By Arthur Buchanan
One day I was training for my championship fight I had coming up. I was running around the edge of the lake, the water just seemed to calm my nerves and made the fight seem not so important.
I just finished my fifth trip around the man made lake and I could not believe what this man who was fishing was doing, every time I passed him he would throw back the biggest fish that he would catch and I looked at amazement in his cooler of ice, they were all fish about five inches and under.
I thought to myself how strange, in five trips around the lake he had thrown back what sure looked like a keeper, I mean 10 to 12 inches very different from the five-inch ones he was keeping.
Well I kept passing him, time aftertime he would throw back the big one, and keep the littlest one. I was about to go crazy! I mean how many anglers would throw back the big ones and keep the little ones? I thought to myself this person lost his mind!
Finally after four hours of passing this guy by watching him throw back all the big ones and put the ones from five inches and under in his bucket of ice.
Hey there I said, how you doing today? He said fine and man I am killing them, look in my bucket! Yeah you really are killing them, now I was busting out of seems to ask him what and the hell our you doing!
Finally, I could take it no more; the more he said that we were having his best day ever. I said hey I have just wanted to ask you one question. Go-ahead partner asked me anything you want. I have been passing you for the last four hours and I have seen you throw all the biggest fish back?
I am a boxer not a fisherman but all my friends keep all the big ones and throw the little ones back and you are doing the exact opposite, why and the hell are you throwing the big ones back?
He looked at me as if I was a starch raving lunatic and said; do you see that fire over there? I replied yes why? You see that frying pan. Sure, what does that have to do with anything? You see my frying pan is only five inches, so I have to throw all the ones over five inches back cause they won't fit in my pan, I hate to throw all the big ones back just as much as you do but that is the biggest pan I have.
Now before you pass judgment on this man, how many times in your life have you had that great big idea? I mean that million dollar idea, or the idea that would actually save hundreds of life's, maybe even millions life's and you said to God, hey that's to big a plan for me! What you are really says is Hey God I only have a five-inch pan and I can't see myself with the big idea or frying pan.
Please don't send me any fish over five inches because I can't see myself with a big huge pan. He was all along running around you wondering when you would ask for his help and the only reason he gave you those big ideas is that he knew you could handle it!
So the next time you catch a big fish, don't throw it back, and tell God you only have a small pan, because you + God = Enough! So catch that big fish and step up to the plate and expect the biggest pan you can hold, cause if we are to have a fish fry, then we certainly want to feed everyone we are supposed to!
With Much Love,
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