June 30, 2012

A friend forwarded me an article that is so interesting I want to share it with you.

The title of the article is this. Are you a carrot, an egg or coffee?

A daughter complained to her father about her life and how things were so hard for her.  She said, “Father, I do not know how I am going to make it.   I just feel like giving up.  I’m tired of fighting and struggling.

It seems as though every time one of my problems is solved, a new one comes along. I just can’t take it anymore.”


Her father took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed them each on high heat. Soon the pots came to a boil. In one pot of boiling water, he placed carrots. In the second, he placed eggs, and in the last pot, he placed coffee beans.  He let them sit and boil, without saying a word.


The daughter impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing.

Twenty minutes later, he turned off the burners. He strained the water from the carrots and placed them in a bowl. He lifted the eggs out and placed them in  another bowl. Then he ladled the steaming coffee into a bowl.


Turning to her he asked, “What do you see?” “Carrots, eggs, and coffee,”  she replied. He brought her closer and asked her to feel the   carrots.  She did and noted that they were soft and mushy. He then asked her to take  an egg and break it.  After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.  Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee.  She smiled as she tasted its flavor and smelled the rich aroma.


She humbly asked, “But what does it mean, Father?”   He explained that each of them had been plunged into boiling water, but  each had reacted differently. The carrot went into the water strong and hard but after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.


The egg had been fragile.  Its thin outer shell had protected its soft, liquid interior.  But after sitting in the boiling water, it became hard on the inside.


The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the  boiling water, the water did not really change them. They changed the water!


“Which are you?” the father gently asked his daughter.

“When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond?  Are you more like a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?”



How about you?  Are you the carrot that started out strong and hard long ago, but with the pain and adversity of your life struggles, did you become soft and lose your strength?   Are you the egg that started out soft inside?  Were you a fluid spirit, but after the pain of death, abuse, rejection, poor health, divorce, or a layoff, have you become hardened?  Your outer shell might look the same, but have you become hard-boiled and toughened in your spirit and your heart?


Or are you like the coffee bean?  The bean that was plunged into the rapidly boiling water actually changed the hot water and gave it flavor and aroma, reaching its peak flavor at 212 degrees Fahrenheit!  THAT IS HOT WATER!


When people say bad things about you, do your praises to the Lord continue or do you blame Him?  When the hour is the darkest and your trials are their greatest, does your worship elevate to a higher level or do you desert Him?


When you feel burdened by your own troubles, do you still reach out and  help others? How do you handle adversity?  Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?   When you get plunged into hot water, anything that is bringing you pain, like being plunged into the adversities of life, be like the coffee bean. When things are at their worst, you will get stronger and make things better around you, and … you will always leave a fragrance.

You know what?

The article is so nice I don’t want to add anything to it anymore.



This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. RANDY

    Very Inspiring….and reminders to all on how to react on trials…
    thanks God

  2. Faye

    so inspiring, sir Francis.. Now I’ll try to be like a coffee when facing trials… I was so like a carrot and give up easily…
    God bless you always..

  3. Jed Chan

    It is amazing how simple analogy can change your perspective in life. Thank you very much for sharing this story sir. God Bless you!

    JeD Chan

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