Casting Nets


John 21: 3-6a Simon Peter announced, "I'm going fishing." The rest of them replied, "We're going with you." They went out and got in the boat. They caught nothing that night. When the sun came up, Jesus was standing on the beach, but they didn't recognize him. Jesus spoke to them: "Good morning! Did you catch anything for breakfast?" They answered, "No." He said, "Throw the net off the right side of the boat and see what happens." (The Message)

One of my favorite Bible verses in the Bible to apply to business is found in John 21. As an entrepreneur, the journey is filled with try and try again. No real failure as long as there are lessons. But sometimes the simplest one is this: Listen for God’s instructions & timing is everything.

If God says, “Do it now!” You do it now.

Even if you’ve already done it before and came up empty. I founded and own Life Souvenirs. It began as doing memorial and milestone tribute videos to honor loved ones. It spread by word of mouth. When my Dad died, I dried up. I had no energy nor fortitude to do the deep dives necessary to connect and tell and celebrate the stories of others while my own story was in a season of grief and devastation. It took 5 years to come back to it. My brother was the first person I told. He was so happy for me and said he never really understood why I stopped in the first place. Little did we know at the time, doing his memorial tribute was my first one I did after deciding to resurrect Life Souvenirs.

For the next few years, I struggled. I will also note that my faith was dwindling at the time. I really didn’t care if God had anything to say about my business, I wasn’t listening. I tried to come up with affordable options without me not getting paid just pennies on the hour to do so. I just couldn’t find that magic wand. Finally, last year right before the beginning of the pandemic, I was back stronger in my faith, ready to partner with God, and He tells me, “Not now. It’s ok to put it on the back burner. That doesn’t mean we are not letting this go.” And so, I did.

During the pandemic I focused more on my faith and things I know God has called me to do. (This blog, for example.) I had it hosted on a ridiculously expensive host and I just wasn’t motivated. Then, as I dug into my Divine Partnership with God, doors started to open, paths became clearer and I am creating something new out of the ashes of burn out, a crisis of faith, and grief. Grace and Rapture is a more personal journey - mine - and the impact of faith and Divine impact on the business plan.

Then God said, “The time for Life Souvenirs is now.”

I do have a much more streamlined system of methods that is more affordable and accessible for those family storytellers looking for ways to tell their stories and celebrate loved ones. There are options to hire me along the way for the things that are too intimidating. I also offer a line of products that can honor milestones and treasured moments. I am also launching a community off of facebook for family storytellers and for deeper dives to develop your own Bible-based Life & Business Plan.

So, here we are. It’s something to celebrate. So, May, we are celebrating. (This is cool because it’s also my birthday month.) We are celebrating stories of grace and rapture. We are celebrating those stories that are life’s souvenirs. We will look at legacy impact with joy and enthusiasm. We are celebrating the stories of friends and fellow sojourners who have come alongside us in our own journeys

And we are celebrating casting our nets on the other side of the boat.

So, check out the link (see the menu - click on all the links and find the May Celebration link) and join the event - we will be celebrating our stories throughlyt the month of May.

Peter told them, “I’m going fishing.” And they all replied, “We’ll go with you.” So, they went out and fished through the night, but caught nothing.

Then at dawn, Jesus was standing there on the shore, but the disciples didn’t realize that it was him! He called out to them, saying, “Hey guys! Did you catch any fish?”

“Not a thing,” they replied.

Jesus shouted to them, “Throw your net over the starboard side, and you’ll catch some!” And so they did as he said, and they caught so many fish they couldn’t even pull in the net!

How have you / can you cast your nets on the other side of the boat?