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It’s 6AM and you have stopped snoozing your alarm.  Waking from your deep sleep, you have but one thing on your mind: coffee. And lots of it. Just the mere thought of holding the warm cup in your hands is enough to propel you to the shower to start your day.  Oliver Wendell Holmes once said that “The morning cup of coffee has an exhilaration about it which the cheering influence of the afternoon or evening cup of tea cannot be expected to reproduce.”  But it’s not just the daily grind that excites you: It’s coffee accessories too. You know what I mean: coffee creamer, cool looking travel mugs, the Keurig one cup brewer, instant coffee, fancy coffee, skinny coffee! Christmas brings an added joy because now there are limited edition creamers, and I am the first in line when they hit the stores.

Coffee is everywhere. Coffee shops are a billion dollar industry and can be found on every street corner. There are coffee shops in grocery stores, book stores, airports, and are even starting to make a bid for local churches (shout out to the Terrace Coffee House!).  Coffee plays a huge part in our lives.

Wikipedia defines coffee as “a brewed beverage with a dark, acidic flavor prepared from the roasted seeds of the coffee plant, colloquially called coffee beans” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee).  It seems almost silly to try and define something so far reaching in one sentence.  For us coffee drinkers, coffee is much more than a beverage. It’s the start of our days (and sometimes the end depending on where you live), our break time from work, our energy, our comfort.  Coffee shops are our living rooms, libraries, churches, and offices.  We have endearingly given our beloved beverage all sorts of names:

Java, Cuppa  Joe, Mocha, Caffe, Americano, Half-Caf, Decaf, Cappuccino, Espresso, Skinny, Caffeine fix, Liquid Energy

Coffee-Statistics.com has found that in America, we consume about 400 million cups of coffee each day. That’s equivalent to 146,000,000,000 cups of coffee per year. In case you don’t want to figure out exactly how may zeroes that translates to, it’s 146 BILLION.  All those cups of coffee mean that the United States is the leading consumer of coffee in the world. Furthermore, of all the caffeine we consume here in America, coffee represents 75% of it (http://www.coffee-statistics.com).

The truth is, coffee in and of itself isn’t all bad. WebMD notes several health benefits for coffee drinkers, in which they are “less likely to have Type 2 Diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia and have fewer cases of certain cancers, heart rhythm problems, and strokes” (http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/coffee-new-health-food).  That’s not to say that coffee is actually good for us (there’s still the issue of caffeine and blood pressure to think about), but like anything consumed in moderation it may not be as harmful as once thought. The key is to have balance.

While researching this topic (as I sipped my own coffee accompanied by my peppermint mocha creamer), I started to think about quickly I neglect my spiritual needs for those of my physical. It’s sad that the first thing I think of when I wake up is coffee.  I often have my coffee or get ready for work before I sit down and talk to Him.  I am guilty of fitting God around my life, instead of fashioning my life around God.  Maybe your “coffee” of choice is exercise, work, relationships or shopping. It can be anything that that you put before Him. I’ve realized that coffee can only sustain me until the next cup, but God’s love for me does much more.  Psalm 3:5 says “I lie down and sleep;  I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.”

It’s easy to start whipping out wants and needs like it’s going out of style. I don’t need my coffee like I think I do. What I need is God to be my all.  Like my morning coffee, I need to crave Him and dwell in the aroma of His love.

Author: Karly Wood

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