What if you had an idea that was really great and you could put the weight of your creative energy + camaraderie + faith behind it and see the idea grow into something that would inspire and enliven other human beings well into the future?
Today, I’d like to share an example of such an idea, as well as some follow-up questions I’d love to get your thoughts on if you would take a minute or two to leave a comment . . .
I just arrived home from a short vacation in Ocean Grove, New Jersey (known as “God’s Square Mile“). In many ways Ocean Grove is like any other New Jersey beach town, but in many ways it isn’t, because of both its history and its present commitment to preserving its values. While I was in town, I learned that Sunday was the kick-off of Ocean Grove’s 147th Camp Meeting Week.
On July 31 1869, Ocean Grove was founded as a permanent Methodist “camp meeting” by a devout and inspired cast of characters.
On July 31 2016, I was sitting in its Great Auditorium with a whole new cast and afterward couldn’t help but wonder what we’re creating now that could last 147 years or more . . .
I was thinking . . .
How was 1869 different from 2016? What do we want the world to be like in 147 years from now (in the year 2163)? I admit that I partially find it hard to fathom the world even going on for that much longer . . .
What obstacles might the founders of Ocean Grove have faced in 1869 (forming a community, putting up buildings and tents, traveling, communicating, etc)? Do you face similar or different obstacles in your daily life?
What advantages does being alive in 2016 present to you? Are there disadvantages? If so, could you turn those around if you approached them from a different angle?
Which of your current life choices or activities will echo well into the future? Is the echo positive, negative, or neutral? How do you feel about that?
I know this blog post is a little bit more open-ended than most of my regular weekly posts. Vacation has left me relaxed and musing, so I wanted to invite you to join me for a bit.
Let’s keep creating the future together. 😉
P.S. Lest you think that my thoughts on 147-year-impact are only build-a-town-sized, I want to share this brief video (just under 7 minutes long). I know I have previously blogged about Legacy & I imagine I’ll continue to revisit the topic again and again because it’s of particular interest to me . . .
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