(By Bob Perks - Bob@IWishYouEnough.com)

4-2-03 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #234

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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

Story of the Week
(By Bob Perks - Bob@BobPerks.com)

"It must be new," he said.

"It still has that brand new look doesn't it?" I replied.

"Well, yes. But it has nothing to do with the way it looks that gave it away."

"What then?" I asked.

"The fact that you parked it so far down the lot all by itself was the first clue. I didn't even need to get up close."

He was right. I was embarrassed.

"I always hated people who parked like that. The same people take up two parking spaces so as to leave more than enough room on either side of their car. They really make me crazy."

"Now you're one of them," he said laughing.

"Oh, only for a little while. Until the newness wears off. It's kind of like life sometimes. You try something new and after a while it's old again."

Just then a woman came through the door in a wheel chair. I rushed to get the door for her but was stopped by this man.

"That's my wife. She hates when people help her. She likes to do things herself. I try desperately not to, but..."

"Well, Hello! What are you two up to?" she asked as she swung her chair toward us.

"Just admiring his new car."

"Let me guess. The one down at the other end of the world?"

We all laughed.

"I'm trying to keep it new," I said.

"Then see it as new," she said quickly.

"Pardon me?"

"The only time something is old is when we see it that way. I'm guessing you traded in your old car."


"Well, for someone else that "old" car is new. It's all in how we see things. I'd love a new pair of legs. But these old ones still serve me well. I see myself as new everyday. Sure there are millions of people who wake up and walk. I wake up and struggle. But we all wake up new. Everything about that day is new. New for the walker, new for the lady in the wheelchair."

Why is it that people whose lives appear to be imperfect by most standards, see their lives so perfectly clear?

"Your life is as new as you see it. Breathe in the newness around you just the way you breathe that brand new car smell every time you get in that car. Park your life in a safe place, too. Far from trouble. Create a maintenance schedule to keep your life in top running condition just like the car dealer requires for your new car," she said.

Then turning outward toward the parking lot, she continued.

"Oh, yes. The warranty. Should you have any trouble with this life and if you meet all the requirements of the One who created it for you, you can trade in the old life for a new one, no questions asked."

Pausing for a moment she then leaned toward me, motioning with her fingers to come closer.

"Then one day there will be a recall. After racking up all those miles, and the life you've lived has gone full circle, you'll be asked to give it up. But be aware, the Manufacturer can recall it at any time. But don't worry. You'll love the new model. It flies!"

Wake up to tomorrow and stop pushing the old life around because it ran out of fuel. Get in and drive it to new places, new dreams, new edges of the world you've been missing. If you want a new life, start with a new day, a new attitude.

Be new!

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        Thank You for the Newness of each and every day… help me dearest Father not to overlook it because some things may appear unchanged.

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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