Jesus called the disciples to forget about the past and to take a risk. Change is threatening; bold moves can earn us scorn and ridicule. It is easier to play it safe. Things go on and nobody notices us. But, as we read in the gospel, he told them to “launch into the deep”. Go somewhere you have never been before. Experience has taught them otherwise. They resist a little; but the call is too compelling. They go. The surprising result changed the course of their lives.
Today, if I hear God’s voice, let me harden not my heart.
What is “the deep” for you? What will risk cost you?
After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon,
“Launch into the deep and lower your nets for a catch.”
Simon said in reply,
“Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing,
but at your command I will lower the nets.”
When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish
and their nets were tearing…
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said,
“Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.”
For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him
and all those with him…
Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid;
from now on you will be catching men.”
When they brought their boats to the shore,
they left everything and followed him.
Luke 5: 1 -11
Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.
We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves.
This is your time and it feels normal to you, but really, there is no normal. There’s only change and resistance to it and then more change.
Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.
Robert F. Kennedy
It doesn’t matter where you are, you are nowhere compared to where you can go.
Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.
Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.