"To me, the smell of fresh-made coffee is one of the greatest inventions.” —Hugh Jackman
So. A couple of weeks ago, I started thinking about how I should disrupt my daily routine and intentionally take some time to love someone I am not relationally connected to or could benefit from in any selfish way.
My mind has been going full-speed thinking about what it means to truly follow the words of Jesus and love my neighbors. How can I have open eyes to the people around me?
I have been praying a lot about this:
If we want to share what Jesus has done in our lives with our neighbors, we need to be willing to intentionally disrupt our daily routine.
So I did it.
I was walking by a homeless man and I sensed God tell me to go to 7-eleven, and by him a cup of coffee and a doughnut.
I was hesitant because I had only a few dollars on me and that was all the money I had available to me. Or I should say the only cash that Fina was allowing me to carry around with me :)
The cash was suppose to be for my cup of coffee. What would I look like if arrived to a coffee meeting and couldn't afford a cup of coffee?
Well, I got over my selfishness and bought a coffee and doughnut for the homeless guy.
I thought fore-sure this dude was going to be overwhelmed with jubilation, because I was about to make his day...
Guess what happened. The homeless guy refused my generosity, because it was not good enough for him. The man told me he didn't like 7-eleven doughnuts and coffee. Ultimately, cash is what he wanted—he told me so.
Afterwards, we carried on a conversation for a bit, then I went to my coffee meeting.
Here are a few things I learned from this:
- Not everything works out the way we think it should. Even when prompted by God to take action. - Rejection is hard. No matter who it comes from. - I learned that I can disrupt my daily routine. It's not that difficult.
- The homeless dude is the one who said hi to me when no one else did (See my blog post about this: That time when no one but a homeless man said hello to me…)
- Everyone has standards. - It's better to give and be rejected, than to do nothing. - 7-eleven coffee and doughnuts aren't really that good. Sorry 7-eleven.
http://youtu.be/TidGyBLTTRQ You Need A Coffee Break Part 2 |The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Featurette - New Zealand (2013) Movie HD
And you thought I was done showing you The Hobbit video clips... Enjoy this featurette on your second coffee break.
I promise, I won't tell your boss.
The movie trailer I posted this morning can be found here: You Need A Coffee Break | The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Official Main Trailer [HD]
You Need A Coffee Break | The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Official Main Trailer [HD]
I'm sure you have already seen this movie trailer, but I wanted to remind you the movie is set to come out in theaters DECEMBER 13...
Can you tell I'm a little pumped for this!
For those of you who have no idea what this movie is about; here is a brief description:
THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG is the second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduring popular masterpiece the Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. It continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins, as he journeys with the wizard Gandalf and thirteen dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield on an epic quest to reclaim the lost dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
I must first apologize. I haven't written a blog post in sometime. If you didn't know, the area in Northern Colorado where I live was hit hard by flood waters about two weeks ago... The church I am on staff at took a huge role of serving as an evacuation center and now we are in full recovery mode, and I have been fully involved in helping lead some of the work being done.
In saying all this, I really haven't had any time to blog.
My hope is to write a post about all we are experiencing and learning as we served our community as an evacuation center and now as a leader in the recovery phase of the natural disaster, to which the National Weather Service called, "a flood of biblical proportions..."
And now to the reason for this blog post and something dear to my heart...
It's National Coffee Day!
I am not a coffee expert, but I love coffee. I love strong black coffee. No cream. No sugar. No foo-foo stuff. In fact I do not consider foo-foo coffee to be coffee at all. Sorry, but it is not coffee. They have other names for it; like Latte, Mocha, and etc.
What I consider coffee is something that is brewed, poured over, dripped, French pressed, Chemex Brewed, expresso, Moka Pot, and I'm sure there is a couple of other ways that I am not mentioning. One of my favorite ways is to brew it over an open fire.
I just want to take a blog post and share some of my favorite coffee beans with you as we celebrate a gift from God.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Peet's Gaia Organic Blend - A bounteous world blend of certified organic coffees from Africa, Indonesia, and the Americas.
Flavor Notes: Naturally complex — vibrant, earthy, and juicy, with blossom and cacao notes.
This is my favorite bean! I really like the way it leaves a chocolate coding at the back of your tongue.
Flavor Notes: Rich, smooth, and complex, with a very full body and multi-layered character.
This coffee bean is a staple in my house. It is my default bean when I run out of the Gaia Organic blend and can't make it to Peet's for more beans.
Starbucks PIKE PLACE ROAST - In 2008 Starbuck's master blenders and roasters created a blend so consistent and harmonious that no single characteristic dominates—or disappears.
Flavor Notes: A smooth, well-rounded medium blend of Latin American coffees with subtly rich flavors of cocoa and toasted nuts.
When I go to Starbuck's this is what I get. On occasion I might get an Americano, but Pike Place is my coffee of choice, in a mug not in a paper cup.
There are other beans that I enjoy. Some are obscure that you probably never heard. One is the bean that my friend Mike Packer and I used to roast, well he did the roasting and I did the drinking and talking...
I hope you have an amazing day of drinking coffee.