Simon Peter saith unto them, "I go a fishing." They say unto him, "We also go with thee." They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.
As I study and think about real life and today's generation, I don't think we are being disobedient. I believe more then ever this is a perfect time for us to fix our families and spend time with our youth.
It's time to cast our nets to the right side and receive guidance for all our work. It is time as a community to give back to our youth. Lake Wylie is home to some phenomenal churches and great fishing. Maybe this Sunday, a pastor could ask the congregation, "How many people have a boat?" Then ask, "How many would be willing to take a total stranger fishing? Do not ask for gas money; do not ask for guide money. Just be a blessing to your neighbor who might enjoy a day on the lake."
As layman, can we be fishers of men? Do not worry about how much you have invested. Do not ask, "What is in it for me?" Just be a blessing and help encourage a teenager, a man or woman who might have lost his or her job, someone just down on their luck. Let's see if we can let our light shine and show people Lake Wylie residents are humble servants and ready in all seasons. If we don't faint, we will reap a harvest above all things we could ask for.
So my challenge is simple: Churches and people of Lake Wylie, this Sunday stand up and see if you can put a fishing club together in your church and then hit the hedges and highways and see if we can become fishers of men.
Some of us are fortunate to have boats, some are fortunate to have gas money for the boats, but all of us are fortunate to be here to enjoy another day to help encourage our neighbor. We are a great community, Lake Wylie. I take my hat of and thank you in advance for the miracle of faith, because faith without works is dead, and Lake Wylie is alive. Fishing season is here, and I go a fishing.
Maliek Carrington, known as Mr. Maliek, of Steele Creek is an amateur angler who fishes in the Bassmaster Weekend Series. He started Fishing4Reel about five years ago to expose children to fishing by taking them on freshwater and saltwater fishing trips. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.