What did you collect as a kid? For my son, I have hundreds of Beanie Babies (mostly the bats and dinosaurs). He also had Pokemon cards and thousands of NFL cards. I told him all of this was his college savings – and yet, we never cashed in. I did give away the Pokemon cards – great act of generosity, poor economic decision. I still use (play with) the Beanie Babies, but the NFL cards are sitting in a box raising in value hopefully.
But when I was a kid – my first memory of collecting anything was the Coke bottle caps with the 15 Apollo mission seals. These are gone now, but I can get them on Ebay if I wanted to spend over $100. Nah, I’ll pass. But I did love the space program. I wanted to be an astronaut. some say my head in space most of the time. I passionately watched Star Trek, I looked into Annapolis as a career path in Nuclear Engineering … and maybe, just maybe, I could be an engineer for NASA. Nah, that path didn’t work out.
But I have been keeping up with the newest NASA endeavor – the Perseverance and the mission to Mars. Yesterday, she landed. the 300 Billion dollar project has provided early success. She has cameras, radar, a weather station, a microphone to hear the surface and more. She even has a helicopter that will navigate the atmosphere to see how that works out.
We even received photos of the dry and dusty landscape. NASA posted them on the specific Twitter account … NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover @NASAPersevere … and being on Twitter, it was quickly morphed into a meme.
America has some of the best minds for exploration and science. We are not alone obviously (Russia and China just announced a joint effort for a moon base!) But we can accomplish quite a lot – I love America and what she stands for. Perfect? No. But the name of this Mars rover says quite a bit – Perseverance!
Jesus talked some on this concept – be vigilant, keep watch, faithfulness. One of the verses that state the concept pretty clear is in Hebrews.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us … Hebrews 12.1
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us …Hebrews 12.1
But before we run, we need to know two things … We have a great group of people encouraging us on … and … We need to get rid of anything that entangles or slows us down. Being a bitA ADHD, this idea of focus is tough. But it is essential. In my marathon of life, I stumble, get sidetracked, lose focus, and more. But I am determined to persevere – get back up, return my focus to the important, and keep my eyes on Jesus (that was Hebrews 12:2 – go look it up!)
You too can perseverance, but there are requirements – get rid of the excess and keep your eyes on Him. You’ve got lots of people cheering you on. Keep on my friend.
please note – if you feel you are all alone, that no one is cheering you on? reach out to me … i would love to share more how you are never alone!