A couple of years ago my father-in-law and I were in a Best Buy shopping. At this point I don’t even remember what we were looking for.
What I do remember is that we had just left a nearby Circuit City, where we had shifted through bins of junk that were all that was left in their going-out-of-business sale. Henry and I had a great conversation about the demise of Circuit City; it had been a solid enough company that it was featured in Jim Collins blockbuster Good to Great. Good to great to going out of business. Such is the life cycle of many a business (or person, or church, or any other type of organism or organization, I suppose)
So, as we wander the aisles of Best Buy together, an employee strikes up a conversation with us. He is friendly, not pushy. Good so far. I mention our conversation to him and ask what he thinks about Circuit City’s former prominence in the context of their demise. His response was full of confidence as he assured us “That will never happen to Best Buy. We’re Best Buy!”
In case you hadn’t heard, Best Buy isn’t doing so well. Profits were off 90% in the second quarter.
I am not going to throw stones here; I am ordained and serve in a denomination that has lost US members every year since 1968.
Like Rich Mullins sang, I suppose that “We are not as strong as we think we are.”
Makes one want to pursue someone or something beyond time, beyond entropy, beyond rising and falling. God invites us all to learn this truth from Matthew 6: “Don’t worry…. Instead, seek first God’s Kingdom and righteousness…”