I Always Wanted to be a Barista

09/19/2012

I Always Wanted to be a BaristaCoffee is one of my passions.  I simply love good coffee.  But more than coffee I love coffee shops.  I like to sit and write, or sit and think, or sit and watch people.  The atmosphere of a coffee shop is totally unique.  The baristas try to learn your name, your drink order, and just get to know you as a person.

A while back I ran into the woman who I bought Starbucks from about once a week.  I met her in the grocery store, and she wasn’t wearing her green apron, so I didn’t really notice her.  Till she stopped and said hey.  It took me a moment to place her, but after she left I was totally embarrassed.  She knew me, not just as a customer, but as a person.  And I didn’t even recognize her.  My job as a Christian is to love God and love people, yet I didn’t even notice someone I saw consistently.

What if I lived my life more like a barista?

What if I asked people questions, not to be friendly but to really know them?  What if when I saw someone I knew I could ask questions like “How was your trip?” or “How’s your wife feeling this week?”  Questions that dig deeper than “How’s it going?”  I think if we had the chance to ask those questions we’d have the opportunity to speak truth and love into people’s lives.

How do you invest in the lives of those around you?

3 responses to I Always Wanted to be a Barista

  1. I’m interested in people by nature so I just naturally try to get to know them – but I’m not naturally good at planning things and making life happen. If I’m going to invest in more lives I need to make the effort to call people up and make a plan to get together. Maybe over coffee! Btw, I’m so glad I’m going to the coffee shop to work this morning as your post is making me in the mood for coffee (and a treat of course!).

  2. Seth–This was an excellent post. It is so true that we try so hard at “church” to make people feel welcomed and create an inviting atmosphere we sometimes lose the intentionality behind it. We forget to love on people and to genuinely care for them. When I go to my favorite coffee spot, they do know who I am and remember things that I don’t even remember telling them. We could all take a lesson from our favorite barista.

  3. Great thoughts Seth. Thanks for the incentive to dig a little deeper.