Are You A Percolator Christian?

Are You A Percolator Christian?

I love a good cup of coffee and we are Dunkin’ fans in my house. Did you know that after the Boston Tea Party in 1773, drinking tea became an unpatriotic act and sealed coffee’s fate in America?

It only takes a few minutes on Google to learn there are at least five official ways to brew coffee and thousands of opinions as to what is the best brand and method. The coffee culture has seen a lot of evolution and advancement in how we make our coffee and the devices available. The making of coffee is a serious business to connoisseurs and baristas alike.

In the movie The Bucket List, billionaire Edward Cole was handed an article about his beloved Kopi Luwak coffee which is widely considered the most expensive in the world.  In the Sumatran village, where the beans are grown, the wild Palm Civet eats and digests the fruit then defecates the beans. The villagers then collect and process the stools. It is the combination of the beans and the gastric juices of the tree cat that give Kopi Luwac its unique flavor and aroma.  (This is all true, but I won’t be buying it at over $100-600 a pound.) 

A coffee percolator is a type of pot used for the brewing of coffee by continually cycling the boiling or nearly boiling brew through the grounds using gravity until the required strength is reached. They can be manual – used on the stove top – or electric. I often use a large electric percolator when we are entertaining. Coffee percolators once enjoyed great popularity but were supplanted in the early 1970’s by automatic drip coffee makers. (We love our programmable one.)

I can honestly say my love for God’s Word is far greater than my love of coffee but I know I should spend more time “cycling through” or meditating on the context rather than reading on autopilot.  Reading through a passage several times gives a much deeper insight into how I should apply it to my current situation.

  but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. Psalms 1:2 (ESV)

 The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.  Psalms 119:130

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.    2 Tim 3:16-17

Invented in 1929, the French Press method is widely considered as the best and easiest method for brewing superior and consistent coffee. In a press pot, ground coffee is soaked, steeped and strained in hot water; therefore the flavorful essential oils, caffeine and antioxidants are better diffused and preserved.

Due to the Covid 19 shutdown I missed several opportunities for being soaked in God’s word and spending time with other believers. A Christian family camp and a writer’s retreat are two places where I feel God’s word being poured over me in very different ways. When I spend more quiet time away from the daily grind to steep in His Word I feel refreshed and renewed. Time away can help “the essentials diffuse and be better preserved” in my heart and mind.

Do you automatically make time for reading the Bible as a daily habit just like drinking your coffee (or tea)?  They say that coffee is a healthy antioxidant for the body but God’s Word can lift your spirits and strengthen your inner heart. I challenge you to make some time and space to let the words percolate in your mind and pour over your soul this week. 

 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.       Psalms 19:14 (ESV)

Coffee with Friends

Coffee with Friends

coffeesignIt seems we are all so busy that I need to plan a date for coffee with some dear friends. Life used to be less complicated and our schedules were all coordinated by the school calendar. There is something relaxing and unifying about taking the time to gather for coffee (or tea for a few).

Coffee is enjoyed around the world by many cultures. Time magazine recently printed a special edition all about coffee. They had articles and pictures from all over the world. It discussed countries that grow the beans, types of processing, grinding and brewing. People have many different preferences for coffee – hot,cold,flavored,black, mild or strong – and it’s a multi billion dollar business.

Business meetings or sales are planned at a cafe over coffee with a purpose in mind.    DSC_1368Co-workers may share a cup together to break up the day.  When friends make the time to gather for coffee it’s a time to slow down, relax and unwind. We share our lives by talking and listening while enjoying each other’s company. Sharing a cup of coffee is also a way of entertaining by inviting others in and making them feel welcome.

Coffee on-the-go is not enjoyable or relaxing – we get our caffeine boost but nothing else. Our quiet times or devotions can become like that. Read a quick “devo” and off we go. Did we really think about it? What was the point? Does it apply to our situation today?

In my busy agenda of the day,week or month – I REALLY need to make time daily to spend with God. To purposefully set aside time to slow down, read His word, reflect, pray and listen. Devotional books are helpful but not if I just read them to “put my time in” with God. That would be considered rude if I treated my friends that way.

How do we think about our time with God?  Do we want to drink up all we can or do we settle for less? I have two funny vintage mugs that express the thought :

 

In the book of Revelation we read that God is calling us, even waiting for us to open our hearts. To share our time and grow in our relationship with Him takes commitment on our part. We need to fill our thirsty souls with the Living Water.

20 “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.       Rev 3:20 (NLT)

So I ask you and myself, “Is spending time with Jesus more important than my much needed and enjoyed morning cup of coffee?” I think it’s a good idea to sit with my coffee and Jesus to start the day off right!  And then I need to make that date to gather with my friends!

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