Just Tell It

Golden fish hookJUST TELL IT

Come and listen, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me (Psalm 66:16).

Scripture: Psalm 66:16–20
Song: “I Love to Tell the Story”

The gold-plated fish hook on the man’s shirt collar grabbed my attention. It reminded me of my dad; he often pinned his favorite fishing fly or lure on his hat. After I’d snuck several glances, the man walked over and introduced himself. Our conversation soon turned to fishing.

I discovered this gold hook was John’s favorite one; he had caught more fish with it than any other. He told me that he once hooked a 200-pounder with it.

John always kept his favorite hook handy in case he saw a fish. In fact, he said, he had one on the line now (and he started to tug on his collar as if a fish were nibbling). That’s when I realized John had been fishing for me. With his hook set, John told me the story of his own experience of being caught—by the greatest fisherman of all.

Our witness matters. People may dismiss our doctrine, or disagree with our beliefs, but they cannot deny what God has done in our lives. If we’ll just tell them how God has graciously reached into our hearts, we can let Him take care of the rest.

Father, I know we all have different stories. Some have experienced Your healing, others a wonderful answer to prayer. But all of us have known Your unconditional favor through Christ’s work of atonement. Help me to tell of Your great goodness in my life. In Jesus’ name. amen.

“Just Tell It” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2007 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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4 thoughts on “Just Tell It

    1. Charles Earl Harrel Post author

      Hi Lynn. Thanks for the comment. Yes, the man was a good fisher of souls. No doubt, he had reeled in many a fish for the Lord. As for me, however, I had already been caught—many years before. Still, I was intrigued with his witnessing method. And it works too. I’ve used it.


  1. L.

    Charles, your story, “Just Tell It” is wonderful and helps us understand, that telling our own story need not be complex. Recently, out of nowhere, a total stranger asked, “What’s your story?” Seems, these days, there are hungry fish that will swim right up to you, even strangers, needing just a morsel of something that gives them hope for their future. I’m so glad you are doing this through your writng. “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:3



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