A Little Bit of Coffee and a Whole Lot of Jesus

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I like coffee. A lot. 

It’s a culmination of a couple of things… it’s the smell, it’s the taste, it’s the process of making it… making sure the coffee to water ratio is just right so you get that perfect taste. 

SIDE NOTE: I am in no way referring to store-bought coffee. That is junk. I prefer freshly roasted, grounded-in-my-office, bold coffee (shout-out to my brother’s coffee, La Terza … do people even do shout-outs anymore?) 

Anyway, I like coffee, but I am finding it even more enjoyable when I combine it with things that I love to do. 

Last weekend I officiated a wedding for some friends of mine (congrats Rhonda and Wes) and they had live music. During that time I found myself sitting back, coffee in hand, enjoying two of the things in this world that get me to relax. 

But something strange happened. 

While I was sitting there enjoying my coffee and music, I felt closer to God. 

This feeling happened again on Sunday. That morning, the Youth Minister of our church preached and I was able to sit in the front pew, coffee in hand, worshipping with my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. 

And I felt closer to God. 

I felt as if I needed to test this out, so this morning I got to the office early, turned on Spotify, sat down with (you guessed it) coffee in hand, and closed my eyes.

The feeling came again. I felt closer to God.  

All three of these moments brought me closer to God… so I got to thinking… does everybody have these? 

Do we all have something we enjoy that we can infuse God into the center of? 

I found it in coffee… but can someone find it in cooking, in dancing, in working out, in running, or (in my wife’s case) cleaning? 

I think so. 

It’s not because the act that we do is magical. It’s not as if the coffee is bringing me closer to God. 

It’s coffee that has become my gateway to relaxation and when I’m relaxed and focused on God… 

I feel closer to Him

I can talk with Him

and I can hear Him talk  with me. 

I’m going to start doing this a lot more… I hope you can join me. 

Peace, Love, and Soul.

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I Loves Me Some Humus…

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No I’m not talking about the delicious spread you put on crackers….

“Humus” is the latin word for “Humility” or “Humble” (I can tell you’re really interested in knowing that, right?). When we think of Humility we think of someone who is confident yet meek, a person who is quiet yet strong…a person we could all look up to because of his/her “inner strength”.

What if I were to tell you that is not an accurate definition of the word “humility”?

Humus does not mean those things…not even close. Humus is the latin word for…wait for it…DIRT. Yep, that’s right, humility means to be dirt. Or as I put it, humility is allowing yourself to be treated like dirt (and that is where I will get the arguments)…

Let me explain…even though the definition says it good enough….if you want to be humble you have to okay with people treating you like dirt. That means you are okay with people walking over you (as dirt is accustomed to), or people dumping their trash on you (again, a major job of dirt). As a person who strives for humility, you must be okay when people treat you as less than human…because that is what being dirt is all about.

That’s how Jesus demonstrated Humility.

Think about it. When Jesus was on trial and He was being accused of blasphemy, what did He do? He allowed it…

When Jesus was beaten, spat upon, whipped within an inch of his life, and nailed to a piece of wood, what did He do…He didn’t defend Himself, He prayed for the Father to forgive them.

Jesus was God and He allowed Himself to be treated like dirt.

It’s just like Paul said in Philippians 2:5-8, “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

You see…Jesus emptied Himself…I mean it’s bad enough that Jesus had to become like us, but to be treated as lower than human is far worse. Yet that is how Jesus wanted it and that is how we should want it as well.

Look, I’m just now realizing this stuff myself and I am still up in the air about how this should be done in my life and in the life of the church, but it doesn’t mean I’m not going to try. I wonder how Christianity would look if we stopped defending ourselves and started being the dirt that God has asked us to be.

By the Way, Dirt isn’t just for walking or dumping trash on, it’s also the main source for beautiful life. I have to believe that if I humble myself the way that God is asking me to then beautiful things will definitely spring up in my life.

It’s time to get dirty.

Peace, Love, and Soul
Larry