Fresh Hope – 14th November 2016

The very first Starbucks coffee shop was opened in Seattle, Washington, on March 31st 1971, by three partners who met while they were students.

If you ever get to visit the establishment, you will be somewhat underwhelmed by its appearance; even though packed with people buying coffee, not to mention taking selfies in a shop that is still fully functional and 45 years old, it has become a Mecca for coffee lovers from all over the world.

In the same city, Starbucks have successfully rolled out their new flagship roastery, which allows you to watch the coffee beans being roasted, ground and packaged in a huge coffee shop setting that is pretty mind blowing.

Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks is known to drink there on most days.

Amidst all the razzmatazz of the experience when we visited there a couple of days ago, I was taken in by just one expression that had been engraved into a piece of wood near to where we were sitting; it simply said this…’unreasonable passion has led us here.’

It made me think back to the three students who 45 years earlier, had given up everything in order to pursue a passion for coffee and now have almost 25,000 Starbucks stores opened across the globe.

If people can do that simply being driven by a passion for coffee, then how much more could we do being driven by a passion for people?

Having no passion leads us to live ineffective and dormant lives, but just imagine what we could accomplish in our lifetime, if we had ‘unreasonable passion’ for what we cared about.

Let’s make it our prayer today for the Holy Spirit to give us unreasonable passion in order to influence and change the world with the love of Jesus.
2 Peter 1:5-9 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is short-sighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.

Pastor Mark

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