""You can't get away...""
(© By Bob Perks - Bob@BobPerks.com)

6-9-04 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #295
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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 - Bob@BobPerks.com

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Story of the Week
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"You can't get away..."
© By Bob Perks - Bob@BobPerks.com

Runaway.

Now there's the answer. Just take off and hide somewhere. Tuck yourself away where no one can find you. Then wait to see how many people notice you are gone.

Of course, this serves no real purpose. You can't judge the significance of your sudden disappearance by the number of people who notice.

Just like you, they have priorities, plans, dreams, hopes and wishes. They are busy running their own lives, trying to get ahead. Sometimes just trying to keep up is a challenge.

Just like you.

Shave your head, change the color of your hair, dress differently or grow a beard.

Show up early or show up late.

Sell your car and buy a motorcycle.

Quit your job or start a new career.

Yes, you can try all of that and most likely few will even notice.

Here's what I did discover.

Stop doing good things and the world notices.

"You can't get away from the good you do."

When I write stories I get a few comments about what they meant to the reader.

When I give a speech, I hear applause at the end.

But, when I stopped all of this there was silence.

I went about my everyday life like everyone else. I blended into the crowd. I began thinking it didn't make a difference.

One day, while standing in front of my home, a woman who lives across the street spoke to me for the first time.

"Are you still doing your radio show?" she asked.

I found out that she listened to me every Saturday for years.

I didn't know that.

One day, someone sent me a letter to tell me that a few years ago she had attended one of my talks. It changed her life.

I didn't know that.

A young man wrote to me to ask for permission to use my story "I wish you enough" in his graduation speech.

Another woman wrote to tell me she heard a teacher use it at a graduation ceremony as his way of saying goodbye to the school he taught at for years.

A man wrote to ask permission to have it etched on his wife's grave stone.

Pastor Nathaniel Bronner, created a musical presentation from my story "If I could." He has included it in a new DVD.

He loved it that much.

They all found value in what I wrote and what I had to say.

I didn't know that.

Then, Reverend Robert H. Schuller of the "Hour of Power" television ministry sent me a letter inviting me and my wife to a special dinner for a select group of contributors.

I love that man. His words pulled me out of the gutter more than once.

I finally got to meet him in person that evening. I got to tell him about the good he did. I said, "Dr. Schuller, you saved my life."

He said, "I didn't know that."

God sent all of those people to me because I stopped doing good.

I'm back.

"You can't get away from the good you do."

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Sometimes it's so hard for me to believe that so many people can not see Your Hand at work in their lives… and yet I remember so well when I too did not. I so very much wish I could show them. It changes Everything!

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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