Friday, January 27, 2012

Movies, Tea, and Teacups


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.  

[1] A genuine bone China teacup is translucent and lets light shine through.     
[2] Teacups are bi-functional.  They receive and they dispense.
[3] 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!



7 comments:

  1. Phyllis,
    Congrats on your tea blog. What an inspiring analogy!
    Sips and Smiles
    Teresa

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  2. Fun and inspirational post, Blessings to you, Phyllis!

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  3. Hi, Phyllis! Thanks for your encouraging comment on my blog! And thank you for this movie review...I need to get myself to see it.

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  4. PS - I'll add you to my blog roll!

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  5. An enlightened analogy indeed. Tea cups have long inspired many of the wonderful things in the lives of those that lifted a cup in friendship.

    Mary Jane

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  6. very interesting!! :) i´m Mar, from Spain :)

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  7. What great spiritual applications regarding teacups -- hope you don't mind if I borrow these (with credit!) next time I'm asked to speak at a church. And I appreciate your "Iron Lady" review. Now I'm itching to go see it myself!

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