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Way Cup!


The following is a commercial:

The Way Cup Cafe (say it outloud and it will sound like Wake Up Cafe – which is my kind of wordplay) is a small, cozy coffee joint on 17th St. next to Margaritas and across from Family Video.  The parking lot is small.  The music is low key.  The coffee is great and is sold at a fair price.  There is art all over the place, and you get the feeling as you enter that you would be free to put up some of your own work on the walls.  Also…they have Amazing Wraps at lunch.

Now for the proprietor and the atmosphere she promotes: Carol has owned and operated for 5 years.  She is relatively tall, has long brown hair, sports a couple modest tatoos, and more than anything: she’s got attitude – a loveable sassy.  She is teaching me a lot about church planting.  Let me explain.

I’m not sure where Carol’s faith is, but I do know this: if she was a follower of Jesus (and her actions show me that she is much like Him) she would be gifted with Hospitality.  She has an uncanny knack for making people feel at home.  Perhaps it’s because she knows how to make a mean cup of joe.  Perhaps it’s because her cafe is warm and inviting, but mainly it’s because her attitude is honest and real.  An honesty and authenticity that is hard to find.

Here’s what I think hospitality is: making someone feel like they are at home.  I don’t think it’s waiting on someone hand and foot (though that is sometimes what is appropriate).  I don’t think it’s having everything perfect (though cleanliness is important).  If you can treat someone like a loved person of your family…if you can give them opportunity to join in the life of the family then you have come a long way towards hospitality.

Carol does that.  She treats you like a brother/sister/parent/child.  There is no escaping the fact that Carol loves you, and will do for you all the things a loving friend/family member should do.  Sometimes it’s asking you to watch the window for her while she goes in the back.  Sometimes it’s gently pointing out behavior of yours that needs modification.  Sometimes it’s just sharing part of her life…a vulnerable window into her soul.  Embody needs to be like the Way Cup: a place where family is developed.

I make it my office: free internet, good coffee, Amazing Wraps and one vegetarian, tattooed, hippie big sister who points to a hospitable space that is good for conversation and reflection.

  1. May 11, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Way Cup sounds like a place I would like to visit, maybe hangout,have a little conversation.I wish I had such a place near where I live! GOD BLESS!

  2. JP
    May 11, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Yeah Carol! 🙂 I couldn’t agree more.

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