Feb. 12, 2021

A CUP OF COFFEE

 

A CUP OF COFFEE

 

“The light of the righteous rejoices...”

Proverbs 13:9

 

 Imagine with me, that you are in an afternoon coffee break room. It could be any break room, any place, anywhere. You are seated with other co-workers, acquaintances, and friends waiting for the fresh pot of coffee to finish brewing. The group begins sharing about the events of the day so far. The conversation soon turns into a complaint session about the stresses felt in both the job and home life – work conditions, long hours, kids, marriage, finances, relational drama, and the such. A common theme arises:  that life is hectic, full of discontentment, and that happiness seems to be forever elusive.

 On the counter is a large pot of hot coffee and an assortment of clean cups - porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite.  One by one the individuals got up from the table, reached for a cup, and poured themselves some steaming hot, freshly aromatic coffee. When everyone was seated again with their steaming delight in front of them, one observant fellow thought out loud to himself,  "You know, we all grabbed for the  nicest looking and most expensive cups  leaving the plain and cheaper looking ones behind.”  The people sitting around him who overheard his comment looked at him in bewilderment as they sipped their coffee and continued to complain about the deplorable condition of their lives.  

 Oh well.  Such is life – or is it?

 The observant man was beginning to tap into a truth greater than his own shallow experience about life. As he quietly contemplated the significance of the coffee cup in his hand, he realized that while it may be  normal for people to want only the best for yourselves, that  this misguided perspective  was perhaps the very source of their problems and stress! He thought to himself, “A cup itself adds no quality to the coffee.” He began to realize that in most cases the more expensive looking cup was just a prettier container that like the less expensive one. And they both serve to hide what is on the inside.

 He began to see that what he and his friends really wanted was the coffee, not the cup!  They had missed the point, as they consciously reached for the best cups and foolishly thought that the coffee would taste better, or that the experience would be more meaningful.  Then as a little larceny in their souls set in, he observed they had even begun to eye each other's cups! He quietly continue to consider the drama playing out before him.  With all the chatter going on around him the thought, “Life is the coffee; the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain the ‘life’. In most cases, the type of cup does not define, nor change the quality of the ‘life’ we live.”  

 “Bingo-Bango-Wingo-Dingo!” A light went off in the observant man’s head. “Ahah! That’s it!”, he exclaimed. With a smile on his face, and sense of contentment  in his heart, he declared under his breath, “When in life, we concentrate only on the cup, we fail to appreciate and enjoy the blessing of the coffee God has provided us! God brews the coffee, not the cups... so I should learn to simply be thankful for and enjoy His gift of life to me! Yes, that is the source of true peace and happiness." Those sitting around him, who heard him, just shook their heads and continued their diatribe of communal grumbling.

 Now, I said all that to say this... The happiest people don't have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything.  They love God dearly, they thank Him continually, they live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, and treat others fairly. And yes, they know how to sit back and really enjoy a cup of coffee!

 As always, see you next time and have a great day!