Imagine you’re holding a cup of coffee when someone bumps into you, causing you to spill some. I realize for some of you losing any of your morning coffee is a triggering, painful prospect, but bear with me. If this happened, you’d spill coffee. You wouldn’t spill tea, grape juice, or cola. Whatever is inside your cup is what will spill if your cup is bumped or shaken.
Every one of us is a vessel. Looking from the outside, it’s difficult to know what we “contain.” But when life bumps up against us or shakes ups up, whatever is inside will come outside.
What’s in your cup? Is it love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control? Is it anger, bitterness, impatience, harshness, or a lack of discipline?
Life can be challenging. Prepare for it. When difficulties come its a great time to let love spill out on those around us so they can see Christ and learn to trust him in both the good and bad times.