""At the end of the day""
(©2006 By Bob Perks)

10-12-2006 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #412
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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”].

Well… I'm back home and things should be getting back to normal now… well… normal for Me, Anyway. ;-)

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

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Story of the Week
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"At the end of the day"
(©2006 By Bob Perks)

I ran to his side when I heard of the challenges he was facing. There were mistakes made based on poor judgment on his part, but he was a good man and I called him "friend."

"At the moment, I am not very proud of myself," he said.

"But will you be at the end of the day?" I asked.

In the span of a lifetime, no matter how long or short it may be, there are for many of us, moments, days, perhaps even years when our living it falls far short of God's expectations and hopefully our own.

People are like fruit trees. From seed created by love, nourished through hope and strengthened by faith we are all destined to produce the unique fruit, (gifts) which only we can bring to the world. We were planted here in life, at this time, this very moment, to fulfill a greater need.

As we grow, we branch out in different directions. Not all branches will produce the same amount of fruit. Some, in fact, may never. But it is in that desire to grow, to become all we were meant to be, that we sometimes fall short.

Branching out is a part of growing. Heading in the right direction is not always the result.

But unlike the familiar thought that "one bad apple will spoil the barrel," we cannot cut down an entire tree because a few apples are rotten.

Those moments, those times in our lives which we may not be proud of, cannot...should not destroy an entire life.

God's time is immeasurable.   I would guess my lifetime, my growing from seed to fruit bearing, is but an instant in eternity.

I would like to see it as a single day on His great calendar. I pray then that "At the end of the day," my lifetime, I can stand before Him and say, "Although there were moments I regret, "at the end of the day," I am pleased with what I did with the time you had given me."

Tomorrow, should you fall short of your true abilities, don't stop trying, reaching, growing. It is not what moments you regret that day that will determine your success in life, but what good fruit you can harvest from it..."At the end of the day."

Even a bitter apple produces a tasty pie.

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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        Belief may not be able to resist doubt and withstand fear, but faith is always triumphant over doubting, for faith is both positive and living. The positive always has the advantage over the negative, truth over error, experience over theory, spiritual realities over the isolated facts of time and space. The convincing evidence of this spiritual certainty consists in the social fruits of the spirit which such believers, faithers, yield as a result of this genuine spiritual experience. Said Jesus: "If you love your fellows as I have loved you, then shall all men know that you are my disciples."
(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-102 Section-6)

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Teach me how to prune my non-fruitful branches so that my energy may be better directed toward producing Your Fruits of the Spirit.

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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