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Economic Development is . . . (increasing the flow) of capital through the community and reducing its leakage.

Ask for the right things

A committed atheist was hiking near the mountains when he became lost in some dense brush. A large angry bear, with three starving cubs back home and claws like kitchen knives, suddenly emerged from the undergrowth.

The atheist screamed in terror, turned and ran. The bear was quicker however, and after a long and desperate chase eventually cornered the atheist in a gully. The exhausted atheist sank to his knees, shaking. The bear, seeing that its prey was trapped, moved slowly toward him. The atheist lifted his head, with tears in his eyes uttered the words he thought he would never say in all his life: “God help me…”

With these simple three words, a blinding flash of lightning lit up the sky. There was a deafening crash of thunder. The clouds parted. A brilliant light shone down. The forest fell silent. The bear froze still, in a trance. The atheist stood gaping, transfixed.

A thunderous voice came loud from above, louder than a hundred rock concerts all happening at the same time. We can safely assume this voice to have been the voice of God. “You atheists make me seriously mad,” boomed God, “You deny me all your life. You tell others to deny me too. You put your faith in all that fairy-tail Darwin nonsense, and then what a surprise – you get lost because you can’t read your stupid map, and now you’re about to get eaten by an angry bear, all of a sudden you’re on your knees sniveling and begging for my help?……… You must be joking.”

The atheist looked down, realizing that he was not arguing from a position of strength. “Okay, I take your point,” said the atheist, thinking on his feet, while he still had them, “I can see it’s a bit late for me to convert, but what about the bear? Maybe you could convert the bear instead?”

“Hmmm… interesting idea” said God, thinking hard, “Okay. It shall be done.” At which the brilliant light dimmed and vanished; the clouds closed; and the noises of the forest resumed. The bear awoke and shook its head, a completely different expression on its face. Calm, at peace. The bear closed its eyes, bowed its head, and said, “For what we are about to receive, may the Lord make us truly thankful, Amen.”

The somewhat gruesome atheist story is a good example of “think carefully about what you ask for, because you might actually get it.” I hear a lot of people asking for things to change economically in Tama County. I believe it is time for us to begin to come together and begin to ask for the right things for our county.

OUR next step – get INVOLVED. We are organizing groups of people to advance our data driven economic plan and we need your help. So, to become involved . . . contact our office and we can provide more information on how you can help.  Contact us at (641) 484-3108.


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