On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy before a joint session of Congress said,"I believe we possess all the resources and talents necessary. But the facts of the matter are that we have never made the national decisions or marshaled the national resources required for such leadership. We have never specified long-range goals on an urgent time schedule, or managed our resources and our time so as to insure their fulfillment." And he continued, "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth."
On November 22, 1963, JFK was shot and killed in Dallas and never got to see his commission fulfilled on July 20, 1969.
What is your moonshot? Write it down and be specific. Then say it out loud to someone. Then take a step. Just one step towards it.
God helps us to narrow in on moonshots. Once I was driving down 22nd Street and I was on the phone with my pal, Ben, and he said--Oh, I was going to tell you--I saw a personalized plate last night that said Megs on it. To which, I replied in that instant reacting to the car directly in front of me, "Oh, you mean like the one getting on the Interstate right in front of me, right now?!?"
The car with the Meggs plate was an Intrepid (I only use one G, but Meggison has two and like so many whispers, it fits by sound and faith comes by hearing). I went home and looked it up. Intrepid means fearless.
Sometimes the thing you are most afraid of is the thing that ought to be on your immediate to do list. Redefine, rinse, repeat.
A young friend texted me after she heard of the launch of this little space exploration and asked, "When did you decide to do that?"
I txted her back: December, 1989 (about the time I started the first draft of The Procrastinator's Guide to Tomorrow; which is really coming along nicely). I was graduating with a creative writing degree from USC and when we found out my dad had lung cancer.
Bob Hartley asked, "when was the last time you asked God the question He was asking you to ask Him?" So I asked the Lord some years ago and He said, "I want you to ask me why you're so afraid."
Fear-conquering is fun. (On my 40th birthday, the same Meggs plate appeared like a gift before me downtown walking to a piano bar holding my wife's hand. This time it was on a Pacifica which means peaceful).
Our nation is up to like 17 Trillion in debt and climbing. I think our national moonshot right now ought to be that it be eradicated before the end of 2026 with a strategic plan in place by no later than the middle part of next year.
The brain is funny. It won't even look for what it doesn't believe. Jesus said, with men it is impossible, but not with God, because all things are possible with God.
I like that. So, what is your moonshot--with God?
If you don't know, ask the Holy Spirit. You can borrow my favorite prayer, "Holy Spirit, help!"