Do you like it or love it?

I love fishing.

I don’t know exactly why I love fishing. Maybe it was imprinted on me as a child. My dad loved to fish, and we made many memories with a pole in our hands. Perhaps it is the joy of the unknown. When you set the hook, you never know what is at the other end of the line. It could simply be that I love the taste of freshly cooked fish and want more to eat. There are dozens of little factors that make me love fishing.

Since I love it so much, there are very few limits on my fishing. I had gotten up well before dawn and stayed up all night. I have driven hundreds of miles and paid money to have a chance to catch something unique or big. I have purchased hundreds of dollars in the tackle and spent thousands on boats. I have missed meals, sleep, tv, and even dates for a chance to go fishing. The two nights of my Jr. and Sr. prom were spent fishing with a friend. Days, week and years of my life have been spent pursuing this one passion. Do you get the picture? I love fishing.

On the other hand, I like basketball.

I enjoy it most when my children play the game, but I like it as a sport. I watch it on TV when it is convenient. I do not plan my day or any activities around basketball. During March Madness each year I stay up late to watch some games, but I have never gotten up early to watch. I haven’t spent any money on basketball. I have seen two professional games and a few college ones, but those were usually tickets someone else bought. I have no real favorite pro team, but dad made me be an Indiana University basketball fan. I cannot recall ever missing a meal or a date for a game. I like basketball. I enjoy it and watch it whenever my schedule allows.

There are days when we need to ask ourselves honestly, “Do I love or like Jesus?”

Matthew 22:36-38 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” (37) Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ (38) This is the first and greatest commandment.” (New International Version)

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