In 1969 during Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 space shuttle launch, there was a press briefing at the Houston command center at NASA. A reporter waiting there noticed a janitor with a broom and asked him what his job was. The janitor replied, “I help put a man on the moon.”
The reason I am so inspired by this story is because it was recently used to cast vision in my life and I was deeply moved and inspired by it. I appreciate the picture it paints for examining the bigger picture! Set aside the mundane and take a moment to recognize that what we each do in our day-to-day lives has the power to be missional and transformational if we just make a slight habitude adjustment in our thinking!
Each of us wear different hats that we attempt to wear perfectly all of the time; father, mother, sister, brother, boss, employee, spouse, caregiver, carpool driver, daughter, son, maid, chef, mechanic, IT guy, student, coach, friend, teacher, lover, athlete, listener, life of the party…I can get lost switching hats and delivering the duties that accompanying them!
However, when I pause and reflect about what a privilege it is to be relational with all these amazing people, to have opportunity to impact them, and for them to impact me – it is putting a man on the moon. When I think about the day in and day out training my clients go through, and then having the opportunity to watch them finish their first Triathlon- I am helping to put a man on the moon. I think of friends who have little ones at home and the sleepless nights they are having, while other friends are sending their children off to college- they are putting a man on the moon.
I think of the transformation I get to go through by pausing to see the value my small role plays in the bigger mission. I am young, yet I have seen life being brought into the world and death swept right out of the body. I have cried so hard I couldn’t breath and laughed so hard I cried. I have never been anything extraordinary and value simplicity. As I reflect on many of the little things I have been doing, I too I have been putting a man on the moon-and I think it’s OK for each of us to relish in those thoughts for a moment!
Can you name a mission for your life right now and the world around you? Can you see the influence you have? Every facet of your life today is you contributing to a much bigger picture. You could pause to look at your family, your work, your health, your wholeness. Do you believe you are part of a magnificent mission!