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In early times people’s animals grazed on common land and were distinguished from those belonging to different people by use of marks burned into their hides. This process is known as branding. Modern livestock branding is less damaging to the hide and is done by freezing the skin in a distinguishing pattern or with a number. Where the hide has been burned, or frozen, hair does not grow back and thus the animals are marked. Animal branding has existed since the times of Ancient Egypt and continues today. Branding humans has been used to identify criminals, as punishment, to indicate ownership of slaves, and most recently to “decorate” the skin.
The other day I was sitting at the kitchen table and just happened to notice the brand name on my cereal box. As I continued looking around I saw: Froot Loops, Splenda, Kraft, Frigidaire, French’s, Kahi, Orville Redenbacher’s, Sobeys, Air Miles, Magic Chef, Proctor-Silex, Magic Bullet, World Vision, Kenmore, Macleans, and XM without moving from my seat. When I looked up information on branding for this post almost all the hits that came up were for commercial branding, brand names, not livestock branding. Most of us are not branded with an identifying number but we are certainly branded!
We wear brand names on our clothing, carry them on our coffee cups, have them marked on our cars. Even our “no-name” brands have developed into brands. Not only do we spend more money for brand name clothing, but we advertise for them at the same time by having the brand name in big letters on the front!
Is there a way to beat the branding? Short of making all our own textile products, furniture, etc. and growing and cooking all our food from scratch I don’t think we can do it. Even at Kings Landing, a nineteenth century historical village, there are Enteprise stoves, and Fawcett stoves, different brands of china, and brand named carriages and farm machinery. I think the best we can really do is to be careful of our own personal brand. I need to be aware of what being Cathy Scott says about me, the image I project to the world needs to be more than the companies from whom I buy goods and services. The only brand I want to project is love, how about you?
The other day I was getting a coffee refill at work and when I opened the fridge door I was met with the above picture. I took a moment to stand and consider my options, when I would normally just grab my usual. Did I want to take my coffee black that day? It would still have all the caffeine and be very diet friendly. On the far end of the scale was the flavoured cream which has sugar as well but would turn my drink into something almost like a luxury. Then there are the three levels of 1% milk, 2% milk and 18% cream. As a rule of thumb one might say that the higher the fat content, the richer and more appealing the coffee.
Can the same be said of our choice of church? Most of us attend the church in which we grew up without really giving it much thought. I have no intention of making any judgements on the different denominations of the Christian church. We have many different denominations, I believe, because no single style would satisfy everyone. This is largely because they are a function of religion which is a human construct, and not of faith itself.
At their hearts all churches are like black coffee. The essential elements of scripture, faith, and worship are central to each. We could call that the Holy Catholic Church.
International flavoured coffee cream
What are the ingredients that determine the percentage of cream in our churches? Music is an easy one to look at. If we consider plainsong or Gregorian Chant to be 1% and move towards the more complex that would put the style of simple choruses at 2%. The 18% cream might be the contemporary rock style and the more elaborate classical style music would then be the sweet specialty cream. I don’t think that works quite right. First, it left out the traditional hymn style and second, I don’t think many people these days would consider classical and formal music to be the sweet specialty. Since most churches don’t use plainsong these days maybe the lowest fat music should be the basic hymn, the sweetest the choruses with their strong emotional appeal. The other styles would fill in the center.
Preaching style would be another ingredient. The 18% might be the “fire and brimstone” style of preaching which has too much weight to be low-fat, and hardly sweet. The sweet would be a style that focuses entirely on the love of Christ and the idea that good Christians are always happy and successful. 18% preaching might include audio-visual displays or be somewhat off the cuff, while 2% is likely to be serious but deeply thought out and well composed.
The metaphor may seem a little strained, but even if we normally attend the church in which we grew up, there are times in our lives when we may find ourselves standing at the refrigerator door considering our options. For some this happens when a relationship begins or ends, when we come up against something to which we can not reconcile ourselves, for some maybe even just when we are bored. The point is to remember the central issue and keep that black coffee in our cups. Cheers!
I have been feeling a little blah today. I was happy with my outfit that I wore to work, things went well, the sun was out for a large part of the day, but I still felt blah. After work I headed out to Second Showing, my favourite little consignment boutique, to chat with the owner for a bit and to see what was new. As usual I had a great time! On top of enjoying myself with banter and looking at all the pretty clothes I did one thing that is almost guaranteed to perk me up, I bought a new purse!
I realize that this is a rather shallow fix and that I am usually against consumerism etc. but I really love the feeling of putting my things in a new purse and slinging it over my shoulder. Whatever I’m wearing takes on a new look and for better or worse I feel, dare I say, chic!
I don’t remember reading anything about commercial therepy in the Bible. In fact, one of the readings recently was about Jesus clearing out the money changers and sales people from the temple in Jerusalem. (John 2:15) Our posessions are often more our gods than God, and Jesus also instructed some people to sell all they had and give it to the poor. He sent his disciples off on mission without a change of clothes, or a purse of money.
Hmm…I was blah, then I was a little more perky, and now I feel guilty. Does this pattern sound familiar? It isn’t as easy to buck our culture as it might seem up front. Jesus was aware of this even two thousand years ago when he said, “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Matt 19:24 Thank to God, we don’t have to try to do it on our own.
Previously Loved Clothing: “Consider the lilies…even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.”
I had a lovely visit this morning at my favourite clothing consignment store. For the better part of two years now I have avoided buying new clothing, at least for myself. This does not extend to the unmentionables of course, but I have perhaps three items of clothing from the past two years that were purchased at a regular store. I like to think of my things as previously loved and just as my clothes I got rid of when I lost weight were perfectly good, the items I buy have lots of life in them. I save a little money, get brand name clothes I wouldn’t normally pay for, and do a tiny bit to save the planet at the same time.
I have been looking longingly at the cool rubber boots you can get
I have been looking longingly at the cool rubber boots you can get
now. $70.00 rubber boots are not in my future, but I am hoping that someone takes a pair in to the consignment store. Perhaps last year’s design just won’t do for them this year. Perhaps they bought them last year and haven’t worn them at all…I’ll wait and see what turns up.
I don’t really know where this inclination has come from. I have never been noted for being frugal. My mother always says that I can go in a store and unerringly choose the one most expensive item. I can still do that of course, I just won’t buy it anymore. It amazes me that stores get away with charging so much for clothing and that we put so much effort into having the latest fashions.
Jesus tells us that we needn’t worry about what we will eat, or what we’ll wear…
luke 12:22-32 ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. 23For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?* 26If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest? 27Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;* yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 28But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. 30For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31Instead, strive for his* kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
So when you go to bed tonight remember to thank God for providing you with what you needed today and for the fact that he will do it again tomorrow. Take a little time as well to ask how you might be of help in providing for others.
How much would you pay for a good pair of rubber boots? How about a hockey card or a Magic the Gathering card? What is a really good meal, a delicious dessert or your morning coffee worth to you?
I was looking through a magazine today and came across several pages labeled “contest:winter warm-up” On these pages there are all sorts of nifty items like a set of hard sided painted luggage, a power drill, nail polish collections, a Pandora bracelet and a pair of colourful rubber boots (not the ones pictured above). Beside each one there is an explanation of the item and their “value.” Beside the rubber boots it says $150 Value Each.
Ideas of value can be based on many different things. The value of a pair of rubber boots may lie in their fashion, but really rubber boots are for walking, and sometimes jumping, in puddles and muck. I hardly think I need to pay $150 to jump in a puddle, but some people might. I bet my friend who has been confined to a wheelchair for many years now would pay almost anything for them if they meant she could jump in a puddle!
I’m sure you are familiar with the series of MasterCard ads that focus on the value of items, called the Priceless Ads. Despite being commercials and encouraging the spending of money we don’t have now, and may never have, they have this idea well in hand. Check out this video…
The items like toys and books may be very appealing but the thing that are priceless have nothing to do with things you can purchase. Priceless things are experiences, emotions, breathtaking views, and relationships. There may be many ‘toys’ you want but my question for you today is what is your priceless cardboard box?