Coffee Cups

“…and may I have my coffee in a mug?”

 

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The tag line on the end of my order every weekday morning often catches her off guard. Cheryl is the bright shiny face who usually rings up my order. She must be accustomed to filling coffee orders in styrofoam cups. But I like mine in a ceramic mug.

I guess that’s why I was so interesed in a little project that an ol’ professor once conducted. A group of successful alumni got together to visit their old university professor. Amidst stimulating conversation about the joys and challenges of daily life, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with coffee in an assortment of cups – porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite … then told everyone to help themselves to the coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in their hand, the professor remarked: “Notice how the nicer looking, more expensive cups were taken right away, leaving the plain and cheaper ones for last. Sure it is normal for you to want good things for yourselves, but did you really get the best or were you fooled? And could this be a big source of some of your problems and stress?”

The cup itself adds no quality to the coffee, it just makes it look prettier and fancier. In most cases it could even be more expensive and
perhaps even hides what we are truly taking in, what we are truly drinking. What you really wanted was good coffee, in that quest, you
went for what looked better as if that would determine the contents. Some of you even began eyeing each other’s cups. But not all that glitters is gold. What you didn’t know is that I put wonderful gourmet coffee in the cheaper, simpler looking cups, and very cheap, less than great coffee on the really expensive ones.”

The lesson: The substance of people, what lies in their hearts, and what our life can be in its fullest when we choose wisely according to that substance, are ” the coffee.” The type of cup that holds this coffee of does not define nor change who they are or the unique and special gifts they have to offer us comparable to no other. The cups are just what holds the contents, in some cases just window dressing, that sometimes can be deceiving! So if we look only at the cup as we make our choices, we could be missing out on the greatest blessings God may have for us, sometimes perhaps even inside a different cup than we might have expected. Ignoring this truth could prevent us from enjoying the best God might have already provided us with… sometimes … no pun intended… right under our nose.”

God brews the coffee, not the cups…

Tomorrow – Searchin’ for Significance

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5 responses to this post.

  1. Ha – just had a conversation with friends yesterday how I’m a ‘coffee snob’, and won’t drink coffee out of a styrofoam cup, will tolerate a Starbucks cup, but prefer a good solid mug! I also HAVE to drink my diet coke with ice (good ice), and prefer to drink that out of a big styrofoam cup – go figure!

  2. I like that story. This would be a good lesson for a Christmas-time lesson as well. Put several gifts out, some wrapped very nicely with expensive ribbon and bows… you get the idea.

    Thanks for the inspiration! (again)

    e

  3. I like that story. This would be a good lesson for a Christmas-time lesson as well. Put several gifts out, some wrapped very nicely with expensive ribbon and bows… you get the idea.

    Thanks for the inspiration! (again)

    e

  4. I like the way Eric thinks!!!!

    Great words bro, so true.

  5. Great message, a much needed reminder for a coffee snob! I think God must have coffee on the brain- he has been teaching me all kinds of lessons using it, hence yesterday’s blog.
    Thanks!

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