"Can You Wait?"
(By: Steve Goodier)

10-8-2011 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #659
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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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Can You Wait?
(By: Steve Goodier)

Have you noticed that a lot of us not only want to have this thing or that, but we want to have it NOW? I heard that the average American spends one entire year of life watching television commercials, where they are told again and again that they can have whatever they want and they can have it now.

First we want it. Then we get it. Then we wonder why we wanted it. Then we get it again.

The First National Bank in one Midwest American town came up with a billboard advertising slogan: "Loans make life easier, at FIRST." Yes, at first they do. But later....

I talked with a couple who will be married soon. They mentioned that someone in the family gave them an early wedding gift: a course of study in personal money management. They are learning to be patient and to save their money for whatever they want. I told them that someday they may look back on that gift with great appreciation.

There was a study about children, marshmallows and delayed gratification. Researchers found that children who can delay gratification by saving marshmallows until a later time turn out to be happier and better adjusted later in life. We feel better when we are in control of our desires and, particularly, our behaviors.

The temptation is to have it NOW. One man wrote to me and said:

Steve,
I have learned that everything in life is instant gratification. I just don't know the instant it will happen. So I just do what is in front of me to do, be patient, and wait for that instant.

Great advice! I have two questions for you:

1. What do you want to have?
2. Can you wait?

Chances are, if you can answer yes to the second question, you will be sure to find plenty of contentment and peace.

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew.

(From: Saint Francis de Sales (1567 - 1622 )

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Help me to better appreciate Your timing.

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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