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The integrity of a fisherman

I once heard a story about a fisherman.

He was on a bank where others also were fishing.

Where this man fished had some requirements and rules:

A license, a specific season, a limit of the number of fish taken home, and only certain fish were allowed to be kept.

If a fisherman caught a fish which was not allowed he or she had to return it to the water with as little damage to the fish as possible.

Although these restrictions were in place, it was a remote area.

But this one fisherman was a man of integrity.

He followed the laws and restrictions out of an honest heart, because of his love for God.

While fishing, he was always careful to obey the restrictions.

One day, another man came near.

He too had his rod and tackle and ice chest.

After a brief introduction, he asked the first man if he minded that he share the bank.

The other fisherman did not mind and continued to fish.

Not far after the new comer’s arrival, the first man caught a beautiful fish.

Large and shiny, it would have been a delicious meal for the man’s large family, but it wasn’t allowed to be kept.

Without hesitation, he carefully unhooked it and returned it to the water.

The new comer didn’t comment, but continued to fish.

After a while both caught fish they could keep.

Neither man had reached their limit of fish, so they each continued.

Although, the new comer, at random moments would wind up his bait, ask the first man to keep an eye on his things, and leave for a bit.

He’d then return and go back to fishing.

Finally, after much time had passed, the new comer walked over to speak with the first fisherman.

His words were a surprise.

“I wasn’t completely open with you when I first introduced myself.”

“You see I’m the Fish and Game Warden for this area and I came out to catch those who are not following the rules, to write fines for those who keep fish they shouldn’t.”

“I used you as my cover, because the two of us just looked like fishing pals.”

“I want to thank you for being the kind of guy you are. You follow all the restrictions no matter what.”

The Fish and Game Warden said his goodbyes and left.

This story is a good example of a truth Jesus taught.

“Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Matthew 24:45‭-‬51 NKJV

We as followers of Christ need to be people of integrity, no matter the circumstances.

Because our Lord Jesus is coming back some day and in-between then and now we are witnesses to His goodness and His greatness by our actions, our attitudes, and our words.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for others who are people of integrity. Lord, please help me to walk in Your ways today. Thank You for Your faithfulness, Your mercy, and grace. Amen.

January 11

Today’s prayer:

Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord , and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord , And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord , Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday. Rest in the Lord , and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret— it only causes harm.
Psalms 37:1‭-‬8 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for these words. Thank You for the Bible. Thank You for being righteous. Please help me and my family to put away anything which would come between us and You. Lord, we want to be people who stand before You, bringing glory to Your name. Lord, please continue to purify us, that we might serve You wholeheartedly. Shine Your truth into our hearts and minds. Thank You for loving us. Thank You for watching over us. Please continue to bring those who have yet to know You to salvation. Lord, for those who know You, please Lord, please humble our hearts that we might be people of honor, integrity, and righteousness. Please heal the sick and hurting, please protect the innocent, please provide for the needy, and return the prodigal. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for being the King of kings and Lord of lords. I love You. Amen.

January 6

Today’s prayer:

Great peace have those who love Your law, And nothing causes them to stumble.
Psalms 119:165 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your truth. Lord, thank You for a new day. Lord, we look to You. It is in You we find peace, contentment, and protection. Lord Jesus, we trust You with every area of our lives, our families, and our nation. God be glorified today. Let Your name be praised. Lord bring back truth, integrity, and justice. Please let honor and understanding and righteousness be sought. Let Your Word be remembered. Please let us fill our hearts and minds with Your Word. Help us to recognize anything which would hinder our walk with You and to deal with it quickly. Lord Jesus, You alone are worthy of all praise, glory, and honor. You are holy and Your truth shall withstand all ages. May the glory of the Lord be known throughout the whole Earth. Amen.

November 15

Today’s prayer:

Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, And you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.
Psalms 2:12 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your patience. You are long-suffering and full of mercy. Your ways are good and Your paths are perfect. Lord Jesus, thank You for Your sacrifice and for Your love. Lord, today I look to You and I humbly request that You place Your hand upon my life and the lives of my loved ones. Lord, please purify our hearts and minds that we might serve You without hindrance. Lord, please purify Your people, let hearts be drawn to You and that they might put away anything which would stand in the way of serving You fully. Lord Jesus, please heal our land. Let the hearts of the people be drawn to You, to find salvation and to learn to walk with integrity. Lord, please let Your name be known throughout the world, for You are the God who sees us. Thank You for Your love. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

October 26

Today’s prayer:

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Matthew 6:33 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for being our strong hold, our place of refuge, our salvation. Lord, there is such unrest, fear, turmoil, strife. Lord Jesus, our nation needs You. We need You in every part of our lives. Lord, we need Your guidance, Your wisdom, Your love. Lord, You are Sovereign. You are merciful. You’re are full of grace. Please, return the hearts of the people back to You. Let honor, integrity, righteousness, and humility return. Lord, please begin with me. Work in my life and make me into Your image. Lord, work in my family and make each of us into Your image. Lord, please protect the innocent, stop the violence, save the lost, restore the prodigal, and return us to a Christian Nation. Thank You. Amen.

October 18

Today’s prayer:

Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus,
Romans 15:5 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You. These words are encouraging. Please let it be so. Let Your church be of one mind. Let the church be unified and pure before You. Lord Jesus, reveal Yourself to each of us, that we might see and know You personally, that our lives might be purified by Your Holy Spirit. Lord Jesus, hold us in Your hands and teach us from Your Word. Let Your light so shine among us that we repent from everything which is contrary to Your Spirit. Lord, make us like Yourself. Lord Jesus, make me into Your image. Please continue to teach me humility, honor, and truth. My life is Yours, do with me as You will. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for Your love. Amen.