Whenever somebody does something for the first time in history, it’s a pretty big deal. I’m not even into cars much and this is impressive to me. How did Guerlain Chicherit, the Frenchman driving the Mini Cooper in this video, start the journey towards such a crazy concept?
It took four years to complete. This is the kinda thing you don’t want to get wrong. It’s not like you can start with smaller flips, graduating from a 90 degree flip to a 180 or something. Both would be disastrous. How do you choose the right car make and what alterations need to be made?
There must have been lots of homework done on the science of the whole thing, taking into account the weight of the car, just the right speed – apparently only 37 mph – and all that kinda stuff. The day of the jump was huge for the team because it was the culmination of four years of hard work. They hadn’t just shown up with an idea they’d had the day before.
Somehow we get the idea that God just drops awesome Christian communities into our laps. He shows up and wham! a thriving church is the result, right? We truly want it to happen, but our fear of the consequences of being wrong or of not measuring up scare us from pursuing it. We want it to be easy, so we willingly confuse laziness and cowardice for faith.
Here’s the good news, Christians: There is room for error with the vision God has given you. If things don’t go well in your risk taking, do you really think God will throw his mighty hands up in disgust and write you off? Impossible. So, why don’t you take baby steps that will get you on your way? If things don’t work out, try something else if need be.
We have a couple of great ministry ideas on the docket that have come right from the hearts of people in our church. Very exciting! I’m sure I’ll be sharing them with you as things progress. I tell people to feel free to fail. Learn from it and move on. It’s not like you’re doing a 180 back flip on your way to a 360. You may crash, but it doesn’t have to do you in.
Jesus sums up the parable of the talents: I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away (Luke 19:26, NIV). In the story, a wealthy man gave money to his servants to manage for his benefit. Those who had done well were given a lot more. God tests us with a little before he gives us much. But he also gives us the opportunity to gain experience with smaller things so that we’re more equipped for the greater vision he has for us.
You’d think that someone would be crazy to watch this video and go out the next day to attempt a similar feat (If you’re that crazy person, please check out the teentzy weentzy disclaimer at the beginning of the video). It’s just as foolish to act under the assumption that God will grant you a vital experience without investing the time and courage required to make it happen. Take a small step towards a grander vision, and watch the Holy Spirit do his thing.