This past Saturday, as part of our reunion with Deann’s sister’s, brothers and family, we traveled to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It has been many years since I have been there and was looking forward to returning. It was a great experience that spoke to the the “techy” side of my personality.
But I was a little surprised that it spoke to another side of me as well. I was reminded of the power and importance of a vision.
We began our tour next to a memorial that quoted President John F. Kennedy’s challenge to our nation to put a man on the moon during the decade of the 1960s. When he put forth that challenge, our nation’s space program was in pretty bad shape and stood out more for its failures than its successes. No one had the slightest idea how to do what he was calling the nation to do and the time frame was actually quite short. They tried many things, some of which failed and some of which succeeded. In the process of seeking to carry out this vision, there would be a great price to be paid both monetarily and in human life. There was even a point–after a fire during a test in preparation for the launch of Apollo I (that tragically killed three astronauts)–that it seemed the whole thing would fail. Yet, 44 years ago–we actually visited the Space Center on the anniversary of the first landing on the moon–Kennedy’s vision and challenge was fulfilled.
At Central, we have been seeking to become a church that connects people with God, one another and the community. We have established this as the vision for our church. It is a vision that has challenged us to become more outwardly focused, to reach beyond ourselves to the community and world around us. It has not been easy and we still have a long way to go. We have tried many things–some of them have worked and some have not. There has been a price to pay monetarily, in terms of change and more.
Yet, God is moving us. God is moving us in ways that have surprised us and in ways we have not always understood. But, as I have said many times before, I believe that God has great things in store for Central Christian Church. There will be challenges along the way, times when it seems that we have hit a wall and even points when we may want to give up, but God is working. For one, I look forward to seeing what God has in store for Central. I pray you do too.
God bless, Hank