I’m about to make a colossal admission. I don’t particularly like coffee. That’s right! Those of you who know me personally would say, “No way! I see you drinking it all the time.” You would not be wrong, but I drink coffee for other reasons other than the taste of the java. You see, I rarely drink coffee alone. I go to a coffee shop to meet someone and chat. Coffee is an easy and convenient way to break the ice. It is that inanimate object that allows the conversation to flow. It smells good, the atmosphere is casual and as you cup your hands around a mug, barriers tend to fall. You might be interested to know that even Starbucks understands this dynamic. This is their mission statement: With every cup, with every conversation, with every community – we nurture the limitless possibilities of human connection.
Cheers was a very popular American sitcom that ran from 1982 to 1993. The lyrics of the theme song got etched in everybody’s brain. Here’s a sample: Where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came. You wanna be where you can see, our troubles are all the same. You wanna be where everybody knows your name. Human connection isn’t an option for some, but a necessity for all. I know this about you because it’s true of everyone: “You want to be known. You want to hang with others who understand you. You want to be with people who will be ‘glad to see you.’” Isn’t that what the writer of Proverbs tells us??
Proverbs 17:17 – A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
Proverbs 27:17 – As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.