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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Cast Out Your Nets

John 21:6 (NASB)
And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat and you will find a catch.” So they cast, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish.

Matthew 4:19 (NIV)
"Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men."

This morning my wife Kathy set out a few things in the front lawn for a small yard sell.  She said the scripture kept coming to her mind to “cast out your nets.”  She had an assortment of things out most of the morning and made four transactions—only one of which had the return she expected.  That was a sell of $3.25.  The other transactions were defined thusly: a communication or activity between two or more people that influences and affects all of them (Encarta Dictionary).  On this chilly morning she gave a sweater to a neighbor who passed by confined to her motorized wheelchair.  She visited at length with another neighbor, a young man named Aaron who is taking marine science at the University of South Florida.  A finally she gave a bathroom scale to the neighbor on our immediate right, a young man sporting dreadlocks.  Despite the fact that only one transaction transpired as she had anticipated resulting in a little cash, the remaining transactions left her in a glow of accomplishment and good feeling.  In fact, Kathy decided next week she would set up tables in the yard and would anticipate only transactions of the second order.  When we feel compelled to cast out our nets we should not anticipate too narrowly and thus limit too precisely the nature of the returns received. 

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