In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn’s rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Space. It’s what we see when we go outside at night and look up. We see all these white sparkles in the sky and we have learned to call them stars. We gaze at them and think about how beautiful they are. Then we go back inside and watch TV. Nothing negative, that’s just what we do.
Today, I want to challenge you to see things from a different perspective. I’m going to challenge you to stop what you’re doing. Really, actually stop and pause. Now look at the above picture. That is a picture taken from a satellite that is 900 million, not thousand, miles away. Again, that’s 900 “million” miles away. This little spacecraft was launched in October 1997 and has been flying around taking various snapshots of our solar system. Many images have been taken from space, but there’s something special about this one.
As we work toward our dream sometimes a strange thing happens. We wait for the heavens to open and angels to come down and circle us to proclaim that we have arrived. Well, It doesn’t exactly work that way.
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I haven’t fullfilled my dream as of yet, but i’m working my way there. In fact, I’ve had a moment or two where I actually asked “Is this it?”. It’s not that I wasn’t excited or getting fulfillment from what I was doing. I just had built everything up so much in my head that when I actually started acting on all of those thoughts in my head, I was a litle dissapointed when the earth didn’t stop because I was trying.
As I’m going forward I’m learning a lot of valuable lessons.
I’m piggybacking on a post that Max Lucado, my favorite author, wrote for today. It is posted on his site at http://maxlucado.com/audio/daily-audio/gods-adventure/.
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His topic brought up adventure. That word is a cool word. According to the dictionary, here are the top three definitions of adventure:
1. an exciting or very unusual experience.
2. participation in exciting undertakings or enterprises: the spirit of adventure.
3. a bold, usually risky undertaking; hazardous action of uncertain outcome.
Now I ask you this question:
Those are the words that keeping going over in my mind when I start to say or do something. Sometimes it’s very legitimate and I should listen. That is often the case.
But sometimes it’s just fear trying to keep me silent. We have to be able to discern when we should keep our mouth shut, and stay out of a situation, and when we should speak up. Here are some things that help me.
Are we really that different? We think we are. Some have college education. Some work in ditches. Sometimes that is the same person.
Some have money; most don’t. We tend to place people in “classes” that we have created with our mind. We do it in our physical world and also do it in the spiritual world. We classify some as holy and some as sinners. I’m talking here within the church. We tend to have confidence in this person, but not that person. We look with our eyes and judge with our heart. We sure have things backwards.