24 September 2016
The Batter Swings and the Summer Flies – Pumpkin Spice Everything
Greetings Dear Reader,
Over the last few years the norm has become that the advent of Autumn turns everything pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg flavored. The Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spiced Latte’ (PSL) leads the charge. Whilst I enjoy them they are really just an over priced caffeinated hot milkshake.
It used to be that the fall would yield the odd homemade pumpkin bread. I am always willing to have a piece of pumpkin pie. Some of the products that have adopted the pumpkin spice are understandable. Others seems a little absurd.
The idea of IHOP making pumpkin pancakes I get. Twinkies have been flavored with chocolate and key lime so pumpkin makes sense. I have make homemade pumpkin cream cheese. Oreos get flavored with everything but the pumpkin ones are a keeper.
I guess that M&M’s and Skittles are not too far afield. Pumpkin spiced toothpaste seems absurd. I have had pumpkin wine and beer and likely will not again. Pumpkin spiced margarine seems like a big tub of mistake.
We try to inject what we like into everything. Business tries to capitalize on the popularity of a flavor to make profit. We obsess over something to feel good. The combination of the two is how we end up with pumpkin spiced vodka, tacos, and antacids.
It is our nature to do the ridiculous with what we like. It is our obsession that drives us. We do the same thing with our relationship to Christ. We try to Jesus Christ latte’ everything. We make bracelets, t-shirts, and tattoos that proclaim our obsession. The problem is that no matter how we wear it on the outside it does not matter unless it is on the inside.
There is a crisp bright beauty to the spice and flavor of Autumn. The genuine thing is refreshing and alive. It is in following Christ with our hearts that we find the genuine thing. We do not need to force him into everything. He will permeate it all if we simple follow and love. I will find him everywhere I look for him.
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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