We, too, have been called to follow Jesus and to become "fishers of men." Peter and Andrew left their nets immediately and followed Jesus. We probably weren't asked to quit our jobs or leave our families behind, but we were called to be disciples. There's a saying that says, "Bloom where you're planted." I believe that this tells us to let Jesus come with us into our families, into our workplaces, into our neighborhoods, and be examples of Jesus to others. If we are to be examples of Jesus' love, we must be loving. If we are to bring God's peace, we must have peace within us. To get the hope that we have based on Jesus' gaining our salvation, we must be people of hope. If we want others to believe in a forgiving, accepting God, we must be forgiving and taking in our own lives. Peter, Andrew, James, and John were followed by another eight to become apostles, the twelve men closest to Jesus. One, Judas, would be tempted by greed and possibly by fear and turn away and betray him. Peter would deny him and the others ran away out of fear, but these would have a change of heart and then would remain faithful to their deaths. We will have to decide for ourselves if we will answer Jesus' call, and we will also have to face the consequences of that decision. Being a disciple will never be an easy task. We might face rejection or ridicule from our closest family members or friends. But the peace in our hearts from staying close to Jesus cannot be replaced by anything the world has to offer.
Life is like a bunch of roses. Some sparkle like raindrops. Some fade when there's no sun. Some just fade away in time. Some dance in many colors. Some drop with hanging wings. Some make you fall in love. The beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Life you can be sure of, you will not get out ALIVE.(sorry about that)