I met an angel this morning who took me on one of those reality walks in fantasy land. There was a fisherman sitting at the water’s edge waiting for THE ONE BIG FISH. ‘He sits there every day,’ the angel told me. ‘He knows that one day THE ONE BIG FISH will come.’
‘How will he know when he’s caught it?’ I asked. ‘How will he know there won’t be an even bigger one the next day?’
‘He doesn’t. Every fish he catches, even the tiny ones, is weighed and recorded. He has caught tons of fish over the years. But it is the knowledge of THE ONE BIG FISH that keeps him sitting there day after day, year after year. It is the knowledge of THE ONE BIG FISH that enables him to keep catching all the little fish.’
Some people are naturally content with the little fish. Some are so intent on the one big one that they miss the value of the small. Others, like this fisherman, have learned to use the big as the the inspiration for the small. Which are you?