Is it better than Jesus Christ?
#Soul Searching with Our Father#
As I meditated about this week’s blog, several topics came to mind. So! Imagine my surprise when I realized that my topic this week would be about coffee. Yeah! You’re surprised too, right? I mean, what’s up with that, Lord? Well, let’s get into it.
Did you know that the global coffee industry was valued at approximately 102 billion in 2020? According to a recent article that I read, approximately 64% of Americans drink at least one cup of coffee a day. Some of you might be drinking a cup of coffee right now. Well, why is that? What is the fascination with coffee? Some people truly like the taste. My husband is one of them. Peppermint flavored creamer is his favorite ingredient to add this time of year. On the other hand, some people “need” coffee to increase their energy level, improve their mood, or reaction time. Let’s face it: some people can be a real bear without their coffee, and we’ve accepted this behavior for ourselves and others without question.
Well, as I soul searched with our Father, I was led to read Galatians 5:22-25 NIV. It states, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things, there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” Okay! How do we keep in step with the spirit? By drinking coffee? No! We read God’s word, and we allow Holy Spirit to help us apply it to our daily lives. As believers in Christ Jesus, we shouldn’t “need” coffee to improve our mood in the morning. Our Father watched over us all night long. He woke us up this morning. He gave us another opportunity to be a light in a dark world. That alone should be enough to get us out of bed in the morning. That alone should be enough to put a smile on our face. That alone should put some pep in our step!
Jesus is the light of the world. His light allows us to shine like stars in the sky. A cup of coffee can’t compare to what God can do in our lives. Change the narrative! Stop telling people, “I can’t deal with this or that until I had my coffee, and tell them you can’t deal with this or that until you had time to talk to Jesus.” Let the world know that he truly is your provider. This isn’t an anti-coffee blog. Coffee serves its purpose, but we need to put coffee in its rightful place, which is behind Jesus— not in front of him. This isn’t a joking matter.
People need to know that we serve a God who can renew your strength. People need to know that we serve a God who is our help in times of trouble. We have people in the world who need to know that we serve a God who can make depression flee. When my father died, I was extremely depressed. There were days when I couldn’t get out of bed, but depression had to flee when I started spending time with Jesus. There was a time in my life when I didn’t feel like dealing with people. People got on my nerves, but it wasn’t the people. It was me. My heart wasn’t right. I wasn’t in step with the spirit. Coffee couldn’t help me with that, and coffee can’t help you with that either. Jesus is love. If you do not spend time with him, you will not exhibit the fruits of the spirit. I don’t care how many cups of coffee you drink. Coffee can’t awaken what you don’t already have on the inside of you. Just think about it. Then, go to the Father and pray about it.
#Soul Searching with Our Father#