"System Restore"
(©2007 By Bob Perks)

4-5-2007 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #436

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This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Bob Perks - http://www.BobPerks.com

Story of the Week
"System Restore"
(©2007 By Bob Perks)
What I know about computers I learned on my own.  I never took a course. I never studied a book.  I never had anyone teach me one on one.  I just learned on my own.
My knowledge is very limited.
It's not that I have never needed outside help from an expert, I have.  But I turned to them only after an exhaustive effort to try to figure it out on my own. 
I just kept on trying until I knew what I needed to know was beyond my own abilities.
I also discovered that with the new computers, if you mess something up, you can use what is called "system restore."
It will literally take you back to where you were before you messed it up.
After a recent update on my computer, I suddenly began receiving an error message immediately upon start up each time.  Doing a little search within the system I finally discovered the program it was related to and tried making the correction.  I couldn't.   Nothing made sense.
So I contacted the software company and literally gave them remote control of my computer so that they could solve the problem.
I always find it "freaky" to be sitting here watching my computer take on a life of its own.  The cursor flies around the screen and pages pop up and close without me touching a thing.
You actually give up control to someone who knows what they are doing.
Well, they didn't.  They couldn't find a thing wrong and the message returned time and again.  It doesn't do anything.  It is just aggravating me.  I have to click "ok" each time to acknowledge that there is a problem.  Doing so reminds me that there is a problem and clicking makes me admit I don't know what to do.
So, I keep doing the same thing over and over.
"System restore."  That's it.  I'll just go back to before the problem existed and start over.  Using this feature, you actually flip through days, weeks, months to points where the computer "took a picture," or created an instant backup of what the computer was like at that moment.  

I tried it.  I went back two days.  Nothing.  I went back to last week.  Nothing.  Each time the system told me that there were no notable changes made during that period to justify returning.
Okay, so where's the story here, Bob?
Life.  My life.  Maybe even yours.
Through my nearly 20 years of writing and speaking, thousands of people have faced the same challenge.  I didn't have the answer to the question, "What am I doing wrong?" 
"I keep trying and I am not getting ahead," they would say.
Then one day I heard someone say, "If you keep on doing what you always did, you'll keep on getting what you always got."
Nothing changed.  What they thought was an effort to change was simply repeating the same negative pattern over and over.
Like the movie "Groundhog Day,"  starring Bill Murray.  Every morning he woke up to the exact same day.  No matter what he did tomorrow was the same.
Just like a career.  People tell me that they had ten years of experience and can't get any where.  I would ask, "Do you have ten years of experience or one year of experience repeated ten times?"
I would go on to ask,  "What have you done to add to that experience besides just working it?  Did you take classes?  Did you attend professional conferences?"
One year of experience repeated ten times.
System restore.  I tried to go back to a fresh start and realized I really hadn't made any major changes.   
Even after hearing a long list of things an individual claimed to have done to change their lives, I discovered the magic question.
I would simply ask them, "What is it you are not willing to do?"
Often times people foolishly associate action with forward movement.  I have sometimes found myself exhausted from trying so hard that I was really just running around in circles.
Apparently doing many things and still not being happy should clearly indicate you are not doing the right things to affect the change you desire.
By asking yourself, "What is it I am not willing to do?" you will discover the key to the change you want in you life.
"I want to be healthy."
"Do you eat healthy?"
"Well, I try."
"Do you exercise?"
"I don't have time?"
"I want a better job."
"Going back to school?"
"I work full time."
"Take classes part time."
"It would take me years to do that."
"Meet me here in five years and I'll remind you where you would have been if you started then."
So, how can you start over if you can't go back?
Begin right here.  Right now.  Make this point the point of back up and begin to make the changes you must make in order to live the life you should live and you deserve to have.
There is no system restore in life to take you back before the problem. 
You can however give remote control of your life to Someone Who knows what you need to do.  You can seek out the "Expert" Who will restore your faith and help you to reboot and begin again and again.
"He restores my soul" Psalm 23
"I believe in you!"

Pastor's Quote of the Week
        "`Then shall your light break forth as the morning while your health springs forth speedily. Your righteousness shall go before you while the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then will you call upon the Lord, and he shall answer; you will cry out, and he shall say--Here am I. And all this he will do if you refrain from oppression, condemnation, and vanity. The Father rather desires that you draw out your heart to the hungry, and that you minister to the afflicted souls; then shall your light shine in obscurity, and even your darkness shall be as the noonday. Then shall the Lord guide you continually, satisfying your soul and renewing your strength. You shall become like a watered garden, like a spring whose waters fail not. And they who do these things shall restore the wasted glories; they shall raise up the foundations of many generations; they shall be called the rebuilders of broken walls, the restorers of safe paths in which to dwell.'"

(From: “Jesus” - The Urantia Papers - Paper-147 Section-8)

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        Restore my Energy!

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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