A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. After sitting down with him, their conversations soon turned to complaints about all their stress in work and in life.
The professor decided to offer his guests coffee, he went to the kitchen where the aroma filled the air with freshly roasted coffee beans. He then returned to his guests with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups -- glass, plastic, mugs, porcelain, crystal, some plain looking and some very expensive, very exquisite cups. He then told his students 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, cheap ones. While it is very normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the very source of your complaints and stress."
He went on to say, "Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases it even hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was the coffee with the rich scent that filled the air -- not the cup -- but look, each of you consciously went for the very best cups. You even began eyeing each other's cups!"
The room was quiet, so the professor went on, "Now consider this: Life is the coffee; -- the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just the tools to hold and contain life.
The type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of the life we live. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee that God has provided to us!"
The room was still silent when the professor added, "God brews the coffee -- not the cups! The happiest people in this world don't have the best of everything -- they simply make the best of everything they have! So, why not just enjoy your coffee and leave the rest to God?"
Whatever God has given us to do -- we are to do it eagerly and cheerfully. We should not be murmuring or complaining. When we go out to our jobs, we need to be content, providing that breath of fresh air to those around us and to this old polluted world.
Let people have a glimpse of what good living is, -- our joy in Jesus and our faith in God. We should be a light saving message in this dark world.
My friend, our time on this earth is short -- we are just passing through on our way to heaven. Why not redouble our efforts to be reverent, energetic and prayerfully ready... in mind and body to do all that He has called us to do... And lets do it without bellyaching!
Remember: We are God's coffee!