Monday, May 15, 2006

This is the air I breathe...

A couple decades ago people would never have believed they could bottle water and sell it.

Get ready for the next big thing…

Sales of canned oxygen to create fresh market for Seven-Eleven Japan

Japanese convenience store operator Seven-Eleven Japan has breathed fresh air into its product lineup by announcing it will add cans of oxygen to its shelves. The firm said it would make an entry into the rapidly expanding oxygen market and begin selling cans of oxygen on May 24.

Oxygen has emerged as a popular new product and sparked the creation of city "oxygen bars" that provide oxygen for customers to breathe in.

The idea behind the product is to allow buyers to replenish their oxygen levels anytime they feel a lack of it due to stress, fatigue, or other factors.

A drop in the amount of oxygen in the body can make people start to yawn and sigh. Normal air contains only about 21 percent oxygen, but the oxygen concentration in the cans is 95 percent, and breathing it in can reportedly bring on a feeling of invigoration.

Each can contains enough oxygen for 35 two-second inhalations, meaning each can lasts for roughly a week if it is used five or six times a day.


This is genius! Selling something that people can get for free!

Of course, we all know it's not really the oxygen that people are wanting to buy. It's the "feeling of invigoration."

Our bodies do an excellent job of telling us when we are tired or stressed out. But with our hectic schedule, we don't have time to be tired or stressed out. Therefore, we need a quick fix. So I gulp down some coffee and head back to work.

Is reliance on the "quick fix" the reason we continue to be stressed and tired?

Is that the real reason for Starbucks popularity?

How often do we really consider the verse from Psalm 46 that says "Be still and know that I am God."

Before we go too far, please understand that GOD is the one who said "I am God." It was not the psalm writer. It was not someone with a hectic schedule looking for a quick fix. It was GOD. GOD told us to be still and know that He is God.

I am not God. Friend, you are not God. You kind of resemble God (you are made in His image). But I am not God, and you are not God.

The reason I know I am not God is because I get stressed out. I get tired. I yawn and sigh almost every day! I have been afraid at times because I did not know how everything was going to work out. I have been worried about current events.

Friend, the reason I know you are not God is because you have been stressed, tired, afraid and worried.

Psalm 46 speaks of being afraid and feeling the earth quake and observing water overflowing its banks and hearing the nations in uproar.

Sounds a lot like our lives today.

There is not an oxygen can big enough to shelter us from the storms of life!
But there is a God who can.

Read Psalm 46 and take a moment to breathe...

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Come and see the works of the LORD, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire.
"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."
The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Now that is air worth breathing.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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