When asked by a restaurant server if I would like a steak sauce with my steak, I usually reply, “I hope I don’t need it.” There are few things that compare to a good steak, properly cooked and seasoned. No amount of sauce slathered on after the fact can change a bad steak into a good one.
The same is true with coffee. Good coffee is just that. It is good coffee, period. No amount of magic in a box or a bottle, dumped into a cup after pouring the coffee, can make bad coffee good coffee. It remains tolerably flavored (for some) bad coffee; but, it is still bad coffee.
Good coffee, like a good steak, is inherently good. The proof is in the pudding, so to speak. The same is true with people, especially those who presume to speak the Word of the Lord. Jesus used a different metaphor to communicate the same message saying, “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” (Luke 6:43-45, NIV)
So, our goal, whether we are proclaiming the Word of Christ with our voices or with by our actions is simple: We need to choose to be good people. This choice in itself is revelatory in that it shows what kind of hearts we have — our inherent nature. This is, no doubt, the major reason we are counseled in Proverbs 4:23, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
So, the word of encouragement for today is also simple:
Please, be good. If we can’t be good, then, at the very least, please be quiet.
Seriously, we need to be a good influence, a force for good, wherever we are, whatever we are doing, today and everyday. The world needs more good steak, good coffee, and good people!
© Bill Williams