"On Crazy Days Like These"
(Author Unknown)

3-30-2006 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #384
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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: Patije

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Story of the Week
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On Crazy Days Like These
(Author Unknown)

        I am currently a senior in high school. Next year I plan on attending a seminary and though finding the right school came with surprising ease, finding the right roommate has proven to be a much greater challenge. As things turned out, a friend of a friend knew a girl who plans on attending the same school and has also been embarking in a frantic search to find a roommate. After much emailing and a few short phone calls, we decided to meet in Penn station and see if it was a match.

        My train got in a bit earlier than expected and so I decided to go to the Starbucks and have a cup of coffee as I waited. The place was absolutely jammed, by the time I was finally shoved before the counter and ready to place my order I was already feeling frustrated and irritable by having been in such a confined space with so many other frustrated and irritable people.

        I looked at the cashier and realized that however great my frustrations of the moment were, they were incredibly pale in comparison. The poor man was attempting to take multiple orders at one time and was clearly not in his finest moment.

        Despite this, he looked at me with a smile and asked, "what'll you be having today ma'am?" I quickly told him my order (trying to return the smile) and before another word could be said, was pushed to the side by the next customer. I took my drink from the counter and flew out of the store as though my desperation to leave the confined space had manifested into wings.

        It was not until a few moments later that I looked into my hand and saw the ten dollar bill I had pulled out while waiting so that I could pay for the drink as quickly as possible, I realized that amid all the hustle and bustle I had simply forgotten to pay, and because of the amount of people swarming about, no one had taken any notice. I couldn't believe my own stupidity, even more so I couldn't believe that I was going to have to go back into that can of sardines.

        I braced myself and eventually managed to plunge back into the shop. I fought my way back to the counter and tried to catch the cashier's attention. Upon finally getting noticed I said, "I'm terribly sorry, but I think I might have forgotten to pay". He just looked at me dumbstruck, and for a split second he seemed frozen that way.

        "What did you get?" he asked. If I thought he was surprised beforehand, I cannot find the words to tell you of the shock that set itself in his expression when he heard that all I had ordered was a small coffee. "You mean you came back in here for that tiny bill?" he asked candidly.

        Suddenly a massive smile broke onto his face and he said, "You know, on crazy days like these, it's the nice little things people do that keep me smiling. I was running short on reasons too, so thanks, I can't even tell you what a day it's been- but suffice to say that this is the first nice thing that's happened, and my day is finally looking up"

        Now it was my turn to be surprised, I simply hadn't wanted a small coffee weighting down on my conscience all day and to this random stranger, who in all likelihood I'll never meet again, I'd managed too flip an entire day around.

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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        God-knowing individuals are not discouraged by misfortune or downcast by disappointment. Believers are immune to the depression consequent upon purely material upheavals; spirit livers are not perturbed by the episodes of the material world. Candidates for eternal life are practitioners of an invigorating and constructive technique for meeting all of the vicissitudes and harassments of mortal living. Every day a true believer lives, he finds it easier to do the right thing.
        Spiritual living mightily increases true self-respect. But self-respect is not self-admiration. Self-respect is always co-ordinate with the love and service of one's fellows. It is not possible to respect yourself more than you love your neighbor; the one is the measure of the capacity for the other.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-156 section-5 )

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Doing what's Right always feels so Good… like an Instant Reward. That's Your doing, Isn't it?

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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