Remember that part of The Wizard of Oz? You know it’s when they meet the ‘wizard’ and Toto starts messing around with the big curtain to reveal a meek little man using a lot of smoke and mirrors to make himself seem bigger than life. The problem with the logic is that it works for some time until people start poking around deeper and deeper into you church, school, business, organization, etc. It simply isn’t enough to look good on the outside…people will eventually see right through it.
It reminds me of a recent trip my wife and I took to a popular mexican grill. (here’s a hint, they have burritos as big as babies and name entree’s after 80’s movies and sitcom characters). It was a wonderful meal. The steak Quesadilla was kicking, the cheese dip hot, and the coke was not flat. I said to Rebekah, um this is the best ____’s I have had in a long time! Before we left I went to the bathroom….um, I assume they weren’t expecting me. Let the pictures explain….
Hopefully these pictures aren’t too small to see all the grossness I found in there. It didn’t get this way in a couple of hours. Some of that ‘nasty ‘ was dried and caked on. It was like layers of grime were built up on the sink…it was just a ‘hot, hot mess’. So no matter how good the food was, this will make me think long and hard before I ever go back. It just simply isn’t enough to look good, the inside has to match the outside to effectively reach customers, students, employees, etc. And especially churches, Are you simply ok with looking good on Sunday Morning’s or are you operating out of an overflow of what God is doing week in and week out in your staff, members, attenders, and organizational structure. The truth is if you aren’t….your ‘curtain call’ may be right around the corner.
Is it just me or does our society seem to be going up the well in “Troy’s Bucket” by the…well…bucketloads? Wasn’t there a time when we were much cooler by being a Goonie? (Goonies – classic 80’s movie, and the movie in which I am deriving this post) There was a time in our music, fashion, and entertainment praised individuality….now everyone in High School dresses the same, all the music on the radio is homogeneous, and lets don’t even start with movie /moviestars
But don’t worry, there are some goonies still out there. Here are a couple to check out.
Movies – Pan’s Labyrinth (masterpiece by Guillermo Del Toro’ -warning: spainish w/ English subtitles)
Be Kind Rewind
Music – The Ponys/Turn The Lights Out
Phil Colins/Face Value (a blast from the past, just listen, I’m sure it will bring a smile to your face)
As Tall As Lions/As Tall As Lions
So put on your slick shoes and grab your inhaler, do a quick truffle shuffle, and go look for One Eye’d Willie! Celebrate what makes you different!
ever heard of it. neither had I until moving. It is a joint venture of Coinstar and McDonalds. Located only in McDonald’s restaurants, are ‘redbox’s’. Each automated ATM like unit holds up to 500 copies of new and classic release DVD’s for rent. $1, yes that’s right 1$. Pick your movie, swipe your card, get your movie, awesome!
I couldn’t resist.
My baby’s gone. She left last Saturday morning for TN. I am staying behind until Thanksgiving to pack up and finish up some loose ends around the ‘Dubbya’. I had the cable/internet disconnected yesterday….and let me tell ya, it’s real quiet at night…really quiet. I am trying to stay busy by playing guitar, packing, and hanging w/ friends…but I am not a fan of sleeping by myself anymore. It’s time to get back to work, maybe I can scrounge up some ‘rabbit ears’ for the tv and watch some ‘House’ tonight.
Thanks for quoting this Joe. I’m not sure who Chris Elrod is but he makes me laugh!
God’s Word doesn’t need our “dog and pony show” to be relevant today. We should just feel blessed that He still uses jackasses to talk…