Love – Reflections Sparked from a Coffee Mug

Most mornings during my morning “me” time, one thing randomly catches my attention. Sometimes it’s a distraction – that item on my to-do list I still haven’t completed. Many times it is something that makes me think deeper about my life. Today it was the latter.

This morning I noticed the coffee mug I was using.


Yes, something as mundane as the coffee mug. One I use very often, but for some reason today it sparked a reflection. What culminated was a few minutes of thinking about the word love and the way the word has transformed meaning in my life.

Love – noun

: a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person

: attraction that includes sexual desire : the strong affection felt by people who have a romantic relationship

: a person you love in a romantic way

Love – verb

: to feel great affection for (someone) : to feel love for (someone)

: to feel sexual or romantic love for (someone)

: to like or desire (something) very much : to take great pleasure in (something)


When I purchased this mug, it was the more superficial meaning – true love, the search for true love, finding that guy that I would someday marry. Sometimes high-school can be so dramatic.

Now I see love as the outward feeling, emotion, something that I can show and pass on to those who enter my life. Whether that is someone close to me, my husband, children, parents, friends etc.. Or simply that stranger that I meet with a smile or friendly “good morning”.

There are so many ways that love manifests in our lives.

I am amazed at the way love has changed its meaning through my life.

It has been my daily reflection to pray that I can show others love through my actions, thoughts and words. Today, my coffee mug helped me reflect even more on the meaning of love and how to bring that feeling to those in my life. Whether for a short moment or for the long haul.

God, help me show others your love throughout my day, today and always. Amen.