A group of alumni, highly established in their careers,
got together to visit their old university professor.
The 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, and some
exquisite - telling
them to help themselves to the coffee.
After 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 but 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 began eyeing
each other's cups."
"Now consider this: Life is the coffee, and 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.
O For A Thousand Tongues
Bill & Gloria Gaither and Friends
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