Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. Mark 1:17
My life has been lived for this promise. I am waiting, always waiting to hear Your voice. You have led me, made my feet to walk in certain places, and I am forever indebted to You.
You paid for me with Your blood, and I am unworthy of your help and salvation. None other will help me as You have done, and this I know through rugged experience. I strive with my life, with my soul and mind to do as You would have me to do; I love Your word, and Your promises. I seek to abide in You at all times.
I had fainted unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Surely there is a pathway, and surely that pathway is You. I am not often fast to learn to change and adapt to what is necessary; I have, perhaps, too stringently sought to observe righteousness. I hope not to drive the fish away, yet in my pursuit of You, I may be exclusive of all other things. Yet You have taught that there is a time, and a season for all things under the sun; and my single-mindedness may be as consuming too much honey.
And now do I broaden myself, not that I seek other things, but I seek for You in all of my doings. You have promised to make me a fisher of men if I follow You; my life is lived for this promise. You may not have set me behind a puplit as Bonkey, Finney, Whitefield, or Graham; so many fathers whose lives I have looked to, for the prophet came to turn the hearts of the children to their fathers, and the fathers to their children.
Will a puplit be found, and a net to gather fishes, in athletics? Can combat sports give me a net? Does my serious countenance drive many away? Can humor draw souls to You?
If the Church is in no way helped, warned, blessed, or admonished, surely there are souls that need saving.
My face is toward You, Your promise is sure. I will learn, I will grow, I will adapt, but in discouragement, I will not be disuaded. My God is a faithful God, His promise is True. And I will ever yet live my life for this promise:
Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.