You know that Bible verse that says, “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and make him go away” (2nd Opinions 11)?
Well, first off, it’s not in the Bible, secondly, it’s not biblical. But it sure is a popular bit of worldly wisdom in Christian ministry, outreach circles these days.
Well, if you adopt a bunch of foster kids in diapers, there eventually comes a day when you take them fishing. Here at the Fat Beggars Home for Widows, Orphans, and Sojourners, today is that day! Today our six and four-year-olds are invited to a party at the lake where fishing is the theme.
I don’t yet know if we will hook any fish, but it’s clear already that the fish have hooked a couple of kids!
We are making some of those foundational family memories today that a little kid can take with them for life. I am praying we have a good time, maybe catch a few fish, and bond in this family fun activity. I’m hoping the experience won’t make my kids independent of me (though learning self-reliant skills they can pass on would be good), but rather, I hope they learn what love is, how to receive it and give it, and pass it on to others over the course of their lives as they celebrate life with us.