At 10:56pm on the night of 20 July 1969 our world changed forever. Two Americans, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, walked on the moon. One of the greatest events of the twentieth century took place as a result of the lunar voyage of Apollo 11. To get there, the astronauts had to break out of the gravity pull of the earth. More energy was spent in the first few minutes of lift off, in the first few miles of travel, than was used over the next days to travel half a million miles. – Bad habits and addictions have tremendous gravity pull. Breaking deeply imbedded habitual tendencies such as procrastination, impatience, a critical spirit or selfishness involves more than a little will power and a few minor changes in our lives. ‘Lift-off’ takes a tremendous effort but once we break out of the gravity pull, our freedom takes on a whole new dimension.

Nicky Gumbel

Source: Nicky Gumbel, 30 DAYS: A Practical Introduction to Reading the Bible, 2006, Alpha Publications, p.81