Being a bit (okay, a LOT) of a coffee geek, my snobbery was aroused, and so I turned up the snark and proceeded to bash Starbucks by saying that I would never take God to such a place, and that, instead, I’d take Him someplace where people care and know more about making coffee than just pushing a button, and I said something about the verse that says “whenever you make coffee, make it as though making it for the Lord.” This was my first comment ever on his blog.
He responded by (jokingly) telling me that he was impressed that I’d just Jesus Juked him on coffee. I wrote an apologetic response, saying that I hadn’t intended to juke him, that I really was saying everything tongue in cheek, and that I do still frequent Starbucks – because they’re closer than any of the shops that make what I consider to be excellent coffee. I pointed out that I am a bit of a snob about this.
A few minutes later, I received a very gracious and friendly email in which KC said that he, too, is a coffee snob. He then served me a Venti Humbleccino by saying that he was, in fact, such a snob that he works for Starbucks headquarters in Seattle.
I was reminded of the great quote by Will Rogers:
Never miss a good opportunity to shut up.
Now, KC wasn’t offended by any of this (thankfully), and took it as intended, but I was reminded of the importance of using words well. Be thoughtful about what you say, even jokingly, especially to people who don’t know you. And once you do know each other well, keep it up.