July 19 Proofs Note from the Editor

July 18, 2011

By Kevin Henry
Editor, Proofs

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We’re in the middle of a big-time heat wave here in Oklahoma. My pastor calls it “stupid hot” and I have to agree with him. As I write this on Monday morning, we are heading for our 28th day this year in which the temperature has surpassed 100 degrees. Yes, we’re used to hot summers in Oklahoma, but this one is lining up to be included among our all-time records.

Add to the heat the fact that the U.S. Drought Monitor is stating that 40% of Oklahoma is currently under drought conditions. Low levels of rainfall match rainfall deficit records dating back to the Dust Bowl.

Seeking an end to the drought and heat, Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin asked all Oklahomans to use this past Sunday as a day of prayer.

“I encourage Oklahomans of all faiths to join me this Sunday in offering their prayers for rain,” Fallin said. “For the safety of our firefighters and our communities and the well-being of our crops and livestock, this state needs the current drought to come to an end. The power of prayer is a wonderful thing, and I would ask every Oklahoman to look to a greater power this weekend and ask for rain.”

My church was among those who prayed for rain and cooler temperatures this week. As today dawned with more predictions of dry scorching heat (and no relief in sight), I’ve seen several posts on the Internet chastising those who dared to think prayer could end the dry spell. One of my friends responded to one of the posts with a great post …

“Maybe you’re right. Maybe we were silly to think that prayer alone could end the heat and drought. Prayer needs faith as well. We should’ve not only prayed for the rain and cooler temperatures to come, but also carried umbrellas with us!”

He’s right. It’s one to believe something is going to happen. It’s another thing to show that you really believe that same something is going to happen.

Isn’t that the same way things have been lately with business and the economy? So many people have been shuffling their feet saying how they hoped things would turn around, but what steps did they actually take to prepare for the turnaround?

As I write this, the news is filled with talk of “debt ceilings” and a fiscal crisis ongoing in Washington, D.C. How do things for our country look right now? Honestly, not great. Still, if history is an indicator, those companies who prepare and are ready for better times when they come are miles ahead of the competition when those better times actually arrive.

Here’s hoping you are carrying your umbrella and ready for better days ahead. They are coming … in your business and here in Oklahoma. I believe it.

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