Coffee Chats

There are many things out there I follow online for sources ranging from spiritual encouragement to ridiculous things to laugh at. One of these things is Relevant Magazine. It’s a great magazine that covers a variety of topics through a variety of different perspectives. I don’t always agree with all of the articles, but the always challenge me to know what I believe and why I believe it. With that said, they always have a question of the day posted to both Facebook and twitter. Today’s question was, “If you could have coffee with anyone living or dead, who would it be?” Since I’m terrible at making up my mind on such loaded hypothetical questions, I couldn’t pick just one. The following is a list that I narrowed down to five with a few reasons why. Obviously spiritually I would include the likes of Jesus, Paul, David, Moses, Noah, Peter, Job etc… But I’m going to save them for a possible biblical list down the road. First and foremost would be my dad. He passed away so young and so suddenly that I didn’t have the opportunity to say goodbye. That chat would be full of all kinds of emotions I’m sure, but it would be pretty awesome to have one more sit down with him. I am lumping numbers two and three together as they were two presidents that I immediately thought of when I read the question. They are Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. Both men showed extraordinary courage during their presidencies. Lincoln faced the breakup of the union, Reagan faced off against communism. They both stuck to their convictions no matter the opposition and accomplished what they saw as right. That is the kind of resolve that I can respect and hope to have myself. “I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.” Abraham Lincoln “I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing.” Ronald Reagan Fourth on the list is none other than Walt Disney. To say the man was a creative genius would be quite the understatement. He was once fired because “he lacked imagination and he had no good ideas.” He went bankrupt and he lost one of his first beloved characters. That didn’t stop him from completely changing animation or creating the concept of a theme park. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone that wouldn’t recognize Mickey, Donald, or Goofy. Not many out there that still have as much of an affect more than 40 years after their death. “Or heritage and ideals, our code and standards – the things we live by and teach our children – are preserved or diminished by how freely we exchange ideas and feelings.” Walt Disney C. S. Lewis had a way with words that I envy, and the faith he expressed clearly in his writings has had a huge impact on me. Ironically, I’m not a huge fan of reading; but anytime I pick anything up from Lewis, I can’t put it down. It is very clear that he took the time to dig deeply and passionately believed the things that he would write. “A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.” C.S. Lewis

So there’s my list of five; maybe next time it will have someone still breathing on it. I thought of doing an honorable mention list, but it would have been too long. How about you. Who would you like to have a sit down with?

10 Responses to “Coffee Chats”

  1. Angi says:

    This is a tough question…there are SO MANY people I’d like to meet!!!

    So, in no particular order…

    1) Kathryn Kuhlman

    2) Rees Howells

    3) Ronald Reagan (not to copy you…but for the same reasons!)

    4) Deborah, from the Bible (warrior…prophetess…judge…songstress…I mean, wow.)

    5) David…well, duh. Haha.

    • philip says:

      Excellent list, I had a really hard time breaking it down to five. Deborah and David are great choices, and Rees Howells just barely missed bumping C.S. Lewis off of my list. Thanks Angi! 🙂

  2. Let me see….

    Bob Dylan
    Casey Stengel
    John Eldredge
    Vincent van Gogh
    and I’m…………Juan Valdez!

    • philip says:

      I’d like Bob Dylan to teach me a fraction of a percent of his guitar skills. Casey Stengel would probably have some awesome stories, and who wouldn’t want to drink coffee with Juan Valdez himself; he’d even bring it to you. 🙂 Thanks Jay!

  3. Justin Robbins says:

    I love this question!

    My grandpa Lavern would be number one. I often hear stories of him but I was so young when he passed that I never had the chance to have his insight on life. At the age of 8 he was told he would never live past the age of 15 and if he did he would never be anything. This was because of a rare heart disease. Well our God lives a challenge of faith and that man lived to be 43, had two strong men (my father and uncle) and ran a very successful concrete and construction business. Not only did he defy the odds but he did so by the grace and the love of God. The kicker to th story is that he didn’t die from the heart disease but died from lung cancer caused by the concrete dust. They tell me I loved my grandpa dearly and I often wonder what he would say to me and my dad. I have been told I have the same “no quit” attitude and when I am faced with a challenge I never let the challenger dictate my outcome.

    I wonder what God’s coffee shop looks like. I wonder if there is a corner booth with a hot cup of coffee, and grandpa. Waiting for me.

    • philip says:

      Dang Justin, I wasn’t expecting something so poignant in response; but I appreciate the part of your heart that you shared. He sounds like a really neat man, and I know that God allows us to carry on the legacy. Thanks Justin!

  4. Dax says:

    Everyone listed would be awesome, but I’d want to add Winston Churchill and maybe Vladamir Lenin.

  5. Man… Job. That would be an interesting coffee chat. I don’t usually think of him with biblical people I would want to sit down with, but yeah, makes total sense. Good list. And I too have great trouble with coming up with these type of hypothetical lists. I believe I have Chronic Overthinking Disorder. That’s a thing, right? Well, it is now. 🙂

    • philip says:

      If that’s a thing, it certainly runs in the family. I want Job to follow me around and tell me to stop complaining 🙂 Thanks Jason!