Good morning campbellsworld visitors.
This morning I’d like to share with you the Unity Church of the Tricities Message.
If you’ve been following the Unity Church posts I share each week, you know that they’re studying The Quest.
Well, I’ve been reading right along in these messages, and working on putting into practice some of what I’ve been learning.
The message today is about making changes.
To me it speaks volumes.
You see, for many years I kept going new places, trying new things, but I was doing just what they speak of here.
I was putting patches on old clothes and new wine into old skins.
There really is something to that lesson in Matthew and we’d all do well to seriously think about it.
It is true what is said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.”
Until you make the true change within, everything you do is going to remain just as it always was.
I’m slowly making changes. I am also slowly seeing result.
I’m never gonna be perfect, and I’m never going to get it all right all the time but I’m sure making progress and I haven’t been able to say that in a long time.
Have a look at the message for today and give making serious changes within your own self a try.
We all of us have room to improve so I believe there’s something here for everyone.
Thanks for reading, and if you happen to visit Unity Church of the Tricities as a result of this post, please be sure and let them know from where you heard of them.
As they say, “Live. Love. Learn.”
It’s not what you look at that matters. It’s what you see. – Henry David Thoreau
This Sunday at Unity Church of the Tri-Cities
On Sunday April 29th, Rev. Carolyn’s message will be “The Power in Relaxation.” The service will begin at 11am at Samadhi Healing Arts Center and will be supported by our popular “rockin’ reverent” music. Please stay for coffee and conversation. The Lending Library will be open before and after the service.
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The Quest: A Journey of Spiritual Rediscovery
by Richard and Mary-Alice Jafolla (We are currently in Chapter 17 “Inner Change”)
Making inner changes is your
greatest assignment during this
lifetime. Why put it off any longer?
Making new wineskins
“And no one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made. Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; if it is, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.” –Matthew 9:16-17
“Oh, I’m so glad you’re home!” Our friend’s voice was choked with emotion at the other end of the phone line.
She immediately began telling us of a very traumatic incident she had just experienced. “I was driving along Shore Lane when I came upon a woman crying hysterically along the side of the road. Her dog, a large black Labrador, had just been struck by a hit-and-run driver. I stopped my car and ran over to the pitiful pair. The poor dog seemed mortally injured, writhing in pain and obviously in shock. Without even thinking, I put my hand on the woman’s shoulder to comfort her. Then she and I tried to lift the animal into my car, but it was no use. The dog was in such pain and clearly on the verge of death. I stayed while he died in the woman’s arms. After it was over, I couldn’t help hugging her.”
Our friend sighed when she finished the story. There were several seconds of silence before her trembling voice confided, “A year ago I would have just kept on driving.”
NEW WINE, OLD WINESKINS
What happens to people that makes them act in new ways? What kind of changes have to take place for us to live different lives—to be, in effect, different people?
We change our residences to new locations, often believing that the farther the move, the bigger the change. We change jobs. We change outer appearances, have a “make-over” and get a new look with a new wardrobe. We even change spouses. Many of us have tried some or all of these, sometimes several times!
We’ve found, however, it doesn’t work. It is sewing a patch of new material on an old cloth, or pouring new wine into an old wineskin. Eventually the old cloth and the old wineskin win out, and the new are weakened and rendered ineffectual. Unless the original is different, is changed, the new is worthless. No matter where we move, what job we take, how we style and clothe ourselves, or whom we marry, we still take the “old us” along. Only the outer has changed.
An acquaintance of ours had always hated his hometown, blaming it for all of his troubles, which included being expelled from high school for constant fighting, to a stint in jail for embezzlement, to multiple divorces. He had always wanted to move to San Francisco because, “I know if I can just move out of this rotten town, everything will change.”
At the time we met him he was involved with a woman who verbally and emotionally abused him to the extent that no one wanted to be in their company when they were together. He was deeply in debt because of his profligate spending habits and had just been fired from his fourth job. He was always complaining and lamenting the fact that he couldn’t decide what to do for a living. “But if I can just get to San Francisco, things will be different.”
The man did move to San Francisco. One day he just up and left his northeast home. After all, wasn’t that the cause of all of his problems? Yet in only eight months, he perfectly re-created in San Francisco all of the circumstances that had been in his life back East: the same woman with a different name and different face, the same debts in differing amounts and owed to different people, the same inability to keep a job, the same ambivalence about his life.
This man tried to sew a new patch (San Francisco) on old cloth (his unchanged consciousness). The “new wine” of his changed setting was not compatible with the “old wineskin” of his unaltered attitudes and beliefs and actions. He had attempted a geographic cure for his troubles, thinking that if he moved, they would not follow him. They did.
Follow us weekly as we go exploring on The Quest. More hints along the path of spiritual rediscovery will be revealed each week.
Live. Love. Learn. Church of the Daily Word.
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Rev. Carolyn Claiborne, Minister