I’ve given this advice before, but I feel inclined to put it in a blog and distil the idea a little further. We all have the ability to go fishing. Grab a line, buy some tackle and head down to a large body of water with fish in it. In Sydney there are plenty of good places to fish so it really isn’t a hard endeavour.
Most of the time you fish of a jetty or a marina which means your choice of fish is limited. Most of the time you fish for flathead. It’s a decent fish that lives on the bottom of the ocean eating whatever manly decaying things lie in it’s way. It doesn’t have big eyes but has a great sense of smell to sniff out nasty rotten stuff.
You might even get lucky and land a big one, instagram it and let people see the big ‘ol ugly fish you landed. They can get big, but I wouldn’t say it is really an impressive feat. Catching flathead is something that takes very little effort and very little time. You can take your kids flathead finishing and maybe you get a couple of likes on instagram.
Bluefin Tuna is a different subject. To catch one of those you need to charter a boat. You need a crew
and you need to commit a couple of days to being out at sea to land a Bluefin. You might have to wait a long time to catch a 600-pound Tuna. You might be lucky enough to hook one, fight it for hours in the hope of landing it and have it break the line 6 hours into a battle.
To fish Bluefin you need to prepare, you need to have a game plan, you need to be patient and you need a little luck. Bluefin Tuna is a trophy fish, something that you mount and put on your wall. Bluefin Tuna is prized as an epic fighting fish and makes for amazing sushi. Nail a big one and you can sell it for thousands of dollars. It is the kind of fish that if you land people will be jealous, stories will be told and legends can be made.
Bluefin is a challenge, it requires effort and energy and few people will land one, because few people are willing to invest the effort. Many of the challenges in life are a little like making a decision to fish for Bluefin or for Flathead. When it comes to relationships, you can fish for flathead, or you could go for bluefin. You can pick up a flathead anywhere, but Tuna is going to take much longer and will be much more difficult.
Rather than take the easy option and skate through life perhaps we need to make the harder decision the one challenging audacious decision and hunt Bluefin. We can live safely in a simple faith and a reduced gospel. Or we could live audaciously in our faith under an audacious God and a transformational Gospel.
Hunt the Bluefin.