Thu, May 16, 2013 at 11:19 AM

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

A daughter complained to her father about her life and how
things have been so hard for her. She did not know how she
was going to make it and she wanted to give up. She was tired
of fighting and struggling. It seemed that just as one problem
was solved another arose. Her father, a chef, took her to the
kitchen, filled three pots with water and placed the fire on
high. Soon the three pots came to a boil.
In one he placed carrots, in the other he placed eggs, and in
the last he placed ground coffee beans. He let them sit and
boil, without saying a word.
The daughter sucked her teeth and impatiently wondered
what he was trying to do. She had problems, and he was
making this strange concoction. In half an hour he walked over
to the oven and turned down the fire. He pulled the carrots out
and placed them in the bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed
them in the bowl. Then he ladled the coffee out and placed it
in a bowl.
Turning to her he asked. "Darling what do you see,"
Smartly, she replied. "Carrots, eggs, and coffee."
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. Her
face frowned from the strength of the coffee.
Humbly, she asked. "What does it mean Father?"
He explained. "Each of them faced the same adversity, 212
degrees of boiling water. However each reacted differently."
"The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. But after
going through boiling water, it softened and became weak."
"The egg was fragile. A thin outer shell protected a liquid
center. But after sitting through the boiling water, its inside
became hardened."
"The coffee beans are unique however. After they were in
the boiling water, it became stronger and richer." "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?
Are you the carrot that seems hard, but with the smallest
amount of pain, adversity and heat you wilt and become soft with
no strength?
Are you the egg, which starts off with a malleable heart, a
fluid spirit? But after a death, a breakup, a divorce, a layoff
you became hardened and stiff. Your shell looks the same, but
you are so bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and heart,
Or are you like the coffee bean? The bean does not get its
peak flavor and robust until it reaches 212 degrees Fahrenheit.
When the water gets the hottest, it just tastes better. When
things are there worst, you get better.
When people talk the
most, your praises increase. When the hour is the darkest,
trials are their greatest, your worship elevates to another

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