Gosh, what a fun day it was. I remember visiting a little theme park with my children when they were all very young.
They disappeared for a few minutes with my wife Teresa and came back with this little gift for me. A coffee cup. I treasured that little coffee cup. It even had my name on it.
It made its way back to the mission field with us packed ever so gently among my clothes. I enjoyed many cups of coffee from that wonderful piece of porcelain.
Eventually, it made its way back to the United States. Making it from cupboard to cupboard during a few transitional moves.
Every time I picked up that little cup and poured a cup of coffee, I would be transported back to that day in the amusement park. The joy in their faces when they surprised me with it. A simple little cup, yet treasured.
I generally move pretty quickly. Sometimes I see cleaning and organizing as a "race against time."
Probably, deep inside, I want to amaze myself with a high level of efficiency.
Recently, while playing that little game against unloading my dishwasher, something slipped from my hand. You guessed it. That little coffee cup.
Interesting, as it broke into pieces on the floor, I just stared at it. My first thought probably was, "hmmmm, nice job Rog! Your high level of efficiency just trashed a little treasured possession."
I didn't see a coffee cup. I saw memories. And you know what? That can never be broken.
I gently picked up every little piece, laid it on the counter and took this little picture. No more sips of coffee but a picture that tells the story.
Treasure the NOW. It might be your future "coffee cup".
"The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. (Matthew 13:44)