There’s something about the smell of freshly brewed coffee that knocks my socks off. Do you know what I mean?
It’s especially strong on those mornings when I’m bone-weary and I stayed up too late the night before with a sick kid, or just replays of my to-do list running circles in my mind. The alarm will go off, and I’ll be tempted to hit snooze. Again. And again.
And then that scent drifts in from the kitchen, and suddenly I’m staggering to the coffeepot, and presto. The day has officially begun.
I used to have a motto: I run on coffee. But here’s the thing—coffee’s just not enough anymore. In fact, it never was enough.
See, I’m a Christian. I go to church, I pray, and I try to live my life in line with Jesus. But life can be crazy. Temptations and distractions surround me and drag my attention off God and onto a gazillion other things.
As I’ve grown in my faith, I’ve realized it’s not enough to keep going the same way I always did. If I’m truly going to be a disciple—if I’m going to raise up my family in the Lord and keep my sights on God and not the world, like I’m supposed to—I need to step up my game.
One hugely important way I can do that is reading God’s instruction manual for eternal life: the Bible.
I believe the Bible isn’t just some history book or inspired tale of how faith should look. It’s the Word of God, “breathed out” by our Creator to equip men and women for “every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV). It’s a tool, a weapon, God gives us so we can live in Him and in His will.
I like to think of it as one of the weapons the apostle Paul was talking about in his letter to the Ephesians, when he told them to, “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:11 NIV). (The full “Armor of God” section of Ephesians 6 is super-powerful, by the way, and it inspired this coffee line. Check it out, here.)
But I’m going to just lay it out there: When life gets nuts, making time to read the Bible gets really tough. I make excuses like, “I’ll do it on my lunch break,” or “I’ll read a chapter when I get home later” or “I’ll double up tomorrow.”
The truth? Life is always going to be busy. My excuses will only continue.
Today, my “armor” is made of many things: prayer, my church and my small group, my relationship with Jesus, and now, it’s also my Bible.
On mornings when I stagger to the coffeepot, I’ve got my Bible in one hand. I pour myself a steaming mug of amazing coffee, wander out to the porch, and spend time in God’s Word, “armoring up” for my day.
It’s my wakeup call.
How about you? Do you have a daily habit of reading the Bible? If not, what are some of your obstacles (and can using coffee help remind you to make it a part of your everyday routine)?