Posted by onemansbeliefs on November 29, 2010
“And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.” Luke 5:3-4
I wonder what people think when they hear the phrase “launch out into the deep.” I’ve been (not sure about others) taught that Jesus expects me to step out and get in over my head. To go beyond my level of security and the firm foundation of that with which I am familiar. This will put me in a position where I will have to rely on him completely. This is what I believed and it left me not wanting to hear from Jesus.
However, this is a story about the goodness of God. He used Peter’s boat to assist Him in the preaching of the Gospel and rewarded Peter handsomely in return. I’ve always liked the thought of the net breaking harvest, but had trouble wanting to launch out into the deep. Stepping into the unknown brings with it apprehension, anxiousness and fear. This is where I was having trouble. I understand the goodness of God and trusting in Jesus, but why would either cause me to be surrounded by feelings that are from neither.
If launching out makes me feel uncomfortable and I’m getting it second-hand, I wondered how Peter must have felt when he was told to do so by Jesus, Himself. Back to the story…
“And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.” Luke 5:5
Just like I thought, Peter’s response is filled with fear and trepidation.
Peter did not experience any of the feelings I feel when told to launch out into the deep. Why? All Jesus told Peter to do was “go back to work.” This may be the key to us receiving our harvest. If you own a business, work a little extra when it seems like there will be no result. If you work for someone, work a little overtime at no charge to your employer.
So, don’t be afraid when you hear Jesus say, “Launch out into the deep.”
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Posted by onemansbeliefs on February 11, 2009
Hope and Change…
These are the words that have been hammered into our heads for the last two years. Over and over all those who chose not to support our previous President have spoken these words. Hope and Change. These are powerful words and they were used effectively. Numerous individuals were indoctrinated with these words and came to believe that Hope and Change was the only alternative.
We were never given details of what Hope and Change would bring or how it would come to pass in our lives. It was as if, said enough, this would bring about the Hope and Change of which was spoken. However, Hope and Change are merely words and they by themselves fall short of bringing about the hope and change that was encouraged by so many.
Hope – To wish for something with expectation. A desire accompanied by some confident expectation. Something that is desired.
Change – To be or cause to be different, alter.
Sadly, the something or the desire in Hope and the different in Change were never defined or explained by those that were championing these words. Hope and Change were simply stated as not being President Bush or his policies. In order to accept the Hope and Change as presented by the harbingers of Hope and Change one must believe that President Bush and all he accomplished as President are wrong. This is a belief that I will never have or present when discussing our previous President. This does not mean that I concur with each and every decision he made in regards to all the situations presented before him. I do not, but I do believe he thought his actions were in the best interest of the United States of America.
It might be just me, but Hope and Change are not the words that I heard for the past two years. Each time the words Hope and Change were spoken, I heard…
Hate and Fear…
Hate all things Bush and Fear that all things he did will remain. The words Hate and Fear are just as powerful as Hope and Change, but with one difference. Hate and Fear can be void of rationality and this makes them both dangerous. I believe Hate and Fear require an action without an intelligent thought process. One example is the executive decision to close Guantanamo Bay, or Gitmo as it is readily known. President Bush created it; hence it is wrong and must not be allowed to continue.. Our President has signed an order and Gitmo will be closed in one year. This decision has been made without knowing how it is to be closed. Without knowing where those that are held in this secure location are to be sent. Without knowing how to determine the guilt, innocence, punishment or release of those held.
This kinda reminds me of the joke where a stranger asks an old farmer for directions and the farmer says, “You can’t get there from here.”
The thing I find odd about Hate and Fear is that it makes so many people happy. I’m not sure why, but I think it has something to do with making them feel better about themselves. Again, an irrational thought process. I may not have all the answers, but there is one thing I can do…
I can Hope those that Hate and Fear will Change their ways…
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