There are a lot of coffee places in Diamond Bar. We have at least two Starbucks; the It’s A Grind and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Plus McDonalds has the McCafe. I’m sure that the possibilities are endless.
My wife likes me to bring home a cup of coffee for her from one of these local shops. It is called Julie’s Cafe. It is near our home and located in the Walmart – Crunch Fitness shopping center at Diamond Bar Blvd and Grand Avenue.
Since I don’t drink coffee, I can’t compare the tastes and flavors offered at Julies with other coffee shops in town. But I know that my wife prefers the Hazelnut coffee with two packets of sweetener and a lot of cream. I have memorized the formula.
I think that one of the things that make Julie’s so popular is the hospitality. The setting is peaceful and comfortable. I have seen Julie (the owner) personally trimming the potted plants on the patio and tending to the flowers that enhance the atmosphere.
They serve a variety of breakfast items and they have a large lunch menu. They prepare each item with great care on site. They are not open for dinner and are closed on Sunday and Monday. Julie’s Cafe is often filled with people of all ages enjoying good coffee and great food. Guests enjoy the pleasant atmosphere and warm hospitality.
There are a number of verses in the Bible that emphasize the importance of hospitality. You can examine a few for yourself like Romans 12:13, First Timothy 3:1, Hebrews 13:2 and First Peter 3:9. All of them highlight the importance of welcoming others into your home, church, business or office and treating them as your guests.
I wonder how you are doing in this area of your life. Do people feel welcome and comfortable in your home or business? Do you greet them with a warm welcome and friendly smile? Do you make an effort to learn their name and how you can help them?
I think we could use more emphasis on hospitality in our culture today. Let me encourage you to do more to exercise hospitality to your clients, friends and strangers, too. You will be glad you did and they will too!
Pastor Mark Hopper
Efree Church of Diamond Bar
3255 South Diamond Bar Blvd
Sunday Services: 9:00 & 10:45 AM