Do Something That Makes a Difference…
Simon Sinex in a TED Talk spoke about a man named Samuel Pierpont Langley. In the early 20th century, many people were pursuing the dream of flight. And Samuel Pierpont Langley had, what we assume, to be the recipe for success. Langley was given $50,000 by the War Department to figure out this flying machine. Money was no problem. He held a seat at Harvard and worked at the Smithsonian and was extremely well-connected; he knew all the big minds of the day. He hired the best minds money could find and the market conditions were fantastic. The New York Times followed him around everywhere, and everyone was rooting for Langley. Then how come we've never heard of Samuel Pierpont Langley? A few hundred miles away in Dayton, Ohio, Orville and Wilbur Wright, had none of what we consider to be the recipe for success. They had no money; they paid for their dream with the proceeds from their bicycle shop. Not a single person on the Wright brothers' team had a college education, not even Orville or Wilbur. And The New York Times followed them around nowhere.
The difference was, Orville and Wilbur were driven by a cause, by a purpose, by a belief. They believed that if they could figure out this flying machine, it would change the course of the world. Samuel Pierpont Langley was different. He wanted to be rich, and he wanted to be famous. He was in pursuit of the result. He was in pursuit of the riches. And lo and behold, look what happened. The people who believed in the Wright brothers' dream worked with them with blood and sweat and tears. The others just worked for the paycheck. They tell stories of how every time the Wright brothers went out, they would have to take five sets of parts, because that's how many times they would crash before supper.
And, eventually, on December 17th, 1903, the Wright brothers took flight, and no one was there to even experience it. We found out about it a few days later. And further proof that Langley was motivated by the wrong thing: the day the Wright brothers took flight, he quit. He could have said, "That's an amazing discovery, guys, and I will improve upon your technology," but he didn't. He wasn't first, he didn't get rich, he didn't get famous, so he quit.
We are all glad that the Wright brothers didn’t quit and that they were driven to make a difference above anything else. Likewise, as followers of Christ, we are driven by a belief, a purpose, and a mission to make a difference. And we do that by serving in the Kingdom of God through His local body the church.
All this month we are emphasizing CONNECTING AND SERVING… because we are driven to make an eternal difference. If you have not connected in service and ministry, let me urge you to use the worship folder insert or pick up a copy of our Connect and Serve brochure located in our foyer and welcome center. These items will help you help us fulfill the mission that God has entrusted to us.
Thanks for the gifts already given… to help us begin Ridgecrest Christian Academy… below is our startup needs and any gifts above your tithes will help us launch this most needed work.
The startup cost for 2 classrooms will be approximately $7,500 each. Here is the breakdown cost for one class:
- Cubbies - $1,500 - Need 3 sets at $500 each
- Desk - $2,625 - $175 each and need 15 max per classroom (price reflects buying 30)
- Teachers Desk - $500
- Locking Cabinet - $350
- Teacher laptop - $2,000
- Extra Supplies for classroom - $500
And remember, God is always trying to take us someplace new. I love being your Pastor!
For God’s Glory Alone,