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The Cup or the Coffee?

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 have been 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's 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.

The cups 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, so enjoy your coffee!
Live simply.  Love generously.  Care deeply.
Speak kindly ... then leave the rest to God!
Safe Am I ... In the Arms of Jesus!