The Tale of Two Travel Mugs

Not all travel mugs are alike. I’ve used several, so I’ve become quite the expert on these matters.


I drink coffee. Not just a cup in the morning – a pot. Then I drink coffee in the afternoon. As I write this, it’s after midnight – and I’m drinking coffee. I take my coffee drinking seriously.

I use a travel mug. Why? So that I don’t waste coffee. I like my coffee not too hot and not too cold. I know, I could use the microwave to warm it up, but it just doesn’t taste good that way. A travel mug works for me because it keeps the coffee and that perfect temperature of drinkability.

But not all travel mugs are alike. I’ve used several, so I’ve become quite the expert on these matters.

I received a travel mug (as well as a T-Shirt) from Microsoft for being the first to identify a worldwide virus and report it to their anti-virus team. I was impressed with their giving it as much as I was honored to receive it – although I hope that does not represent the pinnacle of my legacy here on this planet! The travel mug has a nice shiny brushed stainless steel exterior finish and some rubbery feet and a similar no slip band that makes it easy to handle. I don’t use that travel mug though.

I also have a travel mug that has a cheap plastic finish. It’s cracked. The lid is falling apart. It’s the travel mug I use.


It gets down to what’s inside. The beautiful Microsoft cup has a plastic interior. The cheaper looking mug has a stainless steel interior. There was a day when hospital bedpans were made of stainless steel. Why? Stainless steel, more so than any other metal, can be sterilized. Today they use cheap plastic ones that are used once, then sent on their way to the recycle facility. I’m not a neat freak, but I am ruthless when it comes to sanitation that impacts stuff we put in our mouth. Our kitchen knives are stainless steel. The handles of those knives are made of the same stuff bowling balls are made of. They’re not cheap, but they can be sterilized!

It’s what’s on the inside that counts!

I’m not impressed with the clothes you wear – one way or the other. I’m not impressed with the car you drive – one way or the other. I’m not impressed with any of the adornments the world has to offer – one way or the other. I’m not impressed with your GED or PhD – one way or the other.

I care about what’s inside a person – their heart.

I believe Jesus has the same attitude. He raised the standard in the new testament to focus on the heart. Giving to the church was not enough. He called for us to be happy about it. A man looking upon a woman with lust has committed adultery in his heart. These and other principles blew away the standard of outward appearances and the motivations behind them.

Want peace? Are you on a treadmill trying to keep up? Seriously? Do you think changing the car you drive is somehow going to make you more valuable? Do you think change comes from the outside in?

I submit to you that meaningful and enduring change comes from the inside out.

Have a heart.

That’s what I think. I’m interested in your thoughts. There’s lots of ways to hit me up so let me hear from you.

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Author: Mark Prasek

Christian Technologist. Find me on Twitter @DataGenesis

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