One’s Temperament: The Color of Tea in Hot Water

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I love the saying, “You never know what color a tea bag is until it’s put under hot water.” This is true when it comes to a person, who they are, and what their character is really like. Hot water represents pressure, and sometimes a tea bag may look a certain way or color when it’s sitting there, but it can come out a different color when pressure is applied to it. Hot water causes things to come out.

Same is true with people. When people are in ‘hot water’, so-to-speak, they can show things about themselves that have been in them all along but had never risen to the surface. In other words, it can show a person’s true colors.

If someone goes along with a routine in life that has relatively no confrontation whatsoever, then they try to resist any type of friction or conflict. When people resist conflict, they practice avoidance, and then they have no vision in life of where they’re going or what they’re called to do.

We are not supposed to enjoy conflict, but we must press into it in order to resolve it. We must confront conflict so we can resolve it.

There are some who do not have plans, do not have direction, and all they do is attempt to obstruct what you are doing and try to prevent your vision from becoming a reality. Matthew chapter 10 talks about this. Some can become hotheads when hot water is poured over them. Some have simply not gone through major things in their life, so they wander and squirm away from things when confronted with them head on.

It’s important for us to keep our cool in situations. After all, time will reveal a lot of things. It has an uncanny way of doing that.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

May our hearts be guarded. I know mine is. I do not let anyone else live rent free in my head or my heart. No one can take away my joy in the Lord, no matter how hard they may try. I simply go forth enjoying every day, and I am content with who I am, where I am at, and I thank Jesus Christ for being my cornerstone.

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