…and be Glad in it.

“A rich industrialist from the North was horrified to find a Southern fisherman lying leisurely beside his boat.  ‘Why aren’t you fishing?’ asked the industrialist.

“Because I have caught enough fish for the day,’ said the fisherman.

“’Why don’t you catch some more?’

“What would I do with them?’

“’You could earn more money,’ was the reply.  ‘With that, you could fix a motor you boat, go into deeper waters and catch more fish.  Then you would make enough money to buy nylon nets.   These would bring you more fish and more money.  Soon you would have enough money to own two boats…maybe even a fleet of boats.  Then you would be a rich man like me.”

“’What would I do then?

“’Then you could really enjoy life.’

“’What do you think I am doing right now?’ said the fisherman.’

This story was told by Indian priest Anthony de Mello and was featured in Common Prayer, a Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals.

How often do we, in our attempts to create a better life for our families we miss the warmth of the afternoon sun?  The Northern Indian Industrialist was so concerned with amassing wealth in order to enjoy tomorrow, he was missing the beauty of the present day.

As summer approaches (though it has felt like summer already) many of us might just find ourselves someplace out collecting some Vitamin D like the Southern fisherman from de Mello’s story.  May we give thanks for those quite times, and rejoice for the day in front of us.  Because like Psalm 118:22 says:  This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.




2 thoughts on “…and be Glad in it.

  1. You are so right. Like many in this tough economic time, I am currently in a situation that’s overwhelming and beyond my control and it is so easy to see only the fear and not the sun. Thanks for the reminder to walk on in fear and enjoy the blessings we have right here and right now!

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