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A BIG FISH OR JUST A LITTLE POND?

A favorite fish of many hobbyists is the Japanese carp, commonly known as the koi. The fascinating thing about the koi is that if you keep it in a small fish bowl it will only grow to be two or three inches long. Place the koi in a large pond and it may get as long as a foot and a half. The size of the fish is related to the size of the pond.

What about us? Is our growth determined by the size of our world? Of course, it is not the circumference of the earth or our physical size that is important, but our spiritual growth. Are we allowing our growth to be stunted by the size of the tank we have placed ourselves in? Some people's world revolves only around themselves, what they want, where they want to go and what they know. They remain a small fish in a very tiny fish bowl.

Let us open our minds to the vastness of God's ocean. Let us stretch our horizons and grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord. But how? Well, you got to get out of that little fish bowl or as I like to refer to it — your comfort zone. You've got to take an interest in others and other things. There are many programs and activities that you can be involved in here at Smithville if you would make the effort. We are always open and looking for more and better ways to reach others with the gospel and to strengthen the members of the congregation.

Our goal is to work, communicate, share, live and grow together in such a way that we become BIG fish in a BIG pond!

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward