“Launch out into the deep.” Lk 5:4
One of Lewis and Stacey Lux’s hobbies include raising koi fish. One day I was talking to Lewis about why some koi fish grow big while others stay small, he replied, “If a koi fish lives in a small tank it will never grow longer than two or three inches. In a larger pond they can grow up to ten inches long, in ponds the size of mine they’ll get to be eighteen inches long, but if they live in a huge lake where they can swim and stretch, they can grow to be up to three feet in length.”
Listen to me here. The size of the pond determines the size of the fish. The same principle applies to little ideas by little-thinking minds which produce little achievements. However, little ideas that are embraced by big-thinking minds will produce enormous achievements. Jesus said, “According to your faith be it unto you” (Mt 9:29). So we learn here that the size of our faith and the size of our vision will determine the outcome of our idea.
I learned that Thomas Edison installed electric lights in office buildings, for free, before anyone even came to look at them. When the sewing machine was invented in France, a mob showed up and destroyed it. (Uh, don’t ask me why) The Telegraph was around for ten years before anyone began showing interest in it. And when the thought of traveling by train was introduced people laughed because they thought traveling at the speed of 35 miles an hour would stop a persons blood circulation.
Ronald E. Osborn said: “Undertake something difficult; it will do you good. Unless you try something beyond what you have already mastered, you’ll never grow.” What you achieve in life is directly connected to what you attempt. I believe that is why Christ called His disciples to the deep end. It’s there we have our greatest opportunity for growth.