"...and I will dwell in the House of the LORD forever!"

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Wendy's Code?

Last March, the beloved fast-food chain, Wendy’s, re-vamped their logo for the first time in twenty-nine years. Like many "drive-through" empires, the entire franchise has been resurrected from top to bottom with healthier menu options, breakfast tacos, new salads, and specials almost every week. Why not change a logo that has been collecting 20th century dust?

The logo is pictured here. However, it has more than new colors and design. Look carefully to see if you can notice a “hidden” word.

On Wendy’s collar, you can vaguely read the word, “Mom”. Wendy’s Graphic Artists claim this “subliminal message” wasn’t intentional; regardless, it’s pretty creative. Some marketing teams expect “Wendy’s Code” to possibly boost sales, as customers find a quick and cheap meal, just like “Mom’s”, very appealing. Only time will tell.

As Christians, we can be thankful that scripture doesn’t house hidden messages. Granted, some biblical teachings have sharper teeth than others. Even Peter, speaking about his spiritual brother Paul, said that some of Paul’s writings could be difficult to understand. (2nd Peter 3:16). But, when we study with the mind and depend on the Spirit, we sift through the ink and find God’s message. When the Holy Spirit inspired the hands of biblical writers, He didn’t provide messages for the “simple” and messages for the “savvy”. We don’t have to be a Ph.D., M.D., J.D., or C.E.O. to understand God’s will; but, if we’re humble and hungry for the meaning of God’s word, we're filled.

Read. Study. Taste and see that the Lord is good. No “code” is necessary.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Undivided Attention?

After the preacher’s sermon, Mrs. Bowen came forward asking for prayers. She was very anxious because her husband, George, was shipping out to sea with the United States Navy. Not only was the separation emotionally draining, but she worried about George’s safety in uncharted waters. When she walked down the aisle, she handed her note to the preacher. The note read, “George Bowen’s wife requests prayers for her husband’s safety who has gone to sea.” The preacher, pretending to listen and care, picked up the card and read to the congregation, “George Bowen, having gone to see his wife, desires prayers for his safety." Needless to say, Mrs. Bowen wasn’t too “comforted”.

We all fall victim to this atrocity, regardless of our profession. Scripture says we should have courage to confess to others, passion to pray for others, and compassion to carry the burdens of others. In our individualistic society, encouraging people to become venerable and transparent is quite a challenge. When we finally do “open up”, there’s nothing worse than discovering our painful testimony is going through one ear, and out the other.

Life is full of challenges, and we need the body of Christ to help us endure them. When we listen to a brother struggling from the storms of life, the least we can do is offer our undivided attention. His heart is aching; shame on us if we make it ache more with our meaningless distractions. If you care enough to love, care enough to listen.