One morning this summer I really did this ... poured the coffee grounds straight from the grinder to the cup ...
Each and every day a new coffee filter lays it's life down to provide for me and anyone else who will share a pot of coffee with me. I appreciate that. The coffee gets all of the attention, but where would it be without the filter?
If you pay attention there are always lessons to be learned. When I look at what the process does to change the filter it makes me question my own abilities. Can I consistently rise to the occasion of assisting others ... and never take any credit for it? Especially when I'm tossed aside once the goal is achieved? Am I as selfless as a coffee filter? Not yet. At this point in my life I get a little caught up on wondering if the coffee appreciates what the filter did for it.
It's a small gesture but I say thank you to that delicate little ruffly piece of paper every day.
Amplified Bible (AMP)
No one has greater love [no one has shown stronger affection] than to lay down (give up) his own life for his friends.