Theodore Roosevelt said, “Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” My question is; what is your star? What is that thing that can force you to go to bed late and wake you up while many are in deep sleep? What’s it that can pick you up to walk again even after a frustrating fall? What’s it that gives you a smile in times of weeping? What’s that one thing that keeps you strong and gives hope in times of hopelessness? If you have it, then you have found that star he talked about. Keep moving! For as long as you have with you the three keys to personal excellence (The will to win, the desire to succeed and the urge to reach your full potential), you shall reach your star. I know that you know what I am talking about, but knowing isn’t enough, you must apply and do. Our greatest weakness lies in giving up on God’s gift to us; you must try one more time if you’re to succeed. Believe in yourself and have faith in your abilities – for without confidence in your own powers, you cannot reach your star that God gave you as the guiding light in the darkest moments of your life. Your talent is God’s gift to you and what you do with it is your gift back to God. – Mark Farouk
In case it’s not abundantly clear, not everyone in America celebrates the birth of Christ at Christmas time. That’s why Christians have to keep witnessing to others – because some are not in the ark of safety yet. Some are even adamantly opposed to Christianity in America.
So it is with Starbucks – it’s not a Christian-based company – at all, and they are arguably opposed to Christianity, although according to SNOPES, they prefer to think of themselves as neutral this Christmas, calling it “Christian cleansing”, whatever that means. The blood of Christ cleanses me, how about you?
What do you think of the plain red cups with the familiar green and white logo? I’m fine with them – I think the red represents the precious blood of Christ. It doesn’t to Starbucks – yet. But there’s always hope for a change as long as Christ tarries. I’ve read all kinds of opinions about the new cups they are using for the next couple of months – the simple and tasteful design – just red instead of the white we are accustomed to. But let’s take a closer look at the red cups. Starbucks has never claimed to name Christ as Savior before – why would they put Merry Christmas on their “HOLIDAY” cups? I’ve seen snowmen, snowflakes and reindeer on their holiday cups – never a manger with a star! They sell coffee, folks! That is all they do – that is their function in America – to keep people caffeinated and on edge with extremely strong, calorie-laden drinks!
Some Christians are going to Starbucks and having MERRY CHRISTMAS written as their name on the cup. My first thought was, “Wow – what if more than one person did that? You might not get the right drink!” But it’s really a little immature to do that – I mean… oh I don’t know – it just seems a little childish. The word petty comes to mind.
Until the day the CEO of Starbucks comes to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ (and that certainly could happen), there will not be a Merry Christmas greeting on the coffee cups at Starbuck’s at Christmas time! Do you think that having Christians up in arms is going to make the CEO want to accept Christ as personal Savior? Well, I seriously doubt it. Instead of being a stumbling block to this precious soul, let’s just accept that – for now, Starbucks will have a non-religious view of the “HOLIDAYS” and pray for the CEO to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
I suppose if it really bothers a person, they could find a Christian coffeehouse. There are several here in Wichita that I tend to patronize. There are at least three in my immediate neighborhood, and the coffee at all three is much better and less expensive than Starbucks. And as far as the color of the cup or what it says??? You know, I don’t pay much attention to the cup my coffee is put in – unless it leaks – then I pay a lot of attention to it! To be offended by a cup seems like a lot of negative energy that could be better used to pray for the CEO.
I don’t know who the CEO is, but I do know that he / she is a soul in need of the Lord. God doesn’t want anyone to miss out on heaven – not even CEO’s of coffeehouses. I suggest we stop the boycott talk and get on our knees on behalf of this person’s eternal soul. Let’s do what we can to live in peace with one another and let God do what He does best. He’s the only One who can change a heart and soul forever. To show hate won’t accomplish anything, but to love by praying just might accomplish something wonderful in this CEO’s life for eternity.
Could you imagine a combination of Christianity and Starbucks??? Wow… now that would be some AWESOME CHRISTMAS COFFEE!!! Maybe it will happen one day – let’s hope and pray so! 🙂