At Dordt College’s Day of Encouragement at the beginning of the month, local blogger and author Jennifer Dukes Lee spoke about her favorite childhood vacation memories with her parents which regularly included going fishing with her dad. Her dad always said there’s a difference between “fishing” and “catching.” Sure, actually catching some fish is nice, but Jennifer’s dad insisted that he loved just spending time fishing with his daughter. He wanted to spend time with her regardless of how many fish she caught.
That time spent fishing with her loving dad taught Jennifer a good deal about her heavenly Father: God loves for us to spend time with Him and He loves us before we have anything to prove to Him. As Philip Yancey says, “There is nothing we can do to make God love us more… and nothing we can do to make God love us less.”
Jennifer shared how she began to understand that the good life is not so much about productivity as it is about presence – presence with others, in the presence of God Himself. When it came to her dad, the catching was not nearly as significant as the time just spent fishing. When it comes to our heavenly Father, we don’t need to work hard to get His approval – Jesus takes care of that.
So life isn’t so much about counting fish, counting calories, accolades, or the money in my bank account. Life is counting on God and His grace.
Love her story and analogy!
Your blog timing is perfect! Just what I needed to hear and focus on today!!! Thanks!!
It was great to hear her speak in person. Maybe we can find an occasion for Jennifer to grace us with her presence in Rock Valley sometime! ~Stanley
Thank you for sharing my little story here, and I love the Yancey quote that you’ve added. A joy to “meet” you in your online space!
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Thanks, Jennifer, for stopping by and commenting! I’ve already heard a few Rock Valley people say they’d love for you to speak here soon… =)