"Making A Living, And Living"
(By Joseph J. Mazzella)

7-26-2012 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #697

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

Story of the Week
“Making A Living, And Living”
(By Joseph J. Mazzella)

The best on the job training I ever got in my life came from a very special woman: my Mom. It happened when I was in my early twenties. I had just recently graduated from college but couldn't find that well-paying job I had been hoping for. With a wife and baby son to support at home, I found myself reluctantly taking a job as a busboy in a local restaurant. I was bitter, sad, and depressed to find myself working there, to say the least.

God works in mysterious ways, though, because that restaurant was the same one that my Mom had recently started working at after years of being a stay-at-home Mother. The first time I saw her come in the kitchen, it was like an extra light had been turned on. Her smile was returned by every one of the cooks, and her gentle laughter and sweet good humor made the shift go by quickly. Her concern for her fellow workers made them open up their hearts to her, and she was happy to fill those hearts with her compassion and love. She did her physical work well, but she did her spiritual work even better. And at the end of the day, she seemed to have even more energy than when she had started.

It was both strange and delightful to see my Mom in this new and wonderful way. I thought that I had learned all that she could teach me, but now, I was learning something brand new. I, and most of the other workers at that restaurant, were there just to make a living, but my Mom was actually LIVING. Her job and her joy had become one. She cooked up love on the stove and in the hearts of all those around her. She was doing Heaven's work here on Earth.

I have had a lot of jobs since then. Some have been backbreaking, and some have been inspiring, but I have always tried to follow Mom's example and tried to bring my love and joy to each one. May you do the same, and always LIVE while you make a living.

Pastor's Quote of the Week
        The religious challenge of this age is to those farseeing and forward-looking men and women of spiritual insight who will dare to construct a new and appealing philosophy of living out of the enlarged and exquisitely integrated modern concepts of cosmic truth, universe beauty, and divine goodness. Such a new and righteous vision of morality will attract all that is good in the mind of man and challenge that which is best in the human soul. Truth, beauty, and goodness are divine realities, and as man ascends the scale of spiritual living, these supreme qualities of the Eternal become increasingly co-ordinated and unified in God, who is love.

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-2 Section-7)

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        Having You in my life is Living.

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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