Thursday, March 29, 2007

God's Coffee

My friend, Sharon, sent me this e-mail. I thought it was too good not to share!


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 in 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 plan 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."

He continued, "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 others' 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, and the type of cup we have does not definite, 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!


Ruth =o)


Christie Belle said...

What a good lesson, thanks for sharing! And thanks for stopping by, come back anytime:)

Ash said...

Oh I love this, Ruth. What a wonderful way to put things into perspective. I think we all get wrapped up at some point or another in the "best cups" But we should try and remember it isn't about that at all.

Thanks so much, I love your posts, they are such blessing to my heart, and a reminder of what is important in life.


Trella said...

I love this post! I really do! I am going to have to print it out and hang it up.

Ruth said...

Thanks Christie, Ash, and Trella! My friend Sharon (Sharon Rose, Trella) e-mailed it to me. It was too good not to share!!

Penless Thoughts said...

See you're getting into the swing of this blogging world. Isn't it just the most fun?!!!

Tonja said...

this was timely...glad you shared it!
love you!