Have you ever driven yourself crazy trying to do something you’re confident you can do yourself…only to have someone else come along and do the same thing with little to no effort at all?

As a kid, my Mom was notorious for this…and it used to get on my last nerve. I could be straining to open a mayonnaise jar until my hands were sore, and then Mom would come along and pop it open in like 2 seconds.

I find myself in that position a lot as a grown man…struggling in my own efforts to accomplish a task or goal, hitting a proverbial brick wall, and then having someone come behind me and take care of it without even breaking a sweat. Except, that someone isn’t Mom anymore.

It’s Jesus.

I think I can relate to Peter, that time when he and his fellow fishermen spent an entire night fishing without catching a thing. They spot Jesus the next morning, surrounded by the masses…and, upon His request, they lend Him a boat to use as a preaching platform. After His sermon, Jesus asks them to give fishing another try. And Peter is like…

“Master, we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” (Luke 5:5, NLT)

And, lo and behold, they pull in a boatload of fish…literally.

It’s funny…how often I find myself wasting unnecessary time and energy, trying to do it all on my own and coming up short…only to have Jesus come up behind me and tell me to try again. And I’m like…

“Really, Lord? You’ve seen all the toil and effort I’ve put into this, with nothing to show for it.

But…if you say so…I’ll give it another shot.”

And the more I find myself saying that, the more “fish” I seem to catch. It makes me think that I should just get His help to begin with. 

Maybe I’ll make a habit of that from now on.

Written by Wayne

Wayne is a husband, father, avid reader and writer, and youth minister who happens to believe that Jesus is central to every aspect of life…the individual, family, society, government, philosophy, the arts…and everything in between.

He’s committed to challenging preconceived notions about what it means to follow Jesus, and seeks to engage the culture instead of running from it.

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