"What Will You Become?"
(By: Steve Goodier)

10-4-2007 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #462

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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to Church Within's Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds”].

Last week's story was by Steve Goodier. Now I try to mix the authors of our stories up so that the same one doesn't show up all of the time or even on back to back weeks… but we've come upon some pretty darn good authors over the years like, Bob Perks, and Joseph Walker, and Al Batt, and Joe Mazzella and others as well that you will find numerous times in our SOW seeds Archives… well… and like … Steve Goodier who wrote This weeks story as well. It was, I thought, just too good to pass up for this week… so this time y'all got a back to back. ;-)

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

Story of the Week
What Will You Become?
(By: Steve Goodier)

"Is it true," a young boy asked his mother, "that we are made of dust?"

"Yes," she said.

"And is it true that we go back to dust again when we die?" he continued.

"Yes, dear."

"Well, Mommy, when I looked under my bed I saw someone who was coming or going, but I don't know which."

I'm afraid to look under MY bed....

There are times that we feel as if we don't know whether we are coming or going. But this little boy doesn't have to worry about people coming and going underneath his bed.

But did you know that all things are coming and going in a different way? Even people are constantly reshaped, remolded and re-created! Not from dust bunnies, but from life itself. Let me explain.

The Rocky Mountains in which I live are reshaped every year. Wind, water and ice erode them away about three inches every 1,000 years. That isn't much, but they are being re-formed all the time. A 10,000 foot peak will vanish every 40 million years! In fact, today's Rocky Mountains are the third version of earlier mountains that rose out of volcanic turbulence and eroded through the passage of time.

We may not see much of a difference in ourselves from day to day, but we, too, are shaped and reshaped. Everything that happens to us, the good and the bad, leaves its mark. Actually, we are not even the people we were yesterday!

But unlike mountains, we have a hand in our re-creation. Harsh experiences can erode and destroy, or we can use them to call forth beautiful inner qualities. Illness can actually create within us an attitude of compassion for others who suffer. Loss can help build strong bonds with others who care. Suffering of all kinds can be used to strengthen our faith.

Even good times can leave us different than they found us. We can use joy to hone a sense of humor and pleasant memories to cultivate a heart of gratitude. Everything shapes us. You and I are being re-created every minute of every day.

We are quite literally in the process of "becoming." The possibilities are exciting and wonderful. In a short time from now, you will be a different person than you are today.

The important question is: What will you become? Something extraordinary can happen when that question is answered seriously. What will you become? Your very life depends on your answer!

Pastor's Quote of the Week
And it is not so much what mind comprehends as what mind desires to comprehend that insures survival; it is not so much what mind is like as what mind is striving to be like that constitutes spirit identification. It is not so much that man is conscious of God as that man yearns for God that results in universe ascension. What you are today is not so important as what you are becoming day by day and in eternity.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-111 Section-1)

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        I can clearly see that through following You and trying to serve Your Cause, that I am really Becoming something! Thank You So Much for Your Help! Um… by the way Father… What is it exactly that I am becoming?
        You say I'll find out soon? Yeah well… would that be My Time soon or Your Time soon?

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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