I have a confession. I am a lover of teacups.
I don’t exactly know what it that makes me adore them so much but I have great appreciation for them. I enjoy holding them in my hands and admiring the beauty of the design. I enjoy how the teacups become a conversational piece with my guests. I even dare to say that I enjoy my tea so much better when served in ” fine bone china”!
My love for teacups developed over 10 years ago, at a baby shower that my friend, Wendy, hosted on my behalf when I had my daughter. Wendy had inherited a number of antique teacups from her grandmother. They were all uniquely different and all exquisitely beautiful. As precious as they were to her, Wendy served tea and juice in those dainty little teacups and they were quite a conversation piece amongst the ladies. We had so much joy picking which teacup we wanted to hold our beverage.
Since that day, it has become a hobby of mine to hunting down tea cups in thrift stores and garage sales. When I visit a friend and I notice that they have a collection of teacups, I can’t help but stand at their cupboard or china cabinet and admire what they have.
It’s silly that something so insignificant, such as a teacup, can somehow bring pleasure to one’s life. But we all have something like that, don’t we? Something that we enjoy collecting or having because it gives us joy, makes us giddy and make us smile. They somehow brighten up our day.
As a Christian, I often thought it was wrong of me to find enjoyment in materialistic things. After all, Matthew 6:19-20 tells us not to store treasures on earth but focus on storing treasures in heaven. I know that I cannot bring my teacup collection into heaven when I pass away but nevertheless I still treasure them. I understand that a simple teacup means nothing to most people, but for me, each teacup actually hold a special memory of an occasion or a memory of someone I have come to love.
Some of them bring back memories of shopping excursions at the local antique store with my family and friends. Others are a memoir of love ones who have passed away. Many of them were a gift and it reminds me of the giver’s love and thoughtfulness and how truly bless I am to know them.
Although the book of Matthew tells us not to treasure things on earth, I don’t think it is wrong to find enjoyment in them. I actually believe God is pleased when He sees us enjoying His gifts and His creation. As a matter of fact, all that I am and all that I have is because of God. All those teacups are ultimately gifts from God. Although some of the teacups may have been given to me by friends and family, those friends and family are a gift to me. Yes! Everyone of you, whom I have come to know and love, I see you as wonderful gift! God wants us to be grateful and appreciative of all that He has provided for us. God wants us to be thankful for His gifts and providence for us. Not only that, God gives us the ability to enjoy our possessions as long as we don’t let the possessions consume us. Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 reads:
” Then I realize that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him – for this is his lot. Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot, and be happy in his work – this is a gift of God.”
If there is anything I know, I know that God loves you and me. He finds pleasure when we are pleased with all that he has provided for us. Look around you… there are many things to be thankful for, isn’t there? From the air that we breath to the mug that is holding your coffee or tea. So the next time when you find something that brings delight to your heart, no matter how small or big, don’t forget to thank God for His awesome blessings. Take care and enjoy your lil’ hidden treasures!