While working at the store, I stocked an aisle that was the same aisle that held the energy drinks. They are in abundance in a variety of shapes, sizes, and names. The names have words in them like monster or bull or cobra. I've never really associated words like that with energy, but then again I'm not in the age group that they target.
They clearly are a big business because the representatives themselves come and stock them rather than the store clerks. It was interesting to begin the day on that aisle around 7 a.m. because people who bought the product were coming in at that time. They wore clothing that represented the spectrum when it comes to jobs: work clothes like construction, farm and ranch; professional work like suits; or scrubs from the medical industry or related fields.
I've often wondered why there isn't an energy drink that uses the eagle. The eagle, a powerful symbol of strength and independence (not just associated with it as a national symbol mind you). Look at Isaiah 40: "Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. The will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." (30, 31)
Our Lord will give us the strength in our lives. His promise is fulfilled through his Son. Christ is our strength. Christ is the one who lifts us up as on the wings of an eagle. As Christ says, "Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life." (John 4:14)
Pray that the Spirit renew us daily through prayer, being in the Word, and in worship and sacraments.
Hope Men's Ministry