Havoc Among the Holsteins

holstein-cowDid you hear a strange noise the last time you drove the dusty back roads that line the dairy farms in rural America? Instead of hearing the characteristic “moo” from the herd, you may have heard ole’ Bossy and her cohorts mournful “boo.”

A new product from Coca-Cola, Fairlife, will soon find its place on the shelves of grocery stores.  It’s described as “science milk” that has 50% more protein, 30% less sugar, and lactose-free. I imagine that Holsteins hate these whole steins of engineered lab milk, and many dairy herds are be-mooing its existence.

The fact that Coke sells its product for twice the price that the dairy farmer has been getting for his milk is enough to make any udder shudder in disgust. These Holsteins must be thinking that Coke has little concern about a fair life for them.

There’s a good chance that some situation has caused you to question the fairness of your life.  Even David struggled when he tried to solve life’s riddles.  In Psalm 73 he said:

 But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end . . . I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory . . . it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge that I may tell of all your works.

The next time you feel like you are caught-up in a stampede and life isn’t fair, remember these words from Peter:  “Humble yourselves under God’s strong hand, and in his own good time he will lift you up. You can throw the whole weight of your anxieties upon him, for you are his personal concern (I Peter 5:7).”

A Memo from “The Real Thing”

According to a memo from Ed Steinike, Coke’s chief information officer, the company has decided to simplify the way we work and increase productivity.”  Coke proposes to do this by eliminating voice mail.  When this service is terminated, it is estimated that Coke will save about $100,000 a year.

Isn’t there something odd about this?  Isn’t it Coke that wanted folk to “sing in perfect harmony,” and now they won’t take a voice message?

If you want to contact an employee at Coke, I guess you will have to send a text message instead; and, I just can’t hear Solomon saying:   “A word fitly texted is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.”