Monday, October 13, 2008
My Starbucks gift card ran out. Someone gave me one to use for "office expenses" and it lasted longer than I thought it would but now it's gone.
We have a cheap coffee pot in the office that we make coffee in sometimes. It hasn't been used much lately because of the awesome gift card but now it's being used. That poor coffee pot has just sat there on the counter empty. This morning, it is being used. It is slow and the coffee that comes out of it is not nearly as good as Starbucks, but it's free and convenient. We will drink it and be just fine.
So What? Doug, why are you talking about cheap coffee and whining about your gift card running out? Good question and thanks for asking.
Here's the deal. It's hard to settle for less when you have had the best. Once you get used to Starbucks each day and then have to go to Kennybucks (Kenny the worship guys makes our coffee), it's just difficult. It's not the same. It's quite a let down (no offense to Kenny, he agrees). The same is true in our relationship with God. Once you get on board and truly make Him your Leader, you begin to taste how awesome He is. You get in on the incredible life that He has for you. You begin to experience His Best.
Then it happens. Your gift card runs out. You begin to take back certain areas of your life. You quit allowing Him to control every area of your life. You begin to get lazy and miss those Spiritual Disciplines that you know you should be invovled in every day. Life just isn't as tasty.
I encourage you today, even if your gift card is empty, dont neglect the things you know you should be involved in in order to experience His Best in your life. Stop right now and talk to Him for a few minutes. Read a little of the Bible and put into practice what you read (Try reading a chapter of Proverbs). You will find that you don't have to have a full gift card. You may feel like a cheap coffee pot but when God is making the coffee, it always tastes rich, full, and bold. That's how He wants us to live our life.
I'm going to pour me some cheap coffee now.
Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness. 1 Peter 2:2-3 NLT