Courage to Say "Yes"

By: Nelson Gomes

Mark 1: 16-17

"As he passed the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simeon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

When asked to write this reflection, I immediately said, "Me? I’m not a writer!” After reading the above passage my heart was changed. Who am I to say “No” to a service for our Lord? I’m only being asked to write a few words, not to leave my job for a stranger like the apostles. Little did I know on my first CIC Challenge Weekend that I was leaving my old way of life for a new life and heart that would change me for the better.

My first weekend taught me to open my heart to Jesus in new ways so that I could be an example to my family, my coworkers, and friends. This has taken time.

Looking back, I realize that I have made many changes in my life simply by trusting that Jesus is at my side in all that I say and do. Even when I was not aware of his presence he has been there for me.

Now, after many retreats, with the help of my weekly CIC meetings with my brothers in faith and a daily prayer life, I have come a long way with Jesus. Today I am involved with other ministries in the church, treating people better, and being an example to others to follow Jesus.

My trust in the Lord has helped me to speak freely, using the name of Jesus when needed and silent prayer the rest of the time. Knowing that my brothers in CIC are with me all the way helps me and gives me the courage to say “Yes” when asked to do something I would never have done many years ago.

So now, when asked to be a fisher of men, I am eager to invite other men to attend a CIC retreat. Even when they say “No”, I know that Jesus is with me and I have been learning to follow him.

TAKE THE CHALLENGE: What is my immediate response when I am called to serve Christ through serving others? What holds me back?