“Simon said in reply, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.” (Luke 5:5)
“We’ve tried it before.” Do you ever get that response when you have a new idea? I’m even guilty of saying that to people who are new to the organization. That phrase, “We’ve tried it before,” is like throwing a wet blanket on a fire. It takes away the person’s enthusiasm and automatically diminishes what they were hoping to bring forward.
When did we become so closed to new ideas in our world? Imagine if someone had told the Wright brothers this. They were certainly not the first to try the idea of flight. They, however, were the first to succeed. New ideas are not always necessarily new. People may have tried a thing in the past and failed, but maybe this person will be the one to find a solution to the former problems.
Even Jesus experienced the “we’ve already tried that” mentality. It was only when Simon did indeed try it again that the fish were so abundant that they almost sank the ships. How sorry he would have been for not trying an old idea one more time. We can have this same power in our world. When people bring recycled ideas, instead of simply dismissing them, hear them out. It may be the next try that will bring you abundant answers to old problems.