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January 23, 2017
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The Pride of Earner-Ship and Ownership: Experience It and Enjoy It

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  • Bobby Schuller: Welcome. Thank you for joining us today.
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  • We want you to know if you're ever in this area,
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  • come down to Shepherd's Grove.
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  • Hannah and I want to meet you.
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  • We want to shake your hand at the door.
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  • We want to give you a hug.
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  • We want you to know that no matter what you're
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  • going through, God has for a way through for you.
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  • So, come down to Shepherd's Grove
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  • if you're ever in this area.
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  • Friends, will your hold your hands out like this
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  • as a sign of receiving?
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  • We're gonna say this creed together as we do every week.
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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 want you to know that whoever you are
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  • and no matter how old or young you are,
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  • no matter how healthy or sick you might be,
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  • no matter what your challenges are,
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  • I need you to know something today,
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  • if you are alive, you have a purpose.
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  • If you are here today and you have breath in your lungs,
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  • there is a reason.
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  • Very simply, whomever you are,
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  • you have something terrific to offer the world,
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  • and that's what I want to say to you this morning.
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  • No matter where you are in your life,
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  • you have something amazing to give this world,
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  • and the only thing that's holding you back
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  • is your fear and your doubt.
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  • Today I'm gonna encourage you to become a maker
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  • and not a taker.
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  • I remember my second favorite job ever,
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  • 'cause this one's my fave.
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  • I was--my dad, he recognized that I was terrible with tools.
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  • I'm still not great, but I was really bad.
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  • Like, I didn't know how to swing a hammer.
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  • And he got me this job at the ranch where our church was.
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  • A lot of people say, "What was it like growing up
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  • in the Crystal Cathedral?"
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  • I would say, "I don't know. I grew up at the ranch.
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  • My dad's church."
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  • And it was there that he got me this summer job
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  • with a minimum wage position with a guy named Tim,
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  • and I became the ranch's handyman.
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  • I had to be there-- I had to be there--
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  • and I'm 16, okay?
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  • I had to be there at 6:30 in the morning to begin my job.
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  • I packed my lunch every morning and when I got this job,
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  • I went a bit kicking and screaming, you know?
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  • And but that was such a fulfilling job.
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  • I would start in the early California summer mornings,
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  • nice and cool, and I would do all these amazing things.
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  • I built stairs and handrails.
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  • And I actually became a locksmith,
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  • so I would make keys.
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  • I built a master lock for the whole campus.
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  • And I'd fix sprinklers.
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  • And there was this one time where they want us
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  • to put yellow tape on the stairs.
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  • And I thought that would be too ugly,
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  • so I painted yellow flowers instead so it would meet
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  • the code, but it'd would still look nice, you know?
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  • And I just like--and by the end of that summer,
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  • I just remember even in my faith
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  • feeling so alive and feeling so connected to God personally.
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  • And I was usually alone when I was working.
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  • Just being outside and working with my hands.
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  • And I think even the fact that it was like my kind of my--
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  • it was a church's ranch, but it felt like my dad's ranch
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  • in a way, made me just feel like I had a purpose
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  • and a place in life, like I really had something to offer.
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  • And I wasn't famous and I wasn't rich,
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  • but I got a tremendous sense of meaning out of that work,
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  • out of that good work.
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  • I'm grateful to God for it.
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  • God makes makers, but the devil makes takers.
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  • The Bible says that the enemy comes to steal
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  • and to kill and to destroy, and so do his disciples.
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  • Those who follow the ways of the enemy take, they break,
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  • they steal, they kill, but not you.
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  • You're a maker. You're a builder.
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  • There is a certain self-respect and pride and joy
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  • that comes when you're doing something great
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  • with your hands or with your mind.
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  • You see it.
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  • Whenever somebody who's made something shows it to you,
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  • it just like, like if a photographer shows you
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  • a beautiful picture, they're gonna tell you
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  • all about the aperture and the depth of field.
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  • I don't know if these are real terms.
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  • I think they are.
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  • And like, you know, standing from you, you know,
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  • "I was just on this cliff at the right time,
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  • and I was lucky enough to get this.
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  • And if you look, there's this here and there's no filter.
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  • This is just how it was," you know?
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  • And if you're a guest at someone's home,
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  • my mom is this way, incredible chef.
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  • People are always asking her, "How did you make this?"
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  • And she's like, "It's a secret."
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  • And what that means is, "Keep asking,
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  • keep digging and maybe if you're lucky enough,
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  • I'll let you know it's paprika."
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  • And that's why being a maker, and you are a maker,
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  • being a creator, and you are a creator,
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  • is so life giving is because at its heart is generosity.
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  • At the heart of generosity is the life of the open hand,
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  • a life of sufficiency.
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  • You can't give if you don't have enough.
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  • If you feel like you can't, you gotta hold on
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  • to every little thing.
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  • But when you're actually giving to the world,
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  • you're training yourself.
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  • And I'm not talking about money.
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  • I'm talking about when you give of your gifts,
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  • of your talents, of your life,
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  • of your mind, of your thoughts,
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  • when you give to the world, you have something to offer.
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  • You're now living from a deep place of sufficiency
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  • and that's very good.
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  • You have something great to give this world, believe it.
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  • You're a maker, not a taker and that's why stealing
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  • is so degrading and galling.
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  • If you've ever been stolen from, you know that there's
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  • this deep sense of betrayal in the fact
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  • that somebody stole from me.
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  • One time--maybe if you've had your house broken into before--
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  • what a horrible experience.
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  • That happened to my parents.
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  • Their house was-- my step dad and my mom,
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  • their house was broken into.
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  • I think it was really hard for my step dad
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  • to sort of get over that.
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  • There's this sense that like somebody would violate
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  • and take from me, you know,
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  • especially if it's something you made
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  • or something you care about, that if you take it from you
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  • it's like no longer.
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  • Even if you would have given it to me,
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  • that generosity piece is gone.
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  • I remember once when somebody broke into my car and stole $20.
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  • It was the world's nicest thief.
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  • The door was open and the glove box was open,
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  • and the things that were taken out of the glove box
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  • were neatly placed around like this person was like
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  • a clean freak.
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  • Like the napkins.
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  • I keep napkins from McDonald's
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  • and they're always-- they were more together
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  • on the floor than they were in my glove box.
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  • Anyway, and there's this center console.
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  • The center console was open, left open,
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  • and the middle tray was taken out gently,
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  • even with all the little things in it,
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  • set neatly on the seat.
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  • And of course, I had to keep $20 emergency there, gone.
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  • And like all they took was $20.
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  • That's a lot of money but I was--
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  • I'm still angry about it.
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  • I'm like oh, somebody opened my car and just took the $20.
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  • They just took it.
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  • And I know they were polite about it, but still.
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  • So, there's a certain galling nature to thievery,
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  • and that's what we're talking about today.
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  • Today is the eighth commandment, you shall not steal.
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  • You shall not steal.
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  • People still steal all the time.
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  • People steal software, music.
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  • People steal clothing by wearing a clothing item,
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  • leaving the tag on, and then returning it after the party.
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  • I know you wouldn't do that, but just I've heard.
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  • [laughing]
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  • Plagiarism is more rampant today than it's ever been.
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  • I think with the people in university and in schools
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  • with a lot of information made available,
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  • people steal intellectual property constantly.
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  • And very common, people steal other's reputation.
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  • When you gossip about somebody, when you say horrible things
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  • about someone, even if they're true,
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  • you're stealing their reputation.
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  • The pride and joy that comes from earning,
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  • from making something wonderful with your hands,
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  • something you thought I could never build something like this
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  • but I just stepped out on a risk.
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  • I tried. I went for my dream.
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  • And after failing and failing and failing and failing
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  • and enduring and enduring,
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  • finally, I've got this amazing thing that the world can see
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  • and I am so proud that I earned this.
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  • I didn't have to steal. I didn't have to lie.
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  • I didn't have to cheat. I made something great.
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  • And you can do that.
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  • That's what I want for you today.
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  • I want for you to feel and know that all the reasons you think
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  • you can't do great things for God are lies from the enemy.
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  • They are challenges. They are challenges.
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  • It doesn't mean that you can't overcome them.
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  • The antidote to this heart that steals,
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  • this heart that feels like it has to bend the rules,
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  • this heart that feels like it has to cheat,
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  • the antidote is the joy, the pride, the dignity,
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  • the self-respect that comes from building something
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  • with your own hands.
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  • The more you do that, the less you feel like you need
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  • to hurry into victory.
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  • We want to come into our victory in God's timing,
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  • and we don't want to have that lingering feeling
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  • that this thing we did isn't really true.
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  • We want to live with the joy of earning and of making.
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  • At the heart of stealing are many words
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  • but I think the truest word is this,
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  • at the heart of stealing is entitlement.
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  • I'm entitled to this.
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  • It's very common today and the reason I believe entitlement
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  • is at the heart of stealing is because
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  • the thief always blames the victim.
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  • The thief always feels entitled to whatever it is
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  • he or she is taking.
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  • The thief says something like,
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  • "They shouldn't have left their door unlocked."
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  • The thief says stuff like,
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  • "They shouldn't have left their wallet out.
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  • If I hadn't taken it, somebody else would have."
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  • The thief says stuff like, "Well, they are so rich,
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  • they wouldn't miss it anyway,"
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  • or, "It's just my company," or, "Nobody will know."
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  • The thief says, "Well, they're taking from other people,
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  • so why can't I take from them?"
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  • Right, the thief steals from the thief.
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  • The thief always blames the victim,
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  • and thief is always entitled.
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  • And let me just tell you that even if you get this stuff
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  • and even if you do it according to the law
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  • but you're still kind of a thief,
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  • I want to let you know that those things
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  • are never gonna bring you joy, satisfaction, or fulfillment.
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  • They just aren't.
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  • I want you to believe, believe that God believes in you
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  • and that you don't need to steal,
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  • that you are capable to do something great with your life,
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  • and you don't need to waste it on stealing
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  • or on trying to--all right?
  • 00:11:21.200 --> 00:11:24.060
  • You can become a generous person that says, "I am a maker.
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  • I am someone that contributes to the world.
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  • I am someone that has something to offer this world.
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  • I will leave this world having given more than I took."
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  • That's the kind of person you are.
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  • That's who you are.
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  • You're a maker, not a taker.
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  • You believe that you have something great
  • 00:11:47.110 --> 00:11:50.290
  • to offer the world, and I believe it too.
  • 00:11:51.000 --> 00:11:53.040
  • There's two types of people in this world, the first type says,
  • 00:11:53.050 --> 00:11:56.200
  • "What does the world owe me?"
  • 00:11:56.210 --> 00:11:58.100
  • But the second type says, "What do I owe the world?"
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  • And that is the moral, purpose-filled,
  • 00:12:01.130 --> 00:12:05.230
  • awesome person that you are.
  • 00:12:05.240 --> 00:12:07.080
  • I believe that with all my heart.
  • 00:12:07.090 --> 00:12:08.190
  • I almost said, "purpose-driven person,"
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  • but that would be stealing.
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  • Ecclesiastes 5:18 says, "This is what I have observed to be good:
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  • that it is appropriate for a person to eat,
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  • to drink and to find satisfaction
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  • in their toilsome labor under the sun
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  • during the few days of life God has given them--
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  • for this is their lot.
  • 00:12:32.280 --> 00:12:34.070
  • Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions,
  • 00:12:34.080 --> 00:12:38.020
  • and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot
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  • and be happy in their toil-- this is a gift of God.
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  • They seldom reflect on the days of their life,
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  • because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart."
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  • I have experienced that.
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  • When you have a job
  • 00:12:55.120 --> 00:12:57.120
  • or a calling or a purpose in life,
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  • even though it's toilsome and hard work,
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  • I believe with all my heart, it will give you joy
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  • and gladness of heart.
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  • And you do have purpose. You do have a calling.
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  • You are a maker, not a taker and that you will find life
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  • in the purpose God has for you.
  • 00:13:16.160 --> 00:13:18.270
  • So, very quickly, I'm gonna give you seven things you can do
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  • to be a world changer and the first thing is to change
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  • what's going on up in here.
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  • Number one, dump blaming others.
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  • Get rid of excuses.
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  • Get rid of all the ways that you think
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  • that you can't succeed or thrive.
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  • Everybody has lots of those things.
  • 00:13:44.170 --> 00:13:47.150
  • You just don't see them.
  • 00:13:47.160 --> 00:13:49.200
  • So, dump your excuses and stop blaming others,
  • 00:13:49.210 --> 00:13:53.010
  • because once you do that, things start to change
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  • in your perception of how to succeed.
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  • You begin to see a new way forward in your life.
  • 00:13:58.290 --> 00:14:02.120
  • Remember, some of the people who accomplished
  • 00:14:02.130 --> 00:14:04.220
  • some of the greatest things had some of the biggest hangups
  • 00:14:04.230 --> 00:14:08.010
  • that the world and the news
  • 00:14:08.020 --> 00:14:09.200
  • and everybody will tell you is gonna keep you down.
  • 00:14:09.210 --> 00:14:13.060
  • They won't. You have God in you.
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  • You're gonna do great.
  • 00:14:15.220 --> 00:14:17.060
  • Remember, the greatest scientist, Stephen Hawking
  • 00:14:17.070 --> 00:14:20.040
  • is a quadriplegic.
  • 00:14:20.050 --> 00:14:22.110
  • I don't know if he's a quadriplegic,
  • 00:14:22.120 --> 00:14:24.040
  • but he's in a wheelchair.
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  • The greatest entrepreneur in my lifetime, Steve Jobs,
  • 00:14:25.290 --> 00:14:28.130
  • was an orphan.
  • 00:14:28.140 --> 00:14:29.290
  • The greatest saint in my lifetime, Mother Teresa,
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  • was a poor Albanian woman.
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  • Whatever you're told are the things that are gonna keep you
  • 00:14:34.280 --> 00:14:37.210
  • from succeeding, it's only true if you believe it.
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  • I believe, regardless of whatever challenges,
  • 00:14:41.200 --> 00:14:44.290
  • whatever disadvantages, whatever setbacks you have in life,
  • 00:14:45.000 --> 00:14:48.150
  • you can and you will do great things for God.
  • 00:14:48.160 --> 00:14:54.050
  • Believe it!
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  • Believe it here, and everything will change.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • I want to show you a picture of where Amazon and Google
  • 00:15:04.210 --> 00:15:08.140
  • and Apple and Harley Davidson and Mattel and Disney started.
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  • Remember that image.
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  • I'll put it on any Instagram. How's that?
  • 00:15:17.280 --> 00:15:21.020
  • And I'll put this list on my Instagram too.
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  • Excuses will always be there for you, but opportunity won't.
  • 00:15:24.080 --> 00:15:31.020
  • Become a lifelong learner.
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  • Never stop learning.
  • 00:15:33.190 --> 00:15:35.140
  • Almost every problem you have in your life is a knowledge
  • 00:15:35.150 --> 00:15:38.110
  • problem, and we can discover the solutions to these problems
  • 00:15:38.120 --> 00:15:42.020
  • together or individually but many of the problems
  • 00:15:42.030 --> 00:15:44.220
  • that you're faced, especially the common problems
  • 00:15:44.230 --> 00:15:46.240
  • like poverty, those things have answers.
  • 00:15:46.250 --> 00:15:50.220
  • Start learning.
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  • Learn more than anyone else.
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  • Be the hungriest person for knowledge you know.
  • 00:15:54.200 --> 00:15:58.260
  • Even cancer, for example, has a cure.
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  • We just haven't discovered it yet.
  • 00:16:01.220 --> 00:16:03.220
  • We need to learn it.
  • 00:16:03.230 --> 00:16:05.100
  • There are many things about all the many problems
  • 00:16:05.110 --> 00:16:08.120
  • that you have in your life, many of those things
  • 00:16:08.130 --> 00:16:10.250
  • other people have gone through and they've found solutions.
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  • So, keep reading.
  • 00:16:13.170 --> 00:16:15.020
  • Keep meeting people. Keep asking questions.
  • 00:16:15.030 --> 00:16:17.170
  • Don't pretend that you're smarter than you actually are.
  • 00:16:17.180 --> 00:16:20.170
  • Actually pretend, if anything, that you're dumb.
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  • You might learn something. That's what I do.
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  • [congregation laughing]
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  • Whatever adversity you have in your life,
  • 00:16:29.180 --> 00:16:31.200
  • turn your adversity into your advantage.
  • 00:16:31.210 --> 00:16:36.040
  • I see people do this constantly.
  • 00:16:36.050 --> 00:16:39.090
  • You know, if you're in a certain type of group of people
  • 00:16:39.100 --> 00:16:42.020
  • that says--everybody says is disadvantaged,
  • 00:16:42.030 --> 00:16:44.040
  • I promise you can turn that disadvantage into an advantage.
  • 00:16:44.050 --> 00:16:47.130
  • This happened last week when we had Nick Vujicic here,
  • 00:16:47.140 --> 00:16:49.220
  • no arms and no legs, almost-- tried to commit suicide.
  • 00:16:49.230 --> 00:16:53.010
  • He has used that tremendous disadvantage,
  • 00:16:53.020 --> 00:16:56.180
  • tremendous disadvantage to his advantage.
  • 00:16:56.190 --> 00:16:59.270
  • The guy wants to preach the gospel
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  • to every person on earth, and I think he just might do it.
  • 00:17:02.280 --> 00:17:07.060
  • He has millions of followers on Facebook
  • 00:17:07.070 --> 00:17:09.120
  • and millions have come to faith through his ministry.
  • 00:17:09.130 --> 00:17:12.150
  • And he has not let not having arms and legs keep him back.
  • 00:17:12.160 --> 00:17:15.070
  • In fact, he's used it to his advantage
  • 00:17:15.080 --> 00:17:17.080
  • because when a guy with no arms and no legs
  • 00:17:17.090 --> 00:17:19.080
  • is preaching, everybody has to pay attention.
  • 00:17:19.090 --> 00:17:23.100
  • Quite honestly, he's an amazing speaker,
  • 00:17:23.110 --> 00:17:26.020
  • but he's turned his disadvantage into an advantage.
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  • You know, you don't have to make the world fair.
  • 00:17:29.010 --> 00:17:32.150
  • It never will be.
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  • Simply, turn your disadvantage to your advantage.
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  • You can overcome any adversity this world
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  • is gonna throw at you.
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  • I believe in you, and so does God.
  • 00:17:40.220 --> 00:17:43.090
  • Be resilient.
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  • Learn from your failure.
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  • You are going to fail a lot.
  • 00:17:48.120 --> 00:17:51.040
  • You're gonna fail more than you're going to succeed
  • 00:17:51.050 --> 00:17:54.040
  • but the one out of ten successes are gonna make
  • 00:17:54.050 --> 00:17:56.210
  • all the failures worth it because every time you fail,
  • 00:17:56.220 --> 00:18:00.090
  • there will even be a victory in that.
  • 00:18:00.100 --> 00:18:01.240
  • And the victory is this, "I learned, I grew,
  • 00:18:01.250 --> 00:18:05.250
  • I gained knowledge," and knowledge is all
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  • you need to succeed next time.
  • 00:18:09.070 --> 00:18:11.210
  • So, be resilient.
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  • Don't quit and don't throw away your tomorrow.
  • 00:18:13.130 --> 00:18:17.040
  • Take time to rest and to dream.
  • 00:18:17.050 --> 00:18:21.120
  • This is something I learned this year big time.
  • 00:18:21.130 --> 00:18:23.270
  • I found that so often I'm working so hard
  • 00:18:23.280 --> 00:18:28.110
  • that I never take a break to see the bigger picture.
  • 00:18:28.120 --> 00:18:32.010
  • I never take a break to see all the things I'm doing wrong.
  • 00:18:32.020 --> 00:18:36.010
  • So often we're working so hard that when we do get free time,
  • 00:18:36.020 --> 00:18:38.250
  • all we do is we waste it on entertainment.
  • 00:18:38.260 --> 00:18:41.070
  • Trust me, I love entertainment, but sometimes we need
  • 00:18:41.080 --> 00:18:44.120
  • to allocate some of that time to just sitting in a chair
  • 00:18:44.130 --> 00:18:47.250
  • and staring into space.
  • 00:18:47.260 --> 00:18:49.250
  • To just--I have a beach chair that I keep in the back
  • 00:18:49.260 --> 00:18:52.120
  • of my trunk and the reason I do that is
  • 00:18:52.130 --> 00:18:53.290
  • if I see something beautiful in my car,
  • 00:18:54.000 --> 00:18:56.000
  • I can pull over, pull my beach chair out right there
  • 00:18:56.010 --> 00:18:59.040
  • and just sit there and look at it
  • 00:18:59.050 --> 00:19:01.060
  • and allow God to speak to me.
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  • You'd be amazed how much times that has come into advantage,
  • 00:19:03.200 --> 00:19:05.210
  • especially living in California.
  • 00:19:05.220 --> 00:19:07.010
  • It's a beautiful state.
  • 00:19:07.020 --> 00:19:08.210
  • I'm very glad to live here for that reason.
  • 00:19:08.220 --> 00:19:11.130
  • But take time and take an hour,
  • 00:19:11.140 --> 00:19:13.180
  • take 2 hours to not be on your phone,
  • 00:19:13.190 --> 00:19:16.010
  • to not be watching TV, to not be on the Internet,
  • 00:19:16.020 --> 00:19:18.230
  • but to simply think.
  • 00:19:18.240 --> 00:19:20.150
  • Don't read, don't write, just look.
  • 00:19:20.160 --> 00:19:23.090
  • Just look at your life.
  • 00:19:23.100 --> 00:19:24.190
  • Look at the things around you,
  • 00:19:24.200 --> 00:19:26.160
  • and you'll begin to get new dreams
  • 00:19:26.170 --> 00:19:28.260
  • and new vision for your life.
  • 00:19:28.270 --> 00:19:31.220
  • Work hard. Work real hard.
  • 00:19:31.230 --> 00:19:36.200
  • Thomas Edison said something like, "Most people don't succeed
  • 00:19:36.210 --> 00:19:39.250
  • because succeeding comes in a pair of overalls."
  • 00:19:39.260 --> 00:19:43.010
  • There was a study done when I was in college, I think,
  • 00:19:43.020 --> 00:19:45.030
  • by "The Wall Street Journal," that really had
  • 00:19:45.040 --> 00:19:47.030
  • a big impact on my life.
  • 00:19:47.040 --> 00:19:48.130
  • And it was a study of the 10% poorest people in America
  • 00:19:48.140 --> 00:19:53.000
  • versus the 10% wealthiest people in America who were self-made,
  • 00:19:53.010 --> 00:19:56.000
  • meaning they didn't inherit it or anything like that.
  • 00:19:56.010 --> 00:19:58.150
  • And they asked them one simple question,
  • 00:19:58.160 --> 00:20:00.210
  • "How do you succeed in America?"
  • 00:20:00.220 --> 00:20:03.090
  • The 10% of the poorest people almost all had the same answer.
  • 00:20:03.100 --> 00:20:06.090
  • You know what it was?
  • 00:20:06.100 --> 00:20:07.280
  • Get an education, get a college degree.
  • 00:20:07.290 --> 00:20:11.000
  • And that's a good thing.
  • 00:20:11.010 --> 00:20:12.150
  • But the 10% wealthiest people said, "Work hard."
  • 00:20:12.160 --> 00:20:17.280
  • I think there really is something about the idea
  • 00:20:17.290 --> 00:20:21.090
  • that working hard, working consistently on something
  • 00:20:21.100 --> 00:20:24.190
  • you love and not giving up is a key to succeeding,
  • 00:20:24.200 --> 00:20:28.230
  • so work hard.
  • 00:20:28.240 --> 00:20:30.150
  • And I want to say most importantly, take a risk.
  • 00:20:30.160 --> 00:20:35.170
  • My brother-in-law Chris asked his dad, who--
  • 00:20:35.180 --> 00:20:38.230
  • you know, Hannah and her family.
  • 00:20:38.240 --> 00:20:40.210
  • Hannah's one girl, has five brothers in her family,
  • 00:20:40.220 --> 00:20:45.080
  • and her dad was in ministry for a while.
  • 00:20:45.090 --> 00:20:47.240
  • And you know, they were poor.
  • 00:20:47.250 --> 00:20:51.120
  • They were very poor.
  • 00:20:51.130 --> 00:20:52.220
  • He was after gardener and decided after, I think,
  • 00:20:52.230 --> 00:20:56.220
  • after he had his fifth or sixth kid was like,
  • 00:20:56.230 --> 00:20:58.190
  • "I gotta pay for all these mouths now
  • 00:20:58.200 --> 00:21:00.120
  • and this gardening thing is not doing it."
  • 00:21:00.130 --> 00:21:02.060
  • So, he decided to go to optometry school,
  • 00:21:02.070 --> 00:21:05.040
  • and they were on government housing,
  • 00:21:05.050 --> 00:21:07.030
  • and government welfare, and he ate government cheese.
  • 00:21:07.040 --> 00:21:10.020
  • And one time Hannah took this little--
  • 00:21:10.030 --> 00:21:13.120
  • she had a food stamp, a $5 food stamp
  • 00:21:13.130 --> 00:21:15.050
  • that had gone through the laundry.
  • 00:21:15.060 --> 00:21:17.020
  • And it was all, it was just like shreds of paper
  • 00:21:17.030 --> 00:21:20.070
  • so she taped the whole thing about.
  • 00:21:20.080 --> 00:21:21.250
  • Her mom said, "You can't use it, but you can try."
  • 00:21:21.260 --> 00:21:23.190
  • And she got like $5 worth of candy.
  • 00:21:23.200 --> 00:21:26.040
  • She was like 6 or 7, this cute little girl
  • 00:21:26.050 --> 00:21:28.130
  • and poor, poor, cute little girl in Tahlequah, Oklahoma,
  • 00:21:28.140 --> 00:21:32.220
  • and put all this candy and like handed this
  • 00:21:32.230 --> 00:21:35.030
  • shriveled, like, food stamp to the cashier.
  • 00:21:35.040 --> 00:21:38.140
  • And of course, he took it, you know?
  • 00:21:38.150 --> 00:21:40.110
  • He probably worse, paid for it himself.
  • 00:21:40.120 --> 00:21:43.230
  • But the great thing about that story is Dr. Presley,
  • 00:21:43.240 --> 00:21:46.070
  • her dad now is a very wealthy man.
  • 00:21:46.080 --> 00:21:48.280
  • He created a successful eye company.
  • 00:21:48.290 --> 00:21:51.060
  • He didn't listen to the many people,
  • 00:21:51.070 --> 00:21:53.030
  • and there were a lot, who said, "You can't do it."
  • 00:21:53.040 --> 00:21:55.140
  • Instead, he just kept taking risks,
  • 00:21:55.150 --> 00:21:58.060
  • kept working hard, and gained a bigger vision for his life.
  • 00:21:58.070 --> 00:22:02.080
  • You know what Hannah's brother asked her dad?
  • 00:22:02.090 --> 00:22:06.160
  • "If you could speak to a younger version of yourself,
  • 00:22:06.170 --> 00:22:08.270
  • what advice would you give yourself?"
  • 00:22:08.280 --> 00:22:10.090
  • And he said, "Take more risks."
  • 00:22:10.100 --> 00:22:13.160
  • Take a risk.
  • 00:22:13.170 --> 00:22:16.050
  • If you feel like you're in a rut in your life,
  • 00:22:16.060 --> 00:22:18.240
  • take a risk.
  • 00:22:18.250 --> 00:22:20.040
  • Do something that scares you.
  • 00:22:20.050 --> 00:22:21.140
  • As Eleanor Roosevelt said,
  • 00:22:21.150 --> 00:22:22.240
  • "Do something that every day that scares you,"
  • 00:22:22.250 --> 00:22:24.240
  • even if that's like going on a roller coaster
  • 00:22:24.250 --> 00:22:26.230
  • or eating calamari or whatever.
  • 00:22:26.240 --> 00:22:31.080
  • Just do it!
  • 00:22:31.090 --> 00:22:32.180
  • Do something to get you out of the rut
  • 00:22:32.190 --> 00:22:34.170
  • of being comfortable and feeling safe.
  • 00:22:34.180 --> 00:22:37.100
  • If you hear anything I say today, it is that all--
  • 00:22:37.110 --> 00:22:42.230
  • I think the enemy's number-one thing
  • 00:22:42.240 --> 00:22:47.070
  • is to get you to be an entitled taker,
  • 00:22:47.080 --> 00:22:50.100
  • to blame everyone and to make excuses for where you are.
  • 00:22:50.110 --> 00:22:53.230
  • But God's dream for you is to get a new picture
  • 00:22:53.240 --> 00:22:56.180
  • of who you are, that you're his beloved son or daughter,
  • 00:22:56.190 --> 00:23:00.020
  • that you have a big purpose in your life,
  • 00:23:00.030 --> 00:23:02.130
  • and that regardless of whatever sickness it is
  • 00:23:02.140 --> 00:23:04.060
  • that you have, or whatever setback it is you have,
  • 00:23:04.070 --> 00:23:06.260
  • or whatever you think is your big disadvantage,
  • 00:23:06.270 --> 00:23:09.000
  • that you were born with all the wrong cards,
  • 00:23:09.010 --> 00:23:11.050
  • he wants you to know victory is at hand,
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  • that if you get a bigger picture for your life,
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  • you can do incredible things for God
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  • if you just believe it up here.
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  • And don't let the world tell you that you have to be a victim,
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  • or that you're entitled, that you gotta blame everyone else.
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  • The world is gonna hit you. It's gonna hurt you.
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  • You're gonna face suffering, but you will endure.
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  • I believe it with all my heart.
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  • And that is God's message for you today.
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  • You have great things ahead for you.
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  • I believe it with all my heart.
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  • We love you. God loves you.
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  • As you are celebrating a Sabbath this weekend
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  • if you're watching on the weekend,
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  • as you're going into your workweek,
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  • go with passion into everything you do.
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  • Do things that make you a creator, a maker,
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  • somebody who has something generous to give to the world.
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  • Father, we thank you that you've called us here.
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  • Lord, we love you so much.
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  • You are the most creative, joy-filled,
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  • imaginative being in the universe.
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  • We trust our lives to you,
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  • and we thank you that you believe in us.
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  • You're a good Father. We love you.
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  • In Christ's 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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  • male announcer: We receive thousands of letters each week
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  • filled with testimonies of what God is doing in the lives
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  • of "Hour of Power" viewers.
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  • It's a blessing for us and now we want to share it with you.
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