This week, as a giant earth mover was at work on North Street, it was reported to me that a transient person in our neighborhood was quite annoyed at not being able to use the street because of construction. If he had said it to me I would have asked him where his pioneering spirit was. As my father has always been fond of saying: “Nothing ventured, nothing gained!” This pioneering spirit reminds me of a story.
About 350 years ago, a shipload of travelers landed on the northeast coast of America. The first year they established a town site. The next year they elected a town government. The third year the town government planned to build a road five miles westward into the wilderness.
In the fourth year the people tried to impeach their town government because they thought it was a waste of public funds to build a road five miles westward into a wilderness. Who needed to go there anyway?
Here were people who had the vision to see three thousand miles across an ocean and overcome great hardships to get there. But in just a few years they were not able to see even five miles out of town. They had lost their pioneering vision.
With a clear vision of what we can become, no ocean of difficulty is too great. Without it, we rarely move beyond our current boundaries.
As we move as a church to establish a true front door and make our street and church safer for people to enter and exit our building, I deeply appreciate what good humor our church members have displayed—and continue to display—as we move forward.