Reflecting God's love

On May 25, 1961, John F Kennedy stood before Congress and said, "By the end of this decade, we will put a man on the moon." What might have seemed impossible to most people became a vision that served as the catalyst for NASA to take the steps toward achieving that goal. On July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon.  But did you know that during his journey, Apollo 11 was only on the right path to its destination two percent of the time?

Ninety-eight percent of the time Apollo 11 was off-course.  However, inside that spaceship was a guidance system with a gyroscope at the heart of it, feeding information to a computer.  Every time Apollo 11 got off course, that gyroscope would redirect it on course; and it landed exactly where it was supposed to land on the moon.

For Christians, that guidance system is God’s love.  I Corinthians 13:13 says "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."   The reason love is the greatest is because God's love calls us back to what life is really about; it calls us back to the importance of relationships.  We aren't perfect and we are off-course so often, but if we will have his perfect love as our guidance system, we will land exactly where we are supposed to land as we follow him.

We shouldn’t try harder to love like God loved because we can’t manufacture something we don't have.  We are called to reflect the love we have already received. The moon has no source of energy in itself; it produces no light, but when the moon reflects the light of the sun, it can light up a very dark night. In the same way, God calls on us to merely reflect the love he has poured out on us. And when we reflect that light and love into the lives of others, we shine like stars in the universe!

In Him,
Pastor Boyd

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