“Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?” They answered Him, “No.” And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some. ” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish.”
John 21:3-6 NKJV
I spent many years in my life jumping through hobbies and activities searching for something to fill a need of purpose and success. It is a desire that can cause us to pull all nighters in hopes of accomplishing something great. Many of us may have and will continue to deal with this each day. Sometimes, I am met with the failure of not accomplishing what I set out to do. It is something I have come face to face with over the years. Many times, failure has been the cause for my quitting. Enough failure can lead us to say that we were not cut out for what we were doing.
One thing I have learned in my journey is how easy it is to get caught up in my own plan for success that I leave God out of my plans. In times of failure or weariness, God might encourage us to continue. However, the difference is that we simply need to obey His leading and not our own. When He says to cast, I want to cast. My success is not built on my ability, but using my ability in the way God wants me to use it. When success happens, God gets the glory.The Bible calls us to do all things heartily unto God and not man (Colossians 3:23). This applies to when we are called to step out and witness to a stranger or how we choose to be at work.
What is it that you need to do again with God in mind? Where should you cast your net? What is he telling you to do? Where have you been met with failure that God wants to show his glory?