Balloon People

Twitter me this…Is publicity an addition? Does a person’s 15 minutes of fame get syndicated? Is a Reality Show more important than the reality of leading your family?

People across the country had been captivated Thursday, October 15th by the sight of a flyaway helium balloon thought to be carrying a little six-year old boy. Media from TV to Twitter reported the story for all its suspense and heartbreaking possibilities.

Thankfully, it turned out to be a huge mistake, the kid was pronounced safe at home the whole time. Then it turned out to be a hoax…all that money, resources and energy spent on some dad’s ego. It was just a stunt to try to land a TV reality series.

Lame, so very lame.

This story did get a rise out of me (yes, the pun was intended) and gave me a lot to think about. Why are we constantly seeking something outside to satisfy our craving to “be known”?  What kind of approval ratings do we desire that don’t include our family?

“Anytime there is a struggle between doing what is actually right and doing what seems right, then your ego is interfering with your decision”. - Darren L. Johnson

The Bible puts it this way.

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death”.
Proverbs 14:12

In today’s culture, it is critically important for men to rise up and be different than that! The whole thing is a significance issue. We try to find significance in our work, in what we do, even in the way we serve Him. Real significance in found only in who He says we are. Our worth is not in airtime, exposure or the media presence we might gather in 15 minutes. Our value is in Him, which is the only reality we must show.

“God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him.”  - The Message Bible

In Him,


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