"Looks Can Be Deceiving"
(By: Joseph J. Mazzella)

5-31-2007 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #444

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This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Patije

Story of the Week
Looks Can Be Deceiving
(By: Joseph J. Mazzella)

We have all heard that old saying, "Looks can be deceiving." Well, I got some good proof of it this morning as I was shaving. I looked in the mirror and noticed that some of the hairs in my mustache were as white as my shaving cream. I laughed about this because I feel more alive, vibrant, and joyous now than I did when I was twenty.

I got a little more proof later on, as I walked through my tiny home and sat in my old, worn chair. Two cats quickly jumped on my lap while a smile leaped to my face. It seemed funny that, in this society where fame and fortune are looked on as everything, I had found so much joy in such a simple life with so little money.

It was a short time later that I got the greatest proof of all. The sun broke through the clouds, shone through my window, and gently warmed my face. Bathed in that golden light, I felt not only the heat of the sun but also the loving touch of God on my face, in my heart, and through my soul. I knew then that life's greatest joys can't be seen with the eyes at all.

Looks truly can be deceiving. Joy, love, energy and vitality don't end when your body gets old, but can continue until your last breath and beyond. Fame, fortune and material things may look nice on the surface, but they don't bring your heart and soul any lasting peace or happiness. This natural world we live in is both blessed and beautiful, but beyond it there is another world that is even more blessed and more beautiful.

We are only here for a short time. Let's not be deceived by appearances. Look at things with your eyes, but feel them with your heart and see them with your soul. Take care of your body, but know that you are much more. Work in this world, but always live in the Kingdom of Heaven. Do all the good you can, share all the love you can, and choose all the joy you can in this life. But know that an even greater life full of God's love and light awaits you…

Pastor's Quote of the Week
“He who would be great among you, let him become as the younger; while he who would be chief, let him become as one who serves. Who is the greater, he who sits at meat, or he who serves? Is it not commonly regarded that he who sits at meat is the greater? But you will observe that I am among you as one who serves. If you are willing to become fellow servants with me in doing the Father's will, in the kingdom to come you shall sit with me in power, still doing the Father's will in future glory."

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-179 Section-3 “Jesus”)

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        Help us to better understand that our Service to one another is truly Service also unto You.

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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