Monday, November 16, 2009

Survival of the Fittest

A friend of mine who grew up in Africa recently shared this bit of wisdom with me:

Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows that it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows that it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle, when the sun comes up, you better start running. -- African Proverb --

This makes me ponder the race of life. Am I running from something or to something? Am I the gazelle or the lion? When the race finally ends (and it will eventually) will I eat or be eaten? Will I be exultant or harbor regret?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Creation Museum

A few months ago I went with my family to the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY which is literally on the outskirts of Cincinnati. Answers in Genesis, a Christian organization that promotes creation and refutes evolution, is the core of this museum. For me, this wasn't a museum; it was an experience. Every exhibit and show was top of the line quality; the sequence and placement of quotes, displays, and information was obviously purposeful and meaningful.

One of my favorite thought-provoking signs asked about each person's starting points. It seems as though nearly every decision and path you take in life stems back to your core values and beliefs.

Another picture full of impact depicted a potter's hands, referring to God being in control of our lives and fashioning us to His will.

The museum not only had powerful images and insightful messages, but it also engaged the visitor with animated displays from the Garden of Eden through the birth of Christ. Think Disney in Kentucky. I would thoroughly recommend the Creation Museum to anyone-even if you don't believe in creation. The planetarium and the outdoor gardens alone are enough to draw a tourist in. So if you're on the border of Ohio and Kentucky, stop on by-what do you have to lose?


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