Battleship is a game (it’s also a film and an actual military ship) for two players. Each player possesses a fleet of ships they place strategically on a patterned grid of rows and columns. The players alternate turns guessing locations such as B-4, C-3, etc. throughout the course of the game. When a player guesses correctly, the opponent’s response is, “Hit!” When a player guesses incorrectly, the opponent’s response is, “Miss!” When the sufficient number of “hits” is made on a ship, that ship is sunk – a player wins by sinking the opponent’s entire fleet.
Battleship is a guessing game full of hits and misses. Life is full of hits and misses as well but there is too much at stake to make it simply a guessing game. In part 1 (Adventure in Waiting) of CCC’s Hit & Miss series, one of Jesus’ early followers was simply going about his normal day when an invitation changed everything.
Take a few minutes to read Luke 5:1-11 and the next step of considering the following questions about how every average day is an adventure in waiting.
- How do you feel when you work hard at something without seeing results?
- Why do you think great crowds gathered around the places Jesus went?
- What are some reasons Simon might have wanted to say “no” to Jesus borrowing his boat?
- If the normal method of fishing was at night in the shallow waters, how might Simon receive Jesus’ suggestion to push into deep water in the middle of the day?
- What are some reasons Simon might have wanted to say “no” to pushing into deep water?
- Why do you think Simon decided to do what Jesus asked? What is something Jesus is asking you to do you might want to say “no” to? Why should you say “yes”?
- How was the catching of fish a “reward” for Simon doing what Jesus asked? In what ways are we tempted to allow the “reward” to serve as motivation for doing the right thing? How is “reward” an insufficient motivation?
- Why do you think Simon asked Jesus to leave him?
- What does it mean for Jesus to make them “fishers of men”?
- Why do you think they left everything to follow Jesus?
- What next steps will you take for following Jesus to be your normal?
It was just a normal, average day for Simon Peter and his partners – until Jesus showed up. Because they were willing to have their normal interrupted and transformed into a new normal, life would never be the same. They were given a new purpose and a new mission – and they were willing to leave everything they knew as normal to follow Jesus.
It’s easy to get so wrapped up in the normal that we miss Jesus’ invitation into a grand adventure. In the normal of life, there will be times when we miss the mark. In the normal of life, there will be times when we hit the mark. However, the same invitation to adventure to Simon and his partners is the same invitation extended to people today.
Today is Monday – make it a day that you forge a new normal in following Jesus!