The Parable of the Net

Matthew 13:47-50

47 “Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. 48 When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. 49 This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous 50 and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

When you are able and willing to connect to your feelings and needs and realize that everything you do is a strategy to meet needs, it’s like a fisherman who cast his net and catches the largest catch of fish ever. Ah, but when you are not connected and you are so lost, it feels as if the end of the world has come and you were cast out and are all alone in a terrible place. You feel frustrated and hopeless because your needs are not being met. You tell yourself how rotten you are, how terrible you are, if only you would have done the “right” thing.   Know this, that terrible place does not really exist, it is simply a story you are telling yourself. Give yourself empathy, you are doing the best anyone could do if they were you. Keep fishing – you will make the catch.

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