Sea the Gull

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The story of Jonathan Livingston Seagull is one of my favorite books.

“To fly as fast as thought, to anywhere that is,” he said,”you must begin by knowing that you have already arrived…”

 

A Story About Coffee

 

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A daughter complained to her father about
her life and how things were so hard for her.
She did not know how she was going to make it
and wanted to give up. She was tired of
fighting and struggling. It just seemed that
as one problem was solved a new one arose.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen.
He filled three pots with water and placed
each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a
boil. In one he placed carrots, in the second
he placed eggs, and then in the last one he
placed ground coffee beans. He let them sit
and boil, without saying a word.

The daughter sucked her teeth and impatiently
waited, wondering what he was doing. In about
twenty minutes he walked over and turned off
the burners. He fished the carrots out and
placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out
and placed them in a bowl. Finally, he ladled
the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.

Turning to her he asked, “Darling, what do you see?”

“Carrots, eggs and coffee” she replied.

He brought her closer and asked her to feel the
carrots. She did and noted that they were soft.
He then asked her to take an egg and break it.
After pulling off the shell, she observed the
hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the
coffee. She smiled as she tasted its rich aroma.

She humbly asked, “What does it mean, Father?”

He explained that each of them had faced the same
adversity–boiling water–but each reacted differently.

The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting.
But after being subjected to the boiling water,
it softened and became weak.

The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had
protected its liquid interior. But after sitting through
the boiling water, its inside became hardened.

The ground coffee beans were unique however. After they
were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

“Which are you?” he asked his daughter. “When
adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond?
Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?”
Carrot ~~ Egg ~~ Coffee Bean

How about you? Are you the carrot that seems hard,
but with pain and adversity do you wilt and become
soft and lose your strength?

Or, are you the egg, which starts off with a
malleable heart? Were you a fluid spirit, but after
a death, a break-up, a divorce, or a layoff have
you become hardened and stiff? Your shell looks
the same, but are you bitter and tough with a
stiff spirit and heart?

Or, are you like the coffee bean? The bean changes
the hot water, the thing that is bringing the pain,
to the peak of flavor when it reaches 212 degrees
Fahrenheit. When the water gets the hottest,
it just tastes better.

If you are like the bean, when things are
at their worst, you get better and make things
better around you.

When people talk about you, do your praises to
the Lord increase? When the hour is darkest, and
trials are their greatest, does your worship
elevate to another level?

How do you handle adversity?

Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?