"Stuck in their Story"
( By Bob Perks - Bob@BobPerks.com)

4-26-2005 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #337
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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”].

Last week, I inadvertently sent the Story of the week out as “SOW Seeds Story #337” when in fact it was really Story #336. I fixed it on the Web-Site, but not until after I had already sent it out to all of you. Ooops!? Actually, Today's story is SOW Seeds Story #337.

…and one of the Best stories I have read in some time, as Well!

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

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Story of the Week
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"Stuck in their Story"
( By Bob Perks - Bob@BobPerks.com)

Sometimes answers slip unnoticed into my mind. Sometimes they explode on contact with my brain. Still, sometimes answers appear in disguise only to be understood when the right time comes.

"Some are stuck in their stories." she said.

I was attending a brief presentation on story telling. It was an effort to make us all better listeners by helping to understand the elements of story writing.

The room was set up in a way that really made it difficult for me to hear everything that was being said. So bits and pieces of the presentation grabbed my attention.

That one single line stayed with me the rest of the day.

It was an answer in disguise.

I have this theory that people own their disease. They become so focused on it that they become one with the disease. Suggest something to them and they'll jump all over you. Share some new concept you read in Newsweek and they'll tell you it won't work.

And so they become the disease.

I hear the old men at the mall talking about their challenges.

"I've got pain like you wouldn't believe," says one guy.

"Oh, you don't know pain until you have what I have!" one man challenges.

"You're both big babies. Look at these knuckles!" another chimes in.

The one who wins is the one with the worst disease.

"Some are stuck in the stories." she said.

"She's right!" I thought as I was driving home late today.

We create this story of our life. The story we tell when we run into old friends. The story we tell when we are making excuses for why we don't want to go somewhere. The story we tell when we talk about why we never reached our goal or saw our dream come to reality.

Over time we tell that story so much, it becomes our life. Even though it was woven with half truths and lies, mixed up a bit to sound absolute and big enough to out do the other stories we'll hear, it becomes us.

"Stuck in the story."

Stuck there because we made it up and it became our reality. Stuck because we've become so comfortable in it, that it would be all too difficult to make a new story.

I can remember my father would say, "So, what's your story?"

Everyone has one, but few see it as an ever evolving masterpiece. No matter where they are in life the truly happy people can't wait to write the next chapter. But those who are "stuck in the story" have written the beginning and the end long before they know the outcome.

And so we wrote a little about our stories today. I found it fascinating to discover so many people wrote about sad things. I overheard one woman say, "I was starting to cry."

I wonder how that story will end?

Maybe she's "Stuck in the story," too.

What's your story?

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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If you would be certain of your final salvation, then make sure that you sincerely seek to fulfill all righteousness. Cultivate the assurance of the heart which springs from within and thus come to enjoy the ecstasy of eternal salvation.
(From: The Urantia Papers – Paper-131 Section-3)

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        If we were all to let You tell our personal stories, how stunned we would be at the Infinite Love, Patience, Understanding and Compassion that is contained in Your Version! Teach us this way, Your Way.

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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