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 former 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 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. In most cases 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 you began eyeing each other’s cups.

Now consider this: Life is the coffee. The jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life. The type of cup we have does not define, nor change, the quality of Life we live.

Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us.”

God brews the coffee, not the cups. ENJOY YOUR COFFEE!

The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.

Live simply.

Love generously.

Care deeply.

Speak kindly.

Leave the rest to God.

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4 Responses to “God’s Coffee”

  1. Jeff Says:

    I was just chatting with someone this morning who said how different coffee tastes in a real mug as opposed to a styrofoam cup.

    But, your point is well taken. In the final analysis, everything is going to burn except each other.

    Carol: I prefer to drink my coffee out of a styrofoam cup each  morning.  I buy the cups that have the plastic tops so the coffee stays hot longer.  I think it tastes the same – regardless.  However, I know exactly how much Splenda and creamer to add to my cup every morning.  Maybe that’s the difference.

  2. beth Says:

    Great post and points!

    You are Christmas tagged! Instructions are here
    http://bluestarchronicles.com/2006/12/22/christmas-tag/

    Carol: I’ll head over to Blue Star Chronicles and see what this tagging involves.  However, I don’t tag other people – just my policy now.

  3. Mushy Says:

    Love the photo.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND!

    Carol:  Merry Christmas to you, too. Mushy!  (By the way – that photo of you at Victoria’s Secret!  I can just imagine your granddaughter saying, “Aw, Papaw!”)

  4. Jane Says:

    That is very inspiring. Thank you for sharing it.
    Have a wonderful Chrismas with your family.

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