Hi guys! Madison Chandler here. I feel like I should clarify that because Mark is the one who usually writes the blog posts. Go ahead and prepare yourself for the fact that this blog post will neither be as insightful nor as wonderful as any of Mark’s posts. Okay? Have you prepared yourself? Good. Let’s do this.
I want to tell you about an experience that I had recently at Bud’s Warehouse. So, if you don’t know what Bud’s Warehouse is, let me enlighten you. Bud’s is a home improvement thrift store that is also a non-profit job-training program that exists to rebuild lives through a life-skill development program. Basically, Bud’s is awesome. Bud’s not only gives people a chance to succeeded in the form of a job, they also build these amazing relationships and help each other towards personal life goals while loving each other unconditionally.
Mark and I are working out of Bud’s right now and will continue to do so until we can raise enough money to open Purple Door Coffee (PDC). Being here at Bud’s has been wonderful. We have learned so much about job training, personal development and love and how those relate to each other. So, I reiterate, Bud’s is awesome.
Every morning before Bud’s Warehouse opens, the employees all meet for one hour with Andy, the manager of Bud’s. Depending on the day, the hour is devoted to education, personal check-ins or bible study. At the personal check-in meeting, everyone has an opportunity to talk about what is going on in his or her personal life. Some people talk about their children; some people talk about housing; some people talk about their relationships; some people talk about their addictions. It really is a beautiful time that is totally devoted to understanding the lives of the people that surround you everyday.
When it was my opportunity to share, I spoke mostly about how my life has been a bit challenging recently because I am totally relying on donations for living. I talked about how I am in a place where I am depending on God to capture people’s hearts with Purple Door Coffee’s mission, then perhaps people will donate, then I will have money to pay rent and buy groceries and continue to work toward opening Purple Door Coffee in the Fall. I told of my tendency to worry about how many donations will come and I told of my efforts to have full faith that God will provide if it is in His will.
After my brief speech, one of the guys in the meeting looked at me and asked, “Why are you doing this? ” Now, I know that sounds like a really simple question, but it is one that I have not been asked before and in that moment, I didn’t know how to answer it. I had to take a couple of minutes to think about the question and then I answered him with, “Well, a lot of those kids on the streets are my friends and most of them have not been given a fair chance at life. In my life, what has changed me the most is the love of others. I want to create a place that gives others that love; a place that gives them a chance.”
Since that meeting, I have thought a lot about that question, “Why?” Am I working on PDC because I feel like I have to as a Christian? Am I working on PDC so that I can have my own business and make a name for myself? Am I working on PDC so that I can be around coffee all day? Am I working on PDC so that I can convince Mark to fall in love with me? (Just kidding!) I can go on and on with these questions all day long…but the point is that I have had to be super honest with myself in examining all of my motives in opening PDC.
This is the answer that I have come to- God’s unconditional, unfailing love has changed my life forever and I want to create a place where I can pass that gift on. Mark and I are opening PDC because we have experienced that beauty of love in giving chances and we know it’s amazing power. We want nothing more in this world than to further God’s Kingdom. We truly want to create a space that is going to be a little slice of His Kingdom on this earth. We want to create a space where love is so present that even those who don’t believe are changed by it’s power. That’s why we are working to open PDC in the Fall.
God is good and His provision and love are never failing. Praise God for love and chances!
Where do you find your motivation to do all that you have to do every day?