I Love Starbucks Even Though Starbucks Doesn't Love Me
The sad thing is that Corporate Starbucks doesn't like me (Even though I give them lots of $) That is OK though because I am a forgiving sort. Forgiving is part of my faith. I choose to forgive them and not hold it against them that they hate me because that is what I'm called to do. Yes, I could do like many and just take my business elsewhere. Or I can choose to love them anyway and love their employees hoping to make a difference.
Some of my very favorite glory stories take place at Starbucks. I love to pay for the order of the car behind me as a "God loves you" kind of testimony. Sometimes when I have cash on me, I love to leave a huge tip that is way out of line just so I can show the servers some love. The other day someone in the Vintage Black Doge Car ahead of me in Wichita Falls (I like old cars so I noticed) purchased my order for me. That was so fun especially since just that morning I had been asking God for some of the harvest that I had been sowing into. It was like getting a big hug from God. It actually made me cry because of His overwhelming goodness to me.
A couple of weeks ago I had a meeting with someone I met at a HeartSync Conference, We decided to meet at a Starbucks for a visit. It was an impromptu meeting that we scheduled after meeting a couple years ago. God just laid it on her heart to contact me and so she did. God told me to take her a gift. It was a Tallit Prayer Shawl that I had just ordered from Israel for myself. It was still new in the bag because I hadn't had time to open it yet. I put it into a gift sack and off I went for my meeting. (I knew I couldn't out give God, He always gives back way more than I can ever give away) My friend brought me a gift too. She brought me earrings from Africa (I love Africa and was even wearing leopard print that day!) She also brought me a word from God that meant even more to me. Even cooler than that, she was about to leave for Israel that next week (I had no idea, but God did).
We spent a few minutes praying for each other (right there in the Starbucks in full view of the public). God began to move and before we knew it we had others join us and we had a full fledged prayer meeting. We were praying and giving words to anyone near us who wanted to join.. I made two more friends in the Lord that day and that made it a red letter day for me (Everyone knows the words in Red letters are always the best).
I know Starbucks doesn't like Christians, but that is OK because we are going to love them back anyway (You will know the true Christians by their love). Maybe if we keep loving, and praying and ministering to them and anyone else they think we hate then maybe someday, the owner of Starbucks will come to know the Lord and all His awesomeness too. There is definitely room at the cross for him and anyone else who wants to come.
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