I wrote on Facebook last night:
“As sacrilegious as it sounds, I had a thought: Should I visit Starbucks more? Not because the drinks might be better than Wake Up (they’re not) but because there’s a whole different set of people I have no chance of meeting and impacting that are patrons there. Should my bubble expand?”
I kept thinking about it which leads to this blog post. So, the Facebook post, dissected…
My Coffee / My Bubble
Locally, my coffeehouse of choice is Wake Up Coffee on St. Simons Island. My buddy Bo Mann owns it and has built a healthy clientele in it’s short 1.5 year life. The atmosphere sets you up to be friends with anyone there , even if it’s the first time you meet.
I frequent the shop. Depending on the week, I’m there 1-5 times. I work while I’m there. I play while I’m there. We meet many of our wedding and portrait clients there for the first time. Hanging with friends frequently goes something like “Let’s go ____, then ____, then Wake Up.”
In summary I feel at home there and it has become fond part of my bubble, a place I feel safe.
Occasionally a conversation heads a direction where I feel like the person I was talking to might just have been impacted by what I said. Other times, it’s me who gets impacted. In my bubble at Wake Up, I can see this happening from time to time in the future. But the question I have to ask is “Is my bubble the right size?”
Because of my love for Wake Up and the wonderful people we frequently hang out with there, I dare not venture out to some other establishment. I don’t know anyone there. I don’t like their products as much. It costs more. Heck, it’s even a whole quarter mile further away!
What if that’s the point?
In the book of 1 Chronicles a guy named Jabez prays/begs God, ”If only You would bless me, extend my border, let Your hand be with me, and keep me from harm, so that I will not cause any pain.” and the best part, “God granted his request.” 1 Chronicles 4:10, Holman Christian Standard Bible
- God wants to expand my border and use me to reach people who don’t shop at Wake Up and unless I shop elsewhere I will never cross paths with them?
- enduring the uncomfortableness will make me a better person who trusts God more?
- I prayed that prayer and I saw God answer it?
So one day soon I’ll probably be sitting Starbucks sipping a mocha. If you see me, don’t call me a traitor. I’m there on a mission to see God move. Maybe even in me.
Question: Where could your bubble expand to? Where might God be leading you to impact the community?