I love the idea of being more intentional about where I spend money – prioritizing places that provide fair and dignified employment. But honestly, I find the whole process of changing where I spend money overwhelming. I’m such a convenience shopper. I could function almost indefinitely on Wegmans and Amazon…with a Target run here or there thrown in for good measure. I’ve got a busy life (maybe you can relate?). Who has time to shop intentionally, when I barely have time to shop at all?
While I am genuinely pursuing more intentional shopping in many areas, the easiest, and most fun new routine that I have established is through HOPE Coffee. Because I have a need: Coffee. And it’s something I need every single day. It’s something I purchase often. It’s something I enjoy. Exchanging the coffee I used to purchase at Wegmans for HOPE Coffee has been the easiest and most rewarding change I have made.
This plug for HOPE Coffee genuinely comes out of my enjoyment from buying and drinking it. I don’t know anyone who works there, and no one is giving me anything for writing this – I share this with you simply because it has brought me great joy and I can’t help but want to share that. So, here is what you need to know: The coffee is really good.
No, really – I should just stop right there. That’s a good enough reason to buy it, right?
Well, they also provide fair employment. And bonus? They have a convenient subscription – and I’m all about that. You want to send me coffee in the mail once a month without me even having to think about it? Have you been inside my mind? Running out of coffee is pretty much the worst thing in the world.
I’m not just a mediocre coffee drinker (I’m not really sure what that means, but it sounds right). I’ve been drinking coffee daily since I was 12 years old. I LOVE coffee. It warms my soul. The smell. The flavor. With each of my pregnancies I went through a period where I couldn’t drink coffee. I couldn’t stomach it. It lasted between 11-20 weeks for each baby. But I love coffee so much, that sometimes I would make myself a cup of coffee thinking maybe this would be the day that I could drink it. And I would pour it into a mug and just stare longingly at it, without being able to actually consume any. Such is my love for coffee.
If I loved coffee before (and as someone who has been drinking it for 20+ years, you can be assured, I did), I love it even more now. I think of how my purchase – for something I would be buying anyway – is making someone else’s life better. And not just better in the way that a new job or a raise might make my life better; employment with this company could be the difference between hunger and satisfaction, between shame and dignity, between homelessness and a home, between death and life, and between despair and hope.
Hope is such a powerful thing. We can face the storms of this life through different eyes when we have hope. We can find strength to fight on a thread of hope. It calls us to cling to what is unseen, to stand tall on shaky ground. God is so gracious to us to bless us and give us gifts that offer us hope. He gives us beautiful families, jobs that provide for our needs, encouraging words from a friend, and sunny days with just enough breeze to keep us cool. But these things are meant to bless us and to point us to the source of our hope. Because beautiful skies, healthy loved ones, and jobs aren’t always there, but He is.
I can face anything in this life because the source of my hope isn’t in this life. It’s in a God who holds eternity in the palm of His hand. This hope doesn’t make me immune from pain; I think it actually gives me the strength to face great pain, to feel it, and walk through it with compassion. This life is beautiful and it is awful, and I can face every day God gives me because of the hope He provides.
So, you may be wondering, what does this have to do with coffee? The answer is everything. Because HOPE Coffee fairly employs workers to grow and roast their coffee beans (and this is reason enough to buy coffee from them), but they also share the Gospel with them. They provide hope by meeting very practical needs in a real way: Dignified employment. But they also share with these people the greatest source of hope this world has to offer: Faith that there is more to this life than just this life. There is a God who is filled with love for each person and eternal purpose for each life that accepts Him as his or her Savior. Should difficult days come (and they most certainly will), this hope will not ever disappoint. And to think, I can play a role in this each morning by drinking a cup of coffee – something I already did!
Do you get now why it brings me so much joy? It is a privilege to play a role in sharing hope with other people. What greater goal for my money can I have, than to both provide for a need that others have (fair employment), and simultaneously support an organization that will share the real source of all hope?
If you decided to try out the monthly subscription of HOPE Coffee, I promise you will not be disappointed. You can change someone’s entire world by drinking coffee. Who knew?
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.