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Slogans

19 Feb

I laughed as I read these actual newspaper classified ads:

  • “Georgia peaches. California grown. 89 cents/lb.”
  • “Tickle Me Elmo. New in Box. Hardly Tickled.”
  • “German Shepherd. 85 lbs. Neutered. Speaks German. Free.”
  • “Whirlpool built-in oven. Frost free!”
  • “Snow blower for sale. Only used on snowy days.” (1)

I love advertising bloopers like those; but I have great memories of some commercials with unforgettable slogans, too. (If you’re not old enough to remember these, check with Grandma… I’ll bet she remembers!)

  • “It’s Shake ‘N’ Bake, and I helped.
  • “Nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee.”
  • “Ruffles have r-r-ridges.”
  • “I’d like to buy the world a Coke.”
  • “Ho, Ho, Ho… Green Giant.”
  • “Plop Plop, Fizz Fizz. Oh what a relief it is!”
  • “Ask any mermaid you happen to see…”
  • “When it says Libby’s, Libby’s, Libby’s on the label, label, label, you will like it, like it, like it on your table, table, table.”
  • “Oh Oh, Spaghettios!”

And my personal favorite:

  • “Twoallbeefpattiesspecialsaucelettucecheesepicklesonionsonasesameseedbun.” (2)

Slogans are little tag lines that make a product or concept unforgettable. They highlight what advertisers want people to see as important ~ something they don’t want to miss out on.

As I thought about some of these TV commercial slogans, I wondered, “Are there any slogans in my life that point people to what I think is important?”

T-shirt - Your Slogan HereOne of the “slogans” I use all the time is from my LOL with God co-author, Pam Farrel: “You make your choices and your choices make you.” This reflects my belief that our choices can either hold us back or transform us and help us reach our goals. Anyone who knows me knows that the theme of “choices” is big with me. The Bible is packed with choices we can make each day. A fun exercise is to read the scriptures and search for these choices with the desire to choose wisely and well.

Another “slogan” I’ve often used is from a revival preacher: “If revival depended on you ~ your prayers, your faith, your obedience ~ would your church ever experience revival?” These words remind me that I am not only accountable for my life, but there is something bigger at stake in how I live. My closest friends know that the need for personal, church, and national revival have been at the core of my ministry. My heart cry is “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” (Psalm 85:6 ESV)

Another slogan I’ve embraced is a quote by Pastor Bill Elliff at the Summit Church in Arkansas: “Everything flows from the presence of God.” This reminds me that God is to be the center of my life, with everything flowing from His Word, will, and ways. Those who have followed my life over recent years know that these words transformed me and helped me focus on biblical priorities ~ God, family, ministry. I’ve learned to trust and relax and let God work, instead of pursuing an agenda without Him (Proverbs 3:5-6). As a woman leading other women, I want to encourage them to rest in God.

Another slogan that reflects a core value is from Nancy Leigh DeMoss: “…we can only be whole when we function according to [God’s] design for our lives.” (Biblical Portrait of Womanhood). This speaks to my desire to help women embrace the biblical perspective of their role in the family, church, and community.

How about you? What are the slogans … the quotes you say most often or the themes of your conversations ~ that most reflect who you are, your values, and your goals? Do your slogans reveal the authentic you?

(1) http://www.tensionnot.com/jokes/one_liner_jokes/newspaper_classified_advertising

(2) Michael Gitter and Sylvia Anapol, Do You Remember? The Book that Takes You Back, (Chronicle Books, 1996), pp. 86-91.

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Listen to the Lips of Your Heart

25 Jun

Quick Eye Exam:

How many “Fs” are in the following sentence? (Answer is further down.)

FINISHED FILES ARE THE
RESULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTIFIC
STUDY COMBINED WITH THE
EXPERIENCE OF YEAR

How many “Fs” did you count?

Did you hear about the young woman who went to see an eye doctor. The receptionist asked her why she was there, and she complained, “I keep seeing spots in front of my eyes.”

The receptionist asked, “Have you seen a doctor?”

The woman thing replied, “No, just spots.”

Eye Exam results:

If you counted three, you are normal. If you counted six, you are a genius…. or you’ve done this before. Apparently, the brain cannot process the word “OF” … amazing, isn’t it?

What are you focusing on?

Speaking of eyes, I (Dawn) was driving down the road with my granddaughter Megan a few weeks ago, and she kept smacking me on the arm (ouch!) every time she saw a Volkswagen “Bug” ~ a game she and her sister Jenna play with their dad. I said, “How about we use convertibles (of any make) instead” ~ thinking that we’d see fewer of them.  But wouldn’t you know it, she then saw a slew of “Caddies!” (Smack. Ouch!)

I suddenly had the thought ~ “We’re seeing them only because that’s our focus!” And you know, Where Are You Focusing?that’s true. Whatever we focus on takes center-stage in our thoughts.

What do you notice consistently? I’m tend to see everything turquoise, of late, since a fashion consultant told me, “That’s your best color.”

I also notice every red convertible, every display of good chocolate, every Jack Russell Terrier, every freckle-faced or blonde child, every sign that says “Bob,” every bookstore, and every church. I notice these things, because I love them or they remind me of things or people I love. These are the things in my heart.  And all these things show up in my conversations, too. (Just ask me!) So “focus” isn’t just about the eyes.

I had to laugh the other day when a scripture verse gave me a weird “picture” in my thinking.  The verse was, “What you say flows from what is in your heart” (Luke 6:45b, NLT). I envisioned a heart with huge lips on one side, and Continue reading

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