Some of my favorite spectacles to watch in my free time are the Red Bull sponsored stunts. Red Bull seems to come up with some of the most magnificent stunts and feats I’ve ever seen including a man jumping from a pod in space and free falling to earth breaking all kinds of previous records. Another, more common stunt, is the jumping of extreme distances on a bicycle or motorcycle. When you witness this type of stunt, you will hear something called a "point of no return".
This moment is where the rider knows that once that point is reached (usually on or just before a ramp) there is no turning back. If they were to try and stop now, they would fail with devastating results and in some cases even death. The stunt woman or stunt man knows at that point it is now all or nothing. They now must trust the work and time that has been put into building their skill, the soundness of their equipment, and the people on their team. It is with that confidence that they leave the safety and stability of the ramp and propel themselves into the air until they eventually land on the other side of whatever obstacle they were trying to clear. All who witness such a moment are left with a deep sense of awe and amazement knowing that what they just experienced was something special.
It is with that image in mind that I shift our gaze back to the life and ministry at Long Grove Community Church over the past 3 years since I began as Senior Pastor. While it is true that we are not jumping canyons or buildings, but we are trying to move something from one place to another. We equally face a “death” of sorts if we don’t maintain our momentum as we pass certain markers. Our own "paint of no return". If you picture a ramp set to launch us, we currently find ourselves at a place about halfway up the ramp and if we are to successfully make the jump from where we were to where we desire to be, we cannot let our foot of the gas so to speak. We must trust all that has led us up to this point to see us succeed. We must trust the systems, trust the process, trust the people we are with, but most importantly trust the Lord.