Good Folks, it is Friday, October 19, 2018. Fall Festival is Saturday and Sunday. Your support makes this yearly event such a success. A recycled story of my coffee cup and the coffee… Enjoy.
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.
… 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!
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 that my favorite coffee cup is not to be found clean and available, I sometimes pout. Any other cup might be usable, 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?
Often, we feel the same way about the church. This church. Yet, worship, sermons preached, sacraments administered and the fellowship of this community of faith is what God does for us, with us. Please, never forget that God seeks a relationship with you, so that it carries over to a relationship with others.
Our relationship with God might seem private, but it is always lived out publicly.
Jesus said, A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of. John 10:10 (MSG)
Do not let the “thief” win.
Choose life. Choose the giver of Life-Christ. Choose the giver of Life that will never fail or forsake you. Choose to be part of what God is doing… There, you will always be welcomed and have eternal rewards. I can smell the coffee now. Do you? See you Sunday in church as I begin a sermon series on the book of Jonah.
Blessings from Duncanville,
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)