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TEASPIRATION: Spiritual Lessons from a Cup of Tea

You all know how much I enjoy a cup of tea, and you could only assume that afternoon tea time is very special to me. Recently I have combined my experiences of tea time and spiritual lessons I have learned.

A cup of tea is best enjoyed in the company of others. All of my favorite and most memorable tea times have been with others. I enjoyed tea parties with my children when they were little. I treasure each time that I have had tea with friends. It reminds me of a quote I read recently, “A friendship is one of the few things in your life that you want to grow old!” My daughter and I like to have a tray of tea and cookies. We just use the everyday regular tea pot and cups, and we watch chick flicks or a TV show we both enjoy. Tea Time spent with your family or friends is one of the best investments you can make.

You never have to have a cup of tea alone. If there is no one else around, you can even enjoy a cup of tea with God. Sometimes He is the best One to share tea with! God would be thrilled for you to invite Him for tea. In Genesis 2:18 He told us that it is not good for man to be alone!
A Cup of Tea is healthy for your body. All teas, especially green tea, contain powerful antioxidants that help prevent free-radical damage to cells, lower cholesterol, fight bacteria and viruses. Every time Jesus fed people He fed them health food—fish and high-grain bread. When you have a cup of tea, you are taking care of the body God gave you and caring for the temple where He lives. (1 Corinthians 6:19, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.”)

To enjoy a cup of tea, you must slow down if only for a moment. Even with all the electronics and inventions that were designed to make our work go faster, we find ourselves busier than ever. Sometimes we get ourselves so busy because we are afraid we will miss out on something, but what we are really missing out on is connecting to our souls. Tea forces us to slow down and wait. You have to wait for tea to brew. Even though you have instant hot water, your brewed tea will not be ready in an instant; it needs 4-6 minutes before it is ready to drink.

The Christian life is about waiting. We wait for Christ to return for us. God has given us the gift of time and waiting. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.”

The blessings of a cup of tea are best experienced after a hard-boiling. Without the steaming hot water, you will not bring out the truest flavor of the tea. Now that doesn’t sound very appealing does it? We all have been hard boiled; some recently, for some it has been years ago, but suffering hits everyone who lives in this fallen world plagued by sin. Even Jesus who was sinless suffered most of all. James 1:2-3 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” God in His infinite wisdom has found a way to bring us goodness out of our inevitable sufferings. The reason Jesus was sent to this world was to make everything right. There will be an end to suffering, but in between the hard-boilings of our lives are opportunities to experience God’s goodness and comfort in a way we would never know without it.

A cup of tea can change your whole state of being. The presence of God transforms our spirits in the same way as sitting down to afternoon tea. It is like alchemy for the soul. Make an effort to sit down to a cup of tea and experience Teaspiration for yourself.

 

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