Last week I got a wonderful package in the mail! It contained this beautiful teacup, a handmade basket, a note pad, some flower seeds, a couple of sweet treats, and a box of earl grey tea bags! And the coolest part was that it came from a total stranger who lives all the way across the country in Idaho! You see, I signed up to be part of a Tea Cup Exchange group this spring. As part of the membership, I agreed to send a teacup to another lady (and now, new friend Debby! See her blog here), and in exchange, I receive a package of my own. (It’s really fun. If you are interested in joining, click here.)
Yesterday evening, I pulled out my beautiful cup to give this new brand of tea a try. As I dropped the bag into the hot liquid and watched the clear water become slowly tainted by the tea, something obvious occurred to me…
The water became irreversibly changed by the tea.
The color darkened, the taste altered, and the aroma was affected. And once the tea is absorbed by the water, it’s so permanently changed that we don’t even call it by the same name anymore.
Obviously that’s what a tea bag is supposed to do, but if you think about it, there’s a profound truth in that simple fact.
What we put into our lives has the power to alter the flavor of our entire being (for good OR bad). When we soak in the fear, selfishness and obsessions of the world, we shouldn’t be surprised when our lives taste of the bitterness of anxiety, pride and indulgence. And the longer we allow our thoughts to steep in the world’s brand of tea, we’ll often find the essence of those attitudes seeping out through our actions and behaviors. They may even bring about such a profound alteration in our behavior, that we become branded by a new label. (‘She’s a fearful woman’… ‘He’s a self-obsessed man’… etc)
Fortunately, this concept works FOR us as well. When we immerse ourselves in the truths of God’s Word and submerge ourselves in the Spirit, then our lives will exude the sweet aroma of life and peace. (Rom. 8:6)
This should be an encouragement and a warning to God’s people. Believers would do well to be vigilant and wary of what we allow our minds soak in and to conscientiously strain out the things that can taint our attitudes. Instead, we should diligently stir into our lives a rich and fragrant brew of right thinking, letting the essence of our being so absorb the fruit of Scripture that we give off “the sweet aroma of the knowledge of (Christ)” (2 Cor. 2:14) and boldly wear the new name… Beloved Child of God.