"The Irony of the Rat Race Explained"
(Author Unknown)

4-7-2010 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #584
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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: Tom Newbill via Mark and Mary Rogers

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Story of the Week
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The Irony of the Rat Race Explained
(Author Unknown)

A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village.     An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.

"Not very long," answered the Mexican man.

"But then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the American.

The Mexican man explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.

The American asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"

"I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife.   In the evenings, I go into  the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs...I have a full life."

The American interrupted, "I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you!

You should start by fishing longer every day.
You can then sell the extra fish you catch.  
With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat.
With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and  a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers.
Instead of selling your fish to a middleman, you can negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant.
You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City!  From there you can direct your huge enterprise."

"How long would that take?" asked the Mexican.

"Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years," replied the American.

"And after that?"

"Afterwards?  That's when it gets really interesting," answered the American, laughing.  "When your business gets really big, you can start selling stocks and make millions!"

"Millions? Really?  And after that?"

"After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta, and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends!"

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.

(From: Voltaire (1694 - 1778 )

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Teach me again how to play!

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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