Just enjoy the coffee, not the cup

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 13, 2013

The following is taken from a Christian rehabilitation center’s newsletter. I thought it was an excellent piece about life and how we live. I feel it sends a message to which everyone can relate
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 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 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, and 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!
Be reminded that the happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.
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