This was a really kind "first" because we do not have a Starbucks in our town. This friend loves Starbucks coffee and drinks the iced kind. I'm really unfamiliar with the whole iced coffee scene, so she offered to bring me one to church and I accepted. I am running low on ideas for "firsts" (yes, that's a plea for ideas) and this seemed to be a good one for a Sunday when "firsts" are hard to come by for me. As a pastor, I've done lots of things at church so coming up with a Sunday "first" has become particularly challenging.
I asked her to bring me what she drinks. So, she brought me a venti non-fat iced latte. It is a double espresso with skim milk over ice. I'm pretty sure I've never had one of these because I asked her to text what it was so I could get it right here on the blog. It was very sweet of her to do this. OK, let me rephrase that. She was very kind, but sweet had nothing to do with this "first." That had to be one of the most bitter things I've ever tasted. Wow, that was horrible. Whew, I've had bitter before and she told me it would be bitter, but that was seriously bitter. Our Sunday morning Bible class got a pretty good laugh out of me on this one. When I took the first drink, I was expecting bitter, but I did not mean to say, "Golly, that's bitter." But I did. I only said it was horrible about 5 times. I usually don't say that about gifts that people bring me, but she knew it was bitter and was having a good laugh about it. Hannah Grace saw the Starbucks cup on my desk and wanted to try it. So, I let her. She said it was terrible. That's exactly the reaction I had hoped for.
It did bring up an interesting discussion. Why is it that so many things that people get addicted to taste horrible the first few times you try it? We thought of examples like coffee, cigarettes, coke, diet coke, beer, whiskey, etc. Not all of those are things we taste in our class, but the point is that a lot of things that are addicting taste horrible at first taste. We did not solve why that is.
This vastly improved the drink to me
I encourage you to laugh with a brother or sister this week. Don't try to look so holy and righteous that you can't laugh or smile. All you'll do that way is to be pain the neck and that's not a really good witness for Jesus. Remember, the Bible says in Proverbs 17:22, "A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones."
Glad for the joy of the abundant life
3 things I thank God for today
1. Kind friends who help me with my "firsts"
2. Opportunity to preach at the jail tonight
3. Hopewell people that go to the jail each Sunday night to minister there