The potatoes, the eggs, and ground coffee… Once upon a time a daughter said to her father that her life was miserable, and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved another one would follow. Her father, a chef, took his daughter into the kitchen. There he filled three pots with water and set them each on a hot fire. Once the three pots began to boil he placed in one, potatoes; in another, eggs; and in the third pot some ground coffee. He let them sit in the boiling water without saying a word. The daughter moaned and groaned and waited impatiently, and wondered what her father was doing. After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took out the potatoes and placed them in a bowl. He pulled out the eggs and placed them in another bowl. He then filled a cup with the coffee.
Turning to his daughter he asked her, “What do you see?” She said, “Potatoes, eggs, and a cup of coffee.” The father said, “Look closer, and touch the potatoes.” She did, and noticed that they were soft. The father then said, “Break open an egg.” She did, and noted that it was hard. The father asked her to taste the coffee. She did, and noticed the rich aroma, which brought a smile to her face. The father then explained, “The potatoes and the eggs and the ground coffee each faced the same adversity, the boiling water. The potatoes went in hard and came out soft. The eggs went in fragile and thin and came out hard. The ground coffee went in and changed the water and created something new.” The father asked, “Which of these are you?”
When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you the potato, or perhaps the egg? Or are you like the coffee that changed the situation it was in? In life things happen all around us, and things happen to us. But the only thing that really matters is what happens within us. Ask yourself, when in hot water, do you turn soft or hard… or do you change the situation you are in and make it a joy?
REVENGE… Romans 12:21: “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good” (KJV). We are living in days of excessive lawsuits and revenge. When someone hurts us we want to get even instead of manifesting love and forgiveness. Speaking of Jesus, Peter wrote, “Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously” (1 Peter 2:23). Jesus didn’t condone a “get-even” spirit when He was wronged. According to Jesus it is more important to be merciful than to take justice into our own hands. He didn’t keep score. Romans 12:19 reads, “Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to revenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord” (NIV). When we manifest a “get-even” spirit we have been overcome by evil, but when we manifest a spirit of love and forgiveness we have overcome the evil… God’s way.
Pastor George Belobaba
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