Orange Squash

I stood in the que at a cafe in Thornbury awaiting my turn to be served. When it was my time to order, I asked for an orange squash.

Orange Squash

Now, the target market for this cafe is clearly quite specific because they seem to be shocked at anything that is not tea or coffee related. It was as if they are the only drinks ever ordered.

They were clearly so shocked that I asked for a ‘kids’ drink, because the lady then responded, ‘Would you like a straw with that?’  I almost expected her to follow up by bringing a high chair to my table.

I’m pretty sure she didn’t mean to be as patronising as i’ve described but it was as if she’d labeled me ‘child’ due to my choice of drink.

I guess we often label people by their choices or appearances.  Whether it’s hooded youths being aggressive or elderly people being boring.

I wonder what labels the world has put on those with faith? On Church? On Jesus?
I wonder whether behind the label, there is something worth investing in?

Behind the label of boredom, irrelevance and foolishness that many stick on Jesus, there is a man who can change lives. There is a man who died on a cross so that we could spend eternity with a loving, creator God. There is the son of God.

So perhaps I chose a childish drink after all – Ah well, at least I finished my colouring in…


About laughingwithtom

Tom Elliott is a Christian Communicator who is passionate about introducing people to Jesus. Tom is also a credible and experienced Comedian, Magician, Speaker and writer, with a heart to use his gifts for the extension of Gods Kingdom. He has travelled extensively throughout the UK and abroad, whilst also being on the leadership team of his home church in Gloucestershire. Tom has been mentored by some of the UK’s most influential evangelists including J.John, Steve Legg, Mark Greenwood, Mark Ritchie, Matt Summerfield, Barry Woodward and more. Through his acclaimed show, Tom captures the attention of non believers through quality entertainment and as a result has been able to share his faith on TV, Radio, Online, in schools, churches & theatres reaching thousands of people with the Gospel. Tom has also taken his work to many large scale events and Festivals such as ‘New Wine’, ‘Detling,’ ‘Gorsley’, ‘Greenbelt’ and ‘Spring Harvest’ Tom is honoured to be an Ambassador for the international Christian charity ‘Compassion’ who work to change lives in over 26 countries that suffer extreme poverty. Toms desire is to see all people take hold of Jesus’ promise of life to the full. On stage and off stage, Tom’s passion for this fulfilment of life is contagious. Tom has been personally trained by expert entertainers and in 2013, Tom contributed to a book titled ‘Does God LOL’ alongside some of the biggest names in comedy, to raise money for national charity, ‘Mary’s Meals’. This book is now available in many good book stores.
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