The American Dream isn’t all it’s geared up to be. This story demonstrates the circular reasoning of our culture. An American entrepreneur went to a little fishing village in Mexico and met a fisherman with a small catch of fish. The entrepreneur asked him, “Why is it that you caught so few fish today?”

The villager said, “This is all I need to supply myself and my family with food for today.”

“Oh no, you need to go out and catch more fish, and then sell them. Pretty soon you’ll be able to buy another boat and hire more people, and then you will have a whole empire of boats and trollers, and have a fish company that would rival anywhere else in the world.”

“I don’t know. How long would that take?”

“About 20 years, I guess.”

The native shrugged his shoulders and said, “All I do every day is go out, do a little fishing, come home, and play with the kids a little bit. I take a siesta, and then I go out and spend some time with my friends and play my guitar. . . . So what happens after these 20 years?”

“When your business gets really big, you can start buying and selling stocks, and make millions.”

“Millions? Really? And then after that, what do I do?”

“You can retire. You can live in a little coastal village, go out and catch a few fish, spend some time with your kids, take a siesta, and play the guitar with your friends at night.”

The fisherman was living the dream the entrepreneur pursued, and he didn’t even have to wait 20 years to see it happen. This is a reality for those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ. The Bible promises if we seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, everything we need will be given to us. Don’t wait for retirement; start living the dream today by seeking the Lord.

It is not your business to succeed, but to do right: when you have done so, the rest lies with God. — C.S. Lewis

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.