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February 14, 2017
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The Pride of Earner-Ship and Ownership: Experience It and Enjoy It

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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby Schuller: Would you stand with me now?
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  • And we're gonna say this creed together.
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  • Hold your hands out like this as a sign of receiving.
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  • "I'm not what I do. I'm not what I have.
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  • I'm not what people say about me.
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  • I am the beloved of God. It's who I am.
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  • No one can take it from me. I don't have to worry.
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  • I don't have to hurry.
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  • I can trust my friend Jesus and share his love with the world."
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  • Thanks, you can be seated.
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  • I wanna just say really one thing today, and that's simply
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  • this, that you truly do have something to offer this world.
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  • I think that so many times in life there are things
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  • that make us sick.
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  • Obviously, life makes us get older.
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  • We have all sorts of challenges in life, and unfinished
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  • symphonies, and things that make us think, "I'm at a place
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  • in my life where I've already given what I could give.
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  • I have nothing left to give to this world."
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  • And that is a lie.
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  • That is one of the greatest, most debilitating lies
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  • you can hear.
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  • And I just wanna say whatever you're going through today,
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  • whatever is facing you, whatever challenge is before you,
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  • if you hear anything I say today,
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  • it's that God has a great plan for you.
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  • I just believe that.
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  • One of my core convictions in life is simply this, that if you
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  • have a beating heart, you have a calling from God.
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  • You have a purpose.
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  • One of the things that gets people so messed up in this
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  • conversation is everybody thinks we have, like,
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  • one calling, like, one big overarching calling.
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  • And like, so people get depressed
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  • if they haven't found it.
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  • Or if maybe you were in it, and you got fired,
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  • or you lost it, or something happened.
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  • And you're like, "Well, my calling's over now."
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  • And I just don't believe that.
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  • I believe people have lots of callings.
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  • Jesus has disciples.
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  • He's always telling 'em different things to do.
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  • And I believe that every calling you have
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  • is gonna make you smarter.
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  • It's gonna make you better.
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  • It's gonna make you tougher, and it's gonna prepare you and give
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  • you all the tools you need for the next calling.
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  • And one of my favorite jobs ever was when I was 16, actually.
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  • And I took this job with my dad.
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  • I didn't really know how to use tools, and I was staying at my
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  • dad's house, and he was the pastor at Rancho Capistrano.
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  • And it's this big, you know, sprawling ranch,
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  • mostly orange groves, and it had a retreat center
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  • and the church on top of the hill, and a little school.
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  • But the school was out of session 'cause it was summer.
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  • And he said, "You're gonna go be the handyman at the church."
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  • And so I got put under this guy Tim Holstein, who always--
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  • old man, really good with tools, kind of tough
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  • and rugged but nice.
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  • He was always like, "Do it right the first time."
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  • You know, that was what he used to always say.
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  • I don't know why he'd say that.
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  • But anyway, it was such a great job, and I kinda took it
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  • a little bit kicking and screaming
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  • because, well, first,
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  • you had to be there at 6:30 in the morning.
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  • And when you're a teenager, that's like, you might as well
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  • just not to go to bed and just stay up and go to work.
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  • And it was hard, you know?
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  • And so I would get there and start working from 6:30 to 2:30.
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  • But there were so many times, like, just waking up in, like,
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  • a warm, California, summer morning, you know,
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  • with just the sun rising, with my tools, and like,
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  • working on stuff.
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  • It just was awesome.
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  • I mean, I did, I built stairs, and handrails,
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  • and sound equipment, and I became a locksmith.
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  • I made a master key for the whole campus, and fixed the
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  • sprinklers, and the ranch became such a treasure to me because
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  • I was the one in charge of really caring for the property.
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  • So much so that, like, when I was told that I had to put
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  • yellow tape on all the stairs for handicap, I was like,
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  • "No, it's too beautiful for yellow tape."
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  • So I got these stencils and painted yellow flowers on
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  • the stairs instead of tape so that it would still look Spanish
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  • and nice and pretty.
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  • And even to this day I have a special place in my heart
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  • for the--I go every Friday.
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  • I go there for hours to pray and to think about this church,
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  • and it's like a spiritual home for me.
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  • And I think it's, in large part, because I worked there.
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  • And I didn't just work there.
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  • I cared for the property.
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  • And so what I wanna say to you is maybe you think about a time
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  • in which you had a hobby, or something that you did with your
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  • hands, or a craft, or something that you were learning,
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  • and it really brought you to life.
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  • Maybe you're in a place now where you haven't done
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  • a lot of that.
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  • Maybe your job has taken you away from,
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  • you know, your real passion.
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  • Or maybe, or whatever, I just wanna say to you that that is
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  • such a good thing, to build, and to make,
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  • and to co-create with God.
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  • And I think that one of the greatest needs we have is
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  • to have a purpose in this way, meaning that we have
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  • something to offer to the world.
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  • If you're a baker or a photographer or a gardener
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  • or a tailor, or you own a business,
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  • or whatever it is that you do,
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  • maybe you're a researcher, or maybe you're a writer,
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  • whatever it is that you do, whatever it is you make,
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  • whatever it is you offer the world,
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  • I want you to know it's a treasure
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  • and you should keep doing that.
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  • There is something really great about the things
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  • we make with our hands that bring us spiritual life.
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  • Because when we make something, it becomes, essentially,
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  • a gift for others, even if we get paid for it.
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  • And hopefully, you do 'cause that's the best job ever.
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  • You are offering the world a treasure.
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  • And generosity, that kind of generosity, always comes
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  • from a place of sufficiency.
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  • So if you're offering something from the world, there's
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  • a feeling or a sense that, "I have enough," or a contentment,
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  • a peace that comes from being a maker, from being a creator,
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  • from giving to others, from living life with this open hand.
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  • And if you know what I'm talking about, you know that great
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  • feeling of building, of making, of creating, of writing, that
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  • when you're doing that, you are taking on the character of God.
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  • The Bible says that, "We are all made in his image."
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  • And philosophers and theologians love
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  • to talk about what that means.
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  • But I think one of the main ways that that's true is
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  • the very fact that we create.
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  • God is the most creative, imaginative, over-the-top,
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  • prodigal, wasteful person in the universe.
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  • He just loves to do amazing things.
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  • The whole cosmos is his tapestry, as we were talking
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  • about earlier, and sometimes for no real purpose other
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  • than just raw beauty.
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  • Maybe there's a greater purpose to it, but it's just amazing to
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  • think that God, from the biggest things in the universe to the
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  • smallest things, is so elaborate and creative, limitless.
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  • And that's the God we serve.
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  • And we are like him in that character.
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  • And the more our thinking becomes limitless, and the more
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  • our behavior becomes creative, the more alive we become.
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  • So whoever you are, I want you to know that maybe if you find
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  • yourself in a slump, you have a great purpose on your life,
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  • a huge calling.
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  • And the only thing that is coming between you and walking
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  • in that calling is everything that goes on up here.
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  • All the messages you hear from the world, all the comparison
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  • you do with other people who are succeeding in ways that you
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  • wanna succeed, I wanna tell you that you can do
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  • great things for God.
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  • When we make, when we create, and when we build,
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  • there's a certain, like, self-respect or pride or joy
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  • that comes in the things we make.
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  • I met a carpenter once who built this toy.
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  • And he was, and it was just a little wooden toy.
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  • It was pretty. It was really nice.
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  • But he was talking about the finish, and the sanding,
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  • and all this stuff, and there's just a certain pride
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  • and dignity and self-respect that comes with being
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  • really good at something,
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  • with having a hobby or a trade that you can offer the world.
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  • And maybe you're in this place where you think,
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  • "I have nothing to offer the world."
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  • And I wanna tell you, you do.
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  • You do.
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  • I'm asking you today to open your spiritual ears.
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  • Open your spiritual eyes and see that God has
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  • a great calling for you.
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  • And this source of joy that comes from being a creator,
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  • from being a maker, is so good that that is the very thing
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  • that makes theft or being stolen from so galling.
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  • I once had a--somebody broke into my car and stole $20
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  • from the middle console.
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  • And it was so funny the way they did this
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  • because I left my car unlocked.
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  • So the door was open when I went outside.
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  • But like, not, like, they opened up the glovebox
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  • but placed everything, like, neatly on the floor.
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  • Like, all the napkins that I just shove in there were all,
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  • like, in a nice little stack.
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  • And there's a center console that has, like, a tray,
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  • and then the stuff that's below.
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  • And the tray has, like, knickknacks in it, you know,
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  • like, you know, screws, and pencils, and things.
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  • And that was, like, neatly set on the seat.
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  • And then, like, my $20 was gone.
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  • But the center console was open, and the glove box was open,
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  • and the door was open.
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  • And even still, it was the most polite thief ever.
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  • But the fact that somebody would break into my car
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  • and take my $20 still bothers me to this day.
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  • And it's really hard.
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  • And today we're talking about that.
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  • Today we're talking about the Eighth Commandment.
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  • We're in a series on the Ten Commandments,
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  • and we're talking about "Thou shalt not steal."
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  • And we wanna talk about the importance
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  • of the opposite of that.
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  • The heart of stealing, and we're gonna talk about this in a bit,
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  • is an entitlement, a fear, and a hurry.
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  • But the opposite of stealing is earning.
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  • It's making.
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  • It's doing something that you can take a pride in,
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  • living from a place of sufficiency.
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  • People steal all the time, by the way.
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  • And a lot of people that are stealing constantly don't think
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  • of themselves as thieves.
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  • Thieves rarely see the fact that they actually are a thief.
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  • Almost any time people break the Ten Commandments
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  • they justify what they do.
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  • So, people steal all the time.
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  • People steal software. People steal music.
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  • People steal clothing by buying a clothing article,
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  • wearing it to the event, and then returning it.
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  • And you can steal people's reputation, you know?
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  • If you say something in public that's really rotten
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  • about somebody, or you lie about somebody,
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  • or even you take something that's kind of personal
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  • but very flawed about another person and tell others about it,
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  • even if it's true, you are stealing
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  • that person's reputation.
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  • So people do this all the time.
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  • And I just wanna say that you don't need to steal anything.
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  • You don't need to steal.
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  • You don't need to be a taker. You're a maker.
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  • And that's what we're gonna talk about.
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  • I believe the antidote to stealing is the pride and the
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  • joy that comes from earning, from making, from building,
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  • from thriving in an area that you've chosen.
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  • I think at the heart of stealing is entitlement.
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  • And very often, the very people that criticize entitlement
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  • are some of the most entitled people.
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  • So I don't wanna pick on anybody in particular, but I just see
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  • lots and lots of entitlement from so many people, that,
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  • "The world owes me something."
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  • And the reason I think entitlement is at the heart
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  • of thievery is because the thief always blames the victim.
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  • The thief says, "They shouldn't have left their wallet out.
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  • Somebody else would've taken it."
  • 00:11:41.080 --> 00:11:42.200
  • The thief says, "They shouldn't have left their car unlocked."
  • 00:11:42.210 --> 00:11:44.240
  • The thief says, "Oh, they have so much money,
  • 00:11:44.250 --> 00:11:46.270
  • they'll never know they missed it."
  • 00:11:46.280 --> 00:11:49.020
  • The thief says, "Well, I'm only stealing from another thief."
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  • Did you know that's immoral?
  • 00:11:51.200 --> 00:11:53.060
  • You can't steal from thieves.
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  • Just because they're a thief, if you steal from them,
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  • that makes you a thief, too, right?
  • 00:11:56.270 --> 00:11:59.100
  • I mean, rationally, that means that other people
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  • can steal from you too.
  • 00:12:01.000 --> 00:12:02.100
  • There are two types of people in the world.
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  • There's the type of person that says,
  • 00:12:03.290 --> 00:12:05.120
  • "What does the world owe me?"
  • 00:12:05.130 --> 00:12:07.130
  • And there's the person that says,
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  • "What do I owe the world?"
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  • And you are that latter person.
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  • You're the person that says, "This world is going to be
  • 00:12:12.090 --> 00:12:14.100
  • better because I contributed.
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  • I did something.
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  • I made a difference in this world."
  • 00:12:17.220 --> 00:12:19.090
  • And I think the biggest lie that the enemy wants to tell you
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  • is that because of whatever disadvantages you have,
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  • or whatever hand that was dealt to you,
  • 00:12:23.260 --> 00:12:25.210
  • that you really can't ever really contribute,
  • 00:12:25.220 --> 00:12:30.050
  • that you always have to be a taker.
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  • You can never be a maker. Don't believe it.
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  • You have a lot to give to this world.
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  • You have something amazing to offer this world.
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  • And the more you do it, and the more needs you meet of other
  • 00:12:38.160 --> 00:12:40.270
  • people, the more you help others and create things and build
  • 00:12:40.280 --> 00:12:43.100
  • things, the more you become a maker and less of a taker,
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  • and that's a good thing.
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  • You'll find incredible life in that.
  • 00:12:47.260 --> 00:12:51.080
  • And so I wanna end with just seven steps to an awesome life.
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  • So the first thing I would say to you is this.
  • 00:12:56.000 --> 00:12:58.230
  • The main thing that's standing between you and your destiny,
  • 00:12:58.240 --> 00:13:01.280
  • your victory, and your purpose is all the stuff
  • 00:13:01.290 --> 00:13:04.100
  • that's going on up right in here.
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  • Today is the last day you're going to stop blaming people
  • 00:13:06.290 --> 00:13:09.270
  • for all your problems.
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  • Today is the last day you're gonna make excuses
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  • and point at everybody else in the world.
  • 00:13:15.000 --> 00:13:17.000
  • Listen, the world is going to hit you.
  • 00:13:17.010 --> 00:13:19.020
  • It is. It's gonna hit you.
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  • But when that happens, just let it go.
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  • Don't blame others.
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  • The greatest scientist today, one of the greatest scientists
  • 00:13:25.110 --> 00:13:28.280
  • today, Stephen Hawking, is quadriplegic, in a way.
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  • The greatest entrepreneur that lived in my lifetime,
  • 00:13:32.130 --> 00:13:35.000
  • Steve Jobs, grew up an orphan.
  • 00:13:35.010 --> 00:13:37.170
  • The greatest saint in my lifetime, Mother Teresa,
  • 00:13:37.180 --> 00:13:39.280
  • was a poor Albanian woman who accomplished so much,
  • 00:13:39.290 --> 00:13:45.270
  • had probably more influence than, I mean, incredible.
  • 00:13:45.280 --> 00:13:50.150
  • And love him or hate him, the most powerful man in the world
  • 00:13:50.160 --> 00:13:53.180
  • alive today, the president of the United States,
  • 00:13:53.190 --> 00:13:55.270
  • is a black man raised by a single mom.
  • 00:13:55.280 --> 00:13:58.270
  • So whatever things you think that the media, or that life,
  • 00:13:58.280 --> 00:14:04.130
  • or that your colleagues, or whoever, that tell you are gonna
  • 00:14:04.140 --> 00:14:08.230
  • keep you from succeeding, I want you to know that whatever
  • 00:14:08.240 --> 00:14:10.220
  • setbacks you have, whatever challenges you have in life,
  • 00:14:10.230 --> 00:14:13.230
  • you have everything you need to overcome them.
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  • You can do it.
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  • You can succeed in life, and you can achieve the things that God
  • 00:14:17.130 --> 00:14:20.250
  • has called you to do if you can overcome all of the excuses
  • 00:14:20.260 --> 00:14:24.270
  • that are going on in your brain.
  • 00:14:24.280 --> 00:14:27.180
  • I had this picture that I also stole from the Internet.
  • 00:14:27.190 --> 00:14:29.290
  • I don't wanna take credit for it 'cause I don't wanna steal,
  • 00:14:30.000 --> 00:14:32.120
  • but this is where all these major companies started,
  • 00:14:32.130 --> 00:14:37.100
  • someone's garage.
  • 00:14:37.110 --> 00:14:40.010
  • It just started there.
  • 00:14:40.020 --> 00:14:41.230
  • Somebody didn't make an excuse for the fact they
  • 00:14:41.240 --> 00:14:43.110
  • didn't have enough capital.
  • 00:14:43.120 --> 00:14:45.050
  • They believed in themselves and they believed in their idea,
  • 00:14:45.060 --> 00:14:47.230
  • and they really just went for it.
  • 00:14:47.240 --> 00:14:50.040
  • Never stop learning.
  • 00:14:50.050 --> 00:14:52.060
  • Almost every problem you have in life is a knowledge problem,
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  • even if your problem is cancer.
  • 00:14:56.180 --> 00:14:58.090
  • There is a cure to cancer out there.
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  • We just need to learn what it is.
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  • We need to find it. So never stop learning.
  • 00:15:03.010 --> 00:15:05.180
  • Never stop discovering. Never stop reading.
  • 00:15:05.190 --> 00:15:08.170
  • Whatever adversity that you're facing in life,
  • 00:15:08.180 --> 00:15:11.250
  • turn your adversity into your advantage.
  • 00:15:11.260 --> 00:15:15.000
  • I see people do this all the time.
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  • Don't use adversity as a crutch.
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  • Don't allow it to be your big excuse about why you're not
  • 00:15:21.060 --> 00:15:24.080
  • going anywhere in your life.
  • 00:15:24.090 --> 00:15:26.010
  • Turn your adversity into your advantage.
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  • You're smart enough to do that.
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  • One of the guys that does that was,
  • 00:15:29.200 --> 00:15:31.040
  • he was here last week, Nick Vujicic.
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  • Did you like Nick, by the way?
  • 00:15:32.180 --> 00:15:33.270
  • He was great, huh?
  • 00:15:33.280 --> 00:15:36.060
  • Nick Vujicic, if you weren't here last week, is an Australian
  • 00:15:36.070 --> 00:15:39.010
  • guy, my age, born with no arms and no legs.
  • 00:15:39.020 --> 00:15:43.140
  • And the guy, one, doesn't make excuses.
  • 00:15:43.150 --> 00:15:45.220
  • He, like surfs.
  • 00:15:45.230 --> 00:15:47.030
  • He's apparently the fastest swimmer I know.
  • 00:15:47.040 --> 00:15:49.230
  • But aside from that, he uses this major disadvantage,
  • 00:15:49.240 --> 00:15:53.070
  • obviously, not having arms and legs, and he made it a huge
  • 00:15:53.080 --> 00:15:55.270
  • advantage for his goal in life, which is to share the gospel
  • 00:15:55.280 --> 00:15:59.080
  • with every human being on earth, 7 billion people.
  • 00:15:59.090 --> 00:16:02.140
  • And he's one of the few people that, you know what?
  • 00:16:02.150 --> 00:16:04.140
  • He just might actually do that.
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  • Can I just say you don't need the world to be fair?
  • 00:16:06.230 --> 00:16:09.280
  • You don't need to make the world fair.
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  • You're smart enough to use whatever disadvantage
  • 00:16:12.050 --> 00:16:14.130
  • you have to your advantage, and to thrive,
  • 00:16:14.140 --> 00:16:17.210
  • and to do great things for God.
  • 00:16:17.220 --> 00:16:20.160
  • Be resilient.
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  • Learn that every time you fail
  • 00:16:24.280 --> 00:16:26.170
  • you're a little closer to victory.
  • 00:16:26.180 --> 00:16:28.250
  • Learn that in every failure, every time you fall down, that
  • 00:16:28.260 --> 00:16:31.160
  • there is a lesson to be learned that will help you grow.
  • 00:16:31.170 --> 00:16:34.160
  • If you like video games and you like RPGs, you know that every
  • 00:16:34.170 --> 00:16:38.190
  • time you have a battle you get one bit closer to leveling up.
  • 00:16:38.200 --> 00:16:42.260
  • You guys have no idea what I'm talking about, do you?
  • 00:16:42.270 --> 00:16:46.280
  • That's too bad.
  • 00:16:46.290 --> 00:16:48.170
  • That wasn't in my notes. I just went for it.
  • 00:16:48.180 --> 00:16:50.090
  • But right as I was in the middle of it, I said, "Abort, abort."
  • 00:16:50.100 --> 00:16:56.040
  • Be resilient. Learn from your failure.
  • 00:16:56.050 --> 00:16:58.070
  • When you face trials, and when you get beat down,
  • 00:16:58.080 --> 00:17:01.000
  • if you just got fired, there is a lesson
  • 00:17:01.010 --> 00:17:03.150
  • to learn in all of that.
  • 00:17:03.160 --> 00:17:05.010
  • And our reaction, usually, if you get fired, if you get picked
  • 00:17:05.020 --> 00:17:07.150
  • on, if you fail at something, your gut reaction is to blame
  • 00:17:07.160 --> 00:17:10.130
  • the person that fired you, or to blame circumstance, or to make
  • 00:17:10.140 --> 00:17:14.010
  • an excuse, rather than really look at your own life and look
  • 00:17:14.020 --> 00:17:17.050
  • at ways that you can improve, mistakes that you made,
  • 00:17:17.060 --> 00:17:19.260
  • things that you did right, things you did wrong.
  • 00:17:19.270 --> 00:17:21.200
  • It's also an opportunity to just ask someone,
  • 00:17:21.210 --> 00:17:24.000
  • "How could I be better?"
  • 00:17:24.010 --> 00:17:25.150
  • So be resilient. Never give up.
  • 00:17:25.160 --> 00:17:27.240
  • Keep pressing forward.
  • 00:17:27.250 --> 00:17:30.030
  • Make sure in your life to take time to rest and time to dream.
  • 00:17:30.040 --> 00:17:37.030
  • In our life, this is something that I learned this year,
  • 00:17:37.040 --> 00:17:41.110
  • there's something really important
  • 00:17:41.120 --> 00:17:43.030
  • about taking time to do nothing.
  • 00:17:43.040 --> 00:17:46.050
  • Very often we work so hard that when we do have free time,
  • 00:17:46.060 --> 00:17:49.170
  • we waste it all on entertainment.
  • 00:17:49.180 --> 00:17:51.150
  • And I love entertainment.
  • 00:17:51.160 --> 00:17:53.050
  • But we allocate all our time to sleep and entertainment,
  • 00:17:53.060 --> 00:17:57.090
  • to go and watch TV, or you know, fool around on the Internet,
  • 00:17:57.100 --> 00:18:01.200
  • and then finally just go to bed.
  • 00:18:01.210 --> 00:18:03.090
  • I just wanna say it is so good to take some time to just sit in
  • 00:18:03.100 --> 00:18:07.080
  • a chair and think, to look at the fireplace with a cup of tea,
  • 00:18:07.090 --> 00:18:11.150
  • or to sit somewhere beautiful and not have a book, or not have
  • 00:18:11.160 --> 00:18:14.280
  • a journal, or a laptop, or anything playing, or even
  • 00:18:14.290 --> 00:18:17.180
  • somebody near you, to just be alone with you and God.
  • 00:18:17.190 --> 00:18:22.200
  • And I believe with all my heart,
  • 00:18:22.210 --> 00:18:24.250
  • rest is the birthplace of vision.
  • 00:18:24.260 --> 00:18:27.240
  • If you need a new vision for your life, if you need a new
  • 00:18:27.250 --> 00:18:30.060
  • goal, if you're like, "I don't know what I'm supposed
  • 00:18:30.070 --> 00:18:32.040
  • to do with my life," take some time to not do something
  • 00:18:32.050 --> 00:18:35.160
  • and allow God to birth out of that space vision.
  • 00:18:35.170 --> 00:18:38.210
  • It won't happen the first time probably,
  • 00:18:38.220 --> 00:18:40.140
  • but just keep doing it.
  • 00:18:40.150 --> 00:18:41.260
  • You know, I keep a beach chair in the back of my Camry
  • 00:18:41.270 --> 00:18:45.100
  • on the odds that I see something beautiful here
  • 00:18:45.110 --> 00:18:47.050
  • in Southern California, and it happens a lot.
  • 00:18:47.060 --> 00:18:48.280
  • I just pull over, and there's no bench or anything.
  • 00:18:48.290 --> 00:18:50.230
  • I just pull that beach chair out and I go sit in the woods,
  • 00:18:50.240 --> 00:18:53.170
  • or sit on a cliff, or sit on the beach.
  • 00:18:53.180 --> 00:18:56.250
  • And some of those times have been some of the best spaces
  • 00:18:56.260 --> 00:18:58.270
  • where God really spoke to me, and I got all these ideas,
  • 00:18:58.280 --> 00:19:01.070
  • all these great ideas.
  • 00:19:01.080 --> 00:19:03.140
  • So take time to rest.
  • 00:19:03.150 --> 00:19:06.000
  • Work hard. Work really hard.
  • 00:19:06.010 --> 00:19:11.220
  • There was this statistic that I never forgot that I learned
  • 00:19:11.230 --> 00:19:14.260
  • in college, that I heard in college.
  • 00:19:14.270 --> 00:19:16.200
  • I think it was from "The Wall Street Journal."
  • 00:19:16.210 --> 00:19:18.160
  • And this group used two big pools,
  • 00:19:18.170 --> 00:19:20.190
  • and they polled the lowest income earners,
  • 00:19:20.200 --> 00:19:24.040
  • 10% income earners in America, and the highest 10%
  • 00:19:24.050 --> 00:19:26.220
  • income earners in America, and all the higher ones
  • 00:19:26.230 --> 00:19:28.290
  • had to be self-made.
  • 00:19:29.000 --> 00:19:30.170
  • Did you know, by the way, 70% of millionaires in America
  • 00:19:30.180 --> 00:19:32.190
  • are self-made?
  • 00:19:32.200 --> 00:19:34.150
  • This idea that they inherited it all, or whatever, anyway.
  • 00:19:34.160 --> 00:19:38.270
  • And they interviewed on the top and on the bottom and they asked
  • 00:19:38.280 --> 00:19:41.260
  • them one simple question, "What does it take
  • 00:19:41.270 --> 00:19:43.230
  • to succeed in America?"
  • 00:19:43.240 --> 00:19:46.000
  • The bottom 10%, most of them said the same answer,
  • 00:19:46.010 --> 00:19:49.020
  • "An education."
  • 00:19:49.030 --> 00:19:51.080
  • But the top 10% had also almost the same answer
  • 00:19:51.090 --> 00:19:54.020
  • but a different one, "Work hard."
  • 00:19:54.030 --> 00:19:57.170
  • And I, you know, I just believe, I remember when I worked
  • 00:19:57.180 --> 00:20:00.160
  • for a real estate firm, and I would get there
  • 00:20:00.170 --> 00:20:03.160
  • at 7 in the morning sometimes.
  • 00:20:03.170 --> 00:20:05.190
  • And you would see that, not that you need a Porsche or a Ferrari,
  • 00:20:05.200 --> 00:20:08.160
  • but the cars that were there first thing in the morning
  • 00:20:08.170 --> 00:20:11.140
  • were all the nicest cars.
  • 00:20:11.150 --> 00:20:13.120
  • Again, don't make your life about acquiring those types
  • 00:20:13.130 --> 00:20:16.220
  • of things, but I just wanna say that there is a certain,
  • 00:20:16.230 --> 00:20:21.050
  • that success, you cannot divide really successful people
  • 00:20:21.060 --> 00:20:25.160
  • from the really hard work and effort that went
  • 00:20:25.170 --> 00:20:27.260
  • into what they did.
  • 00:20:27.270 --> 00:20:30.030
  • So work hard.
  • 00:20:30.040 --> 00:20:31.250
  • And maybe the most important thing I can say today
  • 00:20:31.260 --> 00:20:33.200
  • is take a risk.
  • 00:20:33.210 --> 00:20:35.270
  • Take a risk.
  • 00:20:35.280 --> 00:20:37.180
  • Do something scary, even if it's, like, if you're afraid
  • 00:20:37.190 --> 00:20:40.030
  • of rollercoasters, go ride a rollercoaster today.
  • 00:20:40.040 --> 00:20:42.220
  • If you're afraid of calamari, go eat some calamari.
  • 00:20:42.230 --> 00:20:44.280
  • I'm terrified of eating squid.
  • 00:20:44.290 --> 00:20:46.210
  • That's bizarre.
  • 00:20:46.220 --> 00:20:49.030
  • So that would be mine maybe. No, take a risk.
  • 00:20:49.040 --> 00:20:51.200
  • I, you know, Hannah's family, Hannah has five brothers.
  • 00:20:51.210 --> 00:20:56.000
  • One of 'em's here, Nate.
  • 00:20:56.010 --> 00:20:58.050
  • And she's got six in her family, and her dad
  • 00:20:58.060 --> 00:21:01.000
  • at one point was poor.
  • 00:21:01.010 --> 00:21:03.200
  • He was a gardener, a lawn care guy in Oklahoma.
  • 00:21:03.210 --> 00:21:08.040
  • And Martine kept having kids, kept having babies.
  • 00:21:08.050 --> 00:21:10.290
  • He's like, "I gotta find a way to pay for these kids."
  • 00:21:11.000 --> 00:21:13.010
  • And they were in government housing, and they were
  • 00:21:13.020 --> 00:21:16.010
  • on welfare, and they had one old Toyota van
  • 00:21:16.020 --> 00:21:21.040
  • that looked like a shoebox.
  • 00:21:21.050 --> 00:21:22.190
  • They called it the shoebox, I believe.
  • 00:21:22.200 --> 00:21:24.170
  • And he said, "I gotta pay for these kids."
  • 00:21:24.180 --> 00:21:27.220
  • And he went to optometry school.
  • 00:21:27.230 --> 00:21:29.070
  • He got his optometry license,
  • 00:21:29.080 --> 00:21:30.240
  • and then began a practice as a doctor.
  • 00:21:30.250 --> 00:21:33.150
  • And then built this, basically, eyeglasses retail company.
  • 00:21:33.160 --> 00:21:39.270
  • And now he's a very wealthy guy.
  • 00:21:39.280 --> 00:21:42.010
  • So he's one of those rags-to-riches stories.
  • 00:21:42.020 --> 00:21:44.150
  • And he never blamed anybody, never blamed anybody.
  • 00:21:44.160 --> 00:21:47.090
  • Never made excuses. He just took risks.
  • 00:21:47.100 --> 00:21:49.160
  • And one of the great stories I heard was that her brother Chris
  • 00:21:49.170 --> 00:21:52.040
  • asked her dad, "What is one of the biggest pieces of advice
  • 00:21:52.050 --> 00:21:55.250
  • you could give me at my stage in life?"
  • 00:21:55.260 --> 00:21:58.080
  • And he said, "I wish I would've taken more risks."
  • 00:21:58.090 --> 00:22:01.010
  • Just take more risks.
  • 00:22:01.020 --> 00:22:03.110
  • And I think what that does is that builds into you a life
  • 00:22:03.120 --> 00:22:05.180
  • of faith, builds into you a, it builds into you the idea that
  • 00:22:05.190 --> 00:22:10.170
  • risks, even when you fail, have their own rewards.
  • 00:22:10.180 --> 00:22:15.080
  • So learn to be somebody that's not afraid to take hold
  • 00:22:15.090 --> 00:22:19.190
  • of an opportunity rather than take hold of an excuse.
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  • I think you're that kind of a person.
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  • I think you're gonna do incredible things
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  • with your life.
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  • I think if you're 101 years old, I think God has
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  • a great call for your life.
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  • I don't believe any person that's alive does not have
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  • a great calling.
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  • The only thing you lack is faith.
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  • And I think that God is calling you.
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  • I mean, this is a word for you to not grow weary.
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  • God's gonna do great things in your life.
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  • And I wanna encourage you.
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  • You have something great to offer this world, and you're
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  • gonna find such joy in life when you land on this next project
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  • or whatever it is God's calling you to do.
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  • You're gonna do great things.
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  • So if you can't sing, sing.
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  • If you can't build, build.
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  • If you can't garden, plant a seed.
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  • Do things that bring you life.
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  • Make things with your hands.
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  • And become the kind of person that has something
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  • to offer this world, amen?
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  • Father, we thank you.
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  • You're the great Creator.
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  • Lord, we trust in you.
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  • Lord, I pray in Jesus' name for those who are here today
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  • that say, "Bobby, I'm lacking.
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  • I need a word from God in my life.
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  • I feel like I don't have a purpose."
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  • Lord, I just, I wanna just speak against the enemy and proclaim
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  • faith, and that my friends, my brothers and sisters here, would
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  • get a clear vision for what's next in their life.
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  • Lord, if you don't give 'em a clear vision, I pray that they
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  • would just do something, and that you would
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  • at least show them the next step.
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  • Lord, we're listening to you.
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  • We thank you for all you've given to us.
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  • Lord, we love you.
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  • It's in Jesus' name we pray, amen.
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  • male: I was born in Baghdad, Iraq.
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  • In 1991, my life and many others changed dramatically when
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  • the Gulf War started and we all had to be soldiers.
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  • What I saw and experienced there was horrible and inhumane.
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  • I'm the only one of my barracks who survived.
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  • I was angry with God and disappointed because
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  • he allowed this to happen.
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  • Though, I tried to move on, anger and sadness
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  • stood by me as a shadow.
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  • Then one day, I saw "Hour of Power."
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  • A young man said, "God loves you no matter what you are."
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  • I still question things but now I leave it to God because he
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  • is the one who answers and I have to trust him.
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  • For now, he says to me, "You are my beloved son.
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  • I gave you life and I will lead each day."
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  • This has changed my life forever.
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  • I am now more positive and happy with my life.
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  • I want to thank you for your message and for giving me
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  • a different perspective and purpose in my life.
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  • I know now that God is here and he loves me.
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  • Thank you.
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  • Sincerely, Raf Imara.
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  • Bobby: Raf, thank you so much and we're so thrilled about
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  • your new positive attitude and your understanding
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  • of God's love for you.
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  • I mean, that's--that is why we get up in the morning
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  • is for people like you.
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  • And one of the reasons we're sharing these stories with the
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  • whole world is because we have to raise money to continue
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  • to reach these types of people.
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  • When we ask for money, we're not asking for us.
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  • We're asking for people like Raf.
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  • We're asking for those people in the world that are going through
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  • just a rough time, that are looking for hope.
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  • They don't know where to look and then on the TV, we're there.
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  • Recently, we prayed about it and we took a huge leap
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  • to go on a nationwide network.
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  • And the price tag was $16.000 a month,
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  • and we just said, let's do it.
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  • Let's step out in faith. Let's go.
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  • So, we did.
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  • We made this move and we're asking people to get behind it.
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  • And if the millions of people that watch, if everybody plays
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  • just a small part in this, it'll be a piece of cake.
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  • We can totally do it and we're asking you to help us because
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  • that $16.000 is gonna reach hundreds of thousands of people,
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  • millions every year, if you get behind us
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  • and make our dream reality.
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  • We believe in you.
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  • It's not for us, it's for people that are hurting,
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  • people that need hope, and you're doing it.
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  • I'm so thankful for you.
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