But that’s not all! Even in times of trouble we have a joyful confidence, knowing that our pressures will develop in us patient endurance. Romans 5:3 (TPT)
Patient Endurance – The Perfect Blend Series – Part 2
Working for a Specialty Coffee roaster, I deal mostly with the ‘espresso' brewing method. If you drink lattes or cappuccinos, you’ll know what espresso is, since it’s the method used for brewing and extracting the coffee portion of these drinks.
The word espresso comes from the same word ‘expressly,’ and as opposed to pre-brewed coffee, espresso is typified by making the coffee ‘expressly' to order for the drinker.
Espresso also derives its meaning from the word ‘pressed.' Unlike filter or pour-over coffee methods, espresso typically puts 9 bars of pressure (9 times atmospheric pressure) over the ground coffee as it’s brewing.
This pressure method amplifies all the flavors in the coffee making it taste richer, sweeter and fuller than a typically brewed coffee that has very little pressure placed on it.
Romans 5:3-4 (TPT) says:
“But that’s not all! Even in times of trouble we have a joyful confidence, knowing that our pressures will develop in us patient endurance. And patient endurance will refine our character, and proven character leads us back to hope.“
It’s kinda like this verse is saying that we should glory in pressure because it will amplify full and rich flavors in our lives.
In reality, pressure sucks, and for the most part, we want to avoid it as much as possible!
But in our flesh and blood real lives, pressure helps (sometimes forces) us to see light and shade, bringing contrast and clarity to what can seem like a mundane existence. It can help us become aware of tensions neglected, and spur us on to a life of gratitude and thankfulness.
Famous Basketball champ, Robert Horry says, “Pressure can burst a pipe or make a diamond” but I’d like to add, “or make some sweet, sweet coffee!” Haha!
When you think about the moments that have radically defined your life, was it when you were feeling relaxed or faced with pressure? It's mostly always moments of hardship and challenge that bring us to growth. If testing times are handled with a growth mindset, they will produce a sweetness and a fullness in you that a life without pressure can never make!
So while the pressure may not be enjoyable, we can have hope that it will produce something beautiful in our lives.
No pressure, No diamond… or as I prefer to say: No pressure, No sweet, sweet coffee!