Earlier this week my husband and I went to see the film, Iron Lady. I like tea scenes in movies, and British films usually provide them. Iron Lady was no exception. Margaret Thatcher [brilliantly portrayed by Meryl Streep] asks the question in one scene, "Shall I be mother [and pour the tea]?"
In another scene depicting Thatcher's younger years, she declares to Denis [the man she married], "One's life has got to matter. I can't die washing up a teacup!" In a closing scene, she's alone in her kitchen, afflicted with Alzheimer's, washing a teacup. Life, for her, had almost come full circle.
On the way home from the theater, my memory drifted back to the time when my perception of a teacup became far more than a pretty drinking vessel.
I worked as a church secretary for 22 years [church pictured above], and resigned in 2004 to begin a new chapter in my life - tea! My years of service were recognized on a Sunday morning, and the church paid my way to a tea related training conference they knew I was planning to attend. Spontaneous speaking in front of hundreds of people isn't my forte, but as I stepped to the podium the analogy of a teacup came to mind and I shared why I wanted my life to be like the teacups I would be demonstrating in my new job.
 A genuine bone China teacup is translucent and lets light shine through.
 Teacups are bi-functional. They receive and they dispense.
 Teacups, especially with frequent use, have flaws yet they remain useful and fulfill their purpose.
Application: May Jesus shine through me to dispense His love, even though I'm an imperfect vessel!