“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” -1 Corinthians 10:13
I found this very interesting fact about a fishing company in Japan in which I think we can also get lessons from…
The Japanese have always loved fresh fish. But the waters close to Japan have not held many fish for decades. So the fishermen had to go further in
the sea to catch their supply of fish, the fishing boats got bigger and
bigger. The farther the fishermen went, the longer it took to bring in the
fish. If the return trip took more than a few days, the fish were not
fresh and they lost their fresh taste.
To solve this problem, fishing companies installed freezers on their
boats. They would catch the fish and freeze them at sea. Freezers allowed
the boats to go farther and stay longer. However, the Japanese could taste
the difference between fresh and frozen and they did not like frozen fish.
Also, the frozen fish brought a lower price. So fishing companies
installed fish tanks. They would catch the fish and stuff them in the
tanks, fin to fin. After a little thrashing around, the fish stopped
moving. They were tired and dull, but alive. Unfortunately, the Japanese
could still taste the difference; because the fish did not move for days,
they lost their fresh-fish taste. The Japanese preferred the lively taste
of fresh fish, not sluggish fish.
So how did Japanese fishing companies solve this problem? How do they get
fresh-tasting fish to Japan? To keep the fish tasting fresh, the Japanese
fishing companies added a small shark to the tanks that the fish were kept
in. The shark of course eats a few fish, but most of the fish arrive in a
very lively state due to the fact that the fish are challenged.
MORAL LESSON OF THE STORY:
Some of us are also living like fish that have been caught, we give in too easily, and we are not challenged. Some of us could use a Shark in our life. Consider new challenges and problems in your life as a shark – the challenges and problems can keep us motivated and moving forward. Without challenges we can become complacent, find life boring, and become inactive.
Challenges in our lives can keep us moving forward. As the quote goes,
“When we long for life without difficulties, be reminded that – oaks grow strong in contrary winds, and diamonds are made under pressure.”
See you at the road my friend.
To God be the Glory!