One Small Step for Man

Desiring God | 7/20/2019 | Stephen W. Stein
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July 20, 2019, marks the fiftieth anniversary of perhaps the crowning achievement of human creativity and ingenuity. On that day in 1969, two Americans, Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, landed their spacecraft on the surface of the moon.

This mission was the culmination of an expansive national effort initiated by John F. Kennedy’s bold challenge to the nation to send a man to the moon and return him safely home before the end of the decade. In spite of the fact that the United States had a mere fifteen minutes of manned space flight at the time of Kennedy’s challenge, the task was accomplished when Armstrong, Aldrin, and command module pilot Michael Collins splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on July 24, 1969.

Achievement - Engineering - Ingenuity - Reflection - Lessons

This remarkable achievement of engineering and ingenuity is worthy of reflection. Here are four lessons we can learn from the Apollo moon missions fifty years later.

1. God’s image-bearers possess remarkable creativity.

God - Adam - Eve - Earth - Instructions

After God created Adam and Eve, he commanded them to fill the earth and subdue it, but he did not give them detailed instructions on how to fulfill their mission. When God created humanity in his image, he gave us remarkable creativity with which to fulfill our God-given tasks. This creativity has enabled humans to use plants, animals, and materials from the earth to create tools, shelter, clothing, art, literature, music, and other objects that bring glory to God and joy to other human beings. While creativity is too often used for evil, this does not diminish the magnificence of the creative abilities that God has bestowed on humanity.

God-given creativity and ingenuity allow humans to harness the power of animals, plants, and the rest of creation to subdue the earth in ways that are outside the realm of what we can accomplish by human power alone. Horses can...
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