Gospel billboards provokes thought

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Recently while driving back from out of state, I noticed on Interstate 65 above Auburn one of the "God" billboards.

You know the ones that are usually black with white lettering.

They are supposed to be subtle reminders that God is always watching.

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I find some of them to be quite unique and began to research them.

Also, there are those marquees in front of churches that always give you a boost and I thought I'd share some of the ones I've seen over the years.

"Let’s meet at my house Sunday before the game. nGod"

"C’mon over and bring the kids. nGod"

"What part of &uot;Thou Shalt Not…&uot; didn’t you understand? nGod"

"We need to talk. nGod"

"Keep using my name in vain, I’ll make rush hour longer. nGod"

"Loved the wedding, invite me to the marriage. nGod"

"That &uot;Love Thy Neighbor&uot; thing… I meant it. nGod"

"Big bang theory, you’ve got to be kidding. nGod"

"Have you read my #1 best seller? There will be a test. nGod"

"Don’t make me come down there. nGod"

Some of those marquees:

"Give God what’s right–, not what’s left!"

"Trade God your pieces for His peace."

"When you get tired talking to your friend about God–, talk to God about your friend."

"It’s hard to stumble when you’re on your knees."

"Pray’ is a four letter-word that you can say anywhere (except in a public school)."

"Make your eternal reservations now— ‘smoking’ or ‘non-smoking’?"

"To be lifted up–, go down (on your knees)."

"Satan can’t bring you down any further than your knees."

"Life is fragile—handle with prayer."

"A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing."

"We’re all invited to a heavenly feast but we must R.S.V.P.!"

"But St. Peter– what about my civil rights?"

"He who kneels before God can stand before anyone."

Life is change.. growth is optional.. choose wisely!

"A sharp tongue is seldom an indication of a sharp mind."

"A man can stand a lot as long as he can stand himself!"

"Dreams need some do-ers!"

"True character is unveiled in misfortune."

"Be the change you want to see in people."

"To ease the heartache of another will ease the weight of one’s self."

"It takes courage to stand up and speak— also to sit down and listen."

"Everyone wants to harvest— but few want to plow!"

"Never borrow sorrow from tomorrow!"

"No matter how much you nurse a grudge, it won’t get better."

"Worry is a waste of the imagination."

"Conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional."

"Adversity introduces man to himself. "

"If you see someone without a smile, give them yours. "

"Destroy a enemy– make him your friend."

"A temperamental person is easy glum, easy glow."

"Friends multiply joy and divide sorry."

"Thoughtfulness is to friendship as sunshine is to a garden."

"The tongue weighs little but few can hold it."

"Things that never happen seem to worry us most."

"If you don’t think everyday is a good day try missing one."

"Speak well of your enemies, you made them."

"God allows &uot;U Turns&uot;!"

"Don’t wait for the hearse to take you to church."

"Don’t give God instructions– just report for duty!"

"Wal-mart isn’t the only saving place!"

"Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around–, Faith looks up!"

And finally, my favorite one is: "He divided time!"

Jay Thomas is managing editor of the Greenville Advocate and can be reached via phone at 383-9203, ext. 136 or via email at jay.thomas@greenville-advocate.com.