Power in a Mug

My firm belief is that it is not possible to have too many mugs. Each one has its own uniqueness, and I like looking at the variations all together. The best part is sharing my mugs with guests and seeing which ones my friends pick out for themselves. I’m not sure which I like more—choosing my flavor of coffee for the day or choosing my mug.

Mugs have a distinct purpose. But besides holding your favorite beverage, what if they have even deeper potential?

Living Room Brew

Your mug acts as a pause. A chance to sit down and stop the commotion. When it comes to facing life’s difficult decisions, stressful scenarios, or just getting through the day, a little hot drink goes a long way.

Have you ever had this experience? You weren’t sure if you could afford the time away from home, but as you settle in on your friend’s couch and pull your steaming mug toward you, you’re finally able to do something rare: breathe. Your friend knows the load of chaos you’re carrying and invited you to share a cup of tea. With relief, the emotions you’ve been holding in for so long make their way onto your face through tears. She sits with patient, caring eyes, balancing her mug that opened the door for this conversation.

If we get together with friends over coffee to have real conversations, it makes sense that we would do the same with Jesus. I try to start my mornings in my living room with an open Bible and prayer time with God. My coffee mug is almost always privy to me pouring out my heart before the Lord. With the aroma of coffee providing a subtle, sweet backdrop, I quiet my mind and heart before Him.

The concept of being still is found several places in the Bible, especially in the Psalms.

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him. (Ps. 37:7)

Be still and know that I am God. (Ps. 46:10)

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. (Ps. 62:5)

In a perpetually busy world, it can be difficult to find time to be still with the Lord. Your mug may be a reminder that brings you to a place of stillness as you pause, sit with Him, and let Him refresh your heart.

How Full Is Your Cup?

“Want to grab coffee?”

I have lost count of the number of times I’ve been built up and encouraged by someone over coffee. Sometimes it means meeting with a mentor at the coffee shop. Other times it is a friend inviting me over. When she offers me a “cuppa” (cup of tea or coffee), what she’s really saying is, “Come into my home. Share your heart with me. Let’s linger together for awhile.”

“Filling my cup” happens in multiple ways when I get coffee with friends. I get a delightful drink from the local coffee shop, and I usually walk away from that time with my friend feeling refreshed and energized. Full coffee. Full heart. God designed friendship, giving us the privilege of going through life with others, walking alongside each other through happiness and heartaches and encouraging one another in our daily lives.

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Heb. 10:24–25)

Building others up may be as simple as putting a mug in her hands. Your hospitality is an invitation to open up, though it doesn’t have to only be for coffee or tea time. See the need of those around you. Plan a shopping trip. Cook a meal. Go on a hike. Listen. Fill their cup with the help of the Holy Spirit who is filling yours. David wrote about his cup overflowing in Psalm 23. Right now, you may be the one whose cup is brimming to the top, overflowing with joy. Your full cup allows you to share with those who need a refill.

What do you on the days that your cup is empty? God can use a simple coffee chat, a walk in the park, or a phone call to encourage you in your discontentment at work, your longing for a godly husband, or your constant doctor’s visits. Ultimately, seeking the Lord alone and with others is what will bring you true refreshment. Let your mug can be a simple reminder to draw near to Jesus—the One who endlessly fills your cup—and to seek Him with all your heart (Jer. 29:13).

The Ministry of Mugs

While mugs pair well with coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and any other hot drink, they are versatile in other ways. Eat soup out of a mug. Dip cookies in a mug of milk (or almond milk for those of us who are lactose intolerant). Put a bag of goodies in a mug and wrap it up as a gift. Store pens and pencils in it for functionality and decoration. When you get creative, your mug’s capabilities are endless.

Similarly, we can use mugs in many ways relationally. Coffee is the perfect social event. Invite someone you don’t know very well to share their story over a mug of their favorite hot drink. There’s something about gathering together with cups in hand that gives us freedom to open our hearts. We are to “seek to show hospitality” (Rom. 12:13). Hospitality works two ways—serving others refreshes them, and the act of being hospitable refreshes us. When I invite others to gather at my house, my soul is encouraged by their company, and I pray they leave with a sense of refreshment.

Ask yourself: “Is there a way I can serve with my mugs?” Share a cup with a friend or two or ten. Celebrate when an exciting event happens in your life or that of a friend, no matter how big or small, by holding a celebratory mug party. Invite a group of ladies to a mug exchange. Buy a mug you see that makes you think of a friend. Show up to a friend’s house with mugs in hand and hot chocolate packets in each one. Remember, an empty mug is an invitation for refreshment.

The next time you reach for your morning coffee, ask the Lord to use your simple mug to bring abundant refreshment, to you and those around you.

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About Author

Micayla Greathouse

Micayla is a Kansas girl at heart with a fascination for sunrises, an infatuation with donuts and coffee, and a passion for finding joy in everyday moments. She loves encouraging others with the truth and wonder of the gospel. Micayla lives in northern Indiana and serves on staff with Revive Our Hearts.

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