Volume 32 Number 9

The Wisdom of Hot Chocolate

A group of graduates, well established in their careers, were discussing their lives at a class reunion.  They decided to go visit their old university professor, now retired, who was always an inspiration to them.  During their visit, the conversation turned to complaints about stress in their work, lives and relationships.  Offering his guests hot chocolate, the professor went into the kitchen and returned with a large pot of hot chocolate and an assortment of cups.  Some cups were porcelain, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite.  He invited each to help themselves to the hot chocolate.

When they all had a cup of hot chocolate in hand, the professor shared his thoughts.  “Notice that all the nice looking, expensive cups were taken leaving behind the plain, cheap ones.  While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves that is the source of your problems and stress.”

“The cup that you are drinking from adds nothing to the quality of the hot chocolate.  In most cases, it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink.  What each of your really wanted was hot chocolate.  You did not want the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups.  And, soon you began to eye one another’s cups.”

Now friends, please consider this, “Life is the hot chocolate…your job, money and position in society are the cups.”  “They are just tools to hold and contain life.  The cup you have does not define, nor does it change, the quality of the life you are living.  Sometimes by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the hot chocolate God has provided us. Always remember this…God brews the hot chocolate, He does not choose the cup.”

The happiest people don’t have the best of everything.  They just make the best of everything they have!
Live Simply…Love Generously…Care Deeply…Speak kindly…Leave the rest to God!

The richest person is not the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least.
Enjoy your hot chocolate!

News & Notes

SONBEAMS will be going for lunch at the Old Country Buffet, 6059 SE  14th St, on Tuesday March 10th. We will meet there at 11:30. If you need  a ride see Lyle.

ENGAGEMENT:  Crystal Lange and John Even would like to announce their engagement.  The wedding is planned for September 5, 2009.

CAMPBELLS LABELS:  April Mazak is getting ready to send in 366 Campbell Labels!  Only the Campbell boy and the bar code is needed but they have to be attached. A big thank you to all those who take the time to bring the labels to church!

PREACHING CLASSES:  If anyone is interested in a basic preaching class, please contact Art Wallis.

PM Lesson: “The Purpose Of Boldness”
Reading: Ezekiel 36:22-27

SHOWER:  Tammy & Tyler Sparks traveled  to Dallas for Cash Collins’ funeral, and the shower has been postponed until a later date.  Marnie said that Stacy has been very laid-back about all the changes – and we love her for it!  An alternate date will be set—we’ll let everyone know what new date is chosen, so please stay tuned!

ANKENY YOUTH RALLY – March 6-8th – Ankeny church of Christ. Registration begins at 5:30 on Friday.  We will be going to Sleepy Hollow for some snow tubing/skiing/snowboarding on Saturday afternoon/evening.

GOSPEL MEETING, Davis City church of Christ, April 12 -15, 2009., Speaker: Johnie Scaggs, Sedalia, MO  –  What the Bible Says About: Modesty, Attendance, Divorce /Remarriage, Morals, Drinking/Smoking, Language  –  For more information call Mike Richardson at 660-373-0825, or Dave West at 641-344-9458

Jose & Christine Martinez have moved back to Florida and Jose is back at his former workplace:  150 NW 108th Terrace, Apt 105, Pembrooke Pines, FL 33026 770-773-3380 cell

Calendar of Events

Church Activities

  • Mar 6-8 – Ankeny Youth Rally
  • Mar 7 – Muscatine Area Wide Singing
  • Mar 28 – Fellowship with Firearms
  • Apr 12-15 – Davis City Gospel Meeting
  • Apr 25 – MN Bible Lecture, Rosemont

Member Activities

  • Mar 2 – DM Youth Symphony—Amy Bailey
  • Apr 24-25 – Musical “Grease”—Urbandale High School-Ann Longfellow

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