I love coffee, but I love Jesus more. Or…, I love coffee and I love Jesus.
Which one is it?
Well, coffee is something that I drink because I enjoy it and it makes me feel good. But I don’t need it. It brings a certain joy to my day. But I don’t need it. Jesus, I need. To breathe, to see, to think, to sing, to rest, to live, I need Jesus. I can say that I love something, but it may not be vital.
There are even good things that you may love, but not be in dire need of. Some things are modern luxuries that we believe that we need in order to live, but in fact, are not. I’m not going to go into a whole schpeel about wants, needs, and must-haves, but I simply want to make it clear that sometimes we say we love some things because they have become constants in our lives, so we think we can’t live without them. In fact, we just don’t want to.
I’ll say it again. I love coffee. I do. I drink it every day. Some days, three or four cups. I use different creamers, I try different brands. And the mug I drink it out of makes a difference in the experience of drinking it. Coffee is a comfort that I don’t want to give up. And I don’t think I need to give it up. Though, I do think I should drink it with a sugarless creamer. I tried one and went back to the sugar-laden ones because they are more readily available (and I like the variety of flavor!)
BUT I love Jesus. Jesus is more than a luxury I can do without and I drink it because it makes me feel good. He is my Source. Jesus made the coffee I enjoy so much! When I am worried, he is my Peace. When I am happy (even when I am not!), He is my Joy. When I am tired (physically, emotionally, mentally), He is my Rest. When I am hungry, He gives me the sustenance that matters. An everlasting Life. I can depend on Jesus.
Yeah, when I wake up in the morning, I depend on that first cup to get me right; To give me a boost and really wake me up, But more than the coffee, I need the Word. The Word of Life that is found when I discipline myself to sit, open my Bible and read. I need that discipline because a lot of the time, I don’t want to open my Bible when I get up in the morning. I want to have my coffee and rush into work mode; Get stuff done, ya know.
Ultimately, I know that I need the Word more than my breakfast, my vitamins, or my coffee. But my flesh woman wants to feel good. My natural side that leans to the World and all that is found in it is opposed to the goodness of the Lord. When I do discipline myself to sit, open my Bible and read the Word, shutting out the distractions, makes Jesus my first love. He desires for me to give Him that honor and in Him, I find true fulfillment.
Other things are cheap firsts. Yes, I am going to take my vitamins, shower, have coffee and eat breakfast. Those things are going to happen in my day. But I believe that the Lord wants to fill me, to equip me with His love, His truth, and His purpose before I rush into these cheap firsts.
I don’t like New Year’s ‘resolutions’. Coming up with new goals that I’m going to abandon just because the calendar year changed isn’t something I want to do anymore. I do believe we should make goals, though. I think I should set the goal (maybe resolution IS a better word?) to open my Bible and read a couple of chapters first thing in the morning before I jump into my day!
Who’s with me?
I don’t think it would be putting Jesus on the back burner to have my coffee while I read the Word, though. So long as I do this first! (After I feed my newborn, of course. It would be quite distracting to read my Bible while my son screams at me.) But as I type this, I want to resolve to read the Word of God first thing in the morning. Some days, I read a quick devotional, first thing. But there’s something about opening my Bible, holding it and turning the pages as I read chapter to chapter that nothing can compare to.
It is the best thing to do to build and strengthen a relationship with the Author of Life.
Coffee and Jesus. I resolve to make this the first part of my morning routine! (And if for some reason, some days I don’t feel like having coffee, it is not vital, the Word is sweet enough on its own!)