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#993
11-1-2015
#994
11-8-2015
#995
11-15-2015
#996
11-22-2015
#997
11-29-2015

11-1-2015 Sunday Service of the Church Within #993
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Humor of the Week
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You're never too old to learn something stupid.

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Welcome by: Pastor Daniel
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Greetings my Beloved Sisters and Brothers, and welcome once again to the Church that is Within. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

It's All about...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #993, is Love…

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Quotes
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(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-117 Section-6)
All true love is from God, and man receives the divine affection as he himself bestows this love upon his fellows. Love is dynamic. It can never be captured; it is alive, free, thrilling, and always moving. Man can never take the love of the Father and imprison it within his heart. The Father's love can become real to mortal man only by passing through that man's personality as he in turn bestows this love upon his fellows.

(From: The RSV Bible - John I 3:17-20 )
But if any one has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or speech but in deed and in truth. By this we shall know that we are of the truth, and reassure our hearts before him whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-4)
Jesus loved men so much because he placed such a high value upon them. You can best discover values in your associates by discovering their motivation. If some one irritates you, causes feelings of resentment, you should sympathetically seek to discern his viewpoint, his reasons for such objectionable conduct. If once you understand your neighbor, you will become tolerant, and this tolerance will grow into friendship and ripen into love.

(From: The RSV Bible - John I 2:6)
He who says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

(From: The RSV Bible - Peter I 1:22)
Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-4)
Love is infectious, and when human devotion is intelligent and wise, love is more catching than hate. But only genuine and unselfish love is truly contagious. If each mortal could only become a focus of dynamic affection, this benign virus of love would soon pervade the sentimental emotion-stream of humanity to such an extent that all civilization would be encompassed by love, and that would be the realization of the brotherhood of man.

(From: The NASB Bible - John 13:34)
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

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The Sermon
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Want to feel God more in your life??

Love

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Feeling Love, I feel You.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Infinite Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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11-8-2015 Sunday Service of the Church Within #994
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Humor of the Week
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A guy is driving around the back woods of Montana and he sees a sign in front of a broken down shanty-style house: 'Talking Dog For Sale' He rings the bell and the owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard.
        The guy goes into the backyard and sees a nice looking Labrador retriever sitting there.
        'You talk?' he asks.
        Yep,' the Lab replies.
        After the guy recovers from the shock of hearing a dog talk, he says, 'So, what's your story?'

        The Lab looks up and says, 'Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young. I wanted to help the government, so... I told the CIA. In no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping.' 'I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years running... But the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn't getting any younger so I decided to settle down. I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals.' 'I got married, had a mess of puppies, and now I'm just retired.'

        The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog.
'Ten dollars,' the guy says.
'Ten dollars? This dog is amazing! Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?'
'Because he's a nothing but a Liar. He's never even been out of the yard'

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Welcome by: Pastor Daniel
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Greetings my Beloved Sisters and Brothers, and welcome once again to the Church that is Within. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

What is Your Religion?

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #994, is Your Religion…

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Quotes
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(From: The Tao Te Ching - #72 )
When they lose their sense of awe, people turn to religion. When they no longer trust themselves, they begin to depend upon authority.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-195 Section-10)
Ecclesiasticism is at once and forever incompatible with that living faith, growing spirit, and firsthand experience of the faith-comrades of Jesus in the brotherhood of man in the spiritual association of the kingdom of heaven. The praiseworthy desire to preserve traditions of past achievement often leads to the defense of outgrown systems of worship. The well-meant desire to foster ancient thought systems effectually prevents the sponsoring of new and adequate means and methods designed to satisfy the spiritual longings of the expanding and advancing minds of modern men.

(From: "St. George and the Dragon" by Edward Hays)
[Said the Dragon to George:]
"Perhaps only a personal religion, the result of a religious experience that is wholly one's own, is truly alive. Only such an experience-fed religion has the power to electrify the imagination and to breathe fire into junk! Who knows, George, maybe the true Church is only a holy umbrella linking together a multitude of uniquely personal religions which have arisen from deep prayer, faith and listening hearts. Imagine countless personal religions in harmony with the Way, but with their own sacraments, rituals and feast days! A belief based on someone else's experience of God may be commendable, but are secondhand religions ever truly dynamic or redemptive? I believe that each person is intended to experience God firsthand and to live out what has been seen and felt."

(From: The RSV Bible - Galatians 3:4-5 )
Did you experience so many things in vain? --if it really is in vain. Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith?

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-131 Section-3)
"Cheerfulness and gladness are the rewards of deeds well done and to the glory of the Immortal. No man can rob you of the liberty of your own mind. When the faith of your religion has emancipated your heart, when the mind, like a mountain, is settled and immovable, then shall the peace of the soul flow tranquilly like a river of waters. Those who are sure of salvation are forever free from lust, envy, hatred, and the delusions of wealth. While faith is the energy of the better life, nevertheless, must you work out your own salvation with perseverance. If you would be certain of your final salvation, then make sure that you sincerely seek to fulfill all righteousness. Cultivate the assurance of the heart which springs from within and thus come to enjoy the ecstasy of eternal salvation.

(From: "Joshua" - by Joseph F. Girzone )
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“Jesus came to earth to try to free people from that kind of regimented religion where people are threatened if they don't obey rules and rituals invented by the clergy. Jesus came to teach people that they are God's children and, as God's children, they are free, free to grow as human beings, to become beautiful people as God intended.”
pg.75 - “True religion comes from the heart. It is a deep relationship with God, and should bring peace and joy and love to people, not fear and guilt and meanness. And worship has meaning only when it is free. God is not honored by worship that is forced under threat of sin or penalty. Nor is God honored by subservient obedience to religious laws devoid of love. God is pleased only by the free expression of the soul that truly loves him.”

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The Sermon
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Do you believe in Love? Do you believe in Compassion? Do you believe in the Golden Rule of doing unto others as you would have them do unto you?

Your Religion isn't about what you believe... it's about what you Live!

If you don't Live it, you don't really believe it.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Guide my thinking.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Infinite Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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11-15-2015 Sunday Service of the Church Within #995
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Humor of the Week
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In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?

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Welcome by: Pastor Daniel
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Greetings my Beloved Sisters and Brothers, and welcome once again to the Church that is Within. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

Do you listen for it...to it?

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #995, is Inner Voice…

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Quotes
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(From: The Book of Runes - #20 - A Journey / Communication / Union / Reunion)
        This Rune is concerned with communication, with the attunement of something that has two sides, two elements, and with the ultimate reunion that comes at the end of the journey, when what is above and what is below are united and of one mind.
        Inner worth mounts here, and at such a time you must remember that you are not intended to rely entirely upon your own power, but rather to ask what constitutes right action. Ask through prayer, through addressing your own knowing, the Witness Self, the Teacher Within. Not intent on movement, be content to wait; while you wait, keep on removing resistances. As the obstructions give way, all remorse arising from “trying to make it happen” disappears.
        The journey is toward self-healing, self-change and union. You are concerned here with nothing less than unobstructed, perfect union. But the Union of Heaven and Earth cannot be forced. Regulate any excesses in your life. Material advantages must not weigh heavily on this Journey of the self toward the Self.
        Stand apart even from like-minded others; the notion of strength in numbers does not apply at this time, for this part of the journey cannot be shared.
        Another of the Cycle Runes, Raido represents the Soul's journey and has within it the element of Joy, for the end is in sight. No longer burdened by what you've left behind. Heaven above you and the Earth below you unite within you and support you on your way. A simple prayer for the Soul's journey is: I will to will Your Will.

(From: The KJV Bible - Proverbs 8:4-11)
Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man. O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart. Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things. For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing forward or perverse in them. They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge. Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-101 Section-0)
Religion, the conviction-faith of the personality, can always triumph over the superficially contradictory logic of despair born in the unbelieving material mind. There really is a true and genuine inner voice, that " true light which lights every man who comes into the world." And this spirit leading is distinct from the ethical prompting of human conscience. The feeling of religious assurance is more than an emotional feeling. The assurance of religion transcends the reason of the mind, even the logic of philosophy. Religion is faith, trust, and assurance.

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Book - Paper-146 Section-6)
“No more shall suffering mortals be denied the comfort of knowing the love of God and understanding the mercy of the Father in heaven. While the speech of God spoken from the whirlwind was a majestic concept for the day of its utterance, you have already learned that the Father does not thus reveal himself, but rather that he speaks within the human heart as a still, small voice, saying, `This is the way; walk therein.' Do you not comprehend that God dwells within you, that he has become what you are that he may make you what he is!”

(From: The KJV Bible - John 10:27-28)
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

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There is an “Inner Dialogue” that goes on within our minds... almost incessantly. Reliving memories... playing out scenarios... pondering the future... life goes on in the midst of all of that. In the Moment where everything is currently happening, takes place our decision making process. In our “What do I do Now?” moments, we generally hear “ourselves” making suggestions and almost invariably there will be heard opposing perspectives to choose from. Usually the First Voice we hear will suggest something Good/Positive/Loving that we could do. Immediately in response the second voice points out “reasons” why that wouldn't work out. “You better not.” “There's not enough time.” “It's not your responsibility.” “Maybe Next time.”

What if the first Voice suggesting something Good/Positive/Loving was the “still, small voice, saying, `This is the way; walk therein.'”??? What if the second voice was our own fearful ego??

Does God talk to you? Do you Listen?

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Help me to listen to You more consistently... and also to follow your suggestions.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Infinite Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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11-22-2015 Sunday Service of the Church Within #996
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Humor of the Week
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Self-control is not a problem in the future. It's only a problem NOW when the chocolates is next to us.
Shlomo Bernartzi

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Welcome by: Pastor Daniel
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Greetings my Beloved Sisters and Brothers, and welcome once again to the Church that is Within. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

This is where it all happens...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #996, is Now…

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(From: Marie Curie (1867 - 1934 )
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.

(From: Tina Turner (1938 - )
The real power behind whatever success I have now was something I found within myself - something that's in all of us, I think, a little piece of God just waiting to be discovered.

(From: Ali Vincent )
To think about your life is to create it. You have to take ownership of where you are right now and know where you want to go before you can get there.

(From: The ASB Bible - Corinthians I 13:12-13)
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.

(From: Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890 - 1969 )
Things are more like they are now than they ever were before.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-143 Section-7)
Worship is intended to anticipate the better life ahead and then to reflect these new spiritual significances back onto the life which now is. Prayer is spiritually sustaining, but worship is divinely creative

(From: The ASB Bible - John 4:23-24)
"But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

(From: George Harrison (1943 - 2001 )
It's being here now that's important. There's no past and there's no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can't relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don't know if there is one.

(From: The ASB Bible - Corinthians II 6:2)
For he says, "At the acceptable time I have listened to you, and helped you on the day of salvation." Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

(From: Ann Richards )
The here and now is all we have, and if we play it right it's all we'll need.

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NOW is the only time we can really experience God's sheer Beauty Truth and Goodness and Love.
NOW is when we can experience God's Love pouring out to us from another.
NOW is when we can feel God's Love overflowing from ourselves.
NOW is when we are IN Love...
NOW is when we are IN Service...
NOW is when we can FEEL Compassion...
NOW is when we can participate in the creation of our Life...
NOW is Being with God...
Allow NOW.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Now is where I can feel You.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Infinite Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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11-29-2015 Sunday Service of the Church Within #997
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Humor of the Week
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Why Do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?

Why did you just try singing the two songs above?

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Welcome by: Pastor Daniel
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Greetings my Beloved Sisters and Brothers, and welcome once again to the Church that is Within. You are the Temple. You are the Congregation. Any and All Truth is the Gospel. The Divine Spirit within you is your True Minister.

For Thanksgiving we did a replay of a past Thanksgiving service in tribute to the Life of our dearly departed Minister Judy Girard. Today I am doing a replay of one of my favorite past Sunday Services. It's about...

The topic of today's Sunday Service, #997, is Patience and Growth…

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Quotes
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(From: The KJV Bible - Romans 12:17-21)
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

(From: "The Tao of Pooh" by Benjamin Hoff)
As we have likely recognized by now, no two snowflakes, trees, or animals are alike. No two people are the same, either. Everything has it's own Inner Nature. Unlike other forms of life, though, people are easily led away from what's right for them, because people have Brain, and Brain can be fooled. Inner Nature, when relied on, cannot be fooled. But many people do not look at it or listen to it, and consequently do not understand themselves very much. Having little understanding of themselves, they have little respect for themselves, and are therefore easily influenced by others.
But, rather than be carried along by circumstances and manipulated by those who can see the weakness and behavior tendencies that we ignore, we can work with our own characteristics and be in control of our own lives. The Way of Self-Reliance starts with recognizing who we are, what we've got to work with, and what works best for us

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-156 Section-5)
"But let me warn you against the folly of undertaking to surmount temptation by the effort of supplanting one desire by another and supposedly superior desire through the mere force of the human will. If you would be truly triumphant over the temptations of the lesser and lower nature, you must come to that place of spiritual advantage where you have really and truly developed an actual interest in, and love for, those higher and more idealistic forms of conduct which your mind is desirous of substituting for these lower and less idealistic habits of behavior that you recognize as temptation. You will in this way be delivered through spiritual transformation rather than be increasingly overburdened with the deceptive suppression of mortal desires. The old and the inferior will be forgotten in the love for the new and the superior. Beauty is always triumphant over ugliness in the hearts of all who are illuminated by the love of truth. There is mighty power in the expulsive energy of a new and sincere spiritual affection. And again I say to you, be not overcome by evil but rather overcome evil with good."

(From: "The Tao of Pooh" by Benjamin Hoff)
Sooner or later, we are bound to discover some things about ourselves that we don't like. But once we see they're there, we can decide what we want to do with them. Do we want to get rid of them completely, change them into other things, or use them in beneficial ways? The last two approaches are often especially Useful, since they avoid head-on conflict, and therefore minimize struggle. Also, they allow those transformed characteristics to be added to the list of things we have that help us out.
In a similar manner, instead of struggling to erase what are referred to as negative emotions, we can learn to use them in positive ways. We could describe the principle like this: while pounding on the piano keys may produce noise, removing them doesn't exactly further the creation of music. The principles of Music and Living aren't all that different, we think.

"Wouldn't you say, Pooh?"
"Say what?" asked Pooh, opening his eyes.
"Music and Living----"
"The same thing," said Pooh.

That's what we thought. So rather than work against ourselves, all we need to do in many cases is to point our weaknesses or unpleasant tendencies in a different direction than we have been.

(From: The Book of Runes - #6 reversed)
You may feel overwhelmed with exhaustion from meeting obstruction upon obstruction in your passage. Yet you always have a choice: you can see all this apparent negativity as "bad luck" or you can recognize it as an obstacle course, a challenge specific to the initiation you are presently undergoing. Then each setback, each humiliation, becomes a test of character. When your inner being is shifting and reforming on a deep level, patience, constancy and perseverance are called for. So stay centered, see the humor, and keep on keeping on.

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The Sermon
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What is it about yourself that you don't like? Can you think of anything offhand? I can think of a "few" things about myself that I don't particularly care for... it's not too difficult a task for any of us I'm sure. For today's purpose let's forget the ones that are external, having to do with the physical part of our nature, and focus entirely on the ones Within.

I'm recently beginning to recognize that the different things that irritate me most about myself are my own natural tendencies, drives and proclivities that I haven't yet learned how to channel into positive actions. It's those things wherein my lower ego nature "reacts" negatively before my higher Soul self has a chance to "act" positively. "I Hate when That happens!" The result is never very pretty.

I don't consciously do things to irritate others or make them feel bad, but it seems to happen anyway. Why is that? Is there a way out of it, or is it that I'm just a natural irritant and am stuck with it for eternity? Actually I'm beginning to know the answer to that. I'm beginning to recall certain things about myself that I used to despise that aren't there anymore. Where did they go? What happened to them?

I learned a different way of acting when those buttons were pushed, a positive way, and then over time and with conscious effort, they started to slowly evaporate. The first time I remember consciously acting positively, lovingly, in a traditionally negative situation, I was stunned by the results. The usual negative reactions I was used to... didn't appear that time. Of course my ego immediately identified it as mere coincidence and the very next time I was in the same type of situation, past inertia took over and yet again I had the negative, painful type of response. Ego said, "There you have it! THAT'S the type of experience you can count on!" But somewhere inside... something... Someone said, "But you have experienced differently, remember? What was different that time?" After a couple 'o few times of going through that process of thinking about it afterwards, I once again chanced to think about it while it was happening and just to make sure it wouldn't work, I acted positively... lovingly. WOAH!! Two for two! That should have settled it right there don't ya think? Wellll... no actually... Why do you think they call it Growth? It Was and Is difficult to make those choices all the time, even when we have experienced a better way. But each time we consciously choose to make the positive and loving choice, those times when we actually recognize that we Have a choice... it adds to our ability to make the choice again. "If I act Lovingly, Patiently, Positively... just this once... it will make a difference in the long haul."

Those things I used to despise that aren't there anymore? Eventually positively and lovingly became the habit in those particular situations. It was a struggle... ever will it be so when we are given free will choice... and always will there be areas of our life that we will wish to improve upon. That is the condition of being imperfect/perfecting children of God... we must continue to grow if we are to have personal satisfaction, and growth for the most part is rarely an easy, carefree process... but it Always feels Good to achieve a measure of growth. Doesn't it?

Some day I have Hope of being capable of acting Lovingly, Patiently, Positively... ALL the time. I have Faith now that it is possible, because I have experienced times when it Was... those times when I chose to act Lovingly, Patiently, Positively... "THIS Time."

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Grant me the Growth to achieve Patience... and the Patience to achieve Growth.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Infinite Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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