Office Coffee and the Golden Rule

I like coffee. I drink coffee. So do many people across offices nationwide, and one thing I’ve seen, read and heard over the years is that office workers do not always make another pot of coffee after they empty the carafe. And even though Christians are told in Philippians 2:14 not to gripe and complain, we do air grievances upon finding the office coffee pot empty.

To be fair, it does not make sense to make a pot of coffee just before the office closes, and people need to be mindful not to leave the coffee pot on when it’s almost or entirely empty. But remember, we are supposed to treat others as we would like to be treated (Luke 6:31). You want hot coffee available when you are on the hunt, so make another pot when you empty the carafe and help others ‘taste and see that the Lord is good’ (Psalm 34:8).

Meanwhile, making coffee can be messy. You might spill the grounds when making a pot of coffee. You might spill some coffee when you pour yourself a cup. Clean it up before exiting the break room. If someone enters the area before you, makes a mess and does not clean it up, are you upset? Of course, you are. “I’m not your momma,” you might think or even say out loud. Does that mean you should leave it there? No. You may think it’s beneath you or that your employer has people to do that kind of job, but you, Christians, are to be servants. Jesus did not have to wash His disciple’s feet, but He did. In doing so, He teaches us to helpful and mindful of other people’s needs.

We don’t need coffee. We merely want it, but if and when you see a need for more, take the lead and make more coffee. In doing so, you are treating other people the way you would want them to treat you.

Chris Woodward

Assistant Editor, One Million Dads
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