Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him.
-Matthew 4:19-20, NKJV
The journey of writing is a journey of being made into fishers of men. With each manuscript we write, each conference we attend, each rejection we receive, each publication we achieve, and each critique group we participate in, we are being shaped and molded by the Master’s hand so that we can best draw lost souls into the Kingdom of God. Each accomplishment or frustration we experience has its eternal purpose in our lives as we’re learning to catch fish in our heavenly nets. Whether it’s in writing recipes for a kid’s magazine, puzzles, blog posts, picture books, Bible stories, or nonfiction for the educational market, God is teaching us how to fish. If he hands you a fishhook on a pole and gives you a rowboat, rejoice and fish for all you’re worth! If he invites you on a yacht to go deep-sea fishing, rejoice and go for the prize! He has fish in different waters for each one of us to catch.
Dear God, I yield to your teaching. I offer myself to your use. I am following you. Make me a fisher of men! In Jesus’ name. Amen.
-photo of boat on Balboa Island, CA by Nancy I. Sanders