Wisdom Pickers

As a “picker”, I know what it is like to search hard for treasure. I’ll faithfully go to numerous thrift stores, yard sales, or any other venue on a regular basis, seeking all sorts of “treasure” to turn a profit. This morning when I read Proverbs 8:11, I was cut to the heart: “For wisdom is better than jewels; and all desirable things cannot compare with her.” Do I seek wisdom like I seek out world treasures? It does not say that “some” desirable things cannot compare with her, but that “all” things desired cannot compare with her. We spend so much time seeking things in this world, which will ultimately perish, while giving feeble efforts to the search for wisdom. The beginning of wisdom is to fear the Lord and is compared with riches and jewels because of it’s worth. Wisdom is used in the daily transactions of our lives, it adorns the individual who possesses it and it is attractive to those who do not have it. However, it is not easily obtained and must be “diligently” (v.17) sought after. We need to be wisdom seekers, watching daily for ways to gain more and not neglecting the opportunities presented to us. If we find wisdom, we have found true wealth, life and favor from the Lord. Now that is a treasure hunt worth embarking on.
Fly Fishing Tip: Making the cast count.
The first year I started fly fishing I almost threw in the towel. I had a SouthBend rod from Walmart and couldn’t cast to a fish let alone catch one. Determined to change this situation I took a paper plate with a weight on it, put it in a field and began to practice til my arm fell off (not really). This proved to be one of the most important disciplines I learned. Every cast counts so you want to make each cast a good one. The result: less spooked fish, less strain on your arm, more fish in the net. You should be able to accurately place your fly within inches of your target. You should also be ready for all sorts of situations like casting with your non-denominate arm and backcasting to a fish. The only way to achieve this is to practice, practice, and practice. .