A Coffee Cup & Letting Go of the Past


I got this coffee cup in 1983 as a gift from an MSU student who was in my church. It is, by far, my favorite cup to drink java out of. To me, coffee IS better when sipped out of this cup.

The handle broke off some years ago. On one side a crack is forming, and there are a few chips. Minimal coffee stains adorn the cup’s bottom. I like the red heart against the cream white. The size is perfect for my hand. This cup holds exactly the amount I want. To me, a “cup of coffee” = the precise amount that fits in this cup; no more, no less. An average blend, once it sits in this cup for a while, is transformed into a premium blend. I’ve drank coffee out of this thing for 24 years! I was sitting on my front porch having a cup a few days ago when I thought, I hope I don’t accidently drop this. I will miss it.

Life is a series of “letting go’s.” So is being a follower of Jesus. I have met so many people who say they are Christians but who want to hold on to their religious past, like I want to hold on to my coffee cup. I can relate to this. But, this kind of religious mentality produces spiritual stagnancy. In 2 Corinthians 5:17 Paul writes, “If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new had come!”

To experience spiritual renewal, old things have to be left behind. To follow Jesus is, precisely, always to leave something behind, like the fishermen left their nets to follow Jesus. Real Jesus-followers are always leaving things to follow Him. The truth is that Jesus is still doing new things. He’s doing them right here, in Monroe. I love following Him into these things, and it often means letting go of the ways I have always done things.

Years ago an author named Ralph Neighbor write a book called “The Seven Last Words of the Church.” Those words are: we’ve never done it that way before. If we older, experienced Christians don’t let go of the old container we’ll be in danger of losing a generation of young people who need Jesus just as much as we did and still do.

One thought on “A Coffee Cup & Letting Go of the Past

  1. John
    I wish every church and pastor in Monroe could read this much needed word of truth.


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