Grounds for Celebration!

Posted: May 19, 2010 in The Front Lines - helping others
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Before I share the details of this very cool and fun connection between coffee and the bible, let me preface it with this. Ephesians 5:16 & Colossians 4:5 instruct us to “…make the most of every opportunity…”. This command is general in nature and I believe is intended to be applied in all circumstances of life – opportunities to give, serve, share, love and be who God created us to be… even sometimes being a bit peculiar or different in nature. It is usually the “different” and “peculiar” that we remember and impact our lives the most. So, with that in mind, here we go…

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…But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Psalm 1:2-3

If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32

No rocket science here that the Bible… God’s Word is the most important tool we have in walking out this Christian life with vitality, fruitfulness and freedom – the way God intended for us too. But this can definitely be easier said than done. See if any of these resonate with you…

– You read the bible often, but scriptural retention is challenging.

– A few minutes after you read you have a difficult time remembering wha

t you read.

– You read and even remember or have memorized some of what you’ve read, but applying it to your life is challenging.

I don’t have the “fix-all” for these issues necessarily, but I do have one fun, cool idea that has greatly helped me not only to retain what I read, be “available” for God to use and apply what I’ve read, but also to continue in excitement and vibrancy for reading God’s Word on a daily basis. If you like coffee, latte’s, espresso, etc., I think you will be excited at this opportunity to use what you love not only to help yourself, but also help others around you learn God’s Word. The “seed”/idea for this came from my friend Karen McLaughlin, who does a version of this with her own family. It has been fun and very inspirational for her kids and her kid’s friends!

Many of us as coffee lovers will on any given day of the week have a cup of coffee, latte or espresso in our hands or available for at least a few hours. So, why not use that yummy cup of Jo to not only give your day a kick physically and mentally, but spiritually as well. Here is what you do. Whether you are a private/at home coffee drinker or a Starbucks Junky, Drive thru Diva, etc. you can adapt the following to your taste and cravings. I personally drink most of my coffee from home so that is the main jist here, but the same can be applied to cups purchased at local coffee shops, espresso stands, etc. Read on…

For about $10-$15, you can purchase about 40 – 20 oz. plain white disposable coffee cups, accompanying lids and sleeve protectors at URM, Cash & Carry, etc. At the beginning of each week, take one cup and write a scripture verse on it that “grabs” you during your reading time. Those cups are re-usable, so don’t throw it away after the first use… refill it! Then, the next time you read the Word (hopefully the next day), write another verse on the same cup. Keep adding scriptures to your cup until there is no more room. The concept here is to use the same cup for a

t least 3 days… maybe up to one week… adding a verse onto your cup each day. Then, for the 1-3 hours that you have your cup during the day drinking your yummy Jo… guess what, you also get to drink some Living Water too – read those scriptures. I started doing this a couple of weeks ago myself and it has been amazing how fun, cool and exciting my coffee cup has become in helping me to remember and apply the verses to my life. I can’t specifically tell you why it’s working… maybe it’s just doing something different, but I can tell you that it is working for me!

Oh, and did I mention it’s fun! When I take a sip, I read one of the verses I’ve written on my cup. How many sips are in a 20 oz. cup… lots! It’s been amazing how better my retention has become. It has also opened some doors for conversation as well. The other day, someone asked me, “Are you writing notes on your coffee cup?” Oh yea!

Some cool twists to this as well is to use it as an inspirational

and encouraging tool for your spouse, kids, neighbors, etc. Make them a nice cup of coffee, hot chocolate, tea, etc. and write a verse or word of encouragement on the cup before giving it to them. You can add your own artwork as well. It’s the gift that keeps on giving! Try it!

Also, if you are a business owner/manager of a local coffee

house or drive thru espresso, why not “use the most of every opportunity” and make those cups your sending through the window or over the counter a tool of inspiration, encouragement and love. You just never know who might be coming through the line that needs that special ‘touch’ from you that day. In mass quantity, you can print out verses and words of encouragement on labels and “pre-bless” your cups for ease at ordering/making time.

“Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today.” Hebrews 3:13

These are the cups I’ve used and written on over the last couple of weeks.

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My hope and prayer is that this gave you some ideas on how you can have some fun with coffee, reading God’s Word and be an encouragement to those around you. Blessings to you, and remember… make the most of every opportunity in all you do today.

I’d love to hear your feedback and stories when you try this. Brian

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Comments
  1. Deb says:

    Love it!!

  2. Karen McLaughlin says:

    The idea of recycling the cup and adding a verse (or two) is fantastic! Now I just need to figure out how I’m gonna get Tom to remember to bring his cup back??!
    To all those who read this…this “Scripture on a cup” is a conversation starter at it’s finest! Just make sure if your passing out these cups to others, that the “Word” of the day is positivie and uplifting…it really does make a difference and will put a smile on many faces. We don’t need to send a message of condemnation…this world offers enough of that!

    God Bless,
    Karen McLaughlin

  3. Josephine(Jo) Boyd says:

    Great idea.

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