As 2019 busts into 2018 I find myself reflective on the most amazing year of my life. The first year of marriage, to a beautiful and Godly woman. Lane having a good year at school and beginning his journey into his career. From working long hours, to traveling and fishing in new exciting places. God has truly shined his favor on our family in 2018.
While 2018 was full of huge blessings, that doesn’t mean it has been without some turbulence. We all have moments every week when challenges can show up. My biggest challenge this past year was fishing. I tried a position with Fishers of Men tournament trail, which is a great organization, only to find that I am not cut out for that job. So after a wrestling match with myself I decided 2018 would be the only year I would hold that position. I was blessed at each event, it boiled down to time for me. I had over-extended myself, and found that I dreaded being near the lake. It was a huge learning experience and I am glad I did it. At first I felt like a failure, like all I had worked for was not what I was supposed to do. That is what satan wanted, I stopped writing I stopped fishing, I lost my drive for doing this, which is what I love.
God always wins, persistence is the key to success. I always tell my students, you can have one of two things. A result, or an excuse. I have been using an excuse the last few months when it comes to serving. I have been carrying something God never intended for me to carry. I think a lot of folks are carrying things into this new year that God doesn’t want us to carry. I have learned God wants his people to be happy, he loves to Bless us. More importantly we deserve to be happy.
2 CORINTHIANS 12:10-11
10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
11 I have made a fool of myself, but you drove me to it. I ought to have been commended by you, for I am not in the least inferior to the “super-apostles,” even though I am nothing.
One big step to being happy is a Blessing to God, when we show our Faith by trusting God in times of hardship God is Glorified.
4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.
7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.
9 For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.
10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found.
11 But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.
12 The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them;
13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming.
14 The wicked draw the sword and bend the bow to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose ways are upright
God doesn’t want us carrying burdens. He asks us to lay them down.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest
So for each of you who happen to read this I Pray you head into the new year, burden free carrying with you good thoughts and Gods Promises.
Josh what about the fish? Well to be honest I am not sure. I have not been on the water since Black Friday. I hear Dale Hollow is producing great. Long Points with live bait. I will be researching some fishing very soon and get back to helping you guys catch fish.
Good Luck and God Bless!