November 2, 2021

372. Translating Truth

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Episode 372


I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,

Ephesians 1:18


Hey, fam! Happy Tuesday. Before I went to the airport, I passed by a Starbucks to work from there for a few hours. When I got inside, I went straight to the register. There were two girls ahead of me ordering, and I could hear them struggling to explain to the barista what she wanted. There was a clear language barrier. I quickly noticed the girls were speaking Spanish, and they needed help; they ordered one drink but needed to order a second. I stood in and translated for them. I was able to help them finish ordering. It was then my turn to order, and within minutes I walked over to pick up the drinks, and there they were. Their second drink came out perfectly fine, but they were waiting for the first one they had ordered before I was able to help. In front of them was an iced matcha latte—bright green in color. The second barista called the girl’s name, but she was hesitant to pick it up. I stepped in, and they were saying, this was the first drink you ordered; what did you mean to order? She proceeded to explain a chocolate coffee drink. Mocha. She wanted Mocha, not Matcha.


This little interaction painted a picture in my head. So often, the world struggles to order what its soul truly craves. They are looking for mocha, but so often, they end up with Matcha. Every day we have the ability to step in and translate for someone.


Pay attention to the people around you. Sometimes they need help, and we understand the language of the spirit. We understand that a cafe con leech in Spanish is just a latte in English. We understand that true love comes from the love of Jesus and not from different partners each weekend.


Let’s not be rude; let’s also not ignore situations that need our help. Let’s start translating the love of Jesus to everyone we meet. This is His hope for us. That we would spread the love of Christ to everyone, we would meet.



Jesus, thank you for giving us everything we need to help spread your love today. We ask that you use us. Use us as your translators. Let us be the lending hand, or the warm hug, or the ear to listen that so many others desperately need. Let us help one another. We thank you for this beautiful Tuesday. It is in your holy name that we pray, AMEN!


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