One town over from where I live, there is an adorable coffee shop, with the most amazing coffee that I’ve had in the South (and that is high praise from the girl who grew up in the Pacific NW). Bonus points because they make their syrups in-house! I go there often, for hours at a time, to study and work. Most frequently, I complete Bible Study preparations for the Tuesday night class I facilitate or work on blogs for Iron Porch. Check them out on their Restoration 49 Facebook Page!
The coffee is fantastic, the Wi-Fi password is sweet and memorable, the décor is fascinating, and the people are lovely. It’s truly a bunch of lovely baristas, who serve customers with a smile and a parting “have a blessed day!”
I have never had an in-depth conversation with any of them about religion or faith. But if I had to guess, I’d say that most of them, if not all, have Christ in their lives. Why would I guess that?
I can’t guess that from their confession of faith.
I just admitted I’d never spoken with them about their faith. Clearly, I’ve not asked and they’ve not volunteered that information.
Maybe I could guess from subtle clues.
Often contemporary Christian music is softly playing overhead. There are old Church pews that separate the sitting area from the restrooms. Based on my experiences and observations from their social media it seems like Bible Study groups meet frequently in the establishment…and so do Daddy-Daughter dances.
I would guess that, based upon their behaviors.
In the hours that I’ve spent working on my laptop with a notebook and Bible open at a lone table tucked in the corner, I’ve also been privileged to watch their interactions with others.
I’ve seen them assist someone in a wheelchair with getting drinks to the table.
I’ve seen them cleaning with a distraught mother, whose toddler went nuclear in mess-making.
I’ve seen them greet customers like old friends.
I’ve seen (and heard) them humming/singing along with the Christian music.
I’ve seen them stop and pray out loud with patrons.
This adorable coffee shop is more than just fantastic coffee. It’s a showcase in humanity and caring for others.
In Matthew 7:20-21 (NASB) Jesus said, “So you will know them by their fruits. Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.”
We will know them by their fruits.
Scripture is clear that our actions will tell others about Jesus. If a person does not show any fruit—for example, visible evidence that a change has taken place in their heart since receiving Jesus as their Savior—then perhaps they aren’t truly living a Christian lifestyle.
Evidence of kindness, of Godliness, of humility…those are possible indications of fruit. All of those are characteristics that I have seen while studying and sipping coffee at Restoration 49.
Someday, I may ask. Someday, I may initiate a conversation. But for now, I love watching them interact with their patrons in a loving manner.
It’s soul-soothing to watch their behavior. Plus, they have amazing coffee!
P.S. Do you have any examples of witnessing fruitful behavior in others this week? Feel free to come share with us!