OK, who told McDonald's they have great coffee? I'm serious...who told them? Who in their right pallet could honestly say that McNasty has great coffee? It doesn't even register up to good, much less great. It's honestly McGross! Call it either 'black sludge' or 'colored water', but please don't call that excuse of a beverage, coffee! The really sad thing is, there are millions of people that only want this mess (I mean coffee)...and they REALLY like it! Day in and day out, all across our world, gazillions of cups of this McAwful stuff is sold. We settle for so little, when so much more is actually at our fingertips.
Take where I live for example...our coffee shop is just 2 blocks from the local Mickey D's. If the wonderful citizens of this great metropolis (please) would only venture an additional 2 small blocks, they would have a caffeine experience that would totally erase any remaining aftertaste from their past purchases at any fast food disaster. Yet for the most of us, delusions of grandeur are clouded by the false oasis' that exist when we allow ourselves to be tricked into thinking "I have it all, I don't need anything or anyone else, so why bother!"
I remember a story that my Dad used to tell of a young man that fit this exact description. Surrounded by wealth and fame, not realizing it was all a facade. He had to have new everything...X-Box 360, I-pod, newest models of Blackberry's, even if his contract wasn't up for renewal, a new Hummer, and the list actually went on and on. But one day he met this older man who had something the young man had not yet acquired. "How much?", the younger man asked..."Can't really put a price on it" the older man replied. "I'll give you anything, name your price, I must have it...tell me what I must do to get it!" he insisted. Amazed by his determination, the wise man calmly told him "The item you so persistently desire, is priceless, a mere pricetag simply cannot be placed on it. However, if you will sell all, yes I said all, of your belongings and give the money you make to the poor in this city, then I will give this item to you...here it is!" Stunned by offer, the young man couldn't believe his ears. The chance of a lifetime, was so within his reach...the one thing he never had...was his, finally his, for the taking. But it came at a price...a price of sacrifice...a price he was not sure he was willing to make. Slowly the expression on the young man's face changed from anxious & excited to sorrowful & depressed. The sad young man turned and walked away...away from the one thing that would change his life...forever.
Why do we find ourselves in situations where we are 'so close, but yet so far'? You see, my Dad was a great storyteller. I could often find myself lost for days in those stories. And he always had at least one. One for every situation that life handed to us. His way of taking scripture and sharing it in such a way was his trademark preaching style. It was several years later that I realized his story of the rich young man was really the story of Jesus and the rich young ruler (Luke 18:18-30). The older I get, the more I see this exact situation play out day after day in so many people's lives. Settling for what we have...passing up on what we could have.
"Father, help me to never be satisfied...help me to reach...to see..to be...amen."
Isn't it time to stop being satisfied with the status quo...satisfied with McDisgusting... when Dad's Favorite Blend is just 2 small blocks away...