Coffee 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.