What happens when you are put in hot water?
Chai tea was first introduced to me by my friend Joan Seger. For some reason, I really loved it. Not sure if the cardamom spice reminded me of the Swedish pastries from my youth, but I do know that whether I am in New Zealand or Zululand, my first choice of a hot beverage is chai tea latte.
When boiling water is poured on tea leaves, something happens to that water. The tea brews. The essence of the tea overtakes the water and claims it. The color and taste of the water is altered. Some teas are weak and some very strong, depending on the time you allow the tea to brew.
I wonder what kind of tea my life would make? When I am in the roil of boiling circumstances, do I create toxins or tea? Do I create poisonous fumes or a pleasant aroma? I love the word picture in Colossians 2:6-7:
“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as your were taught, abounding (overflowing) in thanksgiving.”
Paul is describing a person who is rooted and grounded well in the Lord. That person overflows with thanksgiving. It oozes out of him. Brews out of him.
The habitual pattern of choosing to think thanks in every situation that comes your way will change you. It does something to you. The habit starts to work for you. Certainly, it takes a lot of willpower and grace to formulate that pattern in your brain, but after doing it over and over again, the thinkful thoughts come easier.
Choosing to think thanks in every situation will also change the atmosphere around you. Boiling water may come in many shapes and forms. It forces what it comes in contact with to be exposed. I can promise you that boiling water will eventually come upon you, and when it does, the brew you make will depend on what you are thinking.
th(i)nkful: a determined choice to download grace/strength from the Lord to think thanks about every circumstance that comes my way and express that thanks orally or in a written form.
P.S. THIS “BLISS BALL” RECIPE (thankfully) has no sugar and is good for you. I wanted to pass it along to you in case you needed a little encouragement with your cup of tea. 🙂
RECIPE: No-Food-Processor “Bliss Balls”
- I Cup dates chopped
- I Cup nuts chopped ( almonds, hazelnuts, etc)
- 2 Tbsp cocoa
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 Cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 Tbsp almond butter
- In a saucepan place the dates with 1/4 cup of water, place on medium heat until it reaches a slight boil. Allow to slow boil for a couple of minutes until soften. Take off heat and drain.
- Allow to cool. Remove pits and chop up the dates.
- Add cocoa and coconut oil, mix in.
- Add chopped nuts, stir in.
- Allow to cool completely and roll into balls.
- Store in fridge, makes 12-15 balls depending on size. Great to be put in the freezer for a snack