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).”

Buyer’s Remorse

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You have probably heard of the Borden Dairy company and may have drank milk from their dairy farms. You may not, however, be familiar with the story of this famous families son, William Borden.

Like most kids who graduate from high school, William was given a present–his was a cruise around the world. While on his trip, William wrote home and told his parents that he thought God was calling him to be a missionary. After his return home, William enrolled in Yale and graduated four years later.

Before he left Yale, William gave away his personal wealth, and he wrote two words in the flyleaf of his bible: “No Reserves.”

Later, when decided to go to China as a missionary, William wrote two more words in the flyleaf of his Bible: “No Retreat.”

While en route to China, his ship stopped in Egypt, and William was stricken with cerebral meningitis and died within 3 weeks. A short time later his family was looking at his precious Bible and found two more words had been written in the flyleaf: “No regrets.”

Like the Apostle Paul, William had stepped away from worldly acclaim and wealth to walk the missionary path of life. Paul spoke of his own decision when he wrote to the church at Philippi: What things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ (Philippians 3:4-14).

No reserves, no retreat, no regrets, are, I believe, six words that should be considered when we think of the decisions and actions of Jesus. There was no buyers remorse when He purchased us by His death on the cross.