Read through the Gospels in a Year: Luke 5:1-11
Read the New Testament in a Year: Philippians 1:12-20

Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people. — Luke 5:10

When our family goes on vacation, we love the beach and adventure. The highlights of our trips for the kids? Although they like all of that stuff, they usually get the most excited for random gift shops. In other parts of life, don’t we also get sidetracked by gimmicks or gadgets or something else? We are often surrounded by magnificent events or people or tasks, and all we do is “take in the gift shops.” We miss what is really there because we are distracted by the trivial.

Peter and the others had good reason to be fishing. It was their livelihood. They probably thought they would be fishing every day for the rest of their lives. And there wouldn’t have been anything wrong with that. But God had something else in mind for them. Imagine what they would have missed out on if they had declined Jesus’ invitation and remained in their boats!

Don’t get distracted by the ­trivial things in life and miss what God might be calling you to do. The gift shop isn’t all there is. He has so much more in store for us all.