Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thought of the Day !!

When [Jesus] had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish."

"Master," Simon replied, "we worked hard all last night and didn't catch a thing. But if you say so, I'll let the nets down again." And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear!
                                        Luke 5:4-6 (NLT)

Simon (or Peter) and the guys have been out all night fishing.  They knew what they were doing.  They weren't amateurs.  They fished for a living.  But there was just no fish to be found this evening.  They had failed miserably at their task.

Jesus tells Simon to go out into the deep water, and go fishing.  Simon tells Jesus that there's nothing to be caught.  Maybe then there's a pause.  And then he says "Well, ok, if you say so.  We will do what you say."  And a miracle happens.  There's more fish than they could ever imagine.

How often have you gotten discouraged by failure?  Maybe it was a failed business…maybe a failed marriage…maybe a failure in school or in raising kids…maybe a health that has failed you.  

How have you handled it?  Have you given up and become defeated.  Do you live in the past, all the while becoming bitter.  Or do you pick yourself up, dust yourself off and commit yourself to moving forward?

Giving up on life only leads to depression, sour moods and ultimately a bleak existence.  Living in the past with bitterness and unforgiveness only leads to unhappiness.  But moving forward with the help of Jesus, will lead to life…to victory over any defeats that may come our way.  But moving forward takes commitment.  It's a commitment not to give up.  May we all commit to never giving up.

In the love of Christ,



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