"What Are We Raising?"
(Author Unknown --as seen in hiswillbedone )

8-11-2010 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #601

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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

Story of the Week
What Are We Raising?
(Author Unknown --as seen in hiswillbedone )

Two young boys were playing catch and running around with their father in the family's yard. Their mother would often come out and say, "You're tearing up the grass." The boys' father would reply, "Honey, we're not raising grass - we're raising boys." And one of those boys grew up to be a member of the baseball Hall of Fame - Harmon Killebrew.

Raising boys - and not grass. How incredibly insightful!

We once belonged to a church that had just built a new Family Life Center at the then undreamed of price of $500,000.00. It was really pretty nice for a church of this size. As the youth Sunday School teachers, we asked to let the youth have a night to use the building, which included a gym and racquetball court.

NO, was the Deacons response. They might tear it up, and besides......it might bring undesirables into the church.

I had never thought of it at the time, but they were, indeed, worried more about raising buildings than children...or disciples.

No, we ought never just let kids tear things up, since that would be poor stewardship of the resources...and the kids. They need to learn how to take proper care of things, but sometimes, stuff happens. Figurines get broken. Bumpers get dented. Dresses get stained.

And are we remembering that we are raising children - and/or disciples - not "grass" - or cars, figurines, or buildings (houses and churches)?

The first talk at an Emmaus Walk is the talk on priorities. It sure makes sense, because if you can't remember what your priorities (priority, really) are, then nothing will ever be right.

If priorities are not right, then we worry more if the kids tear up the grass, than if we are teaching them to try hard, don't be afraid to mess up/strike out/drop the ball/miss the shot on goal/etc., and maybe even work on their sports skills, as well. If priorities are not right, then million dollar organs become much more important than minimum wage missionaries. If priorities are not right, then we worry more about "stuff" (things), than people. If priorities are nor right, we forget we're gonna tear up some grass to raise some boys (and soccer Warrior Princesses).

It might be a good thing for all parents and churches to look at whether they are really in the business of raising grass... or children and disciples. That grass sure looks good when it is right, but do you think we might put up with some brown patches knowing that we got some future Hall of Famers from playing on it. Just think how silly will it look to be sitting around the Throne having to explain that the "grass" (or building paint or inside of the church van) was more important than whether Susie or Johnny became the disciples they could have become.

Pastor's Quote of the Week
        Children are permanently impressed only by the loyalties of their adult associates; precept or even example is not lastingly influential. Loyal persons are growing persons, and growth is an impressive and inspiring reality. Live loyally today — grow — and tomorrow will attend to itself. The quickest way for a tadpole to become a frog is to live loyally each moment as a tadpole.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-100 Section-1)

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        Help each to become as a little child… your little child!

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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