Time to Cut Bait

I’m not a fisherman, but I’ve been fishing.  Which makes me an expert, right?

Sometimes there are times when you just need to cut bait and move on.  Maybe you’ve snagged some driftwood.  Maybe the fish isn’t worth it.  Maybe your hook is stuck in the mud.  And you could fight and fight and fight…but you’re not going to drag in the bottom of the lake.  If you’re stuck, cut bait and move on.

Let it go

We often need to do this with our ideas, too…even the good ones.  We get so personally invested in them that we hold on as if our lives are at stake.  We need to know what’s worth fighting for, what ideas are so valuable that we will reel them in at all costs.  And what ideas can be released.

There comes a time when holding on to that idea, that project, that program…that it begins to drag you into the water with it.  Your idea has lost traction, the program isn’t accomplishing what you wanted it to, and the project is sapping all of your effort with very little result to show for it.

We need to remember that it’s okay to cut bait sometimes.    Cutting bait means you’re done with that line.  With that area of the pond.  With that fish.

But it doesn’t mean that you’re done fishing.

What ‘good idea’ have you held on to for too long?

Is there one you can let go of today?

Is there a program that you can let sink?

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Ben Reed is the small groups pastor at Long Hollow, a multi-site church in the Nashville, TN, area. He holds an Mdiv from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ben is also an avid coffee drinker and CrossFitter, but not at the same time. Catch up with Ben at BenReed.net. In his book, "Starting Small: The Ultimate Small Group Blueprint," he helps leaders through the process of putting a small group ministry together and creating a place where people belong so they can become.