I really don’t need another mug. In fact in our last several moves, I recall sorting out mugs from our kitchen cabinet and filling up a box of unwanted clay-fired drinking implements and donating them to the Salvation Army. It helped the SA raise money and it reduced the clutter in our kitchen.
But, then, during our visit to the Johnson Space Center, home of NASA, I was following my bride into the gift shop. She was perusing just about every children’s book that they had on display; once a teacher always a teacher. That’s when my eyes landed on a mug.
The quotation on the mug was stirring: “Failure is not an option.” One of the pioneer engineers is credited with this historic statement. NASA was facing a critical moment in their space program and this declaration pushed the team to that added elevation of human ability and success was achieved.
There is so much about the history of these brilliant scientists and courageous adventurers that stirs the imagination. It is partly patriotism but mostly the common fiber of humanity that we all share in while we live on this planet. God simply reveals in the Bible that He created man in His own image. That says it all.
When I strolled the length of the Saturn V rocket, I marvelled as did all of the guests from around the world who gathered to experience NASA. How amazing are the feats of man, not as individuals, but as a team of people with a singular mission in mind. Can you imagine if we saw an end to poverty, abuse, greed, selfishness and pride? How much could mankind achieve? It is mind-blowing!
In many ways it is what God also revealed in His Word. He sent Jesus, His one and only unique Son, to die for our sins and be resurrected from the dead so that we could have eternal life. If we could live apart from sin, how amazing life would be.
The space shuttle is a monument to human ingenuity. This massive aircraft designed to be reusable in the space endeavor was a resounding success. It stirs the spirit of Americans as well as reminds us of the tragedy when precious lives were lost in the exploration of space.
Retirement came to this aging spacecraft. Now, it is a memory in our minds of man’s giant leaps into space. We average humans come to admire it with our own eyes. Well done, NASA, we are very proud of you!
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