Man-made space satellites are a bit like people. They are assembled with extreme care and precision in a single-purpose environment in which they must not remain. Then, with great effort and drama, they are launched into the environment for which they were designed.
Once a satellite arrives in space orbit, it begins a slow dance of preparation for its mission. This includes the careful unfolding, or deployment, of a multi-panel array of solar cells. Although the panels left earth as a very compactly folded arrangement, they must unwind into a very wide-reaching structure. They can then collect the sun’s rays for transformation into electricity, and power the satellite as it toils to fulfill its mission. If the solar array does not fully deploy, the satellite will not be able to fulfill its mission.
Like satellites, we must each strive to fully deploy ourselves. We must stretch ourselves, exercise every ability, and embrace every healthy opportunity and appropriate risk if we are to complete our mission in life. If we want to travel further and longer in life, and be bigger and better in life, then we must intentionally spread our wings to their full extent. We must open ourselves wide, wide, wide to our reach our full potential. We must strive for full self-deployment .
How fully deployed are you?