"Just Words"
(2005 By Bob Perks - Bob@BobPerks.com)

9-15-2005 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #357

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Archive Updates
SOW #76 “The Contact Lens” (formerly listed as Author Unknown) is actually a true story by Elisabeth Elliot. Elisabeth published The story in her 1995 book, "Keep A Quiet Heart" (Servant Publications, Ann Arbor Michigan). She says the story is a first-person account given to her from Brenda Foltz of Princeton, Minnesota.

SOW #92 “Sandpiper of Joy” (formerly listed as Author Unknown) is By Mary Sherman Hilbert.

SOW #121 (Formerly listed as “Keep Your Fork” and Author Unknown), is correctly titled: "Hold on to Your Fork" and was written by Glen Wheeler in the mid-1980's.

SOW #'s 152 &227 are, once again, the Same Story… with different Prayers.

Thank you once again to our new friend Ree who made us aware of these discrepancies. The SOW Archives has been appropriately updated.

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
"Just Words"
(2005 By Bob Perks - Bob@BobPerks.com)

"I kept repeating it over and over at the end of each day," he said.  "It helped me to get through it all."
We were speaking about bad times, challenges, and the pain of defeat.  At this point in his life you would never guess that at one time he was lost, penniless and hopeless.
Now he was happy, healthy and by all standards successful.
Once you have gone through such days of defeat, the memory of it all lies just below the surface.   I keep it there on purpose to remind me how bad things were once and putting the challenges of my present day to the test, I suddenly realize how very blessed I am now.
I wondered what magical words could keep a man alive through all that.  I wanted to know what things could be said that could possibly make someone so down and depressed rise again.
Oddly, considering what I do for a living now, in all of my deep and depressing times in life I found little motivation in the words of some fancy motivational speaker.   That's why I choose to label myself "inspirational."  I call on God to help me find just the right words to use.   
During those days when I cursed life itself, there were no Hallmark cards or cute little itsy bitsy books that I found any spark of hope in.
I smiled and thanked the giver with as much sincerity as I could muster.  But while the gesture was sincere, the words were empty.
Even biblical quotes and faith-filled easy-to-read pamphlets couldn't get through to me.
So, what words of wisdom helped this man through his ordeal?  What could he possibly do, say, or think that would give him hope enough to face the next day?
"Go ahead, tell me!  I can't wait to hear this," I thought to myself.
"Sir, you have shared a very sad story with me today.  I know that pain.  I can certainly relate to the loss you had experienced back then.  I can't for the life of me think of anything that would have inspired me in that way when I was so defeated," I said to him with an almost sarcastic tone.
"Please, tell me.  At the end of yet another go-nowhere, hopeless day, what magic words did you say?"
"I will try again tomorrow!" he said.
Pastor's Quote(s) of the Week
Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
(From: Louisa May Alcott (1832 – 1888)

The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try nothing and succeed.

(From: Lloyd Jones)

Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of that day that says, "I will try again tomorrow."

(From: Mary Anne Radmacher)

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        You are my Inspiration for trying anew each day.

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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