21:1 After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.”
They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat...
Studies have shown that people in transition are the most easily influenced. We are creatures of habit. Walk into the same classroom day after day and you will almost always find the students sitting in the same seat even though seating is not assigned. When searching for a place to eat in an unfamiliar place we tend to search for what we know. That's why franchising cookie cutter restaurants and fast food places is so successful. We want the familiar.
However remove us from our routines and daily habits either through travel, relocation, job loss, death of a loved one, divorce, or any of the ways our lives suddenly change and we suddenly become more open to trying new things. Those who attend church are most likely to stop after a major life event and the inverse is also true. Those who don't attend church are most likely to start attending after a major life event.
The disciples have been through a major life event. The Man they believed was the Son of God and the Hope of Israel was arrested and sent to death by their own religious leaders. As if that wasn't traumatic enough they failed Him and denied Him when He needed them most. Now they are lost. Even though He is alive again their belief that they can be anything but traitors and failures is shot.
After a week or so of living in shame and shock Peter announces his plans to the group. He's going back fishing. He's returning to his old life. It makes sense to us. When we can't see a way forward we retreat to the familiar. His announcement is not only not opposed but something interesting happens. The rest agree to join him. Why?
People in transition are easily influenced. They want direction. They want to do something or be involved in something that eases the restlessness and takes their minds off the trauma they have just experienced.
We all wield influence over others. Some of us have a small circle of influence, some a larger one but we all wield influence. Peter's decision to return to his old life had an immediate ripple effect. So do our decisions. People watch us. By nature we are followers. That's why trends occur. One of the most fascinating trends in American history was men and hats. Up until the election of JFK as president nearly all American men wore a fedora, a dressy style hat. Then JFK didn't wear one and almost overnight those hats practically disappeared.
Influence. We can't escape it. If we want to have a positive influence we need to be influenced positively ourselves.
"Today if you hear His voice be influenced for the best"