I grew up in a family that rarely purchased pop (or soda or coke, check out this webpage: http://popvssoda.com:2998/) for regional variations of what we call it around the USA). So I never developed an affinity to that beverage. I have no bias for Coke or Pepsi or any other brand, but I want to show this video that was put together by Coca Cola and share a few thoughts.
I love the thought behind this. First, the marketing is extremely creative. I am doing marketing for them by writing a blog on this. They are saying "drink our product and you will connect to other people and experience happiness. This promise is very appealing; however, although they can't deliver on it, it does sell product.
Second, this bottle requires 2 people to get the top off. As a facilitator of team building activities at Grace Adventures for more than a decade, I appreciate the problem solving and personal connection built into this experience. They didn't sit down and debrief, but the students reaped the benefit of working together and having a shared experience. This is at the heart of what do as we work with youth, adults and families. Our mission is to impact people with Jesus Christ and we do that by connecting people with one another.
Third, the real reason that lies below both of the above reasons is that we are all seeking acceptance. On their first day in college, freshmen are clearly feeling vulnerable and alone. They are looking for new friends in a new place and that can be scary. So Coke created this cap to help in that specific scenario.
This situation demonstrates a real need in all our lives as we wonder, "Am I loved?" or "Does anyone really care about me?" God answers these real, challenging questions. In Proverbs 18:24, it says, "A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother." We are looking for that specific friend. We desire someone to walk alongside of us, to enjoy life when it's fun and to be with us when it's difficult.
The problem is we often look in the wrong places. Coke will not. Alcohol will not. Even a great spouse will not. I thought that if I made the people in my life happy, they would love me. I was a people-pleaser. I was wrong. God, in the person of Jesus Christ, is the only lasting, satisfying answer.
In John 3:16 (the verse found on posters in football stadiums), "For God so love the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him, should not perish but have eternal life." God loves us and he gave us Jesus.
Jesus says in Matthew 28:19-20, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." He promises to be with us always. By asking Jesus into my life as my Lord and Savior, I now have that friend spoken of in Proverbs.
I now refer to myself as a "recovering people-pleaser." I am now shifting in my mentality. God has answered the question, "Am I loved?" with a resounding "YES! I love you." God has answered the question, "Does anyone really care about me?" with an "Absolutely, and I proved it by sending my Son."
Have you gone to God through Jesus Christ to answer your acceptance questions? Or are you still searching?
Go ahead, grab a pop if you want, but I have found true happiness is found in God alone.