As a child growing up in the 1960’s, I remember vividly watching the Apollo Space launches and Splashdowns. The whole 3rd Grade class watched as Neil Armstrong took his first step on the moon and declared, One small step for man and one giant leap for mankind. Some of my favorites movies are Apollo 13 and the series entitled from the Earth to the Moon. Today, I am sad that the Shuttle fleet will soon be retired.
When the Space Shuttle, Columbia, returned from its maiden voyage on April 14, 1981, I was glued to the TV in the commons area of Union University. Classes could wait that day…history was being made. When the Space Shuttle, Challenger, blew up in 1986, I watched every minute from my church office in Little Rock. For many boomers and busters, that day is a day they will never forget. As the space shuttle nears the end of its voyage, I wonder what’s next?
What lessons can we learn as ministers and teachers from the space program? A bold vision is needed. Teamwork is required. Resources must be allocated. New Technologies must be developed. The people must be inspired. Successes must be celebrated. Challenges must be overcome. The impossible becomes possible. The world as we know it is changed. Heros are found. Stories are told.
Do you have some other thoughts?