Recently, I heard a story about choices. A daughter was complaining to her father about how she hated always having to endure hardship after hardship. Her patient father took her into the kitchen and set on the stove three pots of water. In one, he put an egg. In the second, he put a potato. In the third, he put coffee. After boiling the water, he asked his daughter what she saw in each of the pots. She took out the egg. It didn’t look any different on the outside, but was hard when she broke its shell. The potato which went in hard came out soft. Then, the father ladled out coffee for his daughter to taste.
The boiling water is like the hardship we have to face in life. We have no more choice than the egg, the potato, or the coffee about getting put in the water. However, how we turn out we get to choose. We can be like the potato, powerless and formed by its circumstances. We can choose to be like the egg, hard and attempt to control our situation, embracing a ‘victim mentality’. Or, we can be like the coffee and change our environment.
No matter what you do in life, writer, parent, office worker, teacher, etc., you have the power to make choices. You have the power to make a difference in someone else’s life–for better or for worse. Which will you choose?
You can’t control what happens to you, but you can control your response. Who will you CHOOSE to be?
Taken from the book, God Unwrapped, by Michelle Hollomon.