An enduring moment began in a house trailer many years ago.
Denise and I, like every couple, are a study of contrasts. Whoever came up with the idea that you find a mate just like yourself in every way to be your spouse? That would be boring!! Nevertheless, one of the many ways Denise and I came into marriage as opposites is in reference to the subject of coffee. To me, it was one the best aromas in the world but one of the worst in taste. To her, she loved both, aroma and taste.
Even though we started out as opposites in reference to coffee, it has now for many years become a daily, traditional, special moment. Her love for coffee every morning worked its way into the cravings of my life, and now I am an all day coffee drinker who anticipates this moment every morning!
Since the early days of our marriage, I have prepared the coffee each morning. First, I choose one of my wife’s favorite cups. You see, drinking coffee is an event, and the cup is very important as well as the process. The cream goes in first, then I use the frother because she likes a lot of foam. Then I slowly pour in the coffee all the while making sure the foam is rising. You see, I’m building up to the moment for the best part which is to come. As I hand my wife her cup of tasty warmth, that daily, ongoing marriage moment happens! It is when we . . . share three kisses that continues to brew love in our hearts for each other and says, “I love you!” (Three words, three kisses.)
Wow!! Coffee and kisses! What a moment!!
Rejoice with the wife of your youth. (Proverbs 5:18)
Yesterday was a special day—National Coffee Day!! Now’s that a sure celebration waiting to happen!! So as I poured my first cup, I celebrated as I added my always present favorite cream peppermint mocha and took a sip! Then I poured another cup into my UK Wildcats mug just as I had done before and celebrated once again! This same event happened a third and fourth time as the morning moved along.
To add happiness upon happiness, I received an email from my favorite coffee source, Dunkin Donuts, inviting me to stop by their store and enjoy a free cup of the new brew of dark roast! So, as I drove from one hospital visit to the next, a stop at DD caused another celebratory moment! Since I love coffee so much and drink it from morning until night, I celebrate all day!!
As I prepared one of my cups yesterday morning and took a picture of it for Facebook and Instagram, the thought occurred to me, “This thing of celebrating should be an every day event for the followers of Christ!” Yes, I really do love my coffee, and I love to celebrate, but genuine rejoicing and celebration is the grace gift of every believer in Christ! We should celebrate all day, every day, throughout the day, . . . just like drinking coffee!!
Why should we celebrate?
- We have been born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:3).
- We have an inheritance reserved in heaven for us that is incorruptible, undefiled and will not fade away (1 Peter 1:4).
- Our salvation is secured by the power of God forever (1 Peter 1:5).
- We can rejoice in the midst of suffering (1 Peter 1:6-9).
- We can rejoice that trials have a “shelf-life” (1 Peter 1:6).
- The character of our faith in trials will one day testify of Christ (1 Peter 1:7).
- The more we know of Christ and abide in Him, the more we have to celebrate and be joyful (1 Peter 1:8).
- We can enjoy our salvation today (1 Peter 1:9).
- God’s Word is eternal (1 Peter 1:25)
I have just mentioned a very few reasons to celebrate! So, if you are a born again believer, a true follower of Jesus Christ, today is a day of celebration of all we have in Christ for time and eternity! So, take a drink of coffee and celebrate!