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How Much is Enough?

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. PROVERBS 11:25 (NIV)

When my husband, Joe, and I were in our late twenties with a two-year-old daughter and a son on the way, Joe was fishing in a tournament. He noticed his right eye clouding, and he realized he needed medical attention. The diagnosis was a torn retina, and, under the care of a wonderful physician, Joe underwent many surgeries over the next two years. Ultimately his retina could not be repaired, and the vision in one eye was lost.

To thank the physician for his excellent care, we wanted to share some of our fish. I took a few packages from the freezer and placed them in a cooler. Later I was prompted to put in another package. The prompting continued until I said, “OK, Lord, I hear you. These are your fish; we were just lucky enough to catch them. If you want all the fish, nothing would please us more.” After all the fish were packed, a peace came over me and I knew the Lord was pleased.

How many fish were enough? By my standards, a few packages. By God’s standards, the whole catch. In our relationships, family time, projects serving our community, and church,

God asks us to give “the whole catch” in everything we do.

By Sandy Hall

Credit to The Upper Room

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