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Go Boldly Forth

                                                         February 21, 2019
Dear Friends,

As the movie "Star Trek: Generations" burst onto the
scene in the fall of 1994, I was feeling overwhelmed. I was
working full time as pastor of the church. I had a wife
and three children at home. My youngest one was still in
diapers. I was traveling to Boston once a week working
on my doctoral program. I hoped to graduate in May.

I was also weighing two or three offers from different
churches. Decisions had to be made. Stay or go? It was
truly the best of times and the worst of times for me. I
was looking for a place to hide. Have you ever felt that
way? Too many things were happening at the same time
and I needed a break. So I went alone to the midnight
showing of that movie and lost myself for the next two
hours or so at the Groton Cinemas.

There were two scenes that really spoke to my heart that
night. The first was an exchange between Checkov and
Kirk. They had just met Sulu's daughter. Kirk says aloud
to himself, "When did Sulu have time for a family?"
Checkov responds, "If something is important, you make
time."

The second scene comes a little later. Kirk is at peace,
enjoying life in the Nexus. Picard shows up and tries to
talk to Kirk and enlist his help. Kirk says, "No. I'm done
saving the universe. This is my time now." To that Picard
responds, "You are a Star Fleet Officer. You have a duty!"

In the days that followed, those two scenes kept coming
back to me and they have shaped my life going forward.
The first lesson I learned was that life is short and we
need to make time for the important things.

Psalm 90:1 says "Teach us to number our days, O Lord,
so we may gain a heart of wisdom." We only have so much
time on this earth and we need to be focused in what we do.
We need to decide what is most important to us and put
our time and energy there. The truth is that I still struggle
with this but I'm working on it.

Second, we need to remember who we are. We may not
be Starfleet officers but we are ambassadors for Christ.
That means we have a job to do. We can't run away and
hide if we are to be true to ourselves. God calls us and
sends us into the world to share his love and to offer his
grace to the people we meet.

That is our mission. It is who we are. Captain Kirk and
his crew have made many on-screen voyages since then.
Life has gone forward for many of us too. So wherever
you are today, I simply want to urge you to go boldly
where no one has gone before. Go and share the good
news with a hurting world. Tell them that God loves
them.

God Bless! See you in Church. Cal
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