I love coffee. I drink it in volumes that probably exceed those around me. Typically, each morning, I'll fill my Stanley 1.1qt classic thermos with coffee and head off to the office. Some days though, I'll be running a little late, and simply decide to drink coffee at the office...
SOME days, I'll get a headache around 2 in the afternoon. Now, my days are pretty varied, but I've gotten headaches often enough around this time that I have started paying attention to what I do so I can try and avoid these headaches.
I've figured it out. The coffee at my employer gives me headaches. Weird, I know.
I don't get headaches if I drink the coffee I make (although I've found a few coffee beans that DOES give me headaches), but I will definitely get headaches if I drink the coffee that comes in volume within the kitchen here at the office.
Is this a slam on the quality of the coffee? Maybe. Am I a pansy? Perhaps. Should I drink less coffee? This conclusion is too obvious but the least possible. So!
I realized that my coffee choices are somewhat like the voices we choose to listen to on a regular basis can/will give us headaches.
HOWEVER, if you choose the right voices to listen to, we can avoid this kind of anxiety/pain.
As I sit here, I am literally in pain. Partially because I slept through my alarm and when I got to the office I drank coffee that I *knew* would give me headaches. But I'm also in pain because I have friends around me who are taking in a LOT of voices/news/gossip which causes no discernible benefit other than causing headaches.
My encouragement to you today is to check your sources. I'm not asking for you to turn a blind eye to situations or to stop drinking coffee - but I am asking you to keep an eye on consumption to the point of headaches.
One thing Christians should not be, is fearful.
One thing they SHOULD be, is loving. Avoid the fear, feel the love, and stay away from the headaches.