Some Good Reminders.

By January 31, 2013 No Comments

Things are crazy busy! And getting really fun. It’s such an exciting time as we watch the physical space of Purple Door take shape. As this happens it’s important for us to make sure we keep our focus, and over the last few weeks 4 concepts have been coming to mind with regularity, and I would like to share them with you.

1) Purple Door is so beyond the skills and abilities of our team on our own. This is a huge project, that we frequently feel ill equipped for when we are dependent on our own training, experiences, and expertise. This is actually a beautiful place to find ourselves, because we know that we cannot depend on ourselves. This doesn’t mean we don’t put forth our full efforts and learn new things, but we recognize that we are a part of something bigger than ourselves. So, we must ask for help. Help from God and from other folks that use their gifts and skills to help move the mission and vision of Purple Door forward. We’re thankful for God using his people to fill in the gaps. It has been an incredible journey saturated with God’s provision and community.

2) It’s not about me. This effort is about God, His Kingdom and His love for this world. Anything I might do to get in the way of that is wrong. And so I’ve been really convicted of the importance of humility. Everything I do must be motivated for promotion of God and His Kingdom, because I’m really not that important in the grand scheme of things. And really I’m just blessed to be a part of what God is up to in the world. It is also very freeing to recognize that Purple Door isn’t mine, because this mission and vision placed in my hands alone would crumble. God is way more capable of making Purple Door flourish than I am, and for that I am thankful. Also, it takes the pressure off of me to make Purple Door happen. I’ll continue to work hard, but God has been at work to make Purple Door happen much longer than I have been.

3) Our mission must not fall by the wayside. It’s easy to get caught up in running a coffee shop, but we must remember we are not solely a coffee shop. We have to work to equip our employees to lead healthy and sustainable lives away from the streets. But don’t worry, our coffee will still be mighty tasty.

4) Jesus must be at the center. As we delve into the logistics of running a coffee shop and a job training program we have to remember why we’re doing what we’re doing. We are here to help others experience the love of Jesus. We are able to love because he first loved us. That must remain central. Our transformation because of Christ’s love for us must move us and motivate us to share that love so that everyone we encounter can know they are loved.

Help us fully live into our mission over the next year by donating here. We are trying to raise $50,000 during construction so that we can simply run the shop and the program without having to worry about fundraising! This will free up significant time and energy that can then be poured into our employees.

Thank you everyone who has played any role in helping Purple Door come to life!