There is a TV series called Numbers that I enjoy watching occasionally. I like numbers. I like math. I like statistics. Often they say a lot.
Some numbers have jumped out at me recently. This is just an opportunity to share what's on my mind...
17 - Approximate rank in US City size held by Memphis, Tennessee, where I currently live.
96 - Current tally of murders committed in Memphis this year. Many...too many...are being committed by kids.
40 - Current school dropout percentage rate in Memphis.
4 - According to the Apologetics on Fire organization, who hosted a conference at my church recently, the percentage of American teenagers who regularly attend church.
Shifting gears, but just a little...
78 - Current price of a barrel of oil.
7 - Number of test missiles launched by North Korea recently.
60 - Number of rockets fired at three Israeli towns by the gorilla terrorist group Hezbollah this morning.
200,000 - Number of Israeli citizens currently staying in bomb shelters.
8 - Number of bombs that exploded in the Bombay transit system earlier this week.
4 3/4 - Number of years since the 9/11 attacks. Our military has been in Afghanistan and Iraq almost that long. That's a little longer than amount of time between the attack on Pearl Harbor and the end of WWII.
A lot of those numbers appear bleak. There are also happy numbers...
2 - Number of work days until I start vacation.
4 - Number of WONDERFUL children I have.
Dozens - Number of friends that I have been blessed with.
2 1/2 - Number of months until the premier of Facing The Giants...a movie I'll talk about in an upcoming entry.
16 3/4 - Number of years I've been married to my awesome wife!
That's enough for now...