It is no secret to many of you, I enjoy my coffee. If you didn’t know that, you’d only have to step into my apartment or office and notice the coffee counters I have in each place. For one, I enjoy the process of making coffee if it is through the espresso machine, the Chemex, French Press, or the Aeropress that is in my office. It is my time to try new things, taste different coffees from different countries, and let’s be honest, when I don’t have my caffeine I am a little bit of a nightmare. I get a lot of enjoyment out of making and drinking coffee, but honestly, I think coffee also has a much deeper meaning for me.
On my day off I decided to drink a cup a coffee and watch a
documentary about coffee. Isn’t this what most people do on their days off? Well I sat down to watch the documentary called “Cup of Culture.” Even though this documentary was all about coffee culture, it caused me to think about a bigger purpose in our lives. Sam LaRobardiere, Owner of Scout Coffee made this statement in the documentary, “Coffee has become this thing people gather around. When you have a crisis or something great going on, you call up a friend and meet for coffee. There is just a community that has been built around sharing a cup of coffee, and that is only going to increase. I think coffee will continue to impact the world in that way.”
So what does this mean for us? Why is this important and why did this stand out to me? People want to go through life with others, but often we don’t take the time to do it. We are too busy to fit it in to our schedules. We don’t take the time to stop and enjoy time with others.
For me one of my favorite things to do, when I get the
opportunity, is to go to different coffee shops in many different places. You might be asking why? For one it is always fun to try new coffees and see different methods taken to make it, but
honestly the reason I go is for the environment and the people. I like to read and for some reason I can sit a whole day in a
coffee shop reading and talking to people. The opportunities to hear peoples stories and learn a little about them seems to just happen when you step into coffee shop. From people asking where you are from, to talking to you about the book you are reading, or even having deeper conversations. This is the reason I enjoy going to coffee shops.
The thing is, I wonder if our world, our church, our families would be different if we treated them more like the coffee culture. What I mean by that statement has nothing to do with the coffee itself, even though coffee seems to make me talk more. What I mean is what if we put down our phones, stepped away from the screen time and talked to each other about what is going on in our lives. What if we made time in our schedules to truly go through life with others? How could that change our relationships? How could that change our families? How could that change our community? How could that change our church?
To be honest if we look at the earlier church that was what they did. They went through life together. They made it a priority, but today we make our lives all about ourselves and what we want. We would rather go through the drive-thru instead of interacting with people. We would rather set a social media message to someone instead of seeing how they really are doing in person.
I challenge us to look at life differently. Slow down and take some time to spend with people. This next week take someone out for a coffee and enjoy your time together. We have to get back to being a community and going through life together. My hope is that Sam’s definition of the coffee culture, would also be our definition of being the church. It is about going through life together.