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By Jeff Roman

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child, but when I became a man, I put away childish things. (One Corinthian's 13:11)

I cannot count the many ways that I am blessed. There are to many and they are to numerous. And most of us probably fall into the same boat. Which is a good boat to be in.

The last tournament of the season (which for me was only the second one of the year) is in one of my favorite places to go and fish. Mid-October is can be stocked full of small mouth bass. And guess what?, this year it was. And only being in the second tournament I fished all year, it is one tournament I do not want to miss because I love being there. The place where it is does not matter, because we all have one of those places. That place that is special beyond words whether it be because of the fishing or the natural beauty or because of the camaraderie that is shared by those that are there at the time. this place happens to hold all three of those qualities for me.

For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. (1-Corinthians 13:12)

One of the things I have been truly blessed with are the amazing friends I have. And I have been blessed with many. One such friend is that of my tournament partner who I spent this weekend with. This body of water that we were on is also very special to him. So special that he owns a trailer at a campground only a mile from the boat ramp. He spends every extra minute he has at that camper and on that water fishing all year long. You could say he had done his homework for this tournament. The river did rise approximately 6 feet over the previous two weeks leading up to our event. Even with that he had done his homework and stayed on top of what the fish were doing. So when it came time the homework he had done paid off for us. A good bag of smallies on day one and in fourth place and then a better bag on Sunday(got some bigger ones to bite) and we captured first place! An amazing weekend where the homework paid off and we were able to hoist the winning prize!

Homework is important! Are we doing enough homework in our spiritual life? God's grace and salvation is free for the asking. It is given to us without any strings attached. But we have to do our homework to know and understand it. And get to know Him better. We need to be doing our homework to get to know Him better to work on our walk and relationship with Him so that one day we can hoist that special winning prize. Our entrance into heaven!! Are you doing your homework?

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three, but the greatest of these-is love! (1 Corinthians 13:13)

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