|Nice 12-inch Cold Creek rainbow on 6-foot fly rod|
It has been seven weeks since I last wet a line to test my new eight-footer on the same water (read March 2013 blog). This has been a tough spring for me to get away, so much so that even a few hours in the earliest part of a Friday morning can make me feel guilty because my personal and work agenda are fairly full this spring. The Nevada biennium legislative session has a lot to do with it. Not so much because it requires a lot of time but because when you’re needed you have to respond quickly. Calls to discuss and revise bill language and assess committee hearings can come at anytime, and up until the first house passage deadline there was a string of Friday mornings at the Sawyer State Building to testify on bills of interest to our city.
|Desert Globemallow was blooming|
I have written before that I sometimes wonder if my predilection for fishing distracts me from other important tasks. Time on earth is the one thing you cannot get more of, and when you know your purpose on earth it can be a challenge to balance hobbies in the mix of family, work, and ministry. Comparably speaking, I don’t think I spend too much time on my fishing hobby. A glance at my blog postings from 2010 forward reveals 10.5 fishing posts per year, although only four of them were overnight adventures. Is one day fishing each month too much? I’m not sure.
Our church small group is working through Rick Warren’s What on Earth Am I Here For. He uses the acrostic SHAPE to help us remember how wonderfully complex God has made us (Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experience). In discussing “heart” Warren says another word for it is passion. He asserts that the things you have a passion for are God given. God had a purpose in mind for you when he gave you those inborn interests. The trick is to listen for those inner promptings for signs on how to serve God through them. Not wanting to justify a hobby, I do find some consolation that at the very least my passion for fly fishing serves as a ministry for Him, even if in a very small way.
|Happy angler, wearing Battle Born fleece vest |
from Nevada Legislature's gift shop