In boiling water, carrots, eggs, and coffee beans all react differently. Carrots start out strong and hard but soon grow soft and weak. The liquid interiors of eggs harden. Coffee beans? Well, ground coffee beans turn that hot water into coffee.
In the hot waters of pain and adversity, what are you? The carrot that goes soft? The egg that hardens and grows stiff? Or the crushed coffee bean—which alters its very circumstances, releasing both color and aroma.
This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Workplaces have a way of heating up, too. When they do, what do we do? Lose our resolve? Harden our hearts? Or allow the heat to release our best selves? Hot situations are inevitable; their effect on us is not . . . in the high calling of our daily work.
Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.