Friday, September 20, 2013

If only we could do it like we used to do it….

Every person, every family, every business, every Church, faces the same dilemma. We look at the past and wonder why things have to change. The past is something we know and are proud of, especially when we recognize past accomplishments. There comes a time, though, when “the way we did it before” just won’t result in the same accomplishments of the past. There comes a time when we have to venture into the unknown, and try something new, in order to experience success.

Four men experienced just such a day while they were fishing. They had worked all night, using the same techniques that had resulted in “a good catch” so many times before. The only problem was, this time there was no catch, not one fish. Then a respected teacher named Jesus came and said, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” (Luke 5.4) The leader of the fishing crew said, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” (Luke 5.5) We know the rest of the story…..they caught so many fish, that their nets were almost breaking and they had to call their partners to bring another boat to help haul in the catch.

Sometimes we have to trust in God enough and admit that we might not always know the best way to accomplish something, or as was the case with the fishermen, what used to work in the past, might not work anymore to accomplish the same results. Sometimes (most times really) we have to accept that OUR way is RARELY the best way to achieve results. We will only experience “a great catch” when we try it God’s way. Something to think about….

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