I recently quit drinking coffee; and although it hasn’t been easy, tea has made the breakup much easier. In fact, you might even call me Mr. Tea since I ditched coffee. Getting progressively more adventuresome, today I started my morning off at Starbucks with a tall Oprah Chai Latte. One sip whisked my senses back to the streets of India where the chai is a welcome calm amongst the storms of life. Before I knew it my well-marketed cup of Teavana was gone. It was so good! Normally I don’t succumb to hype, but apparently the advertising worked and I fell in love. I haven’t liked Starbucks tea before, but thanks to Oprah, Starbucks will be seeing much more of me, even if it is incredibly awkward ordering an “Oprah Chai Latte.”
However, not all is well in Teavana bliss. More than a new brew, my chai came with a sleeve that had some “Soul-Steeping” Oprah wisdom. My cup read, “Follow your passion. It will lead you to your purpose.” Now, I can appreciate that Oprah wants to spice up my morning, but aren’t we looking for more than a good chai and some earthy advice? I want to know truth and I’m pretty sure she’s still Oprah Winfrey, not The Oprah. Please understand, I don’t mind being loose-leafed about my tea, but when it comes to wisdom, I want it full-bodied. The Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 1:24 that “…Christ is the power and wisdom of God.” This was a favourite verse for one of my most cherished thinkers, Saint Augustine. It reminded him, as it does us, where true wisdom comes from. John, speaking of Jesus, says in John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Logos (meaning: word, wisdom, logic), and the Logos was with God, and the Logos was God.” Wisdom comes from God; and, Jesus Christ is God in the flesh. The reality is that we, and our own wisdom, vanish like steam from a hot chai latte.
In the end, soul steeping with Oprah was a little too weak for my taste. I mean, do we really want to live in a world where everyone follows their own passions? Good wisdom and good logic should work for everyone; but I know some prisons that are housing a blend of people who followed this logic and look where it got them! Do we really believe that our passions lead to our purpose? A quick glance at history reminds us that some people like to drink their tea while others throw a tea party (that’s the American in me coming out). Now some people will protest at this point crying out, “Why can’t we all just get oolong?” (Seriously though, Teavana’s Mokey Picked Oolong Tea is amazing!) But if you want some inner peace with your chai latte look to Jesus Christ. The problem is, instead of looking to God, we attempt to make ourselves a god and follow our own wisdom. Needless to say, I pit-tea the fool that places his hope in the wisdom of people. As for me, my hope is in Jesus Christ – the wisdom of God. Be careful what wisdom you’re being steeped in these days, it can be worse than my puns.
This “Steep Time” was brought to you by Andy Steiger