⏳I Quit Drinking Coffee

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Dear steward,

Last week, I decided to quit coffee.

I was standing in the kitchen about to make a pot when a tiny thought slithered into my mind:

“I don’t like coffee.”

I put the beans and filters back in the drawer and simply started my work for the day. A few hours later, my wife called down to the basement where I work and said, “I’m making coffee do you need any?”

Almost without thinking I answered, “No, I don’t need coffee.”

As soon as I said the words I started to reflect on how true they really are. I don’t need coffee. But somewhere along the line, I’d convinced myself that I did.

I didn’t start drinking coffee until I was in my late 20’s. It was the first semester of seminary. And I started purely for survival purposes. The long classes, the late nights, and the constant need for focus drove me to the bean juice. And even though I never really cared for the taste, after I started I never gave it a second thought. I was a coffee drinker. I needed coffee.

I had imbibed the belief that the only way I could get through the work day was with the assistance of caffeine. And I repeated it to myself every day. “I need a coffee,” “boy, I could really use another cup.”

But the truth is I don’t need coffee. No one does.

So I decided to quit.

One thing that surprised me, however, is how easy it was to stop once I quit telling myself it was a necessity. The first two days I found myself craving it at times, but since then I’ve barely even thought about it.

It’s like a switch in my brain was flipped. Once I stopped telling myself I needed it, I no longer viewed not drinking coffee as self-deprivation. I didn’t feel like I was giving something up at all.

And the other weird thing that happened almost immediately after I quit was I started exercising again. At first, I didn’t think these were connected. But upon reflection, I think once my desire for an energy boost wasn’t being met by coffee anymore, I naturally sought out other sources of energy and focus. I genuinely think I started running because I quit coffee.

Now, this isn’t some kind of diatribe about coffee. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the stuff. I don’t think quitting is some kind of miracle cure. And I’m certainly not saying everyone needs to stop drinking it. This is more a reflection on the stories we tell ourselves, the scripts we repeat in our heads that leave us locked into certain beliefs and create invisible barriers to new and more productive ways of living.

Because the truth is there are much bigger lies we tell ourselves than “I need coffee.”

What are you telling yourself?

Biblical counselors call it “self-talk,” that inner dialogue we have that is often filled with self-condemnation, doubt, or even justifications for sinning. If we hope to grow, we have to work to replace these lies with truth from God’s Word.

I love this “Truth and Lies Chart” Dave Dunham created that helps you replace lying self talk with Scriptural truth:

I wonder how much we are held back from true change and God-honoring endeavors by the scripts we repeat to ourselves. If you’re plagued by thoughts of worthlessness, self-pity, lack of confidence, or doubt, recognize them for what they are. It’s a lack of belief in What God has said is true about you.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

2 Corinthians 5:17

The first step to change is change in beliefs.

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