In today’s Gospel reading, the fishermen left everything behind and followed Jesus.
But, how do you completely leave everything behind?
How do you make time for the only work that matters—to be fishers of men, to be Jesus to others?
It’s not easy to give up on our bad habits and our sins.
But, it’s even more difficult to give up on the habits that do not seem so bad, that do not harm others, and that give us pleasure—such as watching TV, playing video games, or mindlessly scrolling down our social media newsfeed.
How do you, no, how do we give all these up to follow Jesus?
Imagining it long-term, it’s difficult to never watch TV ever again.
It’s difficult to never pick up another video game.
It’s difficult to never scroll down mindlessly on our newsfeed again.
It’s difficult to never feel angry, bitter, worried, or anxious ever again.
But, if you make a decision daily, if you commit one day at a time, it seems doable and achievable.
Leaving everything behind is a daily decision.
That’s why we pray everyday. That’s why we ask for God’s grace to follow Him everyday.
That’s why we need to take up our cross everyday.
Before we can leave everything behind and take up our cross for the rest of our lives, why don’t we leave everything behind and take up our cross today? Even just for today.
Then, let’s just do it again tomorrow. And the next day. And the next.
“Do not worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will take care of itself.” — Matthew 6:34