Most of us enjoy a hot cup of coffee each morning. Some of us really enjoy the coffee and others are hopelessly enslaved to the jolt it provides. Wherever you find yourself coffee drinker, this post is for you. It’s for us.
Whether you eat or drink…
I wake up and start my french press. I boil the water, grind the beans, and wait anxiously for those 4 and a half minutes to pass until I can enjoy the near perfect morning cup.
As a Christian who is trying to do all things to the glory of God (1 Cor 10.31), even eating or drinking, this is an exercise in worship. I praise God for being the good creator who gives such gifts for us to enjoy. We see something of his creative kindness to us in making coffee beans. We also see that he knows our frames are weak.
Our Lives are vapors
But further, I find myself captivated by the steam. I am eagerly awaiting this cup. It is steaming hot. I add my cream and sugar and hold this hot drink in my hands. But I am captivated by the steam as it continues off my little caffeinated smokestack. I am reminded again of the Scripture:
Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. (Jam 4.14–NASB)
My life is a vapor. It is a blip on the screen. I am here for a little while and then I vanish away.
Surely the problems and hardships of the day ahead and the days behind are not interpreted in light of this. In my mind every day is like a thousand years; I am living forever. But this is simply not true. My life is a vapor and my coffee reminds me of what the Scriptures shout to me.
You should see here how my second observation (my life is a vapor) helps with my first (do all to the glory of God). In light of the fact that life is short I don’t have time to jack around being stupid, immature and selfish. Instead, I need to grow up, serve Jesus and have fun. I only have so many rocks to throw into the pond to make a splash for his kingdom, so it’s time to put the mirror of self-admiration down and get to chucking.
The gospel beckons me to hear the Scripture. God numbers my days so I should number my days. Because Christ lived and died for me I need (get) to, today, live for him.
So, don’t waste your coffee. Drink, worship, and live.