"Point of no return"
(By Bob Perks - Bob@BobPerks.com)

8-4-2004 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #301
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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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"Point of no return"
(By Bob Perks - Bob@BobPerks.com)

"It appears I've reached the point of no return," he said.

"Why, are you dead?" I asked him.

Dreams, hopes, plans and wishes carry most of us through life. Some live to see them all work out. Some spend a lifetime dreaming about it.

I believe I've discovered why.

There appears to be an invisible point of no return for many people. No one knows how long we will live, but we all know how much we have lived.

Draw a line on a piece of paper from left to right. That represents your lifetime. Some of you might find this difficult to do, but place a small mark at the point on that line that measures where you think you are right now on that time line. The remaining line to the right is how long you believe you have left to live.

It is a measure of how much time you believe you have to fulfill your dreams, complete your plans, do the things you always believed you would do in your lifetime.

Some of you will look at that line and recognize the need to get moving. Some will look at their line and foolishly believe they have lots of time to do it all.

Sadly, others will see nothing.

"It's over for me!"

"I had my shot at success and happiness"

"I'm too old to keep dreaming."

The man I was speaking with used his job as a measure. He had been in his profession so long that he, as he point it, "Reached the point of no return."

"I now make more money than I could get any where else. I have better benefits and a retirement plan. I can no longer afford to dream," he said.

"Are you happy?" I asked.

"Not at all!" he replied. "But I am secure."

Another person spoke to me about her marriage. She basically said the same thing. They had grown old together but they also had grown apart.

"But I am secure," she said.

"Are you happy?"

"No, not at all."

She reached the point of no return.

Sadly, they are both wrong.

One doesn't stop dreaming just because the dream dies. That dream carried him to that point in life when God was trying to guide him to the next dream, perhaps the real dream. Like climbing a mountain, the climber rejoices in the success, but is never really satisfied because arriving has given him a new vision. He can see things there he could not see before.

My friend needs to let go of the old dream, re-evaluate his needs and desires and plan for the new one.

The woman feels secure in her marriage, but has lost the love for it. Like the mountain climber, we often times arrive at a level, get too comfortable and forget there is so much more to see and do.
Marriage is as much a journey as climbing is. It's time for this couple to pull out the road maps and plan a new journey together.

Talk to each other about the journey ahead. Draw that line and discuss what life goals remain ahead for each of you individually and as a couple. Ask, "What things do we want to do that we couldn't do before?"

Perhaps you were raising a family and now they are grown. Ask "What did we want to do before we had kids?"

There isn't a point of no return in life except for death. But if you are a person of faith you also know the journey doesn't end there either.

Get back to your old dreams or discover new ones.

Put the spark back in your marriage by rekindling that old flame. Let go of old dreams that weren't meant to be and discover all the great new ideas waiting for you at this point in your life.

God did not give you a life that was to be half lived. Believing in a point of no return says the second half of your life is preparing for death.

He wants you to live until you die.

"No one knows how long we will live, but we all know how much we have lived.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Thanks!


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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