“He said to them, ‘Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ At once they left their nets and followed him” – Matthew 4:19-20
I think about the times I have responded in the affirmative and didn’t necessarily have any good defensible or logical reason to do so: the times when I answered yes and followed a path just as St. Andrew said yes and followed Jesus. Accepting that first job offer, signing that first lease, agreeing to do a favor for a friend before I even heard what the favor would be, saying that of course I had time to listen and of course I wouldn’t laugh or get mad or think it was stupid; stating yes I will marry you and build a whole new world with you and raise children with you and grow old with you.
Perhaps not logical, but definitely worth it. For all the risk, I answered yes because my heart (and maybe my gut, too) knew that it was a chance to build a career or create a home or support a friend or raise a child or marry the love of my life. It is not just hindsight that I made the right choices. It’s that I want to be a person who is brave, a person who takes chances, a person whose faith in herself reflects her faith in a God who never abandons. I make all those ordinary, unspectacular choices because they lead to the extra-ordinary, spectacular gift of my life.
Dear Lord, grant me the faith of St. Andrew, to always say yes to the opportunities in my life to serve you and your people.
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