Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Painted on the sides of buildings downtown are advertisements for goods and services reminiscent of days gone by. It is akin to "graffiti" from the 50's and 60's beckoning consumers to sample their services.
It is interesting to me that the signs remain even though the businesses have long since disappeared.
I have traveled a lot and had opportunity to see this pattern repeated in other communities. It makes me wonder why. Why do signs outlast the businesses they represent?
What does it say about the business that the advertisement outlasted the company?
It makes me wonder. Did the owners invest more in advertising than they did in creating longevity for their businesses?
It is easy to spend time, money and energy investing in the "surface" things of life. It is easy to be distracted by the advertising and promotion and miss the product.
It is easy to say "yes" to things that will not last and miss out on things that will stand the test of time.
What are you doing today that will have a lasting impact through time?
What are you investing in that will weather the assault of our culture?
What are you living for that is worth dying for?
Just a few thoughts that I had while staring at the painted sign on the exterior of a building downtown.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
This morning I took an early morning walk to the Kum-n-Go mart two blocks from where we are staying. I was having "USA Today" withdrawal pains.
The closest thing that I could find was The Hawk Eye, one of Iowa's great newspapers.
I opened up to page 3A and there was the quote. It was by Mark Lumbeck, County Sheriff. The reporter asked him to give an assessment of the effects of the 2008 flood. Here is what he said:
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
"Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you."