30th October 2019

Life is Like a Cup of Coffee

“Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7 (NKJV)

In many ways, life can be like a cup of coffee. There’s a story of a gathering of alumni, all now well established in their careers, competent and hard-working. As they renewed their acquaintance, the conversation soon turned to the stress and pressures of work and life.

The professor put out a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups & mugs—china, plastic, crystal, with some expensive and some cheap-looking. People helped themselves to the coffee and then the Professor began to talk to them, saying, “Consider whether life is not like a cup of coffee. You had the choice of a variety of cups and I notice that the larger, attractive, expensive cups went first, leaving the plain and cheap ones. It’s normal to want the best but this can sometimes be the source of your problems and stress. The cup itself adds no quality to the coffee and even hides what we drink. We all wanted coffee, not a cup, but you chose your cup and then began to look at others’ cups to see who had the best one. And just like these cups of coffee, life IS the coffee, while the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain life. The type of cup we have does not define, nor dictate the quality of life we live. In fact, sometimes we focus so much on the ‘cup’ that we fail to enjoy the coffee!”

As Christians we can carry this analogy further. Jesus speaking to the Scribes and Pharisees in Matthew 23:27 says “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.” Or as the Message Bible says, “People look at you and think you’re saints, but beneath the skin you’re total frauds.” The cup may be beautiful on the outside, but it is what is inside that counts.

Remember Luke 6:45 “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” And this is borne out in how we react to our ‘cup of life’—the difficult situations and hardship in the struggles of our lives.

As we drink the ‘cup’ that is our life, Father in Heaven, help us to remember that it is what is in our hearts that counts, not how we look, what job we have or how rich we are.

Study by Nancy Silcox

About the Author:
Nancy Silcox attends the Watford Congregation of Grace Communion International in the UK. Nancy prepares and uploads the Day by Day studies submitted by members of the Worldwide Church of God UK/Grace Communion International.

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