Two fishermen were swapping fish stories. As fishermen often do, the stories got bigger and better.
One fisherman said to the other, “Last summer in Montana, I caught a twenty-six-pound speckled trout.”
“No way!” said the other fisherman. “Well, the last time I was in Montana, I threw my bare hook in the water and caught a Coleman lantern.”
“Oh yeah, and it was lit!”
“No way!” the fisherman said.
“Yes, I’m telling you, it was still lit!”
Finally, the fisherman bargained, “Hey look, I’ll take ten pounds off my trout if you’ll blow out your lantern.”
That is the nature of fish stories, right? They get bigger and better (maybe) until they are so exaggerated that they are unbelievable.
But there was a story told by Galilean fishermen long ago that is not only extraordinary and miraculous. It is credible and authentic as well. It has been called the greatest story ever told. It isn’t exaggerated, though some think it is. It does top all the other fishermen stories because it is a story of incredible love. We may find it hard to believe if it wasn’t for one established fact: the main character was a real living person whose life, death, resurrection, and ascension to heaven has been testified to by more witnesses than we have record of (1 Corinthians 15:1-8).
Yes, his name is Jesus, and what makes his story so convincing is that everyone through the centuries who has trusted in his story’s validity has come away a new person.
Are you tired of being the same person you’ve been? Need some inspiration? Need a new purpose in life? Need to be kinder, more generous, more involved in the community, a giver of your time and talents? Do you want 2021 to be the year of the turn around? I recommend picking up a Bible and reading the gospel story. See if Jesus doesn’t move your heart and mind to want a new you in 2021.