I was looking through these photos of Detroit and it gave me a glimpse of what it once was. Even today, the ruins have a surreal beauty. You can imagine the hope and dreams of the people who worked to make the city one of the most prosperous cities in the world in it's prime. Many of these people have passed on and most of the city has passed with them.
These photos make me think about how fleeting life is and how important it is to focus on what is important. So many times, we as a society, are focused on getting to the next goal; graduating high school, graduating college, getting a job, getting married, having kids, getting the kids to graduate, saving for retirement, retirement and very quickly life has passed and with it the chance to enjoy everyday as a gift. In the words of Jesus, "Now listen, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.' Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes."
So enjoy today, but in so doing don't forget about the promise of eternity. As one of my favorite quotes says, "Dream like you'll live forever, live like you'll die tomorrow."
Photos of the Surreal Beauty of the Ruins of Detroit
History of Detroit
According to Wikipedia of course: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detroit
Part 1 of a Documentary of Detroit
This is an amateur documentary, but it has some good information. Watch the other parts on YouTube.
Sources and More Detroit Ruins Photos:
A fitting scripture passage for this post.