“A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs are never gathered from thornbushes, and grapes are not picked from bramble bushes.” Luke 6:44
I love to make green juice in the morning. My doctor says it feeds the cells in my body so they can function better. I usually put celery, carrots, kale, a green apple, a lime, and beets. Even though I enjoy it fresh, I’m very careful not to drink it while I drive because of the beets. I would hate to mess up my clothes with that deep red color.
One day, I was rushing into work with my cup in my hand. While greeting someone, I turned sharply into someone else, bumping into her cup.
“Oh, sorry! I’m so sorry!” I exclaimed while holding my cup steady and gasping as I watched her warm drink spill on me.
“No, no! I’m sorry!” said the kind lady sheepishly looking at me. “Good thing is only warm water. It will dry soon!” she said with a shy smile.
“Phew!” I said relieved. “I’m glad mine didn’t fall on you,” I said as I showed the content of my cup. We both laughed as we parted ways.
“It’s only warm water!” the phrase played over and over in my mind as I walked to my classroom that morning. You see, we are like cups. Every day, we put ingredients into our hearts with the things we watch, read, listen to, and the company we keep. All these things fill your cup and have an impact on what makes you, “you.” Sometimes the cup of your heart is overflowing. So when life shakes you up and something makes you upset, unfortunately your cup is not holding just water. When life happens, as it usually does, out comes the staining, painful words without a second notice.
There will be time in your place of service when things are not going as you planned them, and people will oppose your point of view. Perhaps someone you trusted broke your trust, or a word was said about you that hurt your feelings. Those are the moments that will reveal the content of your heart. Whatever you have been putting in your cup will spill over for the world to see.
What are you putting in your cup? Are you spending enough time with the Lord in prayer that when life bumps you, as it always will, your words are as refreshing and soothing as warm water? The Bible says that “a good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” (Lk.6:45) So, what’s in YOUR cup today?
Prayer: Dear Father! Today, I want my words to be a source of blessing at all times. Teach me to learn from your Word so my tongue will be adorned with knowledge of you. Fill my cup, Lord, with your love towards those I serve no matter the circumstance. Today I commit to “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—[to] think about such things. I surrender my mind to you. Fill it with more of you. In the Name of Jesus, Amen!
This devotional was written for our volunteer missionaries by Gladys Guerrero-Cavalheiro, Processing Assistant in the Office of Volunteer Ministries at the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists.