"Special Thoughts"
(By Linda Neukrug - From: Daily Guideposts 01/28/2002)

7-15-2010 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #597
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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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Special Thoughts
(By Linda Neukrug - From: Daily Guideposts 01/28/2002)

"Linda, if beating yourself up were an Olympic sport, you'd win a gold medal!"

Annabel, my close friend, stunned me with that blunt observation after I told her how I had mishandled a situation with a student in a third-grade class where I was substituting.

"I should never have let him go to the boy's room without a pass! It was my fault he got into trouble with the hall monitor! I'm so stupid!"

My friend burst out laughing, then made her "Olympic" comment. After a brief period of reflection I had to admit that she was right. I did put myself down an awful lot. Why, just during the previous day I had called myself "a slob" for having some papers spread out on my desk, "ugly" when I left the house without makeup and "an idiot" when I left the house for an emergency substitute job without my emergency lesson plan.

In a more reflective tone, Annabel said, "I once took a workshop at church where the woman in charge had us list all the mean things we say about ourselves."

"How many did you have on your list?" I asked.

"Fifteen," she confessed. "But then the teacher said, 'Now turn to the person next to you and say all the items on your list as if you were speaking to that person!'"

My jaw dropped. "What did you do?"

"Nothing. Nobody did. We all just sat there, until I said, 'I could never say these things to anyone else!'"

"And our teacher replied, 'Well, if you can't say them to anyone else, then don't ever say them to yourself!'"

My friend had a point. I would never insult a child of God, and I'm God's child, too!

God, today let me be as kind to myself as I would be to any of Your other children.

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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The Master looked upon men as the sons of God and foresaw a magnificent and eternal future for those who chose survival. He was not a moral skeptic; he viewed man positively, not negatively. He saw most men as weak rather than wicked, more distraught than depraved. But no matter what their status, they were all God's children and his brethren.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-196 Section-2)

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Please teach us each how to Love the way You love.

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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