Do you know what it’s like to fail? And then fail again? An then again, again and again? Do you know that feeling? Some people don’t. They don’t know what it’s like to fail again and again because after they fail once or twice, they quit trying. Many people, when confronted with failure just resign themselves to the idea that it will always be this way. No matter how long it has been this way, it doesn’t have to stay this way. Don’t be afraid just go where life is deeper.
Jesus said to Peter in Luke 5:4, who after fishing hard all night long and didn’t catch one fish, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.”
Don’t settle for a life in the shallow water. Even if you have a history of failure, dare to go deep. Dare to hope for something bigger than you have ever experienced in your life. Even if you’ve worked at something all night and your nets have come up empty again and again and again, don’t be afraid to go out into the deep. That’s where Jesus is calling you. He is out far deeper than your failures. Don’t be afraid—even now, even after every failed attempt—your greatest success is just a few more steps away.
God can redeem a failure, but he can’t do much with a quitter. It’s only when you’re willing to keep casting your net that he’s able to finally fill your life with more than enough. So, get back to work and keep at it. Sometimes the hardest thing in the world is to cast your net one more time. You may be thinking, “I have cast the net as many times as I can possibly cast the net. I don’t have it in me to cast the net again.” Jesus knows you’ve been discouraged. He knows you’re just about ready to give up — on your education, on your job, on your marriage, on your family, on yourself. He’s calling out to you to not settle for less by staying in the shallow end of life. Move out into the deep. Dare to hope. Dare to believe. And dare to cast your net yet again.
Ignore the voice telling you that you may just as well give up for there’s nothing out there in the deep for you. Oh, but there is something out there for you. There’s a new beginning. There’s more blessings that you have room to hold. There is God’s over flowing plan for your life out there…there in the deep. Go Deep!