"Barking at the world"
(Author Unknown)

4-17-02 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #184
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Welcome
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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to Church Within's Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds”].

This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Bob Perks

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Story of the Week
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"Barking at the world"
(2002 By: Bob Perks - Bob@BobPerks.com)
  
I find lessons in life all around me.  I watch people and learn from their actions and reactions.  And I certainly learn from my own challenges and choices. 
 
Flowers, bees, butterflies and such all have so much to offer.  But all too often, in a hurried life, we take little time to see the significance in the details around us.
 
Life is lived in the details.
 
Having to put Daisy, our Old English sheepdog to sleep, still is a open wound in my heart.  Having two puppies to fill the gap in our lives was an easy choice.  But I have learned that one old dog takes little care compared to two growing, full-of-life puppies.
 
But we have managed and I am grateful to God that they came into our lives at just the right time.
 
Today I learned a great lesson from them as they were playing in our yard.
 
Ricky, our Jack Russell sees life differently than Lucy our Schipperke mix.
 
Lucy stops to watch the world.  She'll stop dead in her tracks when she sees a bird fly by.  I've also found her looking skyward watching one of the many passenger jets that pass over our home.  Like a bee, she'll go from flower to flower, often times smelling them, sometimes fascinated by them as they appear to be dancing just for her.
 
I found her watching one of the new ant hills that have sprung up in our yard.  She sat their tilting her head back and forth seemingly confused by these tiny creatures but never tried to disturb them.
 
Not five minutes later she stood watching a small group of birds scamper from branch to branch.  Never aggressive, never barking she simply watches life in wonder.
 
On the other hand, Ricky barks at everything he doesn't understand.  Whether it's the neighbor's garbage bags or a car in their driveway that isn't normally there, Ricky believes if he barks it will go away. 
 
Late at night he feels obligated to answer the distant bark of another dog while we are taking a our final walk for the day.  His response to something he doesn't understand is to bark first then approach it to investigate.
 
I realized that people are the same way.  Lucy and I live in the details.  We want to touch, feel, smell, and watch the world.  Still, like some people I've known, Ricky pretends to be in charge, puts up a big front and then begrudgingly permits it to exist in his world. 
 
When we give chew sticks to both dogs, Ricky will want Lucy's because he thinks it might be better or different than what he has.  He's never satisfied.  Lucy often times simply permits him to have it.  Without a fight she walks over and takes what he had.
 
One might argue that it's the Ricky's who get ahead.  They fight for what they want even when it isn't theirs.   They most likely see Lucy as the weaker one.
 
But I realized today that in the end those who spend more time in the details of life will have lived their lives more completely.  For while the others were barking at things they didn't understand, the Lucy's of the world were content in the knowledge gained and the moment treasured.   
 
Are you barking at the world? 

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Help me to be affected more by the Good that I experience and less by the bad.

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

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

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