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September 30, 2019
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Joel Osteen: Your Best Life Now

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  • - [Announcer] We all dream of an extraordinary life,
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  • a satisfying job, a strong marriage, healthy relationships,
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  • but what happens when your career path
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  • turns into a dead end,
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  • when your marriage gets stuck in a rut?
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  • (car engine revving)
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  • Join Pastor Joel Osteen for a TBN original series
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  • based on his best selling book, Your Best Life Now.
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  • - No matter where you are,
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  • or what challenges you're facing,
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  • God wants you to live an extra ordinary life.
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  • He has great plans for you.
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  • You can break out of your current circumstances
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  • and experience your best life now.
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  • - [Announcer] You will discover how to get rid of
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  • the negative mindset that is holding you back.
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  • How to enlarge your vision,
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  • to seeing yourself doing more, enjoying more,
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  • and living the life God intended.
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  • - Your Best Life Now,
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  • is about learning to live God's dream for your life.
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  • It's bigger and better than we could ever imagine.
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  • - [Announcer] Your Best Life Now,
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  • exclusively on TBN.
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  • (inspiring sounds)
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  • - Did you know, that God designed you
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  • for a life you can enjoy?
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  • You don't have to wait for everything
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  • to be straightened out in your family,
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  • for your business to run smoothly,
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  • for all your problems to be solved.
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  • You don't have to wait till you lose the weight,
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  • break a bad habit, or accomplish all your goals.
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  • You can choose to be happy today.
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  • I'm Joel Osteen, I have good news,
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  • no matter where you are in life,
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  • or what challenges you're facing,
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  • you can start living your best life now.
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  • (inspiring sounds)
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  • Too many people drag through the day sour,
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  • with no enthusiasm, they hardly ever smile,
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  • they never laugh anymore, everything is a burden.
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  • But God never created us to endure life,
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  • he created us to enjoy life.
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  • We're not supposed to go around with a long face,
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  • negative, discouraged,
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  • we're supposed to be the happiest people on earth.
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  • Everywhere we go, we should brighten people's day.
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  • You've been around people like that before,
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  • they're so enthusiastic, happy, full of faith,
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  • they rub off on you.
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  • When you leave you feel better, refreshed,
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  • re-energized, inspired,
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  • that's the impact we should have on others.
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  • Our joy should overflow to them.
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  • But it's easy to let the pressures of life
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  • push us down to where we're not excited
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  • about our future, we don't laugh anymore,
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  • we don't have any fun,
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  • we're not enjoying the people God put in our life.
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  • If you don't make an adjustment,
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  • you'll get more and more solemn,
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  • and more and more grumpy.
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  • It's not only robbing you of the happiness
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  • that belongs to you,
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  • but it's robbing your family and your friends,
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  • of the gift that you have to give.
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  • You need to draw that line in the sand,
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  • and say that's it, I'm not living another day
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  • negative, defeated, sour, grumpy,
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  • I'm going to put a smile on my face.
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  • I'm going to let my joy be seen,
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  • where I can brighten somebody else's day.
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  • I'm going to live my life happy.
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  • Happiness is not going to fall on us,
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  • it's a decision that we have to make.
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  • You may not be living in your dream house.
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  • You may not have the job you want.
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  • Maybe you're single, but you want to be married.
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  • I'd be easy to live frustrated, upset,
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  • until those things change,
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  • but if you don't learn to be happy where you are,
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  • you'll never get to where you wanna be.
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  • And it's good to have big dreams,
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  • it's good to want to go further,
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  • but don't let those dreams and goals frustrate you
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  • and keep you from being happy where you are.
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  • God is directing your steps.
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  • Where you are is not an accident,
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  • it's a part of His divine plan.
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  • If you'll keep a good attitude,
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  • and go out each day with a smile on your face,
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  • and live your life happy right where you are,
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  • then you're passing the test.
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  • That's the seed you're sowing for God to do something new.
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  • That's what allows God to open new doors,
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  • and get you to where you wanna be.
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  • But too many people are at war on the inside.
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  • They think, I can't be happy,
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  • I don't even like my life.
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  • I don't like the way I look.
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  • I don't like this car I drive.
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  • I don't like where I'm living.
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  • I don't like the people in my life.
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  • When those things change, then I'll be happy.
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  • But God never intended for us to put off our happiness.
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  • David said, "This is the day the Lord has made.
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  • I will rejoice and be glad in it."
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  • He's saying, this is the day to be happy.
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  • Not tomorrow, when the weather clears up.
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  • Not next week, when I don't have to work so hard.
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  • Not next month, when I make it through this difficult time.
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  • Make a decision to enjoy your life right now.
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  • So easy to come up with excuses to delay our happiness.
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  • Soon as I get out of this problem,
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  • then I'll be happy Joel.
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  • Soon as I lose 10 pounds.
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  • Soon as my business grows.
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  • Soon as my child straightens up.
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  • If you don't put your foot down,
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  • and decide to be happy right now,
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  • there will always be something to keep you from being happy.
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  • Get rid of the excuses,
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  • and start enjoying your life right now.
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  • It's interesting as a little child,
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  • we start off happy, laughing, enthusiastic,
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  • problems don't keep us down.
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  • A little child can be crying one minute,
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  • because something is wrong,
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  • and five minutes later they've forgotten about it,
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  • and they're happy again.
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  • I've never seen a little child holding a grudge.
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  • I've never seen a toddler walking around
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  • with bitterness and resentment.
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  • Never seen a five year old worried about his future,
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  • not sure if he's going to make it.
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  • Children are happy, they enjoy the simple things in life,
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  • they forgive quickly, they're excited about each day.
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  • When our daughter Alexandra was a baby,
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  • I would go get her in the morning in the crib.
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  • She would be so happy to see me,
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  • she would start jumping up and down,
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  • give me a big hug.
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  • What was the big occasion?
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  • Were we going to a party?
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  • Was it her birthday?
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  • Was she going on vacation?
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  • No, it was simply the dawning of another day.
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  • She was excited to just be alive.
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  • She was happy just to wake up and have another day to enjoy.
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  • That's the excitement God put on the inside
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  • of each one of us.
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  • That's the well of joy coming up,
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  • totally unclogged, flowing freely.
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  • So often as we get older,
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  • we let the challenges of life sour our spirits.
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  • We have to realize, everyday is a gift from God.
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  • We can never get this day back.
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  • If we make the mistake of living it unhappy,
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  • discouraged, upset, angry,
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  • then we have wasted this day.
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  • Some people have wasted years,
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  • reliving disappointments, focused on what didn't work out,
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  • upset over what somebody did to them.
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  • Don't let that be you, life is flying by,
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  • we're not always gonna be here.
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  • Make a decision that you're going to live your life happy.
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  • Put a smile on your face.
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  • Start laughing again.
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  • Like that little child,
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  • celebrate the fact that you're alive.
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  • (inspiring music)
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  • - [Announcer] It became a runaway number one
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  • New York Times bestseller.
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  • More than four million copies have been sold worldwide.
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  • Now the book by Joel Osteen
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  • that God has used to improve the lives of millions
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  • (tingling sounds)
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  • Friends, happiness is a choice.
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  • You can choose what kind of day you're going to have.
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  • You can choose to be in a good mood,
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  • or you can choose to be in a bad mood.
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  • You can choose to live that day happy,
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  • in faith, expecting God's goodness,
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  • or you can choose to be irritable and sour,
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  • just try to make it through.
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  • How you live your life is totally up to you.
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  • If you don't set the tone for the day,
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  • negative thoughts will set it for you.
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  • When you first wake up, before you check your phone,
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  • before you see what the weather is like,
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  • before you see what kind of mood your spouse is in,
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  • you need to decide, this is going to be a great day.
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  • I'm excited about my future.
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  • I know God is directing my steps.
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  • Something good is going to happen to me today.
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  • That's setting the tone for a blessed,
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  • prosperous, happy day.
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  • The scripture says, "Joy comes in the morning."
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  • When you wake up each morning,
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  • God sends you a special delivery of joy.
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  • It comes knocking on your door.
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  • When you make that declaration of faith,
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  • that this is going to be a good day.
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  • You know what you did?
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  • You just answered the door.
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  • You've just received the gift of joy that God sent you.
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  • The problem is, some people never answer the door.
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  • It's been knocking month after month,
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  • year after year, come on, let Me in.
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  • You can cheer up, you can enjoy your life,
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  • you can be happy, just answer the door.
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  • I've made up my mind every morning,
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  • I'm going to answer that door.
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  • I'm going to get up and say,
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  • Father, thank you for another beautiful day.
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  • I'm going to be happy.
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  • I'm going to enjoy this day.
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  • I'm going to brighten somebody else's life.
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  • I'm choosing to receive Your gift of joy.
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  • A lot of times we think,
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  • I'm unhappy because somebody is not treating me right.
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  • I'm unhappy because I have to work late.
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  • I'm unhappy because I'm not where I want to be.
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  • But the truth is, you're unhappy,
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  • because you're choosing to be unhappy.
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  • The scripture says, "No man can take your joy."
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  • That means no person, no obstacle,
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  • no disappointment, no sickness,
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  • nothing can take your joy, you have to give away.
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  • You're in control.
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  • You're in charge of how happy or unhappy you want to be.
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  • Are you allowing someone else to keep you unhappy?
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  • You have to draw that line in the sand and say, that's it,
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  • I'm not going to allow them to upset me anymore.
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  • This day is a gift from God,
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  • and I'm not going to waste it being unhappy,
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  • upset, discouraged, I'm going to enjoy this day.
  • 00:10:50.180 --> 00:10:54.240
  • You are responsible to get up each morning
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  • and receive the gift of joy.
  • 00:10:57.070 --> 00:11:00.190
  • I heard about these two men,
  • 00:11:00.190 --> 00:11:02.150
  • they had been brick layers over 30 years.
  • 00:11:02.150 --> 00:11:05.180
  • They were working on this skyscraper downtown.
  • 00:11:05.180 --> 00:11:08.190
  • One was always complaining, always unhappy,
  • 00:11:08.190 --> 00:11:11.150
  • discouraged, dreading to go to work.
  • 00:11:11.150 --> 00:11:13.210
  • The other man was just the opposite,
  • 00:11:13.210 --> 00:11:15.280
  • he came to work with enthusiasm,
  • 00:11:15.280 --> 00:11:18.050
  • he was always upbeat, positive, excited about life.
  • 00:11:18.050 --> 00:11:22.080
  • One day at the construction site,
  • 00:11:22.080 --> 00:11:24.040
  • a friend came by and asked what they were doing.
  • 00:11:24.040 --> 00:11:26.140
  • The first man said, we're just laying bricks,
  • 00:11:26.140 --> 00:11:29.150
  • this is all we've done for 30 years,
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  • one brick after another.
  • 00:11:31.160 --> 00:11:33.110
  • They asked the second man what he was doing, he lit up.
  • 00:11:33.110 --> 00:11:37.000
  • He said, we're building a magnificent building.
  • 00:11:37.000 --> 00:11:40.030
  • This place will stand tall and be seen for generations,
  • 00:11:40.030 --> 00:11:43.240
  • I'm so glad that I could be a part of it.
  • 00:11:43.240 --> 00:11:46.210
  • Their happiness, or lack of it was all in their perspective.
  • 00:11:46.210 --> 00:11:51.110
  • You can be laying a brick every day,
  • 00:11:51.110 --> 00:11:53.150
  • or you can be building a beautiful building,
  • 00:11:53.150 --> 00:11:55.270
  • the choice is up to you.
  • 00:11:55.270 --> 00:11:57.250
  • Wherever you are in life, make the most of it,
  • 00:11:57.250 --> 00:12:00.250
  • be the best that you can be.
  • 00:12:00.250 --> 00:12:02.240
  • Whatever your assignment, do it with passion,
  • 00:12:02.240 --> 00:12:05.080
  • do it with enthusiasm.
  • 00:12:05.080 --> 00:12:07.040
  • Your day may not be filled with extraordinary events,
  • 00:12:07.040 --> 00:12:10.100
  • but in the midst of the ordinary,
  • 00:12:10.100 --> 00:12:12.070
  • you can choose to have extraordinary joy.
  • 00:12:12.070 --> 00:12:15.140
  • We should be so full of joy,
  • 00:12:15.140 --> 00:12:17.080
  • that other people want what we have.
  • 00:12:17.080 --> 00:12:19.230
  • Ask yourself, is the way I'm living
  • 00:12:19.230 --> 00:12:22.050
  • attractive and contagious?
  • 00:12:22.050 --> 00:12:24.090
  • Will the way I handle setbacks cause others
  • 00:12:24.090 --> 00:12:26.260
  • to question my source of joy.
  • 00:12:26.260 --> 00:12:29.180
  • In other words, are you drawing people to God
  • 00:12:29.180 --> 00:12:32.180
  • because of your attitude of faith,
  • 00:12:32.180 --> 00:12:34.150
  • your friendliness, your enthusiasm, your joy.
  • 00:12:34.150 --> 00:12:37.200
  • If you want to point people to God,
  • 00:12:37.200 --> 00:12:39.130
  • be excited about the life He's given you.
  • 00:12:39.130 --> 00:12:42.140
  • Even in private, joy can be contagious.
  • 00:12:42.140 --> 00:12:45.100
  • A celebration of life's simple joys
  • 00:12:45.100 --> 00:12:47.180
  • can catch the whole world's attention.
  • 00:12:47.180 --> 00:12:49.290
  • Don't believe me,
  • 00:12:49.290 --> 00:12:51.060
  • well you need to meet my friend Candace Payne,
  • 00:12:51.060 --> 00:12:53.200
  • better known to most people as Chewbacca Mom.
  • 00:12:53.200 --> 00:12:57.020
  • (soft piano music)
  • 00:12:57.020 --> 00:13:00.020
  • - Hey,
  • 00:13:01.190 --> 00:13:03.040
  • I'm really excited to share with you something I got.
  • 00:13:03.040 --> 00:13:06.210
  • (Candace clapping)
  • 00:13:06.210 --> 00:13:07.290
  • It's been a little bit over two years
  • 00:13:07.290 --> 00:13:10.150
  • since I posted that video.
  • 00:13:10.150 --> 00:13:13.000
  • Okay, here I go.
  • 00:13:13.000 --> 00:13:14.140
  • So, yes!
  • 00:13:14.140 --> 00:13:17.030
  • Now watch when my mouth actually moves.
  • 00:13:17.030 --> 00:13:19.090
  • (robot noises)
  • 00:13:19.090 --> 00:13:22.020
  • (Candace laughing)
  • 00:13:22.020 --> 00:13:23.200
  • When I made that video,
  • 00:13:23.200 --> 00:13:24.270
  • I was making an effort to choose joy that day,
  • 00:13:24.270 --> 00:13:28.120
  • and to experience something that would bring me some fun,
  • 00:13:28.120 --> 00:13:31.160
  • and bring my mom friends fun.
  • 00:13:31.160 --> 00:13:34.010
  • That's not me making that noise, it's the mask.
  • 00:13:34.010 --> 00:13:36.250
  • Here listen (robot sounds).
  • 00:13:36.250 --> 00:13:38.060
  • (Candace laughing)
  • 00:13:41.270 --> 00:13:44.240
  • Within a couple of hours,
  • 00:13:46.000 --> 00:13:47.270
  • I had multiple friends reaching out and texting me saying,
  • 00:13:47.270 --> 00:13:51.120
  • oh my goodness, I shared your video,
  • 00:13:51.120 --> 00:13:52.270
  • that was hilarious, how fun is that.
  • 00:13:52.270 --> 00:13:55.050
  • And when I woke up the next morning,
  • 00:13:55.050 --> 00:13:57.050
  • that one million view count had actually
  • 00:13:57.050 --> 00:13:59.100
  • turned into 24 million views,
  • 00:13:59.100 --> 00:14:01.260
  • and I had no less than 15-20 voicemails
  • 00:14:01.260 --> 00:14:04.240
  • from BBC, MPR, Good Morning America, The Today Show,
  • 00:14:04.240 --> 00:14:08.260
  • I mean, like it was just, it was a bat so crazy.
  • 00:14:08.260 --> 00:14:12.250
  • This is worth every penny (laughing).
  • 00:14:12.250 --> 00:14:17.100
  • (peaceful music)
  • 00:14:23.220 --> 00:14:26.140
  • Life has not always been easy,
  • 00:14:29.250 --> 00:14:31.190
  • and I don't think that I got a free pass on the joy.
  • 00:14:31.190 --> 00:14:34.230
  • I actually have lived a life that's been full of sorrow,
  • 00:14:34.230 --> 00:14:39.020
  • full of shame, full of regret,
  • 00:14:39.020 --> 00:14:40.210
  • full of much unexpected tragedy, in all honesty.
  • 00:14:40.210 --> 00:14:45.170
  • full of much unexpected tragedy, in all honesty.
  • 00:14:45.170 --> 00:14:47.080
  • And I've had to fight for every single ounce joy
  • 00:14:47.080 --> 00:14:49.090
  • that I have, I've had to choose it daily.
  • 00:14:49.090 --> 00:14:52.030
  • Every time I see pigeons,
  • 00:14:54.000 --> 00:14:55.120
  • it reminds me of Mary Poppins,
  • 00:14:55.120 --> 00:14:57.090
  • and it makes me want to feed the birds,
  • 00:14:57.090 --> 00:14:58.260
  • and I almost ran over you sir, I am so sorry.
  • 00:14:58.260 --> 00:15:02.210
  • He didn't even see it, he doesn't care, it's fine.
  • 00:15:02.210 --> 00:15:05.160
  • It's fine, he doesn't care,
  • 00:15:05.160 --> 00:15:07.150
  • he's just trucking through life.
  • 00:15:07.150 --> 00:15:09.110
  • (peaceful music)
  • 00:15:09.110 --> 00:15:11.180
  • - Candace laughs like she doesn't have a care in the world.
  • 00:15:11.180 --> 00:15:15.020
  • You would never assume that his beautiful laugh
  • 00:15:15.020 --> 00:15:17.120
  • came from a place of poverty, hopelessness, and hurt.
  • 00:15:17.120 --> 00:15:21.050
  • (peaceful sounds)
  • 00:15:21.050 --> 00:15:22.270
  • - Growing up, I remember we were just
  • 00:15:22.270 --> 00:15:24.170
  • completely out of a home, in between states,
  • 00:15:24.170 --> 00:15:27.090
  • it was a full summer that we were homeless
  • 00:15:27.090 --> 00:15:29.170
  • and taking coin showers, and living in that van.
  • 00:15:29.170 --> 00:15:32.180
  • Eventually we were able to move from that RV spot,
  • 00:15:32.180 --> 00:15:36.070
  • into a budget motel.
  • 00:15:36.070 --> 00:15:38.160
  • I think we stayed there for anywhere between
  • 00:15:38.160 --> 00:15:40.120
  • about 16 to 18 months while I was in school.
  • 00:15:40.120 --> 00:15:43.120
  • It was what it was.
  • 00:15:44.290 --> 00:15:45.290
  • There was this kid in seventh grade,
  • 00:15:48.070 --> 00:15:50.080
  • I remember at lunchtime,
  • 00:15:50.080 --> 00:15:51.230
  • he was giving me the eye at another table,
  • 00:15:51.230 --> 00:15:53.160
  • and I'm like, he likes me too, right (laughing),
  • 00:15:53.160 --> 00:15:56.210
  • not the case.
  • 00:15:56.210 --> 00:15:57.280
  • He had just told all of his friends
  • 00:15:57.280 --> 00:15:59.120
  • that I had more rolls than Mrs. Baird's Bakery,
  • 00:15:59.120 --> 00:16:02.000
  • and I was like oh, oh we're gonna go there, aw.
  • 00:16:02.000 --> 00:16:06.040
  • And I just remember being shattered
  • 00:16:06.040 --> 00:16:07.270
  • under the weight of not only that insult,
  • 00:16:07.270 --> 00:16:11.200
  • but the weight of actually my body.
  • 00:16:11.200 --> 00:16:13.220
  • I just remember thinking,
  • 00:16:13.220 --> 00:16:15.010
  • I was so aware that my body
  • 00:16:15.010 --> 00:16:17.040
  • wasn't like the other types of girls
  • 00:16:17.040 --> 00:16:18.220
  • that I was hanging around with.
  • 00:16:18.220 --> 00:16:20.080
  • My self esteem just started to dwindle,
  • 00:16:21.140 --> 00:16:23.170
  • and my identity really became wrapped and lost in
  • 00:16:23.170 --> 00:16:28.030
  • just a lot of self deprecating jokes.
  • 00:16:28.030 --> 00:16:30.250
  • And that lasted for a while in entertaining the room,
  • 00:16:30.250 --> 00:16:33.250
  • but it didn't entertain anything else inside of me
  • 00:16:33.250 --> 00:16:37.050
  • that needed to be filled up with actual joy.
  • 00:16:37.050 --> 00:16:39.060
  • It actually just made my heart
  • 00:16:39.060 --> 00:16:40.180
  • crush under the weight of those horrible things
  • 00:16:40.180 --> 00:16:44.030
  • I was saying about myself.
  • 00:16:44.030 --> 00:16:46.070
  • - Through high school and college,
  • 00:16:46.070 --> 00:16:47.220
  • Candace continued to battle thoughts
  • 00:16:47.220 --> 00:16:49.270
  • of comparison and worthlessness.
  • 00:16:49.270 --> 00:16:52.060
  • On the outside, she was the funny girl,
  • 00:16:52.060 --> 00:16:54.070
  • laughing at herself before others could,
  • 00:16:54.070 --> 00:16:57.060
  • but on the inside, she was hurting.
  • 00:16:57.060 --> 00:16:59.160
  • - In all honesty, all those things that I told myself
  • 00:17:01.010 --> 00:17:03.060
  • about not being worthy and not being pretty enough,
  • 00:17:03.060 --> 00:17:05.140
  • and not being good enough,
  • 00:17:05.140 --> 00:17:06.160
  • and not being whatever enough,
  • 00:17:06.160 --> 00:17:08.260
  • led me to have a spiral in my thoughts,
  • 00:17:09.290 --> 00:17:12.240
  • and actually tried to take my life.
  • 00:17:12.240 --> 00:17:14.190
  • I remember grabbing a pair of kitchen scissors,
  • 00:17:16.010 --> 00:17:19.020
  • and trying to see how deep I would have to cut my arms
  • 00:17:19.020 --> 00:17:21.290
  • for me to actually reach the vein.
  • 00:17:21.290 --> 00:17:24.000
  • Balling my eyes out, my roommate came in,
  • 00:17:24.000 --> 00:17:26.070
  • and she just stopped me,
  • 00:17:26.070 --> 00:17:29.020
  • and she took the scissors and she called my mom.
  • 00:17:29.020 --> 00:17:32.240
  • And after that, spent an entire evening
  • 00:17:32.240 --> 00:17:35.100
  • walking the entire campus with me,
  • 00:17:35.100 --> 00:17:37.150
  • not saying a word.
  • 00:17:37.150 --> 00:17:39.060
  • Not saying one single word,
  • 00:17:39.060 --> 00:17:40.170
  • she just let me cry,
  • 00:17:40.170 --> 00:17:42.170
  • let me just walk around and just held my arm.
  • 00:17:42.170 --> 00:17:45.170
  • And I believe that was the first time that I saw
  • 00:17:49.080 --> 00:17:52.040
  • that joy was possible.
  • 00:17:52.040 --> 00:17:53.260
  • (peaceful music)
  • 00:17:53.260 --> 00:17:56.220
  • Everything shifted that night when I woke up
  • 00:17:56.220 --> 00:17:59.160
  • and came to my senses.
  • 00:17:59.160 --> 00:18:01.000
  • I don't let my thoughts get the best of me.
  • 00:18:02.140 --> 00:18:04.180
  • And I can easily equate that as a person of faith
  • 00:18:06.240 --> 00:18:09.160
  • going back to Philippians 4:8,
  • 00:18:09.160 --> 00:18:11.090
  • whatever is true, whatever is noble,
  • 00:18:11.090 --> 00:18:13.060
  • whatever is praiseworthy, think on these things.
  • 00:18:13.060 --> 00:18:16.280
  • And I think it's just learning that tool of saying,
  • 00:18:16.280 --> 00:18:19.040
  • I'm not going to focus on the negative,
  • 00:18:19.040 --> 00:18:21.130
  • and I'm not gonna focus on the things that actually
  • 00:18:21.130 --> 00:18:24.190
  • make me harm myself, or harm my relationships,
  • 00:18:24.190 --> 00:18:27.170
  • or think the worst of somebody else.
  • 00:18:27.170 --> 00:18:30.110
  • I'm going to think in the things that are
  • 00:18:30.110 --> 00:18:31.200
  • praiseworthy about this person,
  • 00:18:31.200 --> 00:18:33.080
  • about this circumstance,
  • 00:18:33.080 --> 00:18:34.190
  • and you can always find something.
  • 00:18:34.190 --> 00:18:36.250
  • It really is that optimism verses pessimism.
  • 00:18:36.250 --> 00:18:40.100
  • It's finding the things that are
  • 00:18:40.100 --> 00:18:42.030
  • praiseworthy to think on.
  • 00:18:42.030 --> 00:18:44.090
  • It's shifting the atmosphere.
  • 00:18:44.090 --> 00:18:46.120
  • You know, a lot of people
  • 00:18:46.120 --> 00:18:48.080
  • probably haven't seen a correlation
  • 00:18:49.130 --> 00:18:51.280
  • of me beginning my story,
  • 00:18:51.280 --> 00:18:53.170
  • while I was living in a van at an RV spot.
  • 00:18:53.170 --> 00:18:56.260
  • And then to be able to share joy
  • 00:18:56.260 --> 00:18:59.020
  • on such a massive level from my car as well
  • 00:18:59.020 --> 00:19:03.260
  • in a viral video.
  • 00:19:03.260 --> 00:19:05.080
  • (peaceful music)
  • 00:19:05.080 --> 00:19:07.080
  • I mean, I just think it's like God
  • 00:19:07.080 --> 00:19:08.170
  • for something like that to happen.
  • 00:19:08.170 --> 00:19:10.070
  • Okay, now I'm gonna let Chewbacca talk here.
  • 00:19:11.180 --> 00:19:13.110
  • (robot sounds) (Candace laughing)
  • 00:19:13.110 --> 00:19:18.100
  • Oh my gosh, I'm in tears.
  • 00:19:20.200 --> 00:19:22.150
  • I am in tears.
  • 00:19:22.150 --> 00:19:23.090
  • Wow, (laughing).
  • 00:19:24.060 --> 00:19:25.010
  • When you think about a laugh,
  • 00:19:29.290 --> 00:19:32.040
  • you don't have to speak the same language to feel it.
  • 00:19:32.040 --> 00:19:35.080
  • It's a lot like music.
  • 00:19:35.080 --> 00:19:36.150
  • Music and laughter share that commonality,
  • 00:19:36.150 --> 00:19:38.200
  • you don't need to know what fully is going on
  • 00:19:38.200 --> 00:19:41.180
  • to understand the emotion of it.
  • 00:19:41.180 --> 00:19:44.070
  • And I think a lot of people
  • 00:19:44.070 --> 00:19:45.150
  • just had a good laugh with me,
  • 00:19:45.150 --> 00:19:47.130
  • and I see the pull in that,
  • 00:19:47.130 --> 00:19:49.180
  • that's actually something that brings some levity
  • 00:19:49.180 --> 00:19:52.200
  • in the middle of your day and brings you some joy.
  • 00:19:52.200 --> 00:19:54.230
  • (laughing) This is the best birthday present
  • 00:19:54.230 --> 00:19:59.060
  • ever to myself, wow, oh my goodness.
  • 00:19:59.060 --> 00:20:03.290
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  • 00:20:03.290 --> 00:20:05.260
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  • 00:20:05.260 --> 00:20:08.230
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  • - [All Speaking] Hi Pastor Joel.
  • 00:21:14.180 --> 00:21:15.170
  • - I need some help.
  • 00:21:15.170 --> 00:21:16.280
  • - Dear Pastor Joel - I have a question for you.
  • 00:21:16.280 --> 00:21:18.030
  • - Pastor Joel. - My anger sometimes
  • 00:21:18.030 --> 00:21:19.080
  • gets the best of me. - Hey Joel,
  • 00:21:19.080 --> 00:21:20.230
  • I don't know what to do. - My stepson drives me nuts.
  • 00:21:20.230 --> 00:21:22.050
  • - I need some help. - My marriage is falling apart
  • 00:21:22.050 --> 00:21:23.130
  • and I wish we had never. - How can I get my
  • 00:21:23.130 --> 00:21:24.180
  • thoughts right. - How do I know
  • 00:21:24.180 --> 00:21:25.250
  • which direction God wants me to go?
  • 00:21:25.250 --> 00:21:27.140
  • - God isn't answering
  • 00:21:27.140 --> 00:21:28.200
  • my prayers. - Where's God when
  • 00:21:28.200 --> 00:21:29.110
  • I'm struggling.
  • 00:21:29.110 --> 00:21:30.230
  • - How do I choose. - I don't understand what's
  • 00:21:30.230 --> 00:21:32.040
  • going on in my marriage. - Hey Pastor Joel.
  • 00:21:32.040 --> 00:21:34.030
  • - My marriage is struggling. - I don't know what to do.
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  • - Do you even read these questions?
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  • All I know I want to start living my best life.
  • 00:21:37.270 --> 00:21:41.050
  • - Where do I start.
  • 00:21:41.050 --> 00:21:42.120
  • - [All Speaking] But where do I start?
  • 00:21:42.120 --> 00:21:44.020
  • - I get questions like this all the time.
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  • Week after week people call in, write in,
  • 00:21:46.280 --> 00:21:49.240
  • reach out to us through social media.
  • 00:21:49.240 --> 00:21:51.250
  • I've learned that so many people
  • 00:21:51.250 --> 00:21:53.190
  • never learn to enjoy life.
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  • In fact, many of us are struggling
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  • to even get through the week.
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  • I read a statistic that said,
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  • there are more heart attacks on Monday,
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  • than any other day of the week.
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  • People have already made up their mind
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  • that Monday is a stressed out day.
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  • You've heard of the Monday morning blues.
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  • If we're not careful we'll think,
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  • I can't enjoy this day, it's Monday.
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  • Or I've gotta mow the lawn, it's raining outside.
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  • I've gotta pay my bills, this is a stressed out day,
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  • let me just endure it.
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  • A new study just came out that talks about
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  • how happiness increases 10% on Fridays.
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  • Why is that?
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  • People are ready for the weekend,
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  • so they've already decided they can be happier.
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  • They've made up their mind,
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  • on Friday they can enjoy their life more.
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  • My challenge, is let every day be a Friday.
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  • If you'll have the right mind set,
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  • you could enjoy Monday just as much as Friday.
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  • The scripture doesn't say Friday is the day
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  • the Lord has made, no, it says,
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  • this is the day the Lord has made.
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  • This means Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.
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  • This means when it's raining,
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  • when you have to work late,
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  • when you have to pay your bills,
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  • when you have to mow the lawn.
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  • Why don't you make a decision
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  • to be happy every day.
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  • Too many people are only excited about the weekend,
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  • vacations, or a big event,
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  • but if you'll have the right mind set,
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  • every day can be a Friday.
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  • You've heard of the saying TGIF,
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  • thank God it's Friday.
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  • Well, for you and me,
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  • it should be TGIM, Thank God it's Monday.
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  • TGIW, thank God it's Wednesday.
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  • TGIS, thank God it's Sunday.
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  • When you get up on Monday,
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  • those thoughts come knocking on your door saying,
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  • this is going to be a hard day, a long week,
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  • traffic is going to be bad.
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  • Just try to make it through, it's the Monday morning blues,
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  • say no thanks, I've already answered the door.
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  • Almighty God, the creator of the universe
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  • has sent me a special delivery of joy, and I've accepted it.
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  • This is going to be a great day.
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  • For us, it's not the Monday morning blues,
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  • it's the Monday morning dos.
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  • I do have joy.
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  • I do have strength.
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  • I do have favor.
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  • I do have hope.
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  • I do have passion.
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  • I do have victory.
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  • Every day is supposed to be a Friday.
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  • Every day can be a good day.
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  • Sure some are more difficult,
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  • but if you'll program your mind the right way,
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  • then you won't drag through the week,
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  • waiting for Friday to come so you can enjoy your life.
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  • Faith is always in the now,
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  • our attitude should be, I'm excited to be alive right now.
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  • I'm excited to have breath to breathe.
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  • I'm excited that I have my health.
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  • I'm excited that I have my family.
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  • I have plenty of reasons to be happy.
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  • Friends, you can be as happy as you decide to be.
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  • I'm asking you to stir up the joy on the inside.
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  • Keep the right perspective.
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  • You may not be exactly where you want to be,
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  • but learn to be happy where you are.
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  • That's the seed you're sowing for God to do something new.
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  • Remember when you get up in the morning,
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  • don't wait to see what kind of day it's going to be,
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  • make a declaration right at the start,
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  • this is going to be a great day.
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  • If you'll make the decision to live your life happy,
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  • then God promises, your joy will be full.
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  • You'll not only enjoy your life,
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  • but you'll brighten other people's day.
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  • Make up your mind that from today forward,
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  • you're going to enjoy every single day of your life.
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  • Choose to be happy and start living your best life now.
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  • disappointments, or adversities.
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  • in His perfect timing
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  • The right people and the right breaks are coming my way.
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  • I am surrounded by God's favor,
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  • secure in His promises, safe in His love.
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