Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Not So Hot After All....

Drive-Thru Difference.  A local Christian radio station has been promoting making a “drive-thru difference” by paying for the car in line behind you.  I’ve done it a few times during my morning Starbucks stop, getting more bold as time goes on.  The first couple of times, I simply paid for it.  After a few times, though, the drive-thru worker asked if I had anything I wanted to give the car behind me.  I stuttered a few moments and then muttered something about “Tell them... ‘Have a great day.'"  The next time I was ready and asked the barista to tell the woman behind me “I hope this is a good start to a great week.”   

This morning as I drove towards Starbucks, I thought about what I wanted to say.  It’s a brutally cold morning out there, so I quickly came up with “Hope this helps warm your morning.”  This time, rather than just telling the barista, I took the time to write it out on a post-it note.  I really considered adding a “—God” to the bottom of the note, but at the last minute decided not to.  What if something about that should offend them/turn them off to the blessing I was trying to give?  I handed my note to the barista who smiled and exclaimed “How sweet!  We love getting to see the reactions on these.”  I drove away with my hot caramel apple cider feeling pretty good about the whole thing.  I patted myself on the back for getting more bold and told myself one small step at a time.  I would be even more bold next time….

That is, I felt pretty good until I pulled in my driveway and sat in the car with my hot drink to spend some time in Bible study.  I use two, completely unrelated devotionals each morning.  The first one this morning:

"Paul was not ashamed because his message was the gospel of Christ, the Good News.  It had life-changing power, and it was for everyone.  When you are tempted to be ashamed, remember what the Good News is all about.  If you focus on God and on what God is doing in the world rather than on your own inadequacy, you won’t be ashamed or embarrassed."  The study then referenced Romans 1:16

Ouch.  Okay.  Moving on to the second devotional.  The first sentence in this longer, more in-depth devotional?  From II Timothy 2:15:

"Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth." 

I then read it in the NLT:

"Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval.  Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth."

Ugh.  As I sat and thought about it I realized…  If the mention of God kept the individual behind me from receiving a temporary blessing in their morning, then what was the loss?  The blessing I offered was merely a temporary smile on a cold morning.  There was nothing any more permanent than that.  And her reaction would’ve been her choice. On the other hand, if the mention of God, along with my expression of His love, might have pointed them to something deeper?  Ugh.  That missed blessing, of much greater import, was my fault.  My choice.  Yeah…  I’ve still got some work to do!  Seems the Drive-Thru Difference... just may be a difference in ME!


No comments:

Post a Comment