I love specialty coffee. I love the white chocolate mocha latte, the Carmel macchiato, frappiccinos, and all the other yummy assortments.
But, alas................ the cost is just too much for my "dollar menu" budget.
As a special treat, my family gets me a gift card to the local coffee house (Beans and Cream :-). The other day I was reading a book and using an older Birthday card as a bookmark. I decided to read the card again, and to my surprise, there was a Gift Certificate to the coffee house still in it!!!!
I felt like I hit the jackpot! I was elated. I have held on to the card for two weeks now, waiting for that special morning, or evening when I really can savor my coffee.
But, what if I wait and wait and wait................... and hold onto the card ..... idolatry.......
Can a cup of coffee become an idol?
What is idolatry?
immoderate attachment or devotion to something
"Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry."
1 Corn. 10:14
Now, I am not suggesting that holding onto this gift card is going to send me to eternal damnation, but are there other things I hang onto?
By holding onto the card, I am actually missing out on the "treat" intended by my loved ones???
What if I used it? Would that mean I would never have my delicious specialty coffee ever again? Probably not! You know, If I actually used it, then my family would have a reason to "treat" me again.
Does God have special treats just waiting for us, but we haven't enjoyed the ones He has given us?
So, I need to let go and enjoy the treat, remember the giver, and Thank God for the special treat that means so much.