I’m all for spilling the beans, as you hopefully picked up from my last post. But I also know enough about making coffee to know you have to use a filter if you don’t want to swallow a lot of garbage!
Recently I got an earful from a woman who, I’m assuming, thought she was just good-naturedly spilling the beans. But these weren’t good, wholesome Arabica beans she was pouring out to everyone around her. She had ground up the bare nuggets of her story and was spilling out the juicy details to anyone in earshot. All of this is coffee house talk for “she was saying too much, way too much!” By the time her tirade was over and done with I’m pretty sure everyone around her felt like we had coffee stains all down our shirts and we needed to go wash up. It was not a pretty sight. Or sound.
My diagnosis? This woman had forgotten to use her filter.
Not too long ago I made coffee for my Bible study class and forgot to put the coffee in the filter. We ended up with nothing more than hot water with a hint of old coffee taste in it.
But this woman spilled the beans without putting them through the filter first.
Filters are just as important in our conversations as they are in making a good pot of coffee. Using the proper filter results in conversation that is smooth, energizing, appealing, and easy to digest. But when we don’t use the right filters to sift our words we end up saying things that are offensive, bitter, and hard to swallow.
This morning I read in my daily Bible reading: