Choose Your Fishing Hole

Pastor Ed Young - Lead Pastor of Fellowship Church
Ed Young

January 27, 2024

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Read

Proverbs 17:22 “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

Think

Every angler understands the significance of choosing the right fishing spot—those ponds or lakes that hold the promise of a great catch. Similarly, our minds are like vast fishing grounds, brimming with distinct “spots” of memories. Some are haunting, reminiscent of grief, heartbreak, and loss—the fishing holes we’d rather avoid but find ourselves revisiting. These spots echo with the whispers of bygone seasons and days we yearn to rewind. They may be filled with memories that no longer mirror our present, carrying the weight of unfulfilled desires, unmet expectations, or the echoes of loneliness.

Yet, amidst the vast expanse of our minds, there exist those cherished fishing holes where we willingly allow our thoughts to linger. These are the spots to think about with fond memories, special occasions, and the company of beloved family and friends. In these spaces, God-ordained blessings, hope, and countless mercies overflow if we look. The decision of where to cast our thoughts becomes pivotal—an intentional shift in direction that can be a true game-changer. The Bible emphasizes the profound impact of our thoughts, urging us to navigate the waters of our minds with discernment.

As we stand at the edge of our mental fishing grounds, thinking about which spot to cast into, let us choose wisely. In the wide landscape of our thoughts, we possess the ability to select the fishing hole that aligns with joy, gratitude, and grace—a choice that holds the power to transform our perspective. Intentionally directing our thoughts becomes a spiritual practice, shaping and influencing the quality of our lives. Focusing on our blessings instead of our burdens takes intentionality, but it will change our lives for the better.

Apply

Regularly surrender your thoughts to God through prayer and allow him to guide your mind. Whenever negative thoughts arise, consciously replace them with affirmations based on God’s Word. For example, if feelings of doubt surface, counteract them with a declaration of faith.

Pray

God, give us the awareness to identify the “spots” that bring joy, peace, and gratitude. Reveal to us the areas that need your transformative touch. We commit to making deliberate choices that align with your word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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