From the Mind of Matt & Wes: Mannequin Man Strikes Again

Okay, so you you're not allowed to ask what the heck this is. Well, you can ask, but you won't get an answer, because I honestly have no idea. I gave two guys who work with our student ministry the task of coming up with a random video for Uprising event every month. I asked them to take ownership of it and create the video from beginning to end. The only boundaries I gave them: 1) Don't be Vulgar. 2) It has to be funny. 3) All of the video must come from you, from inception to fruition. 

We call the segment "From the Mind of Matt & Wes" (in case you didn't figure it out, those are the names of the guys who are responsible for the segment). A few weeks ago, they aired the first ever "From the Mind of Matt & Wes." I've debated ever since then about sharing the video on my blog, because… well… it's random, makes little or no sense, and might be a little demented (maybe I should have added a fourth rule: don't be demented). I'm not even sure if it's funny. But since it's airing, I've had multiple requests to put it on my blog, so I've finally decided to do so. 

So here it is. If it doesn't make you laugh, it will probably at least somewhat entertain you. You will find it popping into your brain randomly throughout the day as you continually ask yourself, "What the heck was that?"

Why I’m a Die-Hard Fan of Caribou Coffee

Caribou Well, if you follow me on Twitter, by now you know that I'm
pretty much a coffee addict. But I'm not just addicted to any coffee. I like
good coffee, and good coffee can be hard to come by. Now there are some pretty
good shops in the Triangle that have good coffee, but few of them have
consistently good coffee. For instance, Starbucks has a few roasts that are
good. "Pike's Place" (pretty much the only coffee they offer after
noon), which I affectionately call "Puke Place," is not a good

But the one coffee shop that is pretty consistent is Caribou
Coffee. That being said, lately I've been frustrated, because the only Caribou
location that is convenient to where I live and work has only been offering one regular coffee, and
it's usually a lite roast. Now, I'm not necessarily a lite roast "hater," but there are only a few lite roasts that I really enjoy. When I inquired from a barista as to why they only offered one regular coffee, I was
told it had to do with the economy and it was too expensive to brew two
different types of regular coffee. So basically, they have been more concerned
with saving a few extra bucks than attracting the picky coffee aficionados like
myself. That sounds more like Starbucks than the Caribou that I know and love. So when I go in the morning (as I did this
morning) and they are only offering their "Columbia" roast (which I
don't care for), that's irritating. So I pay the extra cash to have French
press of a roast that I do like.

Well, this morning I was reminded of why I'm such a die hard
fan. After paying the extra cash for a French pressed Mahogany, I sat down, went
on-line to their website, and filled out a survey. I was very kind in the
survey, but expressed my irritation at the daily roast selection. No more than
2 hours later, I received the following email from the district manager:


I am the District Manager with Caribou Coffee and first off
want to say Thank you for taking time to write us with your feedback regarding
Triangle Town Center. At Caribou we strive to offer products of the highest
quality while delivering superior customer service. I apologize that was not
the case during a recent visit to one of our locations.  I have spoken with the team at the location
in an effort to not have this happen again. 
The staff will be developing a way to offer a better variety of our
blends and a plan to be able to offer a french press at the coffee of the day
price in the event we are not brewing a particular roast.

As a token of my appreciation for your feedback and to
express my regret for your recent experience, I would ask you to respond back
to me with a mailing address that I can send a gift card for your next visit to
any of our locations
.  Thanks again for
your feedback and for allowing Caribou to be a part of your coffee experience.

Thanks and have a great day!

 Richard Freeman
 District Manager – Raleigh, NC

That is what I call customer service. Thanks Richard. Thanks for reminding me of why I'm a die-hard fan. And
thank you Caribou for caring about coffee, maybe as much as I do.

Write it Down

Scripture has a lot to say about writing things down. For
instance in Deuteronomy 6, Moses tells the Israelites to not only talk about
the commandments of God, but to also write them down on the door frames of their
homes (apparently paper was scarce). The purpose? To remember. Later in chapter
6, Moses says:

In the future, when your son asks you, "What is the
meaning of the stipulations, decrees and laws the LORD our God has commanded
you?"  tell him: "We were
slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, but the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty
hand. Before our eyes the LORD sent miraculous signs and wonders…"

Writing it down helped them to always remember what God had
done for them. The Israelites needed all the help they could get. If you know
anything about the biblical history of the Israelites, you know that they had
trouble remembering. They were constantly forsaking God for idols and other

Well, I don't know about you, but I need all the help I can
get as well. That's why I keep a prayer journal. There are actually a lot of
reasons why I keep a prayer journal, but being able to read back through old
journals and see what God has done for me is the reason that keeps me doing it
through the years.

Just recently, I picked up an old prayer journal and began
rifling through it. Here's what I found.

Entry on 09/12/07:

Father, would you please give me direction. You've obviously
stirred up my heart once more for ministry, and my experience has been that
your Holy Spirit makes me discontented with where I'm at right before you move
me. May that be the case here…

Then an entry almost exactly one month later…

Entry on 10/10/07:

Lord, you've been so good to me. I just can't thank you
enough. Even all of eternity will not be enough time to thank you and praise
you enough. It is so awesome to be able to look back now over the past two
years and see your hand at work. Even all the crap that you've allowed to
happen has been worth it to get to this point. You brought us to Journey and we
knew from the moment we walked in that we had finally found our church home, a
church we believed in and could latch on to it's vision. And now you are
bringing me on staff there to work full-time. Truly you are good. I can't
remember the last time I was this excited about ministry. Thank you Father. I
love you…

Until I had read this the other day, I had almost completely
forgotten about this. About one month before Pastor Jimmy approached me and
asked me to come on staff, the Lord had already begun stirring in my heart to
once again be in "full-time" ministry. At the time, I was a little
perplexed, not knowing what the outcome would be. It was cool to see that God
was working in the situation to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together.
And it's cool now to be able to read back through my prayer journal, to
remember what God has done, and to praise him all over again for his goodness.

So let me encourage you to write it down. You don't
necessarily have to inscribe it on your doorposts. Keep a prayer journal. And
if you don't want to do that, at least write it down when the Holy Spirit
starts stirring up something in your heart. Write it down when he does
something big in your life. Write it down when he teaches you something you
never knew before. Write it down as a way to remember. Write it down as a
testimony. Write it down as a catalyst for future praise.