From My Diary

Written by Julie

On February 9, 2021

Yay, another post finally! Ahem. Anyways. . . I saw the below quote the other day, it stuck in my head, and I started coming up with a poem. And then I decided to write about it in my journal, and that turned into some rambling thoughts, and I chose to share it with y’all. šŸ˜Š I kept it the same as the original, other than fixing/finishing some quotes.

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Lift up your head, fisherman.

-Jesus, to Peter, scene from The Chosen

Lift your head.
Look at Me.
See the mercy in My eyes?
I know you’re sinful,
I know you’re unworthy–
But, o ye of little faith,
Don’t you know
I love you
With all that I AM?
You’ll fall sometimes,
And make a mess,
And even stray
From My loving embrace.
But lift your head!
Look at Me,
And believe!
I know the plans I have for you,
And I won’t let you drown.
Lift your head, fisherman;
Now you’re My fisher of men.

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The world began by the voice of God speaking. The planets and stars, the land and sea, each animal–it all came to be through His words.

And life begins by His words. Life ends when He says so. And perhaps most beautiful, life changes because of His voice.

“You are forgiven.” “You are My child.” “I love you.” “Come. . .” “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

From fishermen to fishers of men. Their lives changed–in so many unexpected, astounding, wonderful ways. Jobs, beliefs, passions, etc. All because of His voice.

And His voice didn’t just change their lives–it changed them. I read a quote about how Jesus called Peter a rock long before he was stable. . . Jesus doesn’t call us by what we are but by what we can be, by what He wants us to be. And I believe, that oftentimes, what we are called is what we will become.

Call a boy a gentleman and watch his shoulders straighten. Call a girl a lady and watch her spirit turn graceful. Humanity was brought into existence by God speaking words into the void of the universe. We tend to become what we are called.

from Pinterest

Voices and words are powerful. And, as we see above, they can bring about good. . . But they can also bring about bad if we’re not careful. I could spiel for awhile about not bullying, being kind to others, complimenting instead of criticizing, etc., etc.

But what about our words to/about ourselves?

I feel like waaay too many people, including myself, put themselves down (or arrogantly lift themselves up, but that’s another topic). We berate ourselves, criticize ourselves, call ourselves mean and degrading names/attributes. . . We become what we are called.

If Jesus calls us beloved, worthy, forgiven, beautiful, etc. . . . why can’t we? Do we know better than He does? Can we see what He sees?

Listen for His voice, to His words. It–He–will change everything.

Satan knows your name but he calls you by your sin. But God knows your sin but He calls you by your name.

from Pinterest

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Jesus changed them from fishermen to fishers of men. He changed Simon’s name to Peter, and Levi the tax collector became Matthew the disciple.

Things have to change when we follow Jesus. Definitely spiritually–we change from children of the devil to children of God, go from death to life, etc. But maybe it’s in other ways too. Jobs, passions, hobbies, friends, places we go, things we watch/read/do, etc.

And maybe they’ll change because Jesus is calling us to something different/better. Being fishermen wasn’t wrong, was what provided for them and others, etc. But Jesus wanted them to be fishers of men. And He told them, “Follow Me, and I’ll make you…” So maybe we’ll have to leave this good, even “Christian”, job and go do something else, because that’s what Jesus calls us to do.

Sometimes change comes before something big, or so that something big can happen.

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There you have it, folks: a glimpse into my rambling writing (aren’t you glad I don’t write all my posts that way?)! Hopefully this will not be the end of breaking my period of silence here. Again, feel free to share verses/quotes, ideas/suggestions, etc. with me! šŸ˜Š

		
Julie

Julie

Hi, I'm Julie, a 16 year-old lover of books, music, and Jesus. I'm a sophomore in high school (Abeka Academy), and am starting my second year of violin lessons. I also co-publish a digital magazine called Priceless geared toward teen girls. My desire is to use my words to glorify my Saviour and to encourage you in your walk with God. I'd love to hear from you!

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Matt
Matt
8 months ago

I love this quote: “Satan knows your name but he calls you by your sin. But God knows your sin but He calls you by your name.” Yes, change is never easy, but when God is bringing the change…WOW!