"The things that count"
(By Bob Perks - Bob@BobPerks.com)

6-18-03 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #245
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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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"The things that count"
By Bob Perks - Bob@BobPerks.com)

"I have come so far in my life. In the end, I wanted to face God with my arms full of things I've done for Him," she said. "That's why I need to do more."

Is this how one measures a lifetime? Is one who has accomplished many things closer to God than one who has survived a lifetime of challenges?

Two old friends sat on a bench in the park. Over time this has become their bench, their park. Like clockwork, every day at noon they meet there. It is their time to catch up with each other's lives. Friends since childhood, they have been blessed with a friendship that has withstood the test of time. Marriage, one divorce, births, deaths and a short period of separation, and still their friendship lives on.

Through the years the topics during this noon time meeting have mostly been influenced by the news of the day in their small town. Sure they have spoken about personal issues as well. What good friendship hasn't?

But now the years that remain in their lives might be counted on two hands and a new topic dominates their conversation.

Faith. God.

It would be easy to surmise that, knowing the end is nearer than they want to believe, thoughts of making it through Heaven's door is a prime concern.

But it is with this conversation on this particular day, that they have finally discovered a major difference in their thinking.

"I have so much to do in the next couple of years."

"Like what? You're always doing something."

"I've got to make sure I've paid my dues before...well, you know, before I pass on."

"Did I miss something? Do you mean to tell me that Heaven requires a union membership?"

"What are you talking about?"

"You said you have to pay your dues. I don't remember getting a membership card nor do I remember any dues."

"Now, you know what I mean. You have to do things in life to get into heaven. That's why I belong to all those clubs. At church, when I was working, when I was raising my family, I always belonged to groups. Before my Fred left me we both worked hard to have that house and raise our children. They had the best clothes, schooling and each got a car at graduation."

"Yes, but you were never at home" the other said out loud not realizing it.

"What? We did what we had to do. I know God appreciated it."

"So, I've struggled all my life, never really had much money to do the things I wanted. My Joe and I worked two jobs each, some years just barely paying the bills, that is until he became sick and couldn't work at all. My children were fed and clothed in what we could afford and they worked their way through school. So God won't let me in because I didn't pay my dues?"

There was an uncomfortable silence.

"I have come so far in my life. In the end, I wanted to face God with my arms full of things I've done for Him," she said. "That's why I need to do more."

"I'm not worried."

"You're not?"

"No, I believe that God sees the things that count, while some count the things that do not matter."

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Thank You for teaching me that it is Love that truly counts.

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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