Riches of Coffee

Our Day Starts with Coffee

Our day starts with coffee. On a typical morning, i get up early (6ish seems early to me), go down and make a pot of regular (about 8 cups) and another pot of decaf for my mom, who lives with us. Then i pour a soup-bowl-sized mug for donna, and (depending on my level of fatigue) an 8-12 ounce cup for me, and bring them back up to bed. We sit for a while, drink our coffee, and try to wake up, before launching into the morning's activities. It's the most regular ritual of our day.

An Inventory

Yesterday i was reflecting on the investments we've made to support this familiar and comforting activity.

For me, coffee conjures up images of relaxation (Madison Avenue loves this one). Some desserts just don't seem right without a cup of coffee (like that fabulous rum cake donna made yesterday). I bring. There's nothing wrong with any of these things: they are simple pleasures of life. Coffee has the practical value of helping wake us up each morning, and i bring it to donna in bed as a small affection and service.

A Reflection for Disciples

When an earnest but encumbered young man asked Jesus about gaining eternal life, Jesus' answer was simple:

And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” (Mark 10:21, ESV)

The disheartened man turned away, because "he had great possessions." Jesus took the opportunity to articulate a general principle to his disciples:

“How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” (Mark 10:23, ESV)

The disciples were first amazed, and then "exceedingly astonished", and Jesus confirmed their incredulity by announcing it was in fact impossible for men (though nothing is impossible for God).

I tend to define speeders as the people who drive faster than i do, regardless of whether i'm actually obeying the speed limit or not. Same with "the rich": it's not us (regardless of how much we have), it's the people who have more. But looking at a simple thing like coffee - w're not talking about overtly sinful behavior here - helps me realize just how much i have invested on earth, rather than in heaven.