There are two kinds of people in the world.

There are those who give life, and those who take life away.

There are those who start the fires, and those that put them out–to quote Lemony Snicket.

I was thinking this morning about this guy back in Arizona. On my way to Wildflower almost every day I’d stop by the Starbucks across the street from work. One of the baristas there soon knew me by name and my order by heart. Iced coffee, light ice, half and half with classic. He was cute, yes, but also bright and the type of person to enjoy talking to you. You didn’t have to talk back. Or try.

I came in one day on my day off because of my expensive coffee habit and I remember I wore a blue dress and it was really hot out that day. It was summer time in AZ and well, let’s just say I don’t miss those. My hair was shorter. I remember Anten saw me walk through that door and he knew me. Plain and simple. He didn’t smile, at first. But in front of customers and co-workers he just stood there and was like,

“Wow. You’re just beautiful.”

And I didn’t know what to say. I left, still not knowing what to say. I remember I told my mom about it 5 minutes later via a text message in my car and I was literally like, Mom, I got nothing.

I went back to Starbucks later that night for another coffee I didn’t need and I told Anten just that–this is totally a coffee I don’t need.

“I just want to talk to you. Is that strange?”

And he smiled when I asked him that. He said it wasn’t strange and he asked for my number and that was that.

Okay, so after that we didn’t really talk any more. I probably tanked it as I have a tendency to do. However, I want to come back to my first point.

There are two kinds of people in the world. Those that start fires. Those that put them out. Those that give life. Those that take life away.

Anten is the kind of guy who gives life.

What about you? And, what about me?

In the book of Matthew, chapter 19, there’s a rich, young guy who tells Jesus he wants eternal life. Jesus responds, “Ok. I’ll tell you how you can enter life.”

Notice that Jesus doesn’t say, “Okay, sure. Let’s get you eternal life.”

He starts with life, in general. General life. Are you guys following me here?

Jesus gives life. Not just the now and forever ominous mysterious scary futuristic extra planet life. He wants to give you a life PERIOD. He wants us to enter life.

He wants me to enter life. Marvelous….marvelous life.

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