What number did you write?

May 11, 2009 — 1 Comment

Before reading any further, write a number on a piece of paper.

Sometimes we don’t think big enough.

A quote from a man who thought small:  “Rail travel at high speed is not possible, because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxiation.”  Dr. Dionysus Lardener, 1845.

A quote from some church builders who were thinking big:  “Let us build here a church so great that those who come after us will think us mad ever to have dreamed of it.”  Decision of the builders of the Cathedral in Seville, Spain in 1401

In my message yesterday, I spent some time on Gabriel’s conversation with Mary, the mother of Jesus and–in particular–the three things that he said to her.

He told her that she was highly favored (Luke 1:28).

He told her that she was not going to be alone (Luke 1:28).

And he told her that “nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).

Do you believe that?

If so, it will change how you pray, how you work, how you serve, how you think, and what kind of number you’ll write on your piece of paper next time someone asks.

Yesterday, I asked people to write a number down on their bulletins and then show it to their neighbor.  Out of all three of our services only two people wrote down a number more than a million.

In 1998, Larry Page and Sergey Brin started their company while still graduate students at Stanford University.  When given the chance, they decided to write a 1 followed by 100 zeroes on their paper, which in mathematical terms is a Google–and also the name they chose for their company.

Ok, so what number did you write?


One response to What number did you write?


    Arron, after your message Sunday I got to thinking that we are thinking way to small for Journey’s Celebrate Recovery.

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