Tuesday, November 15, 2005


*Got this from an email


by: Theodore Tan

A daughter complained to her father about her life
and how things were so hard for her. She
said, Father, I do not know how I am going to
make it. I just feel like giving up. Im tired of fighting
and struggling. It seems as though every time one
of my problems is solved, a new one comes along.
I just cant take it anymore.

Her father took her to the kitchen. He filled three
pots with water and placed them each on high
heat. Soon, the pots came to a boil. In one pot of
boiling water, he placed carrots. In the second, he
placed eggs, and in the last pot, he placed coffee
beans. He let them sit and boil, without saying a
word. The daughter impatiently waited, wondering
what he was doing.

Twenty minutes later, he turned off the burners. He
strained the water from the carrots and placed
them in a bowl. He lifted the eggs out and placed
them in another bowl. Then he ladled the steaming
coffee into a bowl. Turning to her, he asked, 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 and mushy. 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
flavor and smelled the rich aroma. She humbly
asked, But what does it mean, Father?

He explained that each of them had been plunged
into boiling water, but each had reacted differently.
The carrot went into the water strong and hard 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 soft,
liquid interior. But after sitting in the boiling water,
it became hard on the inside.

The ground coffee beans were unique, however.
After they were in the boiling water, the water did
not really change them. THEY CHANGED THE
WATER! Which are you? the father gently asked
his daughter.

When adversity knocks on your door, how do you
respond? Are you more like a carrot, an egg, or a
coffee bean?

How about you? Are you the carrot that started out
strong and hard long ago, but with the pain and
adversity of your life struggles, did you become
soft and lose your strength?

Are you the egg that started out soft on the inside?
Were you a fluid spirit, but after the pain of death,
abuse, rejection, poor health, divorce, or a layoff,
have you become hardened? Your outer shell
might look the same, but have you become hard-
boiled and toughened in your spirit and your heart?

Or are you like the coffee bean? The bean that was
plunged into the rapidly boiling water actually
changed the hot water and gave it flavor and
aroma, reaching its peak flavor at 212 Fahrenheit!

When people say bad things about you, do your
praises to the Lord continues, or do you blame
Him? When the hour is darkest and your trials are
their greatest, does your worship elevate to a
higher level, or do you desert Him? When you feel
burdened by your own troubles, do you still reach
out and help others? How do you handle adversity?

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

When you are plunged into hot water, into
anything that brings you pain, like being immersed
in the adversities of life, be like the coffee bean.
When things are at their worst, you will get
stronger and make things better around you, and
YOU will always leave an aroma thats most
pleasing to others as well as to yourself.