PWTE Daily Devotion

What Endures When Fame Flees?

March 11, 2016

Is fame really that important?

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“Lord, remind me how brief my life on earth will be.
Remind me that my days are numbered–how fleeting my life is.”

Psalm 39:4 New Living Translation

Manitou Springs is a quirky little town that prides itself on being nothing like Colorado Springs. Located at the base of Pikes Peak, Manitou has been a tourist destination for years and known for its natural soda spring fountains and unique shops.

Red Mountain, Manitou Springs, Colorado

Red Mountain, Manitou Springs, Colorado

Red Mountain, towering over the southern part of Manitou, has an interesting feature.  Concrete steps and iron rods greet a climber but no sign of what was built on the summit.

For a short period of time, at the turn of the 20th century, a tram took tourist and others to the top of Red Mountain to a small dance hall (if you’ve climb to the top of Red Mountain you know it had to be small).  This picture captures a portion of this mostly forgotten piece of history.

This small dance hall sought its own fame in the shadow the larger Manitou incline.  But its fame didn’t last.

Why do we seek fame?

There are many things that remind us how brief life is and how fame is fleeting. We become parents only to find our children leaving home sooner than expected. We start a job and in a moment we’re retiring.

However, our hope is not in this life but in the life that Christ promised us.  And with that life standing front and center, God sets us free to live as he intends no matter how fleeting our fame.

Copyright Douglas P Brauner

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  • Pam Butler March 11, 2016 at 8:38 am

    I’ve been there, and you’re right – it is pretty small. What amazes me is that people rode that rickety tram all the way up there and then back down again. My hiking group did a little research after we found the article(s) someone had left up there for others to read – super interesting! Thanks for triggering memories and putting a thoughtful spin on the place.

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