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Fishing Issues By Cleo Dailey III, Modernday Lazurus

Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.” –James 2:18

Cleo Dailey, III (Modern-day Lazurus)Have you ever been around a group of older men speaking about the size of a fish that they caught? The stories almost seem endless, with colorful exaggeration and grandeur. Yet one thing is always missing: where is the proof? One of the worst things in the world is hearing someone talk about all that they are capable of doing!

The writer James speaks to this very same conversation as he exhorts the twelve tribes. So many were being converted at alarming rates, and it was so refreshing to converse about their newfound zeal for God. The problem, however, was that, like men who engage in “fish sizing” arguments, there was no proof of their growth. We can speak to each other all day long regarding our faith and how we trust God. But it is not until our faith grow feet that we actualize true Christianity. What does that mean? Simple; it is a necessity that faith of the highest measure be balanced with action. We have been given the gift of eternal life through Jesus and His redemptive sacrifice, so we aren’t earning salvation. Rather, it is the compliment of God to do something about what you have been given. What is that dream you put on hold, worrying if it will happen? Where is that vision God gave you? If we truly trust God, we will-with fervor-activate what it is that we see. This shows God that we can be trusted with what He is giving us, and it shows our enemy in whom we place our confidence.

I am certain that the fish the old men catch are rather large in size. I am almost certain as well that they completely love to fish. But if I never see you in a boat, near a boat, on trying to acquire a boat, I have to question your love for the sport…and the size of the fish you catch. Show every day how much you trust God. This is not done in large heaps. This is done with every smile, through every storm, and in every step you take. Show me your fish…

-Modernday Lazurus

Cleo Dailey, III is a freelance writer and aspiring author who has written for several city and nation-wide publications. He is currently studying to obtain a degree in both English and Clinical Psychology, and the Minister of Music for New Life Christian Church in Peoria, IL.