Don't Rock the Boat
On this past weekend’s bowfishing excursion, I was reminded that big boys and small boats don’t mix. However, we’re often driven to do less than ideal things for the love of the hunt. We piled 3 big guys in a small 12’ rowboat in an effort to shoot carp hangin’ out in the backwaters flooded from the main lake. We managed to stay afloat, however, each time one of us would stand to shoot, an extreme balancing act was performed.
One of us, who we’ll not mention by name…but is pictured at right, particularly struggled to display sufficient bowfishing-balance in the midst of an ultra-tiny boat. We rocked and nearly rolled on a number of occasions. Making the shot on darting carp proved a chore as we dealt with focusing not only on the shot, but also on keeping the boat right side up.
While we managed to shoot a few fish from the boat, there was a dramatic change in success when we got out of the boat and hunted from solid ground. When we shot from the banks, or waded around in the shallow grass beds, the shots proved not only more plentiful, but more accurate as well. Our success and enjoyment went up greatly when we put our feet on a solid foundation. I’m also reminded that God’s word speaks of the need for a solid foundation in our personal lives as well. Building our lives on a solid foundation is of the utmost importance.
You may have read the passage from Luke chapter 6 that refers to building on a solid foundation. In verse 46 and following Jesus says, “I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the flood-waters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.”
What is your life built on? Do you rely on Jesus as your solid support and salvation? Despite all the uncertainties of life today, you can still stand on solid ground when you build your life with Jesus as the foundation.
“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have – Jesus Christ.”
1 Cor. 3:11
Brodie Swisher is a World Champion game caller, accomplished speaker, a notable writer, a skilled hunter, and all around down to earth guy! His travels take him across the country as a well known public speaker in the arena of outdoor events such as wildgame dinners, banquests, archery classes, and filming. Above all Brodie Swisher loves Jesus and he can't wait to share his passion for Christ with those he meets.