Every morning I walk into the office and turn on my computer. Then I go and dump yesterday’s coffee grounds in the yard, fill the carafe with water, and start today’s coffee.
For some reason, a couple of mornings this radical thought crossed my mind. What if I emptied the grounds the same day the coffee was made, and, perhaps (gulp) even filled the carafe for the next morning. I could have coffee ready with several fewer motions in the morning and we would all love that.
The management lobe of my brain went to work. Admittedly, this lobe is underdeveloped in my brain. Even I, though, quickly realized that after one day of doing more than usual with regard to coffee making, each day thereafter would include the same set of tasks, just not in the same order or at the same schedule they are currently accomplished.
The anti-change synapses in my head started firing at this point. That’s not the way we’re used to doing it. You can’t do that; you’re comfortable with the way things are right now! They taunted me. This, surely, would be change I could believe in, but could I make it happen?
It obviously isn’t about the amount of work it takes; that remains the same. The challenge for me and for many of us when confronted with such change is as simple and straightforward as establishing a different pattern of behaviors.
This morning, as I walked in and saw the coffe maker, I thought, “Oh, yeah, I was going to start enptying the grounds and refilling the water in the afternoon….”
We are fast approaching the season of Lent, a time of year when Christians have traditionally taken on some new discipline or let go of some unecessary practice. While changing the way I deal with coffee making is hardly a matter of Christian Perfection, if I can make this simple change of behaviors, and perhaps some others like it, I can, in fact, make real and lasting changes in my own behavior.
That is a large part of what this thing we call following Jesus is about, isn’t it?
Maybe you’ll help me. When you see me, ask me how I’m doing with my new way of making coffee.