On July 20, 1969, just a little more than 2 weeks after I took my first breath, Neil Armstrong became the first man to ever step foot on the surface of the moon. This may be one of the greatest achievements that man has ever accomplished. To send a team in to space, land on the surface of the moon and return home safely took years and years of planning. It took some of the greatest minds of that time period years of designing and building the equipment, the rockets, the procedures to accomplish this. This was no simple task.
Today, we have a complete space station built in cooperation with the greatest minds in history from several countries. This also took years of planning, years of design to accomplish all the great things that have been done through this effort of cooperation between countries.
Today, we also have the second rover on the surface of the planet Mars, one orbiting the planet and soon to arrive another orbiter from India. All of this equipment is transmitting data and photos back to earth at a speed about 1/3 of the speed of a phone modem. (And you think your internet is slow)
All of these accomplishments not only took years of preparation and design, it took a lot of great people working together to reach a common goal. Some of the greatest minds in history have been a part of each of these goals.
Things at Gracepointe have taken off like the Saturn rocket that launched the moon mission. Although our goal may seem to have a smaller impact than putting a man on the moon, our goal has eternal impacts that cannot be measured. We had set the goal of moving to 2 services this past weekend to bring others to Gracepointe. To get there it took a lot of preparation and a lot of planning to do this. It also took a lot of amazing people with God given talents and gifts to make this happen.
In the past few weeks we have redone the sanctuary, installed a new projector and screen, revamped and relaunched our website, mygracepointechurch.com, amped up the worship team with fresh new music, recruited more volunteers, organized those volunteers and we have all been praying for God to do amazing things through these services.
This past Sunday, we achieved our moon landing. We had not one, but 2 great services. People were serving in one service and worshiping in the next. Maybe we didn’t need to go to 2 services but we followed where we think God is leading. Maybe we don’t need to plan for 2 services, but instead plan for the day that we need 3.
While all of this was happening at Gracepointe, our personal lives were also taking off. After months of being out of work, Stephanie took a position on staff at another church in Douglasville. She went through her “trial” period and was recently promoted to Assistant to the Senior Pastor. This is another amazing church that God is doing awesome things at. While we are planning for and starting our second service, they are planning for and starting their third. I could not have imagined a better place for Steph to work at.
But it goes one…
This past Saturday, we also started the adoption process through Wednesday’s Child and It’s My Turn Now GA. We went to an adoption party and actually got to meet some of the kids who need families to adopt them. Our hearts have been changed. No longer are we looking to adopt a newborn, we are looking to adopt a child who needs a home. One of the kids that we met on Saturday was a 14 year old girl. I would have to work hard at overcoming her love of Georgia football but that’s something we could work on. Another was a 12 year old very active girl who loves dance and softball.
Adopting a child will also be another great accomplishment in our lives. It is going to take a great God to work this out as there are classes that we are required to take, an update to our home study, and a lot of other things that have to happen for us to bring the child that God has for us home. It will take the help and preparation of a lot of other people along the way as well, but our moon landing, the answer to our prayers is coming.
So to say our lives are in full speed ahead is an understatement but after being in the valley for a while, it’s nice to look at the view from higher on the mountain for a change.
You are moving mountains in our lives. Obstacles that have been hovering over our heads are being removed. The plans that You have for our lives are still moving and in motion everyday. Not only are You teaching me great things through the ministry that we are involved in at Gracepointe, but You are also changing our hearts and minds in the adoption process. You are showing me that as hard as I try to make life the way that I want it, I can do nothing without You. My plans may seem good to me, but the plans that You have for us are going to be amazing. Thank You for the blessings that You are giving us in life.