I watched with Canadian pride as our figure skating team won the gold medal at the 2018 Olympics in Korea. The announcer said this about Tessa Virtue, who skating with ice dance partner Scott Moir, sealed the deal for gold. “Curiosity drives her, not ego.” In my opinion, ego can only take you so far. Eventually, ego can corrupt and even crumble. Ego can cloud perspective and cause a loss of respect. But curiosity can bring innovation, resilience, and discovery. Curiosity can drive you into the unknown with anticipation rather than fear. It compels us to look for success around the next corner, to test drive the variables which will help us excel. Ego can end up imprisoning a person, and alienate those whom we want to serve and bring value to. Curiosity, conversely, is the activity of the truly free. Are you working and walking in the freedom of curiosity or in the slavery to ego?
Have you ever wanted to get beyond the disappointment of failure? Have you ever had to do something that you just did not want to do?
For Peter and his fellow fishermen, it had been a night of struggle. Hard work all night, but not a single fish. The last thing they desired was to go back out there tired.
But when The Lord instructs, directs, exhorts …. Luke 5:5 “BUT, because YOU say so, I will let down the nets …”
*** Preference & priority is given to His word to us.***
Luke 5:6,7 “When they did so, they caught so many fish the nets began to break …. enough to sink two boats!”
Therefore: to be successful
1. Keep at it; do it over and over again; even when you are tired try again.
2. Consider listening to the voice of Jesus – perhaps he can offer some good advice!
3. Make sure your ‘nets’ are ready and capable to handle success.