"Everything you have done"
(©2007 By Bob Perks)

2-29-2008 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #481
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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”].

While today's contribution by Bob Perks may not be a story in the traditional sense of the word… it is Indeed a story of and for life. It is Truth of the highest order in my experience… and one that I try to share as often with people as I can…

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

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Story of the Week
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"Everything you have done"
(©2007 By Bob Perks)

"Everything you have done" is a reflection of all that you are.

Every step you have taken was necessary to get you to this point in time.

Even the times you felt lost and alone helped to build your integrity and bolster your self image.

If these times are a challenge and you're feeling down, remember the journey that took you to this place.

"Everything you have done" on this long and twisted road through life, had to have happened in order for you to be all you are today.

Do I believe in destiny, fate or choice?

Choice.

It is by far the greatest gift, next to the ability to love and be loved, that God has given us.

Yes, He has plans for you.  Greater plans than you could ever imagine, but He also has expectations.  Thus the gift of choice.

"Everything you have done" or will do, either adds to your potential or delays the fulfillment of His desire for you.

If you could make a map of the journey of your life, it may appear to you that you have traveled a long distance and yet, not gotten very far.

Stop comparing the world's standards to your accomplishments and see what God sees.

"Everything you have done" has brought you here.  It is, my friend, a good place to be.  For if you are at the lowest point in your life, thus far, you can celebrate.
 
From here, this very day, you can do anything you believe you can do.  Finish school, start a business, become an artist, become a doctor, a lawyer, a farmer, a teacher, first by understanding that believing is half the journey to becoming all you were created to be and thoughtful planning and action is the vehicle to get you there.

Excuses are the signs on a dead end road.

Finally accepting yourself, sometimes takes a lifetime.  But know that, by doing so, you honor the God who created you.

Go now, with "everything you have done," and finish the work that was started at the moment you were conceived.

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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"Take heed and keep yourselves free from covetousness; a man's life consists not in the abundance of the things which he may possess. Happiness comes not from the power of wealth, and joy springs not from riches. Wealth, in itself, is not a curse, but the love of riches many times leads to such devotion to the things of this world that the soul becomes blinded to the beautiful attractions of the spiritual realities of the kingdom of God on earth and to the joys of eternal life in heaven.”

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-165 Section-4)

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        I am happy with where You and I have come together over these years of my life. Thank You for allowing me to make the mistakes then showing to me the way to turn them into personal growth.

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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