Posts Tagged ‘Advertising’

There are many people in this world who feels as if their life has no hope. I personally find that very sad and am challenged to do something about that. Surely as Christians we must work together in Christ to let these people know that there is hope and that Christ can provide them with all they need.

I found myself getting very upset while watching various adverts that restarted on TV over the Christmas period, and are still continuing now – I’m sure if you’re in the UK you’ll have seen them too – various charities asking us to donate money to help them provide assistance and aid to adults, children and animals in third world countries and in our own country…boy do they pull at our heart-strings, don’t they!

I’ve now got to the stage where I have to go out the room now when these adverts are on as I just get too upset otherwise. What really gets me in these adverts is that they talk about the children and adults in these countries having “no hope”. Saying they have no hope suggests that no matter what any of us try to do for these folks, it will be futile. I however believe, as I’m sure many of you will too, that as long as there is God, there is hope.

Psalm 62:4-5 (NLT)

Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.

Never give up hope, because God is still here!

In yesterday’s blog post, His Advert, I briefly spoke about the fact that we are advert for God, but are you a good advert for God?

Are the words you say in all situations, honourable to God?

Are your actions those God would be happy with?

If you answered “Yes” to either (or both) of the above questions, don’t worry, you, like me, are only human! However all is not lost, as we are not beyond help…help from God!

If we pray, study God’s word (the bible) and listen to God’s message to us, we can become more Christ-like in all we do, and thus become a fantastic advert for God. So it’s down to us to let God mould us into the great adverts He needs us to be…so let’s get praying!

Here’s the International Staff Band of the Salvation Army playing Just Like Him by Terry Camsey:

In Tuesday’s blog post I listed a few possible adverting slogans God might use if He was to create TV adverts. However God has no need to create TV adverts, because He is already the worlds biggest and most prolific advertiser in the world!

Confused? Well don’t be, think about it, look around yourself and consider who created everything you see…God!

Yes, God’s creation is the biggest and most spectacular, no-budget, clearest advertisement for Him the world will ever see. However, despite all we see around us that God created, and His message in the bible, many people still misinterpret His message – some deliberately, others through ignorance.

The most important part of God’s creation is of course the people, you and me! That therefore that makes each of us living adverts of God’s creation. Yes, some of us will be good adverts for God, while some of us will be bad adverts. Which are you?

Romans 1:20 (NLT)

For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.

So it’s down to us to advertise God’s message to the world and when we encounter people misinterpret God’s message we must do what Barnabas, Paul, and countless others have done through the years, we must tell them the correct message!

Let’s make sure the people we meet during our lives are left with no excuses for not knowing God, by constantly and confidently advertise the facts about God and about His creation.

I’ve been talking about advertising in the last couple of days, so I got to thinking about what sort of adverts there would be, if God made them to promote who He is and what He does…

  1. Could you imagine the price of air if it were brought to you by another supplier. God.
  2. What do I have to do to get your attention? Take out an ad in the paper? God.
  3. When you’re weary, feeling small. When tears are in your eyes, I’ll dry them all. Simon & Garfunkel. Ditto. God.
  4. If you miss the sunrise I made for you today, never mind. I’ll make you another one tomorrow. God.
  5. Don’t forget your umbrella. I might water the plants today. God.
  6. I think you’re the most beautiful person in the world. Okay, so I’m biased. God.
  7. If you think the Mona Lisa is stunning you should look at my masterpiece. In the mirror. God.
  8. I hate rules. That’s why I only made ten of them. God.

I like all of these possible adverts, but my favourite is probably #5…but then maybe that’s because I live in Scotland and we get so much rain!

What’s your favourite one and why, please comment and let me know.

Just sitting watching the TV the other night and became increasingly frustrated by just how frequent the breaks in the programmes were for adverts. I was frustrated! Why interrupt my programmes by showing me the same adverts over and over again?

Well research shows that TV advertising does work – We may not think we pay any attention to the adverts when they are on, but subconsciously they must make some impact.

Just to prove my point…how many times have you heard a tune/song on the radio and thought, “That’s the tune from the….advert“? Yes you may not have thought you were paying any attention to that advert but as I said, subconsciously you have been!

Don’t the same sort of rules apply when in comes to God? If we keep telling people about God, and don’t give up just because no-one seems to be listening to us, God can and will get His message through to those who currently don’t believe.

So let’s get out there, and do some advertising for God!

Job Description: Do whatever God‘s asks of you, wherever He needs you to be

Personal Qualities: Christ-like, loving, caring, selfless, motivated, compassionate

Qualifications: There are no qualifications required for this job

Experience: You do not need to have any previous experience to do this job

A few weeks ago I read the following:

God wants your availability before your capability ~ Alastair Petrie

Doesn’t that just sum up this job advert!

People who love God and are willing to do everything and anything God – God needs me and He needs you. He needs us to do His work.

So how able you, are you willing to apply for this job?

Today the TV‘s been on in the house for a few hours – a distraction in the corner while I try to reduce the pile of ironing that’s been lying in the back room for a wee while!

I feel so depressed every time there’s an advert break as during every advert break I’ve seen there been advert for at least one of the following:

All show some shocking images of children and animals who’ve been abused or neglected. All designed to pull at our heart strings and persuade us to donate to their cause.

All I will say is, yes, they all pull at my heartstrings, but there’s no way I can afford to donate to all of these causes, but they do have an uncanny way of making me feel guilty for not donating!

Am I alone in this feeling of guilt?

I suppose the fact that the adverts make me feel guilty, shows the advert makers have done a great job in getting their message over – mind you it doesn’t make it any easier to watch these adverts time after time.

All we can do is donate what we can to the causes we think are most deserving or most in need of our help – Let’s all try and make a small difference.