The old preacher brought out a large pot of hot chocolate and an assortment of glass, crystal, and plain looking cheap cups. When they all had a cup of hot chocolate in their hands, the preacher said: “Notice that all the nice looking expensive cups were taken, but not the plain and cheap ones. What you really wanted was the chocolate, not the cup, but you subconsciously went for the best cups.”

Consider this: Life is the hot chocolate; your job, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain life. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the hot chocolate God has provided us.

God makes the hot chocolate, man chooses the cups. The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything that they have! Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. And enjoy your hot chocolate!

Gary Herridge
Parkersburg, WV

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