Joyful Noise

U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter, and Inspiration

 Gazebo

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon, http://safedoti@aol.com. Volume 8 page 43 (10-22-09)

AFFIRMATION

I am a minister, led by spirit to help people heal

and find their spiritual path.

There’s no more potent way to thank God for your gifts or to increase them, than by sharing them. You will be given as much power in the world as you are willing to use on God’s behalf.

Think of your career as your ministry. Make your work an expression of love in service to mankind. Within the worldly illusion, we all have different jobs. Some of us are artists, some of us are business people, some of us are scientists, etc. But in the real world that lies beyond all this, we all have the same job: to minister to human hearts. All of us are here as ministers of God

          One of the things I’ve realized is that, actually, there has been only one career. I’ve had many jobs, but they all had one basic element in common: me. The form of the work had mainly to do with where I was at that time in my life, and every form taught me something essential to my “career development.”

          As an owner of a metaphysical bookstore, foster mother to distressed teenagers, a buyer for Lockheed Missiles and Space, owner of a bar in Las Vegas or a spiritual counselor, I was helping people find their spiritual path.

As ministers of God, we let our careers be an expression of our own depth, that is, what really matters to us. Knowing that we are acting on behalf of a higher purpose than our own self-aggrandizement gives us the joy we’re all seeking. Whatever we do, whatever our job, it can be a vessel through which we teach God’s message – “Love One Another.”

          We don’t necessarily teach this verbally, but rather non-verbally. We teach by example. The problem most people have is that they’re more concerned with the mode of their expression than with what they’re seeking to express.

          “God, please use me” is the most powerful affirmation we can say for an abundant career. It is the miracle worker’s prayer. Everybody wants a great job. Accept that it’s already been given you. The fact that you’re alive means a function has been assigned to you: open your heart to everyone and everything. That way you’re a vessel of God. Don’t worry about what to say or what to do. God will let you know.

          Our job is to tend to our own growth as people, our grace, integrity and humility. We need no other goal. The core of our being then grows into a substantial power, externally as well as internally. Our ministry becomes a direct line of creation, from God through us to all.

          And that one Voice appoints your function and relays it to you, giving you the strength to understand it, do what it entails, and to succeed in everything you do that is related to it.

                        A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson

          “Within this gathering of friends, we learn to listen to the voice within, the voice that asks…What’s next?…Where is the meaning?…What is my purpose? We are seekers…learning to discover and share our visions, our purpose, and ourselves.”

                   Danetta from the UCM Catalog of Ministerial Courses

Kids talk about God

You should always go to church on Sunday because it makes God happy, and if there’s anybody you want to make happy, it’s God. Don’t skip church to do something you think will be more fun like going to the beach. This is wrong. And besides, the sun doesn’t come out at the beach until noon anyway.

If you don’t believe in God, besides being an atheist, you will be very lonely, because your parents can’t go everywhere with you, like to camp, but God can. It is good to know He’s around you when you’re scared in the dark or when you can’t swim very good and you get thrown into real deep water by big kids. But, you shouldn’t just always think of what God can do for you. I figure God put me here and He can take me back anytime He pleases. And that’s why I believe in God.”

Fun One-Liners

Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisors.

It is easier to preach ten sermons than it is to live one.

If the church wants a better pastor, it only needs to pray for the one it has.

God loves everyone but probably prefers “fruits of the spirit”

over “religious nuts!”

We don’t change the message, the message changes us.

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