In another thread, SBCpreacher made this statement about people wanting to be free from the bondage of God.... "That sounds like the goldfish that wanted to be out of the bondage of the fish bowl. "Free at last" became "fool at last." This made me think... My sermon this Sunday will be based on Acts 3:1-6. Where the Crippled man was begging, and Peter said, "Silver and Gold have I none, but such as I have give I thee..." I am pointing out that People need the Lord! Not Silver or Gold, but Jesus... although they think they need something else... Anyway, here is the opening illustration I just wrote based on SBCpreacher's statement... A Story… There once was a Goldfish named Fred…. Fred never was satisfied…He always wanted more. You could feed him 3 times a day, and he wanted fed 4 times… You could buy him new gravel, and he wanted marbles… You could buy him a new house to put in his bowl, and he wanted the castle.. But the one thing Fred dreamed about… Was… Living outside that bowl! Day by day he watched people through his little glass window… They could walk from room to room, They could talk to each other.. They could walk out the door.. And he could hear them talk about going to the mall. And there he was… Stuck in a bowl… All he could do was swim in circles! Although On Sundays he would pretend he was his favorite NASCAR Driver, Tony Stewart… He loved the color of Tony’s Car!! And he couldn’t wait until Sundays… As the race was going on, he would pretend he was Tony… He would go round and round until he hit the side of the bowl!!! Then he would try to blame someone else!!! But ANYWAY One day he devised a plan… He heard his owners talk about going to the mall… So he thought to himself…. ”Today I am going to be a free fish!!!, no longer will I be shackled to this bowl full of water… If they can be free, I deserve to be free also… So when the leave…I am out of here!!” Sure enough… Within the hour The owners left to go to the mall… Fred thought to himself, “Here’s my chance!” So he backed up as far as he could go into the lower corner of his bowl… Then as fast as he could, he swam towards the top of the water… Then…. Up and out of the bowl he flew!!! Fred felt the exhilarating feeling of flying for the first time in his life… He began singing, “Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty, I’m free at last!!!” But then… Ka plunk!!! Fred hit the floor!! There he lay gasping for air! And what he thought was freedom… Was actually Death!!! He forgot about one thing…. The Cat!!!