Launch sequence engaged. Oxygen levels, confirmed. Team status checks, confirmed. Let’s move on to the safety checks. At this stage of the shuttle launch the payload launch manager confirms that all payloads are secure and safely stowed and destination has been assessed. The shuttle safety and mission assurance team signs off on compliance with safety regulations which includes checklists for literally every piece of hardware on board.
LAUNCH involves many safety protocols. Words like Plan to Protect, volunteer screening, CRC’s, insurance, and waivers can cause even the most seasoned leader to sweat profusely. We sometimes say the devil is in the details. Really though? God is a God of details…check out the systems of the human body, the planetary alignments, the beauty and intricacies of nature. Look closely and you’ll see a God who spares no expense at the details. God deserves our best effort. This generation deserves our best efforts as well. If anywhere in society we should find the highest standards in our duty of care and ministry programming for the next generation we should find it inside the body of Christ. Whatever we do, wherever we go, we are representatives of the Gospel. Anything less than our best is quite simply negligent, careless, and a poor representation of our God of excellence. This God cared enough for us He spared no expense and cut no corners to save us. Let us determine be like Him in every way and especially as we LAUNCH out for Him. Let the Apostle Paul’s words echo in our hearts and extend through our hands:
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Col 3:23–24 (NIV).
Excellent advice for a LAUNCH.