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Find Strength Through Adversity

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  • we all face challenges in life.
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  • We encounter struggles
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  • and times where things don't go our way,
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  • but God has a plan.
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  • With Him, we can find strength in adversity,
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  • allowing struggles to strengthen us instead of weaken us.
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  • I'm Joel Osteen.
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  • I have good news.
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  • No matter where you are or what challenges you're facing,
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  • you can start living your best life now.
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  • (gentle music)
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  • God knows your life from the beginning to the end.
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  • He knows where the dead ends are, where the shortcuts are,
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  • where the bumpy roads are that will cause you
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  • heartache and pain.
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  • Life is full of things that we don't like.
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  • Adversities, disappointments, maybe a friend betrays us,
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  • we didn't get the promotion, a door closes.
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  • We see these things as being negative,
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  • thinking that was bad, didn't work out,
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  • my prayers didn't get answered.
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  • It's easy to get discouraged and lose our passion,
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  • but God won't allow adversity
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  • unless he's going to somehow use it for our good.
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  • That means everything that happens in life,
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  • you may not understand,
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  • but if you'll keep the right attitude,
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  • it will push you further into your destiny.
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  • It will strengthen you.
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  • The closed doors, the delays,
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  • that person that did you wrong,
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  • God says, it's all good.
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  • I'm in control.
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  • It may not feel good, but if you'll trust me,
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  • I'm going to use it for your good.
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  • When you understand this principle,
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  • life gets much more freeing.
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  • You don't get upset when a coworker plays politics
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  • and leaves you out.
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  • You know it's all good.
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  • God allowed it, and he's going to use it.
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  • You tried, and the business didn't make it.
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  • You don't give up on your dreams.
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  • You know it's all good.
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  • It's a part of the process.
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  • Simple things like, you get stuck in traffic.
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  • You don't get frustrated, let it ruin your day.
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  • You know God is directing your steps.
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  • He may be keeping you from an accident.
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  • He may be developing patience in you.
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  • Whatever it is, keep the right perspective
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  • knowing that it's all good.
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  • This boils down to trusting God.
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  • We're not going to understand everything that happens.
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  • If you try to figure it all out,
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  • then you'll get frustrated.
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  • But God can see the big picture for our lives.
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  • He'll close doors that we prayed would open
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  • because He knows it's going to be a waste of time.
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  • When you're mature, instead of getting bitter
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  • when things don't work out, you'll say, God, I trust You.
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  • I may not like it,
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  • but I believe You know what's best for me.
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  • Some of the things God has in your future,
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  • if he gave them to you right now, you couldn't handle it.
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  • He loves you too much to let it happen.
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  • He's developing your character, growing you up.
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  • That boss that gets on your nerves, doesn't treat you right,
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  • you keep trying to pray him away.
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  • The reason he's not going
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  • is because God is using him like sandpaper
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  • to rub the rough edges off of you.
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  • As you keep doing the right thing,
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  • keeping your mouth closed, being respectful,
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  • that's doing a work in you.
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  • You couldn't develop your character without Him.
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  • You may not like it, but it's all good.
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  • It's getting you ready for the next level.
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  • God is asking, do you trust me with your closed doors?
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  • Do you trust me with your unanswered prayers,
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  • with the things you don't understand?
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  • I've learned God's ways are better than our ways.
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  • Sometimes we're so set on having it our way
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  • that we're disappointed if it doesn't happen.
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  • The right way to pray is, God, this is what I want.
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  • This is what I'm believing for,
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  • but God, You know what's best for me.
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  • I trust You.
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  • If you're only going to be happy
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  • if God answers your prayers the way you want,
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  • then you're not really trusting.
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  • You're not praying, you're giving God orders.
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  • But when you develop this trust, you let God do it His way.
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  • You know it's all good.
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  • If the door opens, you thank Him.
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  • If it doesn't open, you still thank Him.
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  • Whatever happens, we can say, it's all good.
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  • This is what the Apostle Paul said in Romans.
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  • "All things work together for good
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  • "for those that love the Lord."
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  • Not some things, but all things.
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  • Now, they may not be good at the time.
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  • It's painful to go through a loss.
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  • It hurts when people do us wrong.
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  • Discouraging when a dream doesn't work out.
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  • By itself, that may not be good,
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  • but God promises He's going to bring it all together.
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  • One day you'll look back and say that was good.
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  • A friend of mine told me about this couple.
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  • Every week, they would go up to the hospital
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  • to encourage people.
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  • One day, the man had just parked his car
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  • and was walking across the street to the main entrance.
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  • This car came around the corner speeding,
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  • almost out of control, and hit the man.
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  • It knocked him up on the hood, over the car,
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  • and to the pavement.
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  • They rushed him to the emergency room
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  • and discovered that he had bleeding on his brain.
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  • They had to take a full body scan
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  • to see if anything else was injured.
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  • They were looking for broken bones or any bleeding.
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  • That was all fine, but they noticed a tumor on his kidney.
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  • When they did a biopsy, they found it was cancer.
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  • A few days later, after the bleeding stopped,
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  • he had surgery to remove the kidney.
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  • Everything went fine.
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  • Today, he is cancer free.
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  • The doctor told him, if they had not found that tumor,
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  • there was a good chance
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  • it would've spread to other parts of the body
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  • and his life would have been threatened.
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  • What started out as a horrible car wreck
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  • turned out to be a life-saving run in.
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  • Friends, it's all good.
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  • Even things that at the time seem bad,
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  • doing a good deed and getting hit by a car.
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  • Most people would say, boy, you're unlucky.
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  • Too bad for you.
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  • But God doesn't allow anything
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  • that He can't bring good out of.
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  • We don't always see it.
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  • You may be thinking, Joel,
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  • my challenges haven't done anything but pull me down.
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  • Maybe you don't see the good yet,
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  • but you don't know what God is doing behind the scenes.
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  • Maybe it hasn't all come together.
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  • This is where faith comes in.
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  • Don't get discouraged.
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  • God knows what He's doing.
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  • If you'll keep honoring Him, being your best,
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  • then God will open doors that no man can shut.
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  • When adversity comes, we can get negative, live bitter,
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  • or we can say, God, I trust You.
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  • You know what's best for me,
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  • even when I don't understand it.
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  • I believe, when it all comes together,
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  • it's going to work for me and not against me.
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  • If you wanna start living your best life,
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  • then you need to remember these words: It's all good.
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  • - Two young college students were traveling to Kenya
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  • to work on a missions project.
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  • They were in their early 20s,
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  • both former college basketball players.
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  • It was their first trip overseas.
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  • They had prayed that everything would go smoothly,
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  • but when the plane tried to land in London,
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  • it was too foggy, and they missed their connecting flight.
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  • They were disappointed, thinking, what a way to get started.
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  • They had to spend the night in the airport.
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  • The only seats they had on the next flight
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  • were in first class.
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  • They put them right up front.
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  • About midway through the flight, the plane took a nosedive
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  • and started heading straight toward the ground.
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  • People were panicking and screaming,
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  • looked like they were going to die.
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  • These young men heard noise in the cockpit.
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  • It sounded like a struggle.
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  • This was before 9/11
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  • when you could go up into the cockpit.
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  • They opened the door, and this deranged man
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  • had taken control of the plane.
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  • The pilots were trying to pull him off,
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  • but they were very small and couldn't budge him.
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  • These young men were both over 6'6", big and strong.
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  • They grabbed that man, ripped him off the controls,
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  • and tied him up.
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  • The plane had descended from 30.000 feet to 4.000 feet.
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  • Another minute or two, they would've all been killed.
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  • That delay seemed like a bad thing, but really, it was good.
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  • They couldn't see it at the time.
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  • They didn't like it, it didn't fit into their plans,
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  • but God held them back on purpose
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  • so they could save that whole plane.
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  • Sometimes, God will inconvenience you
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  • to help somebody else.
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  • Instead of getting frustrated when our plans don't work out,
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  • we need to remember it's not all about us.
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  • Well, Joel, I don't like the people on my job.
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  • They're negative, they gossip, they compromise.
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  • When is God gonna move me out?
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  • Maybe God has you there on purpose
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  • to let your light shine.
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  • Maybe He's counting on you to be a good influence on them.
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  • Quit fighting everything you don't like.
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  • Psalm 37 says, "The steps of a good person
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  • "are ordered by the Lord."
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  • If God has you there, He's ordered your steps.
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  • The delays, the inconveniences, the unfair situations,
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  • you may not like it, may be uncomfortable,
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  • but instead of resisting it, why don't you embrace it?
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  • Saying, God, this is where you have me right now,
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  • so I'm going to be my best.
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  • I'm going to keep a good attitude.
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  • I may not like it.
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  • It may feel bad, but I know a secret.
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  • It's all good.
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  • It's not working against you, it's working for you.
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  • This is what Joseph did.
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  • Nobody had more breaks than him.
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  • As a teenager, he was betrayed by his brothers
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  • and thrown into a pit.
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  • Then he was sold into slavery, he was lied about,
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  • falsely accused and spent years in prison
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  • for something that he didn't do.
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  • It looked like it was one bad thing after another.
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  • He could've been bitter, negative,
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  • but he understood this principle,
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  • that even though it may look bad, feel bad, be unfair,
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  • when it all comes together,
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  • God's going to use it for your good.
  • 00:11:24.250 --> 00:11:27.150
  • After 13 years of trouble, disappointments, betrayals,
  • 00:11:27.150 --> 00:11:31.280
  • he was not only vindicated, he was promoted.
  • 00:11:31.280 --> 00:11:35.160
  • The pharaoh brought him out of prison
  • 00:11:35.160 --> 00:11:37.290
  • and put him second in command of the nation.
  • 00:11:37.290 --> 00:11:41.040
  • Joseph saw his dream come to pass.
  • 00:11:41.040 --> 00:11:44.020
  • Looking back, Joseph would tell you,
  • 00:11:44.020 --> 00:11:46.030
  • the whole time, God was directing his steps.
  • 00:11:46.030 --> 00:11:49.210
  • All those bad breaks, they were a part of the plan
  • 00:11:49.210 --> 00:11:52.290
  • for God to get him to where he was supposed to be.
  • 00:11:52.290 --> 00:11:56.210
  • That betrayal felt bad, but the truth is, it was good.
  • 00:11:56.210 --> 00:12:00.200
  • It was another step on the way to his destiny.
  • 00:12:00.200 --> 00:12:04.050
  • Being sold into slavery was unfair, it was wrong,
  • 00:12:04.050 --> 00:12:08.110
  • he didn't like it, but he wouldn't change it.
  • 00:12:08.110 --> 00:12:11.160
  • Without that disappointment, he wouldn't have become
  • 00:12:11.160 --> 00:12:14.210
  • who he was created to be.
  • 00:12:14.210 --> 00:12:16.130
  • Sometimes, your enemies will do more to promote you
  • 00:12:17.250 --> 00:12:21.060
  • than your friends.
  • 00:12:21.060 --> 00:12:22.270
  • If my critics hadn't been so vocal,
  • 00:12:22.270 --> 00:12:25.020
  • I'd never learned to pray like I pray.
  • 00:12:25.020 --> 00:12:27.220
  • When my father died, if I didn't hear people telling me
  • 00:12:27.220 --> 00:12:30.190
  • I couldn't step up and minister, it wasn't going to last,
  • 00:12:30.190 --> 00:12:33.280
  • I wouldn't have been so determined.
  • 00:12:33.280 --> 00:12:36.090
  • Some of those critics, I need to send them a check.
  • 00:12:36.090 --> 00:12:39.010
  • They thought they were going to stop me,
  • 00:12:39.010 --> 00:12:40.280
  • discourage me, intimidate me.
  • 00:12:40.280 --> 00:12:43.000
  • They didn't realize, God used them
  • 00:12:43.000 --> 00:12:45.090
  • to light a fire on the inside.
  • 00:12:45.090 --> 00:12:47.270
  • They helped me learn how to pray bold prayers,
  • 00:12:47.270 --> 00:12:50.230
  • how to declare God's favor, how to persevere,
  • 00:12:50.230 --> 00:12:54.070
  • how to stay focused and fight the good fight of faith.
  • 00:12:54.070 --> 00:12:57.220
  • They meant it for harm, but God used it for my good.
  • 00:12:57.220 --> 00:13:01.220
  • What am I saying?
  • 00:13:01.220 --> 00:13:03.000
  • It's all good, even your enemies.
  • 00:13:03.000 --> 00:13:06.010
  • Quit complaining about the opposition.
  • 00:13:06.010 --> 00:13:08.090
  • They don't control your destiny, God does.
  • 00:13:08.090 --> 00:13:12.030
  • All those years Joseph spent doing the right thing
  • 00:13:12.030 --> 00:13:15.050
  • when the wrong thing happened,
  • 00:13:15.050 --> 00:13:17.050
  • they were getting him prepared for his destiny.
  • 00:13:17.050 --> 00:13:20.140
  • He was developing his character,
  • 00:13:20.140 --> 00:13:22.290
  • strengthening his spiritual muscles,
  • 00:13:22.290 --> 00:13:25.050
  • proving to God that he could handle it.
  • 00:13:25.050 --> 00:13:27.200
  • What if your destiny is on the other side of that adversity?
  • 00:13:29.040 --> 00:13:32.260
  • What if those challenges are straightening you
  • 00:13:32.260 --> 00:13:35.110
  • for what's ahead?
  • 00:13:35.110 --> 00:13:37.040
  • When hard times come, dare to pray.
  • 00:13:37.040 --> 00:13:39.130
  • God, I don't understand it, but I trust You.
  • 00:13:39.130 --> 00:13:42.110
  • It doesn't make sense right now,
  • 00:13:42.110 --> 00:13:44.210
  • but I know You'll bring it all together
  • 00:13:44.210 --> 00:13:47.120
  • where I'll be saying, it's all good.
  • 00:13:47.120 --> 00:13:49.160
  • We have to start seeing our challenges
  • 00:13:50.190 --> 00:13:52.180
  • through the right lenses.
  • 00:13:52.180 --> 00:13:54.090
  • Having the right outlook is the key
  • 00:13:54.090 --> 00:13:56.210
  • to finding strength in adversity.
  • 00:13:56.210 --> 00:13:59.090
  • No one knows this better than Jake Olson.
  • 00:13:59.090 --> 00:14:02.120
  • On a beautiful day in March, 1997,
  • 00:14:06.180 --> 00:14:10.030
  • 35 miles south of the University of Southern California,
  • 00:14:10.030 --> 00:14:14.020
  • Jake Olson was born.
  • 00:14:14.020 --> 00:14:16.060
  • At eight months old, doctors discovered
  • 00:14:16.060 --> 00:14:18.260
  • he had retinoblastoma, cancerous tumors in both eyes.
  • 00:14:18.260 --> 00:14:23.190
  • After surgery and treatments,
  • 00:14:23.190 --> 00:14:25.150
  • Jake would begin his life with only one eye.
  • 00:14:25.150 --> 00:14:28.220
  • For the next 12 years, Jake saw the world
  • 00:14:28.220 --> 00:14:31.160
  • in all of its glory.
  • 00:14:31.160 --> 00:14:33.080
  • He learned to surf, play golf, but most importantly,
  • 00:14:33.080 --> 00:14:37.000
  • he discovered his love for football and the USC Trojans.
  • 00:14:37.000 --> 00:14:41.140
  • (solemn music)
  • 00:14:41.140 --> 00:14:43.210
  • (crowd cheering)
  • 00:14:43.210 --> 00:14:46.130
  • - I love being in football
  • 00:14:52.180 --> 00:14:54.000
  • and really played with my father growing up,
  • 00:14:54.000 --> 00:14:59.000
  • throwing the football around.
  • 00:14:59.260 --> 00:15:01.120
  • Played on my flag football team in middle school.
  • 00:15:01.120 --> 00:15:03.120
  • When you're in the coliseum and, obviously,
  • 00:15:04.150 --> 00:15:06.050
  • the crowd's going wild, it's like nothing else.
  • 00:15:06.050 --> 00:15:10.220
  • - As Jake grew, through elementary, middle, and high school,
  • 00:15:12.240 --> 00:15:16.140
  • he continued to battle cancer in his one good eye.
  • 00:15:16.140 --> 00:15:20.020
  • Treatment after treatment, Jake's family fought through it.
  • 00:15:20.020 --> 00:15:23.140
  • - The cancer would go away, then all of a sudden,
  • 00:15:23.140 --> 00:15:26.260
  • we'd go to a check up and the cancer would be back.
  • 00:15:26.260 --> 00:15:29.060
  • And so they were trying to throw all these
  • 00:15:29.060 --> 00:15:30.280
  • different types of treatments that they had against it.
  • 00:15:30.280 --> 00:15:33.020
  • - That cancer came back around eight times,
  • 00:15:33.020 --> 00:15:36.120
  • and each time it came back, we'd try to fight it
  • 00:15:36.120 --> 00:15:39.120
  • and we had options of fighting it.
  • 00:15:39.120 --> 00:15:41.080
  • Chemotherapy, laser treatment, cryotherapy,
  • 00:15:41.080 --> 00:15:44.060
  • radiation, and even experimental treatments.
  • 00:15:44.060 --> 00:15:46.120
  • - We fought for so long
  • 00:15:47.070 --> 00:15:49.030
  • and we threw everything we could at it.
  • 00:15:49.030 --> 00:15:51.290
  • And it was just a crushing,
  • 00:15:52.260 --> 00:15:55.180
  • it was clearly a crushing moment.
  • 00:15:55.180 --> 00:15:57.240
  • - I picked up the phone...
  • 00:15:57.240 --> 00:15:59.140
  • Sorry.
  • 00:16:00.120 --> 00:16:01.070
  • I picked up the phone, it was actually
  • 00:16:04.100 --> 00:16:05.190
  • the doctor that was calling,
  • 00:16:05.190 --> 00:16:07.020
  • and I just remember them saying,
  • 00:16:07.020 --> 00:16:10.290
  • the best option would probably be for me to lose my eye.
  • 00:16:10.290 --> 00:16:14.110
  • (Jake sniffling)
  • 00:16:15.180 --> 00:16:18.110
  • That hurt, as a 12 year old.
  • 00:16:20.040 --> 00:16:22.240
  • I just faced 12 years of cancer
  • 00:16:22.240 --> 00:16:25.050
  • and was ready to fight for another round,
  • 00:16:25.050 --> 00:16:28.110
  • and to be told I was gonna have to lose my eyesight
  • 00:16:29.240 --> 00:16:31.240
  • and become completely blind, it was devastating.
  • 00:16:31.240 --> 00:16:35.180
  • - Before the surgery to remove Jake's eye would take place,
  • 00:16:35.180 --> 00:16:39.020
  • his family wanted to give him the opportunity
  • 00:16:39.020 --> 00:16:41.190
  • to see things for the last time.
  • 00:16:41.190 --> 00:16:44.020
  • One of those things was a USC football game.
  • 00:16:44.020 --> 00:16:47.110
  • When the USC coach Pete Carroll heard about Jake's story,
  • 00:16:47.110 --> 00:16:51.130
  • he brought him in to be a part of the team.
  • 00:16:51.130 --> 00:16:54.070
  • - Being here at SC helped a lot,
  • 00:16:55.090 --> 00:16:57.200
  • being part of that team
  • 00:16:57.200 --> 00:16:59.040
  • and what Coach Carroll did for me was absolutely amazing.
  • 00:16:59.040 --> 00:17:01.170
  • - When we got there, they brought us right in
  • 00:17:03.100 --> 00:17:05.110
  • to where they do the team meetings.
  • 00:17:05.110 --> 00:17:07.150
  • Pete Carroll was there,
  • 00:17:07.150 --> 00:17:08.210
  • and he just brought Jake down to the front,
  • 00:17:08.210 --> 00:17:10.060
  • and he goes, "Hey, we have a guest today, Jake Olson."
  • 00:17:10.060 --> 00:17:12.250
  • And the whole team started chanting,
  • 00:17:12.250 --> 00:17:14.080
  • "Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake!"
  • 00:17:14.080 --> 00:17:16.150
  • - For the next three months, Jake was a part of the team,
  • 00:17:16.150 --> 00:17:19.180
  • until the day came when had to have surgery
  • 00:17:19.180 --> 00:17:22.140
  • to remove his eye.
  • 00:17:22.140 --> 00:17:24.050
  • - The next day was hard 'cause he woke up.
  • 00:17:24.050 --> 00:17:27.090
  • We had to drive to the hospital, so he started crying
  • 00:17:27.090 --> 00:17:30.000
  • when I woke him up, and then I started crying.
  • 00:17:30.000 --> 00:17:32.070
  • We cried the whole time.
  • 00:17:33.180 --> 00:17:34.250
  • - Not until, really, I woke up from that surgery
  • 00:17:36.170 --> 00:17:39.260
  • did I
  • 00:17:39.260 --> 00:17:42.040
  • really come to the sense of, hey, okay,
  • 00:17:44.200 --> 00:17:46.250
  • this is my reality now, I'm blind.
  • 00:17:46.250 --> 00:17:49.070
  • - When Jake came out of that procedure,
  • 00:17:51.130 --> 00:17:54.040
  • as devastating as that kinda was,
  • 00:17:54.040 --> 00:17:56.060
  • even though we knew the outcome,
  • 00:17:56.060 --> 00:17:58.150
  • he talked about light,
  • 00:17:58.150 --> 00:17:59.220
  • and there was something there, there was light
  • 00:17:59.220 --> 00:18:02.170
  • and he just couldn't believe that his world had light.
  • 00:18:02.170 --> 00:18:06.020
  • And I just thought, to this day I still think
  • 00:18:06.020 --> 00:18:07.240
  • it's so symbolic of, he has this physical aspect of light
  • 00:18:07.240 --> 00:18:12.090
  • but there's just more to it than just that.
  • 00:18:12.090 --> 00:18:15.100
  • - The next morning, I'm in the kitchen and he gets up,
  • 00:18:15.100 --> 00:18:19.090
  • and he comes downstairs and he goes, "I'm going to school."
  • 00:18:19.090 --> 00:18:22.160
  • And I go, "Are you sure?
  • 00:18:22.160 --> 00:18:24.000
  • "'Cause they said you should probably maybe take a week off.
  • 00:18:24.000 --> 00:18:25.260
  • "You just had the surgery."
  • 00:18:25.260 --> 00:18:27.070
  • He goes, "No, I'm going to school."
  • 00:18:27.070 --> 00:18:29.020
  • - There's no sense of sulking around
  • 00:18:29.020 --> 00:18:30.170
  • thinking to myself, why me, and I wish I wasn't blind,
  • 00:18:30.170 --> 00:18:34.100
  • and why did this happen to me.
  • 00:18:34.100 --> 00:18:35.180
  • It was more of, okay, this did happen to me,
  • 00:18:35.180 --> 00:18:37.180
  • so let's move on.
  • 00:18:37.180 --> 00:18:38.270
  • When it came to high school, it became tackle football.
  • 00:18:40.100 --> 00:18:42.170
  • It became a lot more competitive.
  • 00:18:42.170 --> 00:18:44.090
  • Talking to some members on the team they were saying,
  • 00:18:44.090 --> 00:18:45.230
  • you know, hey, we got this long snapper.
  • 00:18:45.230 --> 00:18:47.290
  • He's really good, he's graduating,
  • 00:18:47.290 --> 00:18:49.150
  • and we haven't set anyone up to be his replacement.
  • 00:18:49.150 --> 00:18:51.280
  • - When Jake told me he wanted to play football,
  • 00:18:51.280 --> 00:18:53.270
  • it was within the context of,
  • 00:18:53.270 --> 00:18:55.130
  • he was thinking about being like a center, long snapper,
  • 00:18:55.130 --> 00:18:59.240
  • and my immediate reaction was, wow, that's interesting.
  • 00:18:59.240 --> 00:19:03.270
  • How is this gonna work?
  • 00:19:03.270 --> 00:19:05.180
  • - Picked it up became the best snapper come fall camp
  • 00:19:05.180 --> 00:19:09.080
  • and earned a spot in varsity
  • 00:19:09.080 --> 00:19:10.140
  • and played varsity junior and senior year.
  • 00:19:10.140 --> 00:19:13.050
  • - Jake went on to become the starting long snapper
  • 00:19:13.050 --> 00:19:15.240
  • on his high school team and didn't stop there.
  • 00:19:15.240 --> 00:19:18.290
  • After high school, he went on to become a long snapper
  • 00:19:18.290 --> 00:19:22.020
  • for the University of Southern California,
  • 00:19:22.020 --> 00:19:24.180
  • his favorite team.
  • 00:19:24.180 --> 00:19:26.110
  • Jake didn't let his disability define him or hold him back.
  • 00:19:26.110 --> 00:19:30.230
  • (crowd cheering)
  • 00:19:30.230 --> 00:19:33.280
  • - After I snapped for the first time in the coliseum,
  • 00:19:33.280 --> 00:19:36.190
  • I said, if you can't see how God works things out,
  • 00:19:36.190 --> 00:19:39.030
  • I think you're the blind one.
  • 00:19:39.030 --> 00:19:41.020
  • I truthfully believe that.
  • 00:19:41.020 --> 00:19:42.150
  • There are so many blessings that I've been given,
  • 00:19:42.150 --> 00:19:44.130
  • and so many lives I've been able to touch
  • 00:19:44.130 --> 00:19:46.150
  • and further His kingdom
  • 00:19:47.100 --> 00:19:48.180
  • that I think it would be actually quite shameful
  • 00:19:48.180 --> 00:19:50.160
  • if I sat here and was mad at Him
  • 00:19:50.160 --> 00:19:53.140
  • for letting me go blind.
  • 00:19:53.140 --> 00:19:55.210
  • - This kid came in, didn't know what to expect,
  • 00:19:55.210 --> 00:19:59.000
  • but he was a phenomenal long snapper
  • 00:19:59.000 --> 00:20:01.000
  • and it just showed that,
  • 00:20:01.000 --> 00:20:02.180
  • no matter how big the obstacle in your way might be,
  • 00:20:02.180 --> 00:20:05.150
  • just persevere and keep going and fighting whatever it is
  • 00:20:05.150 --> 00:20:08.080
  • and that's what he's definitely taught me in that way.
  • 00:20:08.080 --> 00:20:11.080
  • - Jake may have lost his sight,
  • 00:20:11.080 --> 00:20:13.000
  • but he didn't let that change who he is
  • 00:20:13.000 --> 00:20:15.260
  • or change anything about his life.
  • 00:20:15.260 --> 00:20:17.130
  • He's achieving all his goals he's ever wanted to achieve,
  • 00:20:17.130 --> 00:20:20.060
  • and he's inspiring people while he's doing it.
  • 00:20:20.060 --> 00:20:22.140
  • - If I could summarize Jake's life and story
  • 00:20:23.210 --> 00:20:26.050
  • in one word or one phrase, it's fight on,
  • 00:20:26.050 --> 00:20:29.130
  • which is the University of Southern California's theme
  • 00:20:29.130 --> 00:20:32.080
  • and chant of, let's fight on.
  • 00:20:32.080 --> 00:20:35.090
  • - Jake is not afraid to share his faith
  • 00:20:35.090 --> 00:20:37.270
  • or how's he's gotten through.
  • 00:20:37.270 --> 00:20:40.140
  • He gives credit to his faith in Christ.
  • 00:20:40.140 --> 00:20:42.270
  • He goes out and speaks and helps motivate other people.
  • 00:20:42.270 --> 00:20:46.040
  • God is using this, and sometimes I think
  • 00:20:46.040 --> 00:20:48.160
  • that's why we go through things here
  • 00:20:48.160 --> 00:20:51.290
  • because if you never went through anything,
  • 00:20:51.290 --> 00:20:54.140
  • you wouldn't know, you couldn't be empathetic
  • 00:20:54.140 --> 00:20:56.290
  • with anyone else and you wouldn't be able to share
  • 00:20:56.290 --> 00:20:59.260
  • how you got through that.
  • 00:20:59.260 --> 00:21:01.180
  • And so I know Jake's been a huge inspiration
  • 00:21:01.180 --> 00:21:04.010
  • to so many people.
  • 00:21:04.010 --> 00:21:05.040
  • - I always say there's a setup and a setback.
  • 00:21:06.220 --> 00:21:09.260
  • And that means that in every setback,
  • 00:21:09.260 --> 00:21:12.050
  • there's a setup waiting to happen.
  • 00:21:12.050 --> 00:21:14.110
  • Now, that is true when you choose to see it that way.
  • 00:21:14.110 --> 00:21:19.010
  • If you see your setbacks as permanent and immovable,
  • 00:21:19.010 --> 00:21:22.000
  • then they will stop you.
  • 00:21:22.000 --> 00:21:23.080
  • But if you choose to see your setbacks
  • 00:21:23.080 --> 00:21:25.190
  • as something that's waiting to set you up,
  • 00:21:25.190 --> 00:21:27.060
  • and you can believe in it, use it, and leverage it,
  • 00:21:27.060 --> 00:21:29.230
  • let you bring you to new heights.
  • 00:21:30.280 --> 00:21:32.120
  • In my case, that's what blindness was.
  • 00:21:32.120 --> 00:21:34.270
  • It was a setback, but it was also a setup
  • 00:21:34.270 --> 00:21:37.090
  • for a new life full of amazing opportunities.
  • 00:21:37.090 --> 00:21:39.250
  • - [All] Hi, Pastor Joel.
  • 00:21:44.230 --> 00:21:45.230
  • - I need some help.
  • 00:21:45.230 --> 00:21:47.050
  • - Dear Pastor Joel-- - I have a question for you.
  • 00:21:47.050 --> 00:21:48.110
  • - Pastor Joel-- - My anger sometimes
  • 00:21:48.110 --> 00:21:49.240
  • gets the best of me. - I don't know what to do.
  • 00:21:49.240 --> 00:21:51.060
  • - My stepson drives me nuts. - I need some help.
  • 00:21:51.060 --> 00:21:52.150
  • - My marriage is falling apart
  • 00:21:52.150 --> 00:21:53.170
  • and I wish we'd never married.
  • 00:21:53.170 --> 00:21:54.230
  • - [Man] How can I get my thoughts right?
  • 00:21:54.230 --> 00:21:56.050
  • - How do I know which direction God wants me to go?
  • 00:21:56.050 --> 00:21:57.190
  • - God isn't answering
  • 00:21:57.190 --> 00:21:58.200
  • my prayers. - Where's God
  • 00:21:58.200 --> 00:21:59.150
  • when I'm struggling?
  • 00:21:59.150 --> 00:22:00.250
  • - Dear Pastor Joel-- - How do I choose--
  • 00:22:00.250 --> 00:22:02.060
  • - [Woman] I don't understand what's going on.
  • 00:22:02.060 --> 00:22:03.120
  • - I can't get my life-- - Hey, Pastor Joel.
  • 00:22:03.120 --> 00:22:04.270
  • - My marriage is struggling. - I don't know what to do.
  • 00:22:04.270 --> 00:22:06.090
  • - Do you even read these questions?
  • 00:22:06.090 --> 00:22:08.050
  • All I know is, I want to start living my best life.
  • 00:22:08.050 --> 00:22:11.240
  • - [Men] Where do I start?
  • 00:22:11.240 --> 00:22:12.230
  • - [Women] But where do I start?
  • 00:22:12.230 --> 00:22:14.260
  • - I get questions like this all the time.
  • 00:22:14.260 --> 00:22:17.040
  • Week after week, people call in, write in,
  • 00:22:17.040 --> 00:22:20.060
  • reach out to us on social media.
  • 00:22:20.060 --> 00:22:22.140
  • And people are facing big challenges,
  • 00:22:22.140 --> 00:22:24.260
  • and for many, it's hard to trust
  • 00:22:24.260 --> 00:22:26.250
  • that God can turn it around for good.
  • 00:22:26.250 --> 00:22:29.150
  • How could death be good?
  • 00:22:29.150 --> 00:22:31.080
  • Betrayal, loneliness?
  • 00:22:31.080 --> 00:22:33.160
  • These questions make me think about Good Friday.
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  • We call it good now, but 2.000 years ago,
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  • when Jesus was crucified, it didn't look like a good Friday.
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  • The disciples thought it was the worst day of their life.
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  • Their dreams were shattered.
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  • The man they had devoted their lives to was gone.
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  • Doubts filled their mind.
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  • Maybe He wasn't who He said He was.
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  • Maybe He tricked us.
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  • Maybe we wasted all this time.
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  • You can imagine Mary, the mother of Christ,
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  • weeping as she sees her son hanging on the cross.
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  • She's heartbroken, in so much pain.
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  • If someone had suggested, Mary, this is a good Friday,
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  • she would've thought they had lost their mind.
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  • What do you mean this is good?
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  • Look at what's happening.
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  • We all face these times when life doesn't make sense.
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  • A dream dies, a relationship ends,
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  • we come down with an illness.
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  • Nothing about the situation seems good.
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  • Good would be the last word we'd use
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  • to describe this Friday.
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  • A more accurate description would be tragic Friday.
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  • Betrayed Friday, lonely Friday.
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  • When you're in the heat of the battle,
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  • it's easy to get discouraged.
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  • The disciples could've said,
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  • God, why did you let Judas betray Him?
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  • Why did you let the soldiers crucify Him?
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  • Why did you abandon Him in His greatest time of need?
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  • But a few days later, when Jesus arose from the dead
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  • and appeared to them in the upper room
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  • and cooked them breakfast on the beach,
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  • they realized that He was who He said He was.
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  • He did what He said He was going to do.
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  • He defeated the enemy and brought salvation to mankind.
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  • They looked back on that Friday and said,
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  • it wasn't what we thought.
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  • It wasn't depressing Friday.
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  • It wasn't tragic Friday.
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  • It was all a part of God's plan.
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  • It was Good Friday.
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  • What they thought was the worst day of their lives,
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  • they looked back and called it good.
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  • What am I saying?
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  • It's all good.
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  • It may not be good right now,
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  • may not make sense on its own,
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  • but God knows how to bring it all together.
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  • What you think is going to stop you, set you back,
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  • cause you heartache, can you tell you,
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  • if you'll stay in faith, one day you'll look back
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  • and say, this was good.
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  • You may not be able to see it right now,
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  • but one day, you will.
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  • When God vindicates you, heals you, promotes you,
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  • restores you, when he prepares a table for you
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  • in the presence of your enemy,
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  • when he pays you back double for that difficulty,
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  • that's what turns defeated Friday into Good Friday.
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  • No more betrayed Friday, disappointed Friday.
  • 00:25:21.100 --> 00:25:24.260
  • Now it's blessed Friday, joyful Friday, victorious Friday.
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  • I'm asking you to trust Him.
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  • It may be Friday in your life.
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  • There's no reason to call it good, but don't worry,
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  • Sunday is coming.
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  • God is still on the throne.
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  • Maybe you're dealing with an illness
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  • or struggling in a relationship.
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  • You have people coming against you.
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  • It feels dark, lonely, discouraging.
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  • You don't see how it could ever work out.
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  • Stay in faith.
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  • New beginnings are on the way.
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  • A resurrection is in your future.
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  • God wouldn't have allowed the adversity
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  • if it wasn't going to move you forward.
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  • I believe and declare,
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  • everything that was meant to stop you,
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  • God is going to use it to push you forward.
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  • He's bringing it all together right now.
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  • Good Friday is coming in the name of Jesus.
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  • Now, go out and live your best life now.
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