Alec Keep credits this dramatic poster for the fact he is still alive today.
The 66-year-old chauffeur from Potton in Bedfordshire, was driving home when he spotted the British Heart Foundation poster and noted its dramatic imagery.A few weeks later when he started getting chest pain the image started to flash into his mind.
“I got in the door and this pain shot across my chest,” he said.
If I had not dialed I would not have survived”
“I sat down and was just going to wait for it to go away.
“Then I remembered that poster with the man with the belt around his chest saying: ‘If you have chest pain dial 999’.
“I did, and I think that if I hadn’t I would not have survived.”
Within minutes a paramedic was at the door and Mr Keep was taken to Bedford Hospital, but his heart stopped on the way and needed to be restarted.When he arrived at the hospital doctors had to work hard to stabilize him.
When people look at our lives do they see the proper message? When there is crisis in their life do they know who to call?, where to go? A billboard has a certain purpose, do we fulfill our purpose? In Colossians 4:17, “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.”
In 1 John 1:7 we are called to be the light of the world. We need to be people who are noticed by others not for our own glory but for the glory of God. Our own personal salvation is not so personal, once saved we need to be compelled to tell people and teach people about our hope (1 Peter 3:15). In 1 Timothy 4:16 Paul tells Timothy to pay close attention to his teaching so that he will ensure salvation for himself and those who hear him. As Christians we need to be that saving billboard for God.