This story about coffee rings true to this non- coffee drinker.
You’re walking down the street holding a cup of coffee when someone bumps into you and causes it to spill. Why did you spill coffee?
You might say, “Because someone bumped into me!“
Wrong. It’s a trick question. You spilled coffee because coffee is what was in your cup. Had there been tea in your cup, you would have spilled tea. Had there been water, you would have spilled water. Whatever it was that was in your cup is what would have spilled out.
It follows, then, that when life bumps into you (which it will), whatever is inside of you is what will spill out, too. It’s easy to fake what’s inside of your cup when your cup is balanced. Hard to stop your cup from spilling out its real contents once you’ve been bumped.
“What do you think is in your cup when it’s balanced?”
“If you got bumped into, what do you think would spill over?”
Patience, understanding, compassion, humility? …Or impatience, anger, bitterness, and resentment?
What are you filling your cup with today?
A good man produces good out of the good storeroom of his heart. An evil man produces evil out of the evil storeroom, for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart. Luke 6:45 HCSB