Anytime we start over again, whether it’s a new career or a new way of life, we need to invest a great deal of time and attention if our new path is to be successful.
Jesus Christ offers us all a new start, with a special invitation to leave behind our investment in worldly cares and follow him. Jesus gave this same invitation to his first disciples, Simon and Andrew, who were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”
I remember the Lord calling me in much the same way. I was beginning to realize that I could not handle my life by myself; I needed some faithful companion who would support me in both good days and bad. It was then that God called me — through my students, who invited me to their home and told me about Jesus, the companion I so dearly needed. From then on I have invested my time and attention in God’s kingdom. I am trying to share the good news of God’s love with those who need desperately to hear it.
With Christ as our companion, we can throw our nets in new directions, and with deep dedication begin or continue our special calling to fish for people by living lives of compassion and love.