We are close to LAUNCH. Very close. Multiple checks have been conducted by multiple people. All internal systems have checked out. But there are also external elements that need to be factored in for a successful launch. A weather check is critical to the mission. Meteorologists provides daily updates on weather conditions to the launch weather officer. The launch director, who will monitor the weather throughout the launch, will verify one final time that conditions are favorable or detrimental for liftoff.
So what creates weather if it’s so critical to a LAUNCH? Weather forms primarily from conditions in the atmosphere that change frequently. We know all too well about changing weather in our province where at any given time (sometimes all in one hour) we can encounter all four seasons.
What affects the atmosphere of our LAUNCH? One thing that I know that can affect the atmosphere surrounding the launch is YOU and I. We can be thermometers or thermostats. A thermometer reflects the temperature of the environment. A thermostat changes the environment. But a thermostat can also make a space warm or cold. We can choose to be negative, cynical, or impatient and bring the dark clouds with us. We can choose to be people who are full of faith, expectancy, positivity, and encouragement and light us the room with our presence. In order for us to have a successful LAUNCH the weather needs to be favorable. So now is a great time to ask, “how am I contributing to the atmosphere” surrounding the LAUNCH?
Paul, the meteorologist gave us this advice:
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Philippians 4:8–9.
Now that’s a forecast for a great LAUNCH!