"Let me know if it's not perfect"
Starbucks. One of my favorite places. The only thing I love more than the smell of a coffee shop is the smell of a book store. These two places heighten my senses into euphoric bliss. I love me some coffee and I love a good book.
I’ve come to understand that coffee is the cure to almost everything. Need a quick gift idea? Starbucks gift card. Need a place to meet? Meet me at a Starbucks. Hangover cure? Venti, please! People watching? I’ll take a Grande Chai Latte. Late for church? I’m in the drive through getting a warmed up blueberry muffin with a tall Pike Place.
I mean seriously, what did we do before Starbucks?!
But outside of the many reasons we visit this coffee shop, it’s rare you will get bad customer service at a Starbucks. They tell their customers: “Your drink should be perfect, every time. If not, let us know and we’ll make it right.” Satisfaction guaranteed.
It’s true! I ordered a drink one time. They made it exactly how I ordered it. I hated it, then shyly returned it to the counter asking if they would remake something else for me. The Barista said “Of course, you shouldn’t drink something you don’t enjoy!”
Sweet Jesus! Why can’t we get Starbucks Baristas everywhere we go?!
I used to go out of my way to work to stop at this one particular Starbucks to get my morning coffee. Sure, there were plenty of coffee shops along my usual route, but this particular location was special.
Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you know that when your drink is ready, the Barista calls out your name to give you a specialized, made-to-order drink. At this particular location, the Barista would always say something that kept me coming back. After calling the person’s name, handing over their drink, she would say with a genuine smile, “let me know if it’s not perfect!”
For some reason, those words made my drink taste even sweeter! I knew it was made just for me- and every time it was made perfect!
We all want perfect, right? Perfect weather, perfect relationship, perfect LIFE!
When I went to look at the dictionary definition of perfect, it states: “having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be.”
Many times we seek after what we believe would be perfect. But I am here to testify that God’s plan is SO MUCH BETTER than ours. Our standard of perfect is not God’s standard. We have desirable elements, qualities, and characteristics that we look for in people, places and things. But that may not be God’s same desire for us.
I believe it’s important that we strive for perfection in our life, through Christ. What does this mean? Matthew 5:48 says “But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.”
The use of the word perfect in this particular scripture in Greek is translated as “téleios” meaning "full grown, specially of the completeness of Christian character" (biblehub.com).
We are not perfect, nor will we ever be. That is why Christ died on the cross, because we are born sinners and the Bible tells us that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). But we should strive toward completeness in our character as Christians.
Galatians chapter three explains that you are not “perfect” by your own human effort, rather by the Holy Spirit that is in you, when you accept Christ as your personal Savior. Second Samuel 22:33 says “God is my strong fortress, and he makes my way perfect.” We can’t do it on our own.
Sure, God already knows what is going wrong in your life and what you need; but when you have a relationship with someone, you talk to them. Before we decide to do anything we should consult God. If something in your life feels a bit off, God wants you to let him know, and he will make it right! Just like with the Starbucks Barista.
With Christ, you will have satisfaction guaranteed!
When you give the Barista at the Starbucks counter your name, you are giving them permission to make a perfect drink for you. The good news is, God already knows your name- he is just waiting on you to give Him permission to create something amazing in your life.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
I dare you to give God permission to do something radical in your life. Dedicate your life to Christ, striving toward completeness in your character as a Christian and watch as your life begins to transform.
I have experienced it first hand, and just like Starbucks, I can guarantee God will not fail you. When you submit to His will, through his mighty power at work within us, he can accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). I believe it's in that moment that God winks at us saying “Let me know if it’s not perfect.”
Thank you for joining me on my journey to Finding Grace…