What interesting people one meets while fishing on the pier with five grandchildren!
We first met a homeless guy who sold us his mussels for bait. I did not realize what a HUGE undertaking it would be to attempt to bait four tangled lines.
We were thankful when Mario and Jose came to our rescue. Mario shared that he’d been clean and sober for two years, ever since graduating from G_____ Academy in Central California, a school for at-risk teens. I asked him if the rumors I’d heard about G____ were true—that they only allow 30-second showers. He said they were true! I was glad my grandsons could hear this!
Mario said he entered the academy weighing 300 pounds and graduated ten months later weighing only 150! He learned a trade and was grateful for the experience.
Jose, on the other hand, was having trouble finding employment because employers say the large stretch-earrings in his earlobes are distracting. I shared a Jesus booklet with him.
He read it and afterward came over to thank me. Then he offered us some of his squid, apparently a much-preferred bait over mussels. So I gave him another booklet to read, and then another. These young men had lots of spiritual questions while answering our fisherman questions. It was a delightful exchange. All the while the children were watching, listening and learning—about life.
- Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old he will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6
- SONG: ONLY ONE LIFE – Lyrics by C.T. Studd, circa 1900; Music by Kathleen
[This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/ and http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity