I love coffee. Like LOVE coffee.
My daughter had a program at school that was all about good/bad foods, yada, yada. She comes home and tells me that coffee is bad for you. My response is, “No, actually my coffee keeps you and your brothers alive, so it’s good for you.” It’s so bad that my 15 month old stands in front of my Keurig after everyone leaves for school and work knowing Mommy’s gonna do that first.
What can I say, I need my coffee and all those fabulous creamers. If you looked in my fridge right now, I have like 8 different flavors.
Wow. This might be the point where is admit I have a problem.
I’m also a coffee cup snob of sorts. I like fun, pretty coffee cups. Some of my favs are a Cinderella cup, a Masters’ cup, a shoe goddess, and my everyday dinnerware cups have this perfect little lip on it that fits perfectly on your lips as you sip the liquid mana from Heaven. My sweet friend has this great blog/shop ( leslieannjones.com ) and has had a fantastically cute coffee cup made to sell. It says “Dwell” in these fantastic gold foil cursive letters. *Squee* I seriously can’t wait to put some coffee in one of those.
I just like pretty cups. Maybe it’s because at the point I’m drinking my coffee, I am far from pretty. Pretty scary actually.
Sigh, I digress.
So, obviously the cup in which I drink my joe is important to me, but really though, the coffee is what wakes me up and gets my gears moving and de-fogs my brain…some. It’s what’s inside the cup.
I’m sure by now you have heard, read, or seen this debacle that is the red cup from Starbucks.
Oh, you haven’t? Let me enlighten you.
So, some dude has thrown Starbucks under the bus because they removed “Merry Christmas” from their red holiday cups.
Oh, wait. That’s not correct you say? Actually, no it’s not correct. Starbucks removed their “wintery” designs from their holiday cups.
As you can imagine, this guy, a Christian, is all offended by this move which of course he has had an explosion of like-minded Christians join his “I hate Starbucks” team. So that in turn makes non-Christian people all mad and offended because he’s offended. The spiral shall never cease.
Well, dadgummit, I’m offended.
I am offended that as Christians, we are putting more worth in what a stupid cup has on it than what Christmas is about. That we would rather complain about something so small and insignifanct than to share the Gospel with the barista that works at Starbucks.
I’m offended and quiet ashamed, that as Christians we are challenged to share the good news and to love our neighbor as ourselves, yet we turn our noses up at anyone who has a different mind than we do and we turn sinners away because their sin is SOOOO bad. Guess what, your sin, my sin, their sin, his sin, her sin, it’s all the same in the eyes of God. As tough a pill as that is to swallow, it’s true. So quit throwing stones and love on people. Go tell them about the birth of our Lord and Savior, His death, and Resurrection.
No matter how many cups of coffee you have, ultimately your going to get a thirst, or as we say down here in the South, a hankering, for more.
God has put a thirst in us that no coffee, water, or tea can quench. It can only be quenched by the drinking from His cup. He holds the best cup that flows with the life of the everlasting. It will quench your strongest desires for thirst.
It doesn’t matter what’s on the cup. It’s what’s inside and who’s holding it.
So if the fact that your cup isn’t decorated with snowflakes or “Merry Christmas” (which I do happen to make a point of saying, because I like it) upsets you and offends you, maybe it’s a heart problem, not a cup problem. Even if your cup doesn’t scream Jesus, maybe your mouth should or the way you live should so that when you do share the Gospel, it will have more of a lasting impact than what’s on your cup.
Drink from the cup He holds and thirst no more.
Matthew 28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”