Friday, September 25, 2009

So Many Thoughts

I have so many thoughts that I would like to blog about but I don't know where to actually begin. Let us deal with that comes to mind as I walk my cool down lap. Contemplate on how much exercise you get. If you have a job like me where you spend most of your time sitting then when you get off work you really need to spend much of your evening exercising. You can work your mind real hard behind a desk but you need to work the body as well. I have been behind a desk so long that my Achilles tendons do not flex enough. I have waited way to long to start but if the LORD is willing I will continue until the day I die. One last thought spiritual health is far more important than physical health.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Commercials

Have you ever contemplated the effectiveness of advertisements? I have a strange feeling that commercials are not nearly as effective as some promote. A 60 minute TV show has about 18 minutes of commercials. I find it so annoying that I would rather wait a year and watch the show on DVD than sit through the commercials. Perhaps I am just in an age group that does not respond well to advertisements but it is hard for me to imagine that most advertisements are worth the money. It is an investment verses return issue.

Apparently a lot of people have faith in advertising. By my own ruff calculations 30% of TV, 50% of newspaper and 70% of magazines are advertisements. When you think about it, most content providers like TV networks, news papers, radios stations, magazines and internet search engines are really just advertisement companies. The sole purpose of their content is to attract people to the commercials. I wonder how long they will continue if I represent the average effectiveness of advertising?

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Opinions Are Like Arm Pits

Everybody has two of them and they both stink or so goes the saying. One thing that really struck me in seminary was how opinions about certain subjects would divide people. It is like a game of tug of war between two people. They are at the end of the rope so they can be as far from center as possible. Each time the opponent manages to move them a little closer to the center they add more rope to their end so they can move back. In the end they are ten times further apart and more convinced they are right and the other person is wrong.

We see this happening in many different ways but it is a constant in our lives. From the public arena where politicians are constantly pushing each other to the private arena where mother and daughter are lock in a stalemate. So the next time you feel your about to lengthen your rope remember what Joshua in the movie WarGames said, "A strange game. The only winning move is not to play." Better still take Jesus' advice "Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God." (Matthew 5:9, NKJV). It is sad when we can't agree that it is okay to disagree.