You may have recently come across the following message that has been going around lately:
You are holding a cup of coffee when someone comes along and bumps into you, making you spill your coffee everywhere. Why did you spill the coffee? You spilled the coffee because there was coffee in your cup. Had there been tea in the cup, you would have spilled tea. The point is whatever is inside the cup, is what will spill out. Therefore, when life comes along and shakes you (which will happen), whatever is inside you will come out. It’s easy to fake it, until you get rattled. So, we have to ask ourselves, “what’s in my cup?” When life gets tough, what spills out? … You choose!
It’s a great little analogy that gets us to reflect on what’s inside our hearts because, as Jesus says, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks,” (Matthew 12:34). We’ve all been experiencing a time where life has come along and shaken us at the moment. And we’ve had a chance to see what has come spilling out. The good and the bad.
The great thing is, as the analogy points out, is that we can choose what to fill our cup with. As we consider that point let us hear the words of the Apostle Paul as he prays the following benediction over the believers in Rome:
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
If we place our trust in the God of hope, believing in Him and His promises, we will be filled with all joy and peace. Joy being the delight of anticipation in seeing one’s hopes fulfilled; and peace that results from the assurance that God will fulfill these hopes. This joy and peace and hope all comes by the power of the Holy Spirit as He fills our hearts. His presence in our lives results in us not only spilling hope when we’re bumped by life, but also results in us spilling-over with hope at all times. Then, when we interact with others, our words, our attitude and actions will spread hope into their lives as they see the hope overflowing in us.
We could all certainly do with a little more hope in our lives right now.