A daughter complained to her father about her life and how 
things were so hard for her. She did not how she was going to 
make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and 
struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved a new one 

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

The daughter sucked her teeth and impatiently waited, 
wondering what he was doing. In about twenty minutes he and 
turned off the burners. He fished the carrots out and placed 
them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them a 
bowl. Then he ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. 

Turning to her he asked. "Darling, 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. 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 rich aroma. 

She humbly asked. "What does it mean Father?" 

He explained that each of them had faced the same adversity, 
boiling water, but each reacted differently. 

The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. But after 
being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became 

The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its 
liquid interior. But after sitting through the boiling water, its 
inside became hardened. 

The ground coffee beans were unique however. After they 
were in the boiling water, they had changed the water. 

"Which are you," he asked his daughter. "When adversity 
knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, 
an egg, or a coffee bean? " 


How about you? Are you the carrot that seems hard, but with 
pain and adversity do you wilt and become soft and lose your 

Are you the egg, which starts off with a malleable heart? Were 
you a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a divorce, or a 
layoff have you become hardened and stiff. Your shell looks 
the same, but are you bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and 

Or are you like the coffee bean? The bean changes the hot 
water, the thing that is bringing the pain, to its peak flavor 
reaches 212 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water gets the 
hottest, it just tastes better. 

If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get 
better and make things better around you . 

When people talk about you, do your praises to the Lord 
increase? When the hour is the darkest and trials are their 
greatest, does your worship elevate to another level? 

How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a 
coffee bean? 


II Corinthians 4:8-9 - We are troubled on every side, yet not 
distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but 
not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed. 

by Eric Mansfield