Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Fishing Stories

We have all heard fishing stories.  Maybe we have told a few in our day.  The joke has always seemed to be that with each telling of a fish story the size of the fish grows, maybe you really caught a 16 inch bass but when you tell someone about the catch it turns into a 17 or 18 inch bass.  We all have done it.
The fist bass I caught was this way it may have been a 12 inch bass, but every time I told the story to someone my hands got further apart the fish got bigger.  The struggle to the dock was harder.
The problem is as Christians we need to be honest and trust worthy.  Yes there fish stories, but if you lie about a fish what will stop you from lying about something else.
Colossians 3:9-10 tells us:
“Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.”
When we become Christians we are a new creation, a person trying to be like God.  We are called to put our old self away.  We need to leave behind the things we did in the past and follow the example we have in God.  God does not lie, we should not lie.
The next time you start a fish story remember God.  Remember we are different know and I’m just guessing here when Jesus retold the story of feeding 5000 he didn’t make the number higher every time he told it.  Don’t do that to yourself just tell the truth. 

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