Working in a coffee shop is cool. It’s fun. You get to meet interesting people. You help people start their day. You get to help people feel welcome. You can get to make something that is really delicious that makes a lot of people happy. It’s pretty great.
Running a coffee shop is tiring. You get to the shop early and leave late. You have to pick up the slack if someone can’t come in. You get to work the bar, but also run and buy furniture, pay bills, fix things that are broken in the shop, order new cups, market the business and anything else that might pop up.
Running a coffee shop really isn’t glamorous. And it certainly isn’t always fun.
Running a ministry isn’t glamorous most of the time. It can be stressful.
Running a ministry is hard work. Fundraising is not the greatest fun one can have.
So, with Purple Door the story is pretty appealing. Lots of people have told us that they would love to do what we do. We love what we do. We’re very committed to what we do. What we do is difficult, tiring and, at times, frustrating.
To be successful we must be faithful. We believe in order to be faithful to this call we need to:
- Have faith that we are doing what is right.
- Work hard in the areas that we can control.
- Ask for help in areas of our deficiency. (Photography, web development, telling our story, etc.)
- Help others become their best selves.
- Trust that our needs will be met in the areas we can’t control.
- Simply keep going.
So, we love what we do because it’s right, good and meaningful. We don’t do what we do because it is easy or simple. We are very tired after a day of work, but we know it’s good. We know it is close to God’s heart. We know that we are helping in a small way reshape Denver for the Kingdom of God.
This isn’t a super appealing career path in the realm of finances, hours worked, or stress levels. It is an appealing line of work when looking at how it helps our employees, how we can create a community surrounding this mission, and how it fits so well with the skills and passions that we have been given. It’s is also an incredible blessing to be a part of something that is significantly bigger than any one person.
Backflushing an espresso machine, scrubbing toilets, and mopping floors is not glamorous. But it’s necessary. We need to do these things so that we can be a viable business. We also need to model to our employees what it is to do what is necessary when you are working a job. As we mop, sweep, deal with angry customers, show up early, and leave late we lean into the fact that lives are being changed, growth is taking place, and we are playing a small role in the Kingdom of God.
This work isn’t glamorous, but this work is certainly good. Our employees, and our future employees, are worth every bit of the effort that we put in. We believe that deeply. We wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe it.