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for they hear the words, but they do them not
Now it came
to pass that a group existed who called themselves fisherman. And
there were many fish in the waters all around. In fact, the whole
was surrounded by streams and lakes filled with fish. And the
week, month after month, and even year after year, those who called
themselves fishermen met in meetings and talked about their call to
fish, the abundance of fish, and how they might go about fishing.
after year they carefully defined what fishing means. They
fishing as an occupation, and declared that fishing is always to be a
primary task of fishermen.
fishermen built large, beautiful buildings for local fishing
headquarters. The plea was that everyone should be a "fisherman"
every fisherman should fish. However, one thing they began not
They didn't fish.
to meeting regularly, they organized a board to send out fishermen to
other places where there were many fish. The board was formed by
who had the great vision and courage to speak about fishing, to define
fishing, to promote fishing in far away streams and lakes where many
other fish of different colors and fins lived. Also, the
staffs and appointed committees. These committees held many
to define fishing, to defend fishing, to decide what new streams should
be thought about. It was established that these committee members
elaborate, and expensive training centers were built whose original and
primary purpose was to teach fishermen how to fish, the nature of fish,
how to define fish, the psychological reactions of fish, and how to
approach and feed fish. Those who taught had doctorates in
"Fishology." Again, the teachers did not fish. They only
stirring meeting on "The Necessity of Fishing," one young fellow left
the meeting and actually went fishing.
The next day he reported that
he caught two outstanding fish. He was honored for his excellent
and scheduled to visit all the upcoming Big meetings to tell about the
experience to other fishermen to tell how he did it. So, he quit
fishing in order to have time to tell about the
that many of the fishermen sacrificed and put up with all kinds of
difficulties. Some lived near the water and bore the smell of
fish. They received the ridicule of some who made fun of their
fishermen's clubs and the fact that they claimed to be fishermen yet,
they never fished. They wondered about those who felt it was
use to attend and talk about fishing. After all, were "they"
following the Master who said, "Follow
Me, and I will make you fishers
imagine how hurt some were, when one day, a person suggested that those
who don't fish were not really fishermen, no matter how much they
claimed to be.
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