let him reel it in. Ben remembered one sunny day in particular while fishing with Larry. His line got caught so badly in a tree stump he lost his hook and bait. He threw his rod, sat down on the bank, and watched the water go by. Larry came over to help him get set up again. Ben pulled his face out of his hands and looked at Larry’s hip where he had a bounty of four beautiful trout hanging on a stick through his belt-loop. He finally asked Larry, “Why can’t I catch any fish? I don’t think the fish like my bait.” Larry laughed a bit and looked down at the water. “It’s not the bait, it’s not the fish, it’s where you’re standing … look, you’re casting your shadow right into the fishing hole and it’s scaring them. The fish are there and they are hungry, but it matters where you stand.”

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:58
“Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

Reflection Questions:
What core values do you stand on?
How are you excelling in being more Christ-like in your life?
How are you immersing yourself in the wonders of God?

Prayer: Holy God, I thank you for inviting me to experience your love in such a way that I realize my sense of worthiness and belonging.  Help my feet stand on your firm foundation.  Amen.