Several years ago I was speaking to a group of high school students. I passed out coffee filters to each of them, the kind you put in, then the coffee.
I said, “Let’s use our imagination. Outside of making coffee, what can you do with this thing?”
They began to come up with all types of ideas this filter could be used for. The wilder and farther outside the box their suggestions were the more I applauded their push to imagine.
Filters are there to separate objects or elements from other objects and elements. The good from the bad.
Each of us have a filter system. Some human filter systems are too thick rarely letting the true feellings out. Others are so thin that ir rarely holds back anything so out comes the good with the bad, usually all at one time.
My wife has a minimal filter system. However, people love her for her honesty, her openness. I have a filter system so thick that once the thought or the words have gone through the system it takes the fun out of what was being said.
Today, in fact, I had someone text me that I should let my filter system down, have some fun, don’t take life so serious. And it is that text that inspired this blog. By the way, I absolutely agree with her.
I should use less filters. There is a balance.
“Wise men store up knowldge, but with the mouth of the foolish, ruin is at hand.” Proverbs 10:14
To find the balance. Actually, those with minimal filters are more fun to be around because you just never know whats gonna happen.
What do you have? Too many? Not fun. Too few? Too much fun.
So as you determine your own level of filter system consider these words.
“There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs 12:18
I like that verse.