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Enjoy a Cup of Coffee!

I received something a while back that I thought was well worth the read, especially as a coffee hound.

A Cup Of Coffee
- author unknown

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!

The happiest people don't have the best of everything - they make the best of everything.


"I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content." Philippians 4:11 (ESV)

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If your idea of a cuppa coffee is decaf with a little skim milk and sugar substitute, why bother?!

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5 Comments on “Enjoy a Cup of Coffee!”

  1. #1 Patty Anglea
    on Feb 12th, 2007 at 7:15 am

    Well done! A thought-provoking story to ponder with my morning cuppa.

  2. #2 Chris Chapman
    on Feb 12th, 2007 at 8:25 am

    I agree. I also appreciate the occasional “thought provoking” entry to the “blague”. Keep up the good work.

    Patty, I must ask. What kind of cup are you using with that coffee? 🙂

  3. #3 Melody Anglea
    on Feb 12th, 2007 at 12:02 pm

    I know the answer to that, Mr. Chapman…a really big one! (prolly the one with hydrangeas on it – very pretty)

  4. #4 Patty Anglea
    on Feb 12th, 2007 at 12:48 pm

    Melody was correct! My ceramic Cheri Blum hydrangea mug was the cup of choice today! 😀

  5. #5 David McGuire
    on Feb 12th, 2007 at 1:45 pm

    Great story, Rob. It rather reminds me of the fact that I never really drank coffee until I got to BJU in the late 1960s. Indeed, I had to become a “social drinker” when I started working for Mr. Jackson at the BJU Post Office. And I had my share of coffee from the Alumni Association when my office was in the faculty office wing. And right now I am enjoying my Mocha coffee from Gevalia, and I just happen to be using my “70 Years Still Standing and Not Standing Still BJU Mug.” Nothing but the finest coffee and mug! Time for a refill; gotta go.