Take a leap of faith...


Fifty years ago, this week, Neil Armstrong became the first human to step on the moon.  As a 10-year old, I remember President Kennedy challenging us to achieve that goal, and thinking how nearly unbelievable and unattainable that sounded. The decade of the 60s was filled with so many other news shattering events – civil rights marches, Kennedy’s assassination, Vietnam, drugs, Nixon and his resignation – that Kennedy’s goal seemed to fade into the background.  But then, on that July morning, we watched with wonder, awe, and pride, as Armstrong said “ that’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”. Kennedy’s challenge resulted in so much more than a man on the moon: it’s possible that all the technological advancements of these intervening years can be traced to that effort. Caution, while good, must give way to prudent development and advancement. And while caution is safe, it’s not the only thing we are built for. Don’t be afraid to take prudent leaps today.

William Greenough Thayer Shedd (1820 – 1894): American high Calvinist and one of the most notable systematic theologians of the Presbyterian church