March 1, 2016 – Working on the Engine


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Holy resolution, built on fast principles, lifts up its head like a rock in the midst of the waves” –William Gurnall

     In 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were getting ready to go to the moon when a reporter asked Armstrong, “When you’re on the moon, how many hours of life support do you have?” Neil Armstrong replied, “Six hours of life support.”

The reporter followed up the question by asking, “What if you discovered when you got on the moon that something was wrong and you couldn’t start up the engine to come back home? What would you do in those six hours you had remaining?” Armstrong said, “I’d work on the engine!”

If Armstrong and Aldrin were from our generation they may have answered that question differently. Maybe they would wait for someone to rescue them, or maybe they would do nothing at all. The one thing they would refuse to do would be to sit around and die.

The tock is clicking; the sand in the hour glass never stops falling. Can I encourage you today to get going? Start the diet again. Go jog around the neighborhood. Spend time with the kids. Take your wife out to eat. Read your Bible. Don’t sit around and do nothing, start the engine!

Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 8-10

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