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.
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…