“And He said to them, ‘Follow Me , and I will make you fishers of men.’ And they immediately left the nets, and followed Him.” (Matthew 4:19-20 NASB)
Have you ever gone fishing? It’s a simple sport and it doesn’t take long to learn. If you’ve never been fishing, what you do is bait the hook, put it in the water, wait for a tug, and pull the fish in. For Peter and Andrew, they knew this well, since this was something they did every day. I find that’s the way Jesus spoke; He used phrases and parables that His listeners understood. For Peter and Andrew, it was fishing.
Jesus says “Follow Me.” He doesn’t say “Follow Me if you want.” No, Jesus’ command is to follow Him. If we obey Him, He “will make us fishers of men.” When we follow Him, we get to take part in the awesome ministry of telling others about Him. Jesus doesn’t NEED us to help Him, but He gives us this special privilege.
I know what you’re thinking. “I’m just a kid, no one will take me seriously. Witnessing is hard, and when I do witness, no one responds well.” 1 Timothy 4:12 says, “Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.” Don’t be afraid because of your age.
Go all out for God!
Kaylie Hathaway is a fourteen year old ninth grader with a passion for writing. She writes novels, poems, and devotionals of all types. One of her favorite quotes on writing is, “If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.” by Anais Nin. This quote explains exactly how Kaylie writes, pouring out her soul into everything, hoping that the readers grasp this passion.
Kaylie completed her first book when she was ten years old. She’s pursued her passion by taking writing classes in her home-school co-op group, going to the Colorado Christian Writer’s Conference, entering the Poem-A-Day Challenge by Robert Lee Brewer, and writing speeches for competitions she’s participated in in 4-H.
In addition to writing, Kaylie enjoys acting, dancing, reading, karate, baking, sports, and just hanging out with her friends. She one day hopes to be a published author and to be able to give others a joy for writing by becoming an English teacher for high-schoolers.
Kaylie is loving life in Texas with her parents and three siblings, aspiring her dreams, and looking forward to the future.