Most of the emails and comments we get here at Lindner Media concerning our show’s inspirational closes are positive. Naturally, some aren’t. We understand that. I often get the question – why would you be motivated to do these inspirational messages?
I can best say that I am led to it. When something is important to you, it has a continuing and different way to impress itself on your heart and mind. It’s something you can’t help but pay attention to. I call this listening to God.
We recently got this heartfelt message that gave a reason.
Here it is:
“I am writing to thank you for your fishing show, and to let you know that God is using your show to further his Kingdom! My Dad LOVES fishing, unfortunately he has never displayed a similar love for Christ. While I have nothing to complain about, growing up definitely was not easy as my parents separated, divorced and re-married each other over a span of about 12 years. This put a significant strain on my relationship with my father.
Last week he called me to ask for forgiveness in the middle of his work day! My dad is a successful lawyer, and for him to humble himself and call me to ask for forgiveness was truly the work of God. His phone call was inspired by a show in which Al read from Ephesians, and in particular Ephesians 6:4 is what really spoke to my father.
Thank you again, and I pray God continues to use your show to inspire men!”
Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
We receive enough of these comments that confirm why the impression to my heart is so strong. The fact that a positive change takes place even once makes it worth sharing.
To broaden out a bit, it is my perspective that one of the beautiful parts of life is the freedom to choose.
Choice is so built in to who we are that even not making a choice is still choosing.
We do not want to suppress other differing points of view. We do not want to control others with our point of view, but rather to express who we are and what we stand for. You’re free to disagree.
To that point, we have several Atheists who write us notes of support as well as those telling us of their differing viewpoints. We let those voices be heard on our Facebook page and even sought one out for this blog.
Can we acknowledge that our views differ and still find common ground to enjoy what we both like? Is that possible? We’d like to think so.
We are not offended by another point of view and hope to provide a focus on the unity of our passion for fishing. In that process we can only be who we are. That is honest.
The fact that others are able to gain something that helps them in their lives from sharing our views fills us up. It is intended to be a positive message of encouragement and hope.
It’s not about us and it is why we do it.