We Choose To Because It Is Hard

Over the Mardi Gras break part of our larger family visited Florida. One of their stops was Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center. They enjoyed an unusual tour of the giant building that we all see when a rocket or the space shuttle is launched. The grandsons had multiple stories to tell about the trip and what they saw.

As they told me about their trip, I recalled being in elementary school when the Russians sent their “Sputnik” into space. It was a frightening time for America; communism had moved in front of us in the area of space.

Not long after, we elected John F. Kennedy as president of the United States. President Kennedy made a radical challenge to the nation about conquering space and sending men (in those days) to the moon. Shortly before his challenge, the Russians sent the first man into space. One month later, America sent Alan Shepherd on a fifteen-minute space flight aboard Friendship I. It was a small step, but it was an exciting time.

On September 12, 1961, President Kennedy issued his challenge. He told us what he was going to do. By the end of the decade America would put a man on the moon–and America would be first.

This is how he stated it: “We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade, not because it is easy, but because it is hard.” President Kennedy focused America on a “wild” idea that demanded our best and our brightest. His challenge made us focus on an ambition larger than ourselves.

That’s what Jesus did, of course. Only the ambition is bigger and longer-lasting. Jesus challenged us to make an eternal difference by taking the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to the world–to all the world. Jesus told us that the Gospel must be preached to all nations.

This is our challenge, our focus, our ONE FOCUS. Your friends and family desperately need a personal relationship with God. Through Christ, we can be issued to the throne of God Himself.

Would you look for every opportunity to invite someone to church, encourage their faith, or share your faith in Christ. All of the studies show that a majority of people would attend church if someone invited them and helped them find their way around.

Would you be that person?

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One Comment


  1. Ed Matthew
    Mar 03, 2012

    AMEN

    A challenge that is dependent on everyone being on board; everyone doing their best to accomplish the Mission; everyone grasping the Vision; everyone being members one of another in Interdependence. What a wonderful touchstone for a Biblical Principle being applied to life.

    Do you think we can really put Christ First? Discovery in the next step awaits! The path is lit Lord, Thank you! Now will those scales just fall from our eyes that we my see our support team?

    Thank you! Sir. We would see Jesus.

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