The Cross, my Coca Cola Kitchen, and the Pizza Delivery Guy

I saw the Coca Cola Kitchen in my mind’s eye the day we made the deal to buy our house. The carpeted dining room and large table would be replaced with shiny dark wooden floors and Coca Cola booths. The ugly brown paneled walls (sorry, you can’t see them in the picture) would be painted white on top, black on bottom, and the kitchen floor black and white checkered tile.  The fact is, I always wanted a red kitchen.

Ten years later, January 2015, my sister found coca cola benches at an online auction. I was glad she persuaded me to buy the benches, two tables, four chairs, and a couple signs for less than $200. What do you think?

Coca Cola kitchen 1

You know who’s impressed the most with our Coca Cola kitchen?  The pizza delivery guys!  (No offense against the gals, but we always get guys delivering pizza here). We’ve ordered pizza delivery a few times since January, and each time one of the delivery guys steps into the kitchen, his jaw drops. (I guess you could call our kitchen a conversation piece). This week was no exception.  Earlier this week the 20-something pizza delivery guy came inside the kitchen with his boxes.

“Whoa!  This is COOL!  RETRO!”

I smiled.  “Yeah, it was my dream kitchen since we moved here ten years ago.  We just got it set up in January.”

He looked at the portraits of our seven children on the wall. (I made all of them dress up in red, black, and white for the photos so they’d match my kitchen!  Haha!) He noticed our Burmese daughters and was curious.  I told them their story–they left Burma because the military government persecuted all Christians and attacked Christian villages.

Justin and I talked for 15 minutes.  The conversation went like this.

“I used to be an atheist.  Not anymore. Now I believe in God.”


“Yeah, but I believe in a lot of things. I believe about Jesus but I also talk to Raphael and other angels.  I see demons sometimes.”

I nodded and let him talk. Justin sounded just like all the other kids his age who’ve talked to me. He said he wants the truth and he won’t stop and believe something just because someone wants him to do that.  He has to know the truth.

I smiled. “If you really are pursuing the truth, you will find it. Jesus said, “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”

I shared the gospel throughout our conversation and told Justin that I believe the Bible, front to back, and that is my source of truth. Now he nodded, like he’d heard that before. So I added, “You know, the Bible has been proven to be true and factual.” That impressed him a little.

Later in the conversation I asked Justin if he wanted to give His life to Jesus as his Savior–he could do it now. He hesitated, in thought. He needed time to think about it.

I could only throw the lifeline, I couldn’t make him grab it.  His choice.  Hopefully, another “lifeboat” will come his way during his life and Justin will grab it and be saved.  I hope so.  I pray so.

The cross. May everything in my life point  to it. Earlier this month I got to thinking about hellsinners in a lost sea.  The truth is, people are going to hell.  We have the lifeline. We have the cross . . .

Dark and roiling

Fires boiling

Judgment against sin.

I would be consumed without

The lifeboat that I’m in.

Lift the cross up at the helm!

Holy Spirit wind,

Set the sail

While sinners wail

And float me straight to Him.

I THROW the lifeline to the left lifeboat cross

I THROW it to the right,

Catching souls from broiling fire

‘Til faith becomes our sight!

“Get into this boat before

Your life on earth is through,

And judgment fires begin and then

There’s nothing you can do.

Look up at the helm, the cross!lifeline throw it out

Look and LIVE my friend!

Get into my lifeboat now,

Before your earth days end.”

God in heaven, please draw our loved ones’ attention to the cross this Easter weekend. Let each one remember the last time you talked to them about their souls. We pray for each one right now, and we agree with                                 Charles Spurgeon who wrote:

“Oh, my brothers and sisters in Christ, if sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies; and if they will  perish, let them perish with our arms about their hellknees, imploring them to stay, and not madly to destroy themselves. If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned
and unprayed for.”

Amen, and Amen.

About Lift the Cross of Jesus!

My day job is writing--I'm an author and publisher of a number of books. More on that later. But there is nothing of greater importance to me than the early morning hours I spend with the Creator of the Universe. Although He knows everything there is to know, His greatest delight isn't to give us knowledge, but to give us love. My highest joy is to watch the sun rise with notebook in hand and write the words he speaks to my heart. I want to share some of those words with you here . . . words on the cross.
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3 Responses to The Cross, my Coca Cola Kitchen, and the Pizza Delivery Guy

  1. markssong says:

    Again, I wrote a whole essay in response and erased it – then again. I’m really must be going. The Bible, though a source of great life lessons, spirituality, forgiveness and salvation. It is also one of the most misunderstood and misinterpreted books. In short, I’m certainly glad that God sent Jesus to take our place on a cross so we don’t spend eternity in hell.
    God bless those whose life is a living hell and who never get to know you in this life, that when they die and stand before you before you in Heaven, asking what they have to do to stay here. God looks at them and points to Jesus and says: ” Nothing, He did it for you – welcome home.”
    Who on this Earth really knows?


  2. jeanoathout says:

    Excellent, Hope! Thanks for sharing!


  3. Larry Who says:

    Things go better with Coke. (1963)


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