Laying in bed on this Lenten morning – birds chirping, heater kicking on to ward off the nighttime chill – my thoughts naturally (eventually) turn toward coffee. Instinctively (my default start-up sequence runs like a program) I’m weighing the options I will have when I walk into the coffee shop this morning…. Hot or iced? Soy or black? One pump or two?
Quite un-naturally, this Want What You’ve Got mantra of ours enters the conversation I’m having in my head:
You’ve got coffee at home, Brita. A variety of brews! How about popping a Kcup into the ol’ Keurig today? Want What You’ve Got!
For those who can’t relate, it’s safe to say that I am addicted to my morning coffee run. I rely on that predictable part of my day to set the pace for whatever might emerge as the clock ticks on. I’ve given coffee up for Lent before and survived – barely. Like some of you, I once gave up my “fourbucks” habit to sponsor a child through Compassion, but now I drink my brew and send money to support my dear Charmien (best of both worlds, right?).
What is addiction, anyways? My gut says it’s a craving for something you want – something you don’t really need, but you think you do. The dictionary says that it’s
“the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming.”
God, you had me at enslaved…
Want What You’ve Got isn’t about soul-killing legalism or pious performances in the theater of the church. Want What You’ve Got isn’t telling me that to drink coffee is sinful or that to buy coffee from a barista is bad. No, what I heard in my head as I woke up this morning is that there’s a greater question buried here beneath my hot-or-iced, one-pump-or-two daily dilemma and it has less to do with coffee than with the condition of my heart.
1 Timothy 6:7-8 says:
“Since we entered the world penniless and will leave it penniless, if we have bread on the table and shoes on our feet, that’s enough.”
Today I do have bread on the table… and I have coffee in the cupboard.
Want What You’ve Got says “enjoy what you already have!” For this day I have what I need – and a lot of what I want. Am I willing to rely on God to set the tone for today instead of this habit I’m chained to? Am I willing to say that what I have is enough and allow God to use this choice of mine as He cultivates a grateful heart in me?
Well, yes, actually – when you say it like that.
Daily Questions: What do you consume without thinking (or think too much about consuming)? When mixed with our mandate to Want What You’ve Got, how does that taste?