I have a few Starbucks aprons I’ve picked up, second hand, along the way. One of them has a printed tape inside the top of the apron. I’m assuming it was positioned there so that it would be seen (and intentionally read) each time the barista positioned the neck strap and donned the apron.
As with many other aprons I have, I’ve worn this one many times. Until recently, I never even noticed the black tape sewn inside the top band of that apron. Thus, I’d never read the message intended for the baristas:
We create inspired moments
in each customer’s day.
ANTICIPATE CONNECT PERSONALIZE OWN
I’ve written about aprons a few times — even have some for sale — that’s how important or meaningful aprons are to me. And I think they ought to have a more prominent role in kitchens. But that’s another blog-post for another day.
Creating inspired moments…
Do I do this? I mean, do I intentionally work to create inspired moments? Immediately I dismiss the notion — I mean, how can *I* create an *inspired* moment? Inspired moments are, after all, simply that: inspired. But then I think on this some more. And some more. I think on Proverbs 16.9: “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” I make plans and the Lord makes/creates/directs inspired moments.
Inspired — from Webster’s 1828: Breathed in; infused; Informed or directed by the Holy Spirit.
So then, inspired moments are those moments that are composed, directed, or Divinely influenced. Immediately my thoughts are taken to Genesis 24.27 (Abraham’s servant): “…I being in the way, the Lord led me...”
And then I’m humbled: Lord, I want to be in the way… I want to be in the way where You’ll lead me. I want the moments I live to be: inspired moments — the actions I take to be: inspired actions — the decisions I make to be: inspired decisions.
And then I’m inspired: Lord, will You do this for me, in me, with me? Can mornings be filled with inspired moments? Can our dinner meals together be not just meals but inspired moments? Can I learn to watch for opportunities for inspired moments? Can I learn to speak to my children in such a way that it will not be me, necessarily, but an inspired word? Can I intentionally, daily, work to create an atmosphere of inspired moments in our home? Instead of mundane dailies, can I work to see my tasks as inspired moments? Can I love my husband in ways that will capture his heart and affirm my desire for him in inspired moments? Can I live as a woman whose daily walk is one of cultivating opportunities for inspired moments?
O, that I not forget tomorrow what the Lord has taught me today. When I put on an apron – this, or any other – may I remember the awesome opportunity I have to walk in the way of inspired moments. May I seek to anticipate, connect, personalize and own the opportunities set before me. Ultimately, may the Lord be the inspiration of all my moments.