A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups – porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite…telling them to help themselves to the coffee. When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: “If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is but normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee; it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink.
What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups… and then began eyeing each other’s cups. Now consider this: Life is the coffee, and the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. We are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of Life we live. Sometimes, by concentrating on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us.” God brews the coffee, not the cups…enjoy your coffee!
Friends, Confession time. Some years ago my Building Administrator, Gladys O’Brien, gave me a Starbucks coffee cup that is the right size (16oz) and quality. When the day begins and I find that my favorite coffee cup is not to be found clean and available, I sometimes pout. Any other cup might be useable, but it is not “my cup.” Do we not have those favorite items in our lives that we look for, want to use, and feel that if it is just not “right,” then something is wrong?
This coming Monday, Alex will be on Paternity Leave for almost eight weeks. We have visited about expectations and boundaries, so that this be a time for parenting and packing. Both are important; however, the first will be life-long.
The church will be entering a new season of ministry, as we move forward after Easter, the Healthy Church Initiative (HCI), missions and a host of activities. Summer is around the corner with mission trips and VBS.
God has blessed each of us with great coffee. I have my favorite brand and so do you. We are called to share it with others.
Blessings from Duncanville, Pastor Frank
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)