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Key Thought:

Focus your strengths and advantages in an upward direction to launch your life into orbit.

Key Quote

Live through the pain of effort and you won’t have to live through the pain of regret.” – Pastor Bil Cornelius

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
  • What are the most common goals you hear people express for their lives?
  • Who are some people that really dominated in their field? What made them so good?
  • What do you find most interesting about the idea of getting into orbit?
  • If you were offered a chance to go into space, would you? Why or why not?

Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
  • Why does it take more effort for a rocket to launch than keep it going once it’s in orbit? How does that principle play out in life?
  • What are some time wasters that distract us from focusing on getting into orbit?
  • NASA never waters down its rocket fuel. How can this principle relate to launching your life?
  • What are some practical habits that can be put in place to accomplish goals?

Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
  • Have you been guilty of envying other people’s marriages, careers, athletic ability, etc. once they’ve already been in orbit? How has that mindset impacted your own life?
  • How many minutes (or hours) a day would you say you lose from your biggest time waster? What productive things could you be doing with that time?
  • Successful people and organizations take something simple to a bigger multiple. What is a simple thing in your life you can take to a multiple?
  • In what area should you be laser-focused in your life that you aren’t?

Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Dear Jesus, thank you for the gift of work. Help us to view it as a good thing and not something to dread. Give us the strength and discipline to persevere, work hard, and ultimately launch our lives into orbit for your glory. In your name we pray, Amen.

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
  • Time is one of our most valuable assets, because it’s the only one we can’t get back. We can always get another house, car, job, or boat, but we can never get more time. Commit to either reducing or eliminating the biggest timewaster in your life that you identified above, and replace it with something that your future you will thank you for.
  • We often look at other people’s lives, whether it’s their career, marriage, talents, or something else, and wish that we could be like them. However, what we don’t usually see is the time they put into that area of their life. Think about something that you really want and begin investing time in that area every day. In the coming months and years you will begin seeing the fruit of your labor.
  • Get laser-focused on your walk with Christ. Get all-in on The U (UATTEND, USERVE, UGROUP, UTITHE, UBRING) with singular vision. If you’re already doing these things, discuss with the group how you can multiply your efforts in these areas.


Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years…” And that is what happened. God made two great lights—the larger one to govern the day, and the smaller one to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set these lights in the sky to light the earth, to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And evening passed and morning came, marking the fourth day. Genesis 1:14-19 NLT

Then God said, “Let the waters swarm with fish and other life. Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind.” So God created great sea creatures and…every sort of bird—each producing offspring of the same kind…Then God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply. Let the fish fill the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.” And evening passed and morning came, marking the fifth day. Genesis 1:20-23 NLT

Then God said, “Let the earth produce every sort of animal, each producing offspring of the same kind—livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and wild animals.” And that is what happened. God made all sorts of wild animals, livestock, and small animals, each able to produce offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth…” So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:24-27 NLT

Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.” And that is what happened. Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day. Genesis 1:29-31 NLT

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