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Step Boldly Like Neil Armstrong

image-9-900x506 Buzz Aldrin Salutes American Flag

Fifty years ago, Saturday, a human stepped on the moon for the first time. Neil Armstrong culminated a decade long American drive, costing billions of dollars and involving hundreds of thousands of workers. While the US reached the moon first, it started the race far behind.

After the Soviet Union had achieved a number of firsts, the United States shifted its space effort into high gear in 1961. President Kennedy rallied the nation the following year in a speech at Rice University’s football stadium, proclaiming,

"[I]f I were to say, my fellow citizens, that we shall send to the moon, 240,000 miles away from the control station in Houston, a giant rocket more than 300 feet tall, the length of this football field, made of new metal alloys, some of which have not yet been invented, capable of standing heat and stresses several times more than have ever been experienced, fitted together with a precision better than the finest watch, carrying all the equipment needed … and then return it safely to Earth, reentering the atmosphere at speeds of over 25,000 miles per hour, causing heat about half that of the temperature of the sun … and do all this, and do it right, and do it first before this decade is out—then we must be bold."

In our personal lives, faith in Jesus enables us to act boldly, too. The apostle Paul wrote, “Since we have such a hope (in Jesus), we act with great boldness, (2 Cor. 3:12 NRSV).

Is there an area of your life where you feel you need to act but are hesitant? Ask Jesus to give you the wisdom to discern the right path and the boldness to take your first step. Your goal may seem impossible. Your path might be hard. And you may experience failures, as the United States did on its journey to the moon, but with God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).

Photo - Neil Armstrong/NASA/Creative Commons

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