Thursday, June 17, 2010

I'm a Starbucks girl on a Folgers Budget

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.


  1. Hi Robyn,

    Thanks for stopping by at my blog space. You are welcomed to per your request.
    I love what you said here. In fact, it reminds me of a pair of shoes that I had come to love. They were my most expensively bought shoes..but they were slightly oversize. For a long time, I just kept them...and admired them without wearing them. Until one day...the Lord put these words in my heart. "GIVE THOSE SHOES OUT!" And as soon as they were gone...I knew what idolatry was. So...I can relate with you here.

    Great challenge!



  2. Hi Robyn! I love what God showed you through a gift card . . .and a heart open to hear from Him! God bless you and your ministry here! deb

  3. Well, hello Debbie! Thank you for your comment! God is always ready to share with us his will.... if we are seeking and have an open heart.

    Aint he great!