Jim Langley: Leaving Earth’s Atmosphere | Homes and lifestyle
More and more of the rich in this world experience a few minutes of weightlessness in space and pay a lot of money for this brief experience. There is a real downside to doing them: going back into Earth’s atmosphere and having to go back to the ups and downs that we all experience in this world.
Frankly, I never wanted to leave Earth’s atmosphere, but many years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Air Force Brigadier General Charlie Dukethe youngest man to walk on the moon.
Duke was the keynote speaker at our Santa Barbara Community Prayer Breakfast where he not only shared his lunar experience but also, and above all, his spiritual experience by accepting Christ as Savior and Lord of his life.
I had the opportunity to pray with Duke and our CPB team before the event and briefly chat with him after most of the crowd left.
You see, Duke lives less than 30 miles from my parents’ house in San Antonio in New Braunfels, Texas. At the time, I really worried about where Dad would spend eternity. For many years he had stayed away from church, hated my involvement in Christian activities, and went so far as to share that he did not believe God existed.
I was hoping Duke would agree to meet retirees Aviation Collar. Ross Langley and being used by God to secure his salvation.
Duke agreed, but we were never able to arrange a meeting with him until Dad died at the age of 100. Luckily my dad had a deathbed conversion and I’m sure he and mom enjoy a heavenly experience for eternity.
God apparently had a much better plan for Dad to take on his Maker and I will always be grateful to his caregiver, Roger Armstrong, and my cousin, Mark Schraub, who were both used by God in Dad’s final hours. .
Let’s go back to our discussion of exiting the Earth’s atmosphere. I imagine it would be amazing to observe our planet from space, but personally I settle for videos and still images taken at even greater distances.
Yes, outer space is the new frontier for many, but I have plenty to challenge myself in my own backyard here in Santa Barbara. Then again, maybe those few people who can afford to take such trips will realize that God must really exist and be worshiped in ways they never envisioned before their outer space experience. -atmospheric.
According to the story found in Genesis 1:14-16 we read: “And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to divide the day from the night, and let them be signs to mark the seasons, the days, and the years, and that be luminaries for the earth. ‘ And so it was. God made two great lights – the larger light to rule the day and the smaller light to rule the night. He also made the stars.
The Story of the genesis of creation worth reading in its entirety and will only take a few minutes of your precious time.
I have always been amazed by the story of creation found in Genesis. I am even more amazed at how God has worked in my personal life and in the lives of those around me! His love and discipline penetrate our very existence. There is a spiritual battle constantly vying for the souls of mankind.
God has revealed to all mankind his wondrous creation and we certainly do not need to travel beyond our planet’s atmosphere to realize who he is and how much we need him as our Savior and Lord. Please consider the consequences of trusting in the Lord.
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— Jim Langley has been writing for over 30 years while working as a life and health insurance agent in Santa Barbara. In recent years, his passion has turned to writing about his personal relationship with God, and his goal is to encourage others to approach him as well. As a long-time member of CBMC of Santa Barbara (Christian Business Men’s Connection), he started writing Fourth Quarter Strategies Columns in 2014, and is now reaching an international audience through the CBMC International devotional Manna Monday. He can be contacted at [email protected] for more information. Click here for previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.