Spiritual Coaching Vol 3 #46 The Sky…
Today I am a New Yorker. On this day in 1931 President Herbert Hoover officially dedicated the Empire State Building. Hoover pressed a button in the White House that turned on the building’s lights. Actually, someone turned on the switches in New York.
The idea for the Empire State Building was born out of a competition between Walter Chrysler of the Chrysler Corporation and John Jakob Raskob of General Motors, to see who could erect the taller building. Chrysler had already begun work on the famous Chrysler Building, the 1,046-foot skyscraper in midtown Manhattan. Raskob recruited a group of well-known investors, including former New York Governor Alfred E. Smith and chose the architecture firm Shreve, Lamb and Harmon Associates to design the building. The building went up in just over a year for a sum of $40 million and well ahead of schedule (that doesn’t happen much).
Sometimes we get it right as Americans. I am reminded of the Psalmist words,
Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation. Psalm 24:3-5
Pride isn’t the word that I think of when I consider the accomplishments like the Empire State Building – humility and blessing come to mind more quickly. We are blessed. We are not blessed to revel in our own selfish gain but to bless others and help those who have a dream and who also want to reach for the heavens, in a sense. God has given us the sense of adventure and accomplishment. Let’s use to to do great things and to help others to do great things as well. As Americans we are more about a hand up than hand outs. Reach for the sky my friends.