Met this barista on the weekend:
Coupled with a conversation with him and also some thoughts that have been swimming in my head for the past while… I thought of this:
(And weirdly, I think I have blogged something similar in the last few months. Just can’t recall exactly when…)
To have drive / to be driven is good.
But can one be too driven?
And could one mistake drive for passion?
(I don’t think they’re always the same thing.)
I guess, the word “driven” can carry negative connotations.
To be too driven could lead to:
seeing people as projects
seeing people as rungs to step upon
seeing people as a means to money
We push the whole “driven” thing too much in Christianity too:
are you be profitable for the kingdom?
are you winning souls for Jesus?
are you changing the world?
So this barista had a term he offered: “I don’t just offer coffee, I offer a lifestyle.”
I like that.
You see, after a bit of conversation, you’d know that this guy has own (and managed) six restaurants previously in Franschoek and other posh places.
Now he serves coffee from the back of his van in a town called Kleinmond.
He has a few tables in a parking lot.
People come for coffee and conversation.
I was so inspired.
He loves what he does. How he lives.
Nothing flashy… but his words were so life-giving.
And his coffee very good too.
Hear me out, to not be driven, doesn’t mean one must be lazy.
One should still work hard.
One should still show commitment to the task at hand.
Being passionate about requires of you to give your best too.
In Christianity we give young adults a complex after their teen years where we throw the “driven gospel” too much at them:
They are wrapped in guilt when they reach their mid twenties – wondering what good they have been for God?
Then we life involves work, dating or being married, focusing on kids – they feel guilty because they’re not “winning people for Jesus”
Christianity is relationship with Jesus.
Be passionate about that.
And that is simply loving well.
Living inspired and with wonder.
Helping your immediate circle of family and friends.
Being a good employee.
A kind friend.
A loving husband or wife.
An aware human being. Aware of the world around us: nature and people.
That’s my thoughts for now.