"'Enjoy the Coffee'"
(Author Unknown)

7-12-2006 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #399
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Welcome
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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to Church Within's Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds”].

Anyone who has ever met me in person throughout the last 13+ years usually has indelibly imprinted upon their memory that I almost continuously carry around my “Big Red” 52oz coffee cup (previous to 13 years ago I hadn't yet Seen a 52oz'er so used the largest one I could find ;-). So Today's story had special meaning for me… in more ways than one…

This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Patije

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Story of the Week
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'Enjoy the Coffee'
(Author Unknown)

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.
 
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's normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that's the source of your problems and stress.  Be assured that in most cases the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee, just more expense, and in some cases it 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: the jobs, the money and the 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 change the quality of Life we live.  Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us."

[editor's note: Had I been there, I wonder how the “professor” would have used me in the analogy when I asked him if I could just drink the coffee out of my Own “Big Red” cup? But then… That would be another story, wouldn't it? <grinnin'>]

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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Forget not, every one who exalts himself shall be humbled, while he who truly humbles himself shall be exalted

(From: Jesus in The Urantia Papers - Paper-167 Section-1)

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Whatever You are pouring… please keep my cup full.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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