"Then I'll Be Happy"
(By Joseph J. Mazzella)

2-3-2009 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #575
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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”].

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

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Story of the Week
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Then I'll Be Happy
(By Joseph J. Mazzella)

For a good part of my life, I suffered from a disease. This disease dampened my spirits, drained me of my energy, and robbed me of my vitality. Sometimes it even made it hard to get out of bed in the morning. It made every part of my life more difficult and demanding. For a while, it looked like this disease would be a weight I would have to carry for the rest of my life. This disease was called, "And then I'll be happy."

I think I first caught it in middle school. During my younger years, I seemed to always enjoy the moment and relish each day of my life. At some point during those middle school years, however, I remember starting to look to the future more and more and enjoying today less and less.

At first, I thought getting into high school and being a teenager would make me happy. Then the dream switched to being the high school football star. That was followed by being on my own in college. Next, came having a great career and high paying job. Getting rich and having that big house followed, and after that, was the dream of raising a family. Then there was retiring and finally enjoying my life.

Each dream postponed my happiness a little further down the road. Finally, I realized that if I kept going this way, I would be dead before I was happy. That is when I came to see that it would be a lot better to be happy now than to live with this disease. Life, I knew, would always have fresh problems and frustrations, but I thought it would be a lot better to meet them with a happy heart and loving soul rather than waiting for life to be perfect.

These days, I am in remission. I still have occasional flare ups of "And then I'll be happy," but I heal them by knowing that I can choose love and joy every second of my life.

God loves us all so much and wants us to be happy today, tomorrow, and forever. Let's not let Him down. Choose love, share joy, and spread happiness with every moment we have.

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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 most Happy when You are a part of my life.

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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