The Perfect Cast
I am not a fishermen. Yet each July I find myself on a boat hoping to catch something--maybe a small fish, a large boot, or even a cold so I don't have to embarrass myself any further.
Four other people and I serve on the board of a church in Las Vegas. None of us are members or even live in the city; we are brought in as business counselors for the operation of the church. Each year we attend a retreat in Missoula, Montana, where we all climb into boats, row out into the Bitterroot River, and fly fish.
Fly fishing is different from the drop-your-pole-in-the-lake kind of fishing that many are familiar with. In fly fishing, the key is in the casting. The best rod and reel and the perfect bait won't help. Unless the fisherman knows how to cast, he's not going to catch anything.
The perfect cast involves both hands working at the same time, pulling and throwing simultaneously. I think. I actually don't know because I've never caught anything. The other people in my boat? They know how to cast. The proof is in the fish they catch. Last July I grew increasingly frustrated as I watched another board member catch something every third cast. I cast and cast all day long, and I didn't catch anything. I did learn an important lesson, however: The power isn't in the number of times we cast; the power is in the perfect cast.
This is also true of vision casting. We can have the perfect vision, but unless we know how to cast that vision, it will never grab hold of anyone.
(Taken in part from: What's Shakin' Your Ladder? by Dr. Sam Chand)