Comfort comes in many forms. But let’s talk basics. Something like, coffee.
It holds such a dear place in the hearts of men that I mention it with great trepidation. Hear me: I’m not going to wrestle the coffee cup out of your hand. I will not insist that you give it up for this comfort detox project. Now that we have that settled, let’s talk. Over a cup of coffee, perhaps.
When it comes to coffee, I’ve mentioned previously that I’m a coffee lightweight. It’s maybe a cup a day when I’m at home, plus a cup out once or twice a week if I meet with friends. No one would call that excessive. But I enjoy it immensely. The warmth, the aroma, the bitter/sweet mix . . . it does have an impact upon my mental state. And that’s not all bad.
What I have noticed, which is quite bothersome, is that I have begun to assume my mental state cannot change without my coffee fix. That, my friends, is evidence of comfort gone awry.
My joy is fixed in Christ, not in coffee. In Him, I have been given everything I need for life and godliness. When I turn to Jesus, He sets my crooked thoughts right again, and I am reminded of all I have, and voila! my mental state receives an instant boost. No coffee needed.
The great thing is, because of all I have in Christ, I have the ability to enjoy life more. That measly cup of coffee? It is pure deliciousness.
Part of my comfort detox journey is to purposely upset my comfort routines so that I find my joy more and more in Christ rather than in fleeting things. For a few weeks, I’m limiting my coffee intake to one blessed cup a week. Thursdays. (Today!!) This is the day I work from a local coffee shop, so I can’t very well use their resources and not purchase a very LARGE French Toast Latte. (That would be wrong.)
I can’t tell you how much I look forward to this coffee treat. I can’t tell you how blessed I feel to be able to afford it, to have the luxury. And I can’t tell you how good it tastes after a week of not having it.
Detoxing is waking up my heart to praise and gratitude. And it’s worth it.
Has your coffee routine stolen your appreciation for it? What detox steps are you implementing this month? I’d love to hear about your detox journey.