Clean slate

Luke 5:1-11: …[Jesus] said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break.

A writer in The Economist magazine reflected on opportunities and challenges facing England as it leaves the European Union. That writer said, “the opportunity is huge, for rarely does an advanced economy get to review its regulation from first principle.”

It is rare for a system to have the chance to reinvent or refocus itself, but it is a daily occurrence for the Christian human being. No matter how complicated life becomes, I can, at any moment, choose to turn back toward God and focus my attention there.

When Jesus was in the boat with Simon, he told his friend, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon protested that they had “worked all night but [had] caught nothing.” He assumed that the past necessarily predicts the future, and that further effort would mean further frustration.

But like Simon, we have Jesus in the boat with us. Whatever we tried in the past may not have worked, but we are not limited in the future to the incapacity of the past.

Unlike advanced economies, I now (and every day) get to review my life from first principle.

Psalm 37: 1-18; Daniel 5:13-30; 1 John 5:13-20(21)

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