I can’t stand the taste of coffee. If you ever say that to a coffee drinker they always reply with, “It’s an acquired taste.” My usual response is, “Well it’s one I don’t care to acquire.” People have often tried to get me to taste stuff by telling me that I would barely be able to taste the coffee in it. I would always be able to taste it, and it was usually the aftertaste I was left with. So I just would avoid coffee. If I needed a caffeine fix, I would just drink soda.
This week I decided I wanted to do an experiment. I wanted to test the statement I had heard so many times. I wanted to see if coffee really was an acquired taste. I decided I would drink a cup of coffee a day for a few weeks. At the end of the couple weeks I will see if it is easier for me to drink the cup of coffee and if I liked the taste more than I used to. I was told by multiple people that Dunkin Donuts french vanilla coffee was the way to break into it. I was also told lots of sugar and cream would help (I went with 2 of each). I call it my coffee on training wheels. On the first day, my first sip was disgusting. Part of me wanted to just end the experiment there and just take people’s word for it. The other part wanted to push through and find out for myself. I think it took me about an hour to finish the cup of coffee (pathetic I know). Every sip of the cup was pretty gross. At first it was nice and sweet, but then the coffee flavor kicked in and ruined the experience. The next day I ordered the same drink and it took about the same amount of time to drink it. I wasn’t sure how this experiment was going to end, but I wasn’t too optimistic. I am currently three days into the experiment and I’m not sure that it has got any easier for me to drink coffee or that I enjoy the taste any.
Sometimes in life we are going to go through things we don’t enjoy. Sometimes we are going to have to do things and not know what the outcome is going to be. Am I saying that I have to do this coffee experiment? No, it just made for a good illustration. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” This is the ESV translation, and I really like how it is worded. Faith is the conviction of things not seen. Conviction is such a powerful word. When we think of being convicted of our sins, no matter how many excuses we try to come up with, we still know those things are wrong. If we apply that to the things we have not seen it is awesome. No matter what we think or what anyone says, we know those things are going to happen. We are convicted that those things will come to pass. We need to be convicted about the things God tells us about our lives. It is not enough to hope that they will happen, or think there is a slight chance. We need to believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that they will. Maybe it is something that will be painful. Maybe God tells us to do something, but it is only the first step of the process. We don’t have to have it all figured out. We don’t have to know the final result to take a step. We just have to step out in faith.
I didn’t want to take the first sip of that cup of coffee, but I did. What is it that is holding you back from taking the first step in the things God has told you to do? We need to search our hearts and become convicted about the things we don’t see. We need to believe God with our whole hearts. Jesus said in Matthew 21:21, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen.” Have you ever thought of how crazy that sounds? What would you do if you were just going about your day and then all the sudden a mountain flew by you on its way to the sea? But as crazy as that sounds, it is possible with God. Don’t let doubt hold you back. Put some action to your faith and take the first step, or the next step, or whatever step God is telling you to take!