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 great chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed the fire on high, soon the three pots came to a boil.
In one he placed the carrots, in the other he placed the eggs, and in the last one he placed the 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 30 minutes he walked over to the stove and turned the pots off. He pulled the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and put them in another bowl. Then he ladled the coffee out and put in the third 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 hardboiled 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 the 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, it's inside became hardened.
The coffee beans are unique, however, after they were in the boiling water, they became stronger and richer. He asked his daughter "Which are you?"
When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, egg or a coffee bean?
Are you the carrot that seems hard, but with the smallest amount of pain, adversity 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, breakup, divorce, layoff, you become 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 beans does not get it's best flavor until it reaches the boiling point. When the water gets the hottest, it tastes better. When things are their 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 level.
So how do YOU handle adversity?
Are you a Carrot...Egg...or a Coffee Bean?