Joy In The Journey

October 23, 2022 | 294 | 27:29

Joel and Victoria Osteen's message of unconditional love and unending hope reaches everyone across the world.

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Joel Osteen | Joy In The Journey | October 23, 2022
  • > joel: god bless you.
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  • It's great to be with you
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  • It's great to be with you today. i hope you'll stay
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  • Today. i hope you'll stay connected with us during
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  • Connected with us during the week, through our daily
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  • The week, through our daily podcast, our youtube
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  • Podcast, our youtube channel, social media.
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  • Channel, social media. and you can come visit us
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  • And you can come visit us in person. we'd love to
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  • Have you be a part of one
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  • Have you be a part of one of our services.
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  • Of our services. i like to start with
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  • I like to start with something funny.
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  • Something funny. i heard about this man
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  • I heard about this man named bubba. he lived
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  • Named bubba. he lived way out in the country.
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  • Way out in the country. there was a stray dog that
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  • There was a stray dog that kept showing up at his
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  • Kept showing up at his house. his wife said,
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  • House. his wife said, “bubba you have to put
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  • “bubba you have to put the dog in your truck,
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  • The dog in your truck, take him out in the woods
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  • Take him out in the woods and drop him off. that's
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  • And drop him off. that's where he lives.”
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  • Where he lives.” bubba drove him a mile down
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  • Bubba drove him a mile down road, dropped him off.
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  • Road, dropped him off. when he came home, the dog
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  • When he came home, the dog was walking up the
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  • Was walking up the driveway, practically beat
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  • Driveway, practically beat him back. this happened
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  • Him back. this happened again and again. his wife
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  • Again and again. his wife said, “bubba, you have to
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  • Said, “bubba, you have to take him way out, drive him
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  • Take him way out, drive him around in circles, get him
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  • Around in circles, get him mixed up.” bubba drove him
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  • Mixed up.” bubba drove him an hour away, crisscrossed
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  • An hour away, crisscrossed roads he'd never driven
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  • Roads he'd never driven before and dropped him off.
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  • Before and dropped him off. two hours later, he called
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  • Two hours later, he called his wife from the truck and
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  • His wife from the truck and said, “did the dog come
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  • Said, “did the dog come back?” she said, “yeah,
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  • Back?” she said, “yeah, he's walking up the
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  • He's walking up the driveway now.” bubba said,
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  • Driveway now.” bubba said, “do me a favor, put him on
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  • “do me a favor, put him on the line, i need
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  • The line, i need directions.”
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  • Directions.” say it like you mean it.
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  • Say it like you mean it. this is my bible. i am
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  • This is my bible. i am what it says i am. i have
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  • What it says i am. i have what it says i have. i can
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  • What it says i have. i can do what it says i can do.
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  • Do what it says i can do. today, i will be taught
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  • Today, i will be taught the word of god.
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  • The word of god. i boldly confess: my mind
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  • I boldly confess: my mind is alert. my heart is
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  • Is alert. my heart is receptive. i will never
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  • Receptive. i will never be the same in jesus' name.
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  • Be the same in jesus' name. god bless you.
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  • God bless you. i want to talk to you today
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  • I want to talk to you today about joy in the journey.
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  • About joy in the journey. too often we're going to
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  • Too often we're going to enjoy life when we
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  • Enjoy life when we accomplish a goal, when the
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  • Accomplish a goal, when the kids are raised, when we
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  • Kids are raised, when we get the promotion.
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  • Get the promotion. “joel, when i lose ten
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  • “joel, when i lose ten pounds, when i get through
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  • Pounds, when i get through this problem, then i'll be
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  • This problem, then i'll be happy.” our joy is always
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  • Happy.” our joy is always in the future when we cross
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  • In the future when we cross the finish line.
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  • The finish line. the problem with that
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  • The problem with that approach is there's always
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  • Approach is there's always some reason we can't be
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  • Some reason we can't be happy.
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  • Happy. something's going on that's
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  • Something's going on that's causing us to be stressed,
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  • Causing us to be stressed, uptight.
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  • Uptight. but the key is to find joy
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  • But the key is to find joy in the journey.
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  • In the journey. you're not there yet,
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  • You're not there yet, you're still waiting for
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  • You're still waiting for things to improve, still
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  • Things to improve, still believing for the promise,
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  • Believing for the promise, but in the meantime, you're
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  • But in the meantime, you're enjoying where you are
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  • Enjoying where you are while you're on the way
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  • While you're on the way to where you're going.
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  • To where you're going. if you're so focused on the
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  • If you're so focused on the finish line, what's not
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  • Finish line, what's not working out, this trouble
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  • Working out, this trouble at the office, then you'll
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  • At the office, then you'll miss the beauty of this day.
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  • Miss the beauty of this day. you won't laugh at the
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  • You won't laugh at the funny thing your child does.
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  • Funny thing your child does. you're too busy.
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  • You're too busy. got to get them dressed,
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  • Got to get them dressed, feed them breakfast, get
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  • Feed them breakfast, get them to school.
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  • Them to school. you won't enjoy your spouse.
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  • You won't enjoy your spouse. you're too busy trying to
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  • You're too busy trying to fix them, focused on their
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  • Fix them, focused on their flaws. when they improve,
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  • Flaws. when they improve, then you'll have fun
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  • Then you'll have fun together. i know people
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  • Together. i know people that hurry through the
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  • That hurry through the week. they don't like
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  • Week. they don't like going to work, dread
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  • Going to work, dread driving in the traffic,
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  • Driving in the traffic, have to put up with this
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  • Have to put up with this cranky coworker. they
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  • Cranky coworker. they can't wait till the weekend
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  • Can't wait till the weekend gets here. how much of your
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  • Gets here. how much of your life are you missing trying
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  • Life are you missing trying to get to the next thing?
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  • To get to the next thing? what you think is better,
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  • What you think is better, then you can be happy.
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  • Then you can be happy. try a different approach.
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  • Try a different approach. instead of rushing through
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  • Instead of rushing through what you don't like, trying
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  • What you don't like, trying to get to the next goal,
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  • To get to the next goal, slow down and find joy in
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  • Slow down and find joy in the journey.
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  • The journey. look at all the good things
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  • Look at all the good things in your life right now.
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  • In your life right now. don't take for granted the
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  • Don't take for granted the people god's given you to
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  • People god's given you to love.
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  • Love. they may not be perfect,
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  • They may not be perfect, but neither are you.
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  • But neither are you. “joel, this husband, he
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  • “joel, this husband, he gets on my nerves.” i bet
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  • Gets on my nerves.” i bet you get on his nerves too.
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  • You get on his nerves too. some people would love to
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  • Some people would love to have your husband.
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  • Have your husband. they'd give anything to
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  • They'd give anything to have that man.
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  • Have that man. i see a lady holding up her
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  • I see a lady holding up her husband's phone number.
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  • Husband's phone number. that's how she's going to
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  • That's how she's going to get joy.
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  • Get joy. “these children, they're so
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  • “these children, they're so much work.
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  • Much work. all i do is cook and clean
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  • All i do is cook and clean and run them places.” do
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  • And run them places.” do you know how many people
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  • You know how many people are not able to have
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  • Are not able to have children?
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  • Children? they would do anything to
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  • They would do anything to have those kids.
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  • Have those kids. what you see as common is
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  • What you see as common is really uncommon.
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  • Really uncommon. what we think is ordinary
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  • What we think is ordinary is really extraordinary.
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  • Is really extraordinary. “well, it's monday, i have
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  • “well, it's monday, i have to go to work.” try a
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  • To go to work.” try a different approach.
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  • Different approach. “i get to go to work.
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  • “i get to go to work. i have a job.
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  • I have a job. i have income, i have
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  • I have income, i have resources.” “i can't stand
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  • Resources.” “i can't stand driving in this traffic.
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  • Driving in this traffic. it's so stressful.” how
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  • It's so stressful.” how about, “i get to drive in
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  • About, “i get to drive in traffic.
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  • Traffic. i have a car.
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  • I have a car. i have opportunity.” “i've
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  • I have opportunity.” “i've got to clean the house
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  • Got to clean the house again today.
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  • Again today. that's the story of my
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  • That's the story of my life.” no, “i get to clean
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  • Life.” no, “i get to clean the house.
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  • The house. god's blessed me with a
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  • God's blessed me with a place to live.” if you'll
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  • Place to live.” if you'll have the right perspective,
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  • Have the right perspective, you'll find joy in the
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  • You'll find joy in the journey.
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  • Journey. “i'm not in my dream house
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  • “i'm not in my dream house yet, but lord i'm grateful
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  • Yet, but lord i'm grateful for this apartment.
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  • For this apartment. i haven't met the right
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  • I haven't met the right person yet, but lord i'm
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  • Person yet, but lord i'm grateful being single.
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  • Grateful being single. this place i'm working is
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  • This place i'm working is not where i want to end up,
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  • Not where i want to end up, but lord i'm grateful that
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  • But lord i'm grateful that i'm employed.” the enemy
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  • I'm employed.” the enemy would love to deceive us
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  • Would love to deceive us into enduring life and not
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  • Into enduring life and not enjoying life.
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  • Enjoying life. having children but not
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  • Having children but not enjoying them. being
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  • Enjoying them. being married but not enjoying it.
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  • Married but not enjoying it. having a house, a job,
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  • Having a house, a job, opportunity but always some
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  • Opportunity but always some reason we're not happy.
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  • Reason we're not happy. we've got to get to that
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  • We've got to get to that next thing, then we'll
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  • Next thing, then we'll enjoy life.
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  • Enjoy life. no, you have to learn this
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  • No, you have to learn this principle.
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  • Principle. there is joy in your
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  • There is joy in your journey.
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  • Journey. there are things in your
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  • There are things in your life right now that you can
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  • Life right now that you can enjoy if you'll have the
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  • Enjoy if you'll have the right perspective.
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  • Right perspective. paul said in philippians,
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  • Paul said in philippians, “whatever things are
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  • “whatever things are wholesome, good, pure, if
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  • Wholesome, good, pure, if there be any virtue, if
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  • There be any virtue, if there be any praise, think
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  • There be any praise, think on these things.” it's
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  • On these things.” it's significant that he used
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  • Significant that he used the word ‘if'.
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  • The word ‘if'. if there be any virtue.
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  • If there be any virtue. he was saying you have to
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  • He was saying you have to look for the good.
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  • Look for the good. in your family, look for
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  • In your family, look for the good.
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  • The good. in your spouse, yes you can
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  • In your spouse, yes you can point out twenty-three
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  • Point out twenty-three flaws.
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  • Flaws. how about looking for the
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  • How about looking for the good?
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  • Good? in that challenge, maybe a
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  • In that challenge, maybe a lot is coming against you,
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  • Lot is coming against you, look for the good.
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  • Look for the good. god is sustaining you.
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  • God is sustaining you. people are encouraging you.
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  • People are encouraging you. this one area has improved.
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  • This one area has improved. if you're going to find joy
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  • If you're going to find joy in the journey, you have to
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  • In the journey, you have to look past all the wrongs
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  • Look past all the wrongs and see the rights.
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  • And see the rights. sometimes, it's just the
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  • Sometimes, it's just the fact that you shouldn't
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  • Fact that you shouldn't still be here.
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  • Still be here. the opposition should have
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  • The opposition should have taken you out.
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  • Taken you out. the sickness should have
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  • The sickness should have defeated you.
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  • Defeated you. how you were raised should
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  • How you were raised should have held you back.
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  • Have held you back. but you can say, “lord,
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  • But you can say, “lord, thank you that i'm still
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  • Thank you that i'm still standing.
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  • Standing. thank you that i still have
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  • Thank you that i still have air to breathe.
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  • Air to breathe. thank you that you're still
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  • Thank you that you're still for me.”
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  • For me.” in luke 24, jesus had been
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  • In luke 24, jesus had been crucified on a friday.
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  • Crucified on a friday. that sunday, two of his
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  • That sunday, two of his disciples were walking from
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  • Disciples were walking from jerusalem to a city called
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  • Jerusalem to a city called emmaus.
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  • Emmaus. you can imagine how
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  • You can imagine how discouraged they were.
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  • Discouraged they were. the man they had followed
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  • The man they had followed and given their life to was
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  • And given their life to was now gone.
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  • Now gone. as they were on this
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  • As they were on this journey, talking about
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  • Journey, talking about everything that had
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  • Everything that had happened, the wrongs, the
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  • Happened, the wrongs, the betrayals, the heartache,
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  • Betrayals, the heartache, jesus came up and started
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  • Jesus came up and started walking with them, but they
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  • Walking with them, but they didn't recognize who he was.
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  • Didn't recognize who he was. he was in a different form.
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  • He was in a different form. jesus asked what they were
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  • Jesus asked what they were discussing and why they
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  • Discussing and why they were so concerned.
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  • They said in effect, “where
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  • They said in effect, “where have you been?
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  • Have you been? haven't you heard?
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  • Haven't you heard? they've taken our messiah,
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  • They've taken our messiah, crucified him, now we're
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  • Crucified him, now we're without a leader.” jesus
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  • Without a leader.” jesus began to talk to them about
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  • Began to talk to them about what the prophets had
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  • What the prophets had predicted.
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  • Predicted. how he had to come and be
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  • How he had to come and be crucified, that he would be
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  • Crucified, that he would be raised on the third day.
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  • Raised on the third day. verse 27 says, “he
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  • Verse 27 says, “he explained what the
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  • Explained what the scripture said about him.”
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  • Scripture said about him.” what an incredible moment
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  • What an incredible moment this was.
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  • This was. they're walking with jesus,
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  • They're walking with jesus, who's just risen from the
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  • Who's just risen from the dead, whose helping them to
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  • Understand passages from
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  • Understand passages from the old testament, that
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  • The old testament, that prophesied what would
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  • Prophesied what would happen, how this was all a
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  • Happen, how this was all a part of god's plan.
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  • Part of god's plan. it was a seven mile walk
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  • It was a seven mile walk from jerusalem. they were
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  • From jerusalem. they were about to arrive in emmaus.
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  • About to arrive in emmaus. it was late at night.
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  • It was late at night. they asked jesus to stay
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  • They asked jesus to stay with them. as they were
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  • With them. as they were eating dinner, jesus broke
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  • Eating dinner, jesus broke the bread, and their eyes
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  • The bread, and their eyes were opened.
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  • Were opened. they recognized who he was.
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  • They recognized who he was. jesus suddenly disappeared.
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  • Jesus suddenly disappeared. think about that long walk
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  • Think about that long walk with jesus.
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  • With jesus. they were so focused on
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  • They were so focused on what didn't work out, this
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  • What didn't work out, this great disappointment, their
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  • Great disappointment, their leader is gone, that they
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  • Leader is gone, that they didn't recognize the
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  • Didn't recognize the miracle in the moment.
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  • Miracle in the moment. all they knew was life was
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  • All they knew was life was unfair.
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  • Unfair. this wasn't right.
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  • This wasn't right. they were discouraged, yet
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  • They were discouraged, yet that whole time the risen
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  • That whole time the risen savior was in their midst.
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  • Savior was in their midst. how many times on our
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  • How many times on our journey are we not
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  • Journey are we not recognizing what god is
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  • Recognizing what god is doing.
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  • Doing. we're so caught up in the
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  • We're so caught up in the stress of the day, dealing
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  • Stress of the day, dealing with this problem, had a
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  • With this problem, had a setback in our finances,
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  • Setback in our finances, that we don't see all the
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  • That we don't see all the good things.
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  • Good things. how god is sustaining us,
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  • How god is sustaining us, favoring us, guiding us.
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  • Favoring us, guiding us. we've been through
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  • We've been through challenges but in the
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  • Challenges but in the midst, our children are
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  • Midst, our children are still healthy, we have
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  • Still healthy, we have opportunity, the right
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  • Opportunity, the right person showed up when we
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  • Person showed up when we needed them. don't get so
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  • Needed them. don't get so focused on what's wrong
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  • Focused on what's wrong that you don't recognize
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  • That you don't recognize what's right.
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  • It's interesting that these
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  • It's interesting that these disciples were on a journey
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  • Disciples were on a journey with jesus.
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  • With jesus. one principle it shows us,
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  • One principle it shows us, is there was joy in the
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  • Is there was joy in the journey, but they didn't
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  • Journey, but they didn't recognize it.
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  • Recognize it. how many of us are seeing
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  • How many of us are seeing the joy in the journey?
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  • The joy in the journey? we see the traffic.
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  • We see the traffic. we see the struggle.
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  • We see the struggle. “these children are a lot
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  • “these children are a lot of work.” but are you
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  • Of work.” but are you seeing the joy?
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  • Seeing the joy? could it be like these
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  • Could it be like these disciples that god is doing
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  • Disciples that god is doing great things, but you don't
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  • Great things, but you don't see it.
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  • The scripture says god
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  • The scripture says god opened their eyes and
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  • Suddenly they recognized
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  • Suddenly they recognized jesus.
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  • Jesus. my prayer is, “god open our
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  • My prayer is, “god open our eyes.
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  • Eyes. help us on the journey of
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  • Help us on the journey of life to not miss the
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  • Life to not miss the miracles of the moment.
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  • Miracles of the moment. to recognize your goodness,
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  • To recognize your goodness, to be aware that you're at
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  • To be aware that you're at work.” i don't want us to
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  • Work.” i don't want us to come to the end of life and
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  • Come to the end of life and think, “man, i didn't enjoy
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  • Think, “man, i didn't enjoy my twenties, i was so
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  • My twenties, i was so stressed raising kids.
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  • Stressed raising kids. i didn't enjoy my thirties;
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  • I didn't enjoy my thirties; the pressures of work were
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  • The pressures of work were so bad.
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  • So bad. i didn't enjoy my forties,
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  • I didn't enjoy my forties, i had financial
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  • I had financial difficulties.
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  • Difficulties. my fifties, i had that
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  • My fifties, i had that health issue.
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  • Health issue. my sixties, we had
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  • My sixties, we had inflation, the pandemic,
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  • Inflation, the pandemic, the texans couldn't win.”
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  • The texans couldn't win.” we look up and our life is
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  • We look up and our life is passed but we didn't enjoy
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  • Passed but we didn't enjoy it.
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  • It. there was always something,
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  • There was always something, some problem, some person,
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  • Some problem, some person, some delay.
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  • Some delay. you could be in a great
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  • You could be in a great moment right now, but like
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  • Moment right now, but like these disciples, you're
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  • These disciples, you're letting what went wrong, so
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  • Letting what went wrong, so focused on where you're
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  • Focused on where you're trying to go, that you're
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  • Trying to go, that you're missing all the good things.
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  • Missing all the good things. they looked back and
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  • They looked back and thought, “jesus was walking
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  • Thought, “jesus was walking with us.
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  • With us. he was explaining the
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  • He was explaining the scriptures.
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  • Scriptures. we were right there in his
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  • We were right there in his presence.
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  • Presence. we should have stopped,
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  • We should have stopped, taken it all in, and
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  • Taken it all in, and enjoyed it.” instead, they
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  • Enjoyed it.” instead, they were just trying to get to
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  • Were just trying to get to emmaus.
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  • Emmaus. trying to get past the
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  • Trying to get past the disappointment.
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  • Disappointment. i'm not saying that we
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  • I'm not saying that we don't have difficulties;
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  • Don't have difficulties; there's pressure, stress.
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  • There's pressure, stress. what i'm saying is there is
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  • What i'm saying is there is good in every season.
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  • Good in every season. you have to find joy in the
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  • You have to find joy in the journey.
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  • Journey. sometimes, like these
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  • Sometimes, like these disciples, we don't see it
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  • Disciples, we don't see it till it's gone.
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  • Till it's gone. in the moment we don't
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  • In the moment we don't recognize it, but later we
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  • Recognize it, but later we look back and think, that
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  • Look back and think, that was a great time.
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  • Was a great time. we talk about the good old
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  • We talk about the good old days.
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  • Days. can i tell you; you are
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  • Can i tell you; you are living in the good old days.
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  • Living in the good old days. there are great things
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  • There are great things happening right now, great
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  • Happening right now, great memories, great people,
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  • Memories, great people, great opportunities.
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  • Great opportunities. don't do like them and miss
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  • Don't do like them and miss it.
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  • A few years before my
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  • A few years before my father passed, three of my
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  • Father passed, three of my sisters along with their
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  • Sisters along with their spouses, their husbands,
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  • Spouses, their husbands, they worked on staff with
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  • They worked on staff with us here at lakewood.
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  • Us here at lakewood. that was four of the five
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  • That was four of the five children.
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  • Children. my brother paul hadn't come
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  • My brother paul hadn't come to join us yet.
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  • To join us yet. on sunday nights, during
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  • On sunday nights, during church, i would look down
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  • Church, i would look down the row and see lisa and
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  • The row and see lisa and her husband, tamara and her
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  • Her husband, tamara and her husband, april and her
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  • Husband, april and her husband.
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  • Husband. then victoria and myself.
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  • Then victoria and myself. i would tell victoria
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  • I would tell victoria often, “we are living in
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  • Often, “we are living in the good old days.
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  • The good old days. this is an amazing time
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  • Where we're all here
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  • Where we're all here together.” somehow, i knew
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  • Together.” somehow, i knew not to take it for granted.
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  • Not to take it for granted. “oh, it's just my family.
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  • “oh, it's just my family. no big deal.” i recognized
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  • No big deal.” i recognized that it was unusual.
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  • That it was unusual. we made the most of that
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  • We made the most of that time.
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  • Time. over the years, people
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  • Over the years, people moved on, started churches,
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  • Moved on, started churches, fulfilling their calling.
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  • Fulfilling their calling. the people in your life are
  • 00:11:10.392 --> 00:11:11.994
  • The people in your life are not always going to be
  • 00:11:12.061 --> 00:11:13.062
  • Not always going to be there.
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  • There. don't take them for granted.
  • 00:11:14.096 --> 00:11:15.931
  • Don't take them for granted. i like to accomplish
  • 00:11:15.998 --> 00:11:16.932
  • I like to accomplish dreams, achieve goals, go
  • 00:11:16.999 --> 00:11:18.901
  • Dreams, achieve goals, go fast. i have to remind
  • 00:11:18.968 --> 00:11:20.703
  • Fast. i have to remind myself what i'm telling
  • 00:11:20.770 --> 00:11:21.837
  • Myself what i'm telling you, slow down and enjoy
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  • You, slow down and enjoy the journey.
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  • The journey. it's easy to live busy,
  • 00:11:24.540 --> 00:11:26.876
  • It's easy to live busy, stressed, upset but today
  • 00:11:26.942 --> 00:11:29.345
  • Stressed, upset but today is a gift from god.
  • 00:11:29.411 --> 00:11:31.113
  • Is a gift from god. don't just endure it, enjoy
  • 00:11:31.180 --> 00:11:32.782
  • Don't just endure it, enjoy it.
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  • It. twenty years from now,
  • 00:11:33.749 --> 00:11:34.717
  • Twenty years from now, you're going to look back
  • 00:11:34.784 --> 00:11:35.918
  • You're going to look back with fond memories of today.
  • 00:11:35.985 --> 00:11:37.586
  • With fond memories of today. you're going to think,
  • 00:11:37.653 --> 00:11:38.888
  • You're going to think, “those were the good old
  • 00:11:38.954 --> 00:11:40.055
  • “those were the good old days, raising my children,
  • 00:11:40.122 --> 00:11:42.424
  • Days, raising my children, working for that company,
  • 00:11:42.491 --> 00:11:43.492
  • Working for that company, going to lakewood.” but i
  • 00:11:43.559 --> 00:11:45.528
  • Going to lakewood.” but i wonder if you're living in
  • 00:11:45.594 --> 00:11:46.896
  • Wonder if you're living in the good old days, and you
  • 00:11:46.962 --> 00:11:48.297
  • The good old days, and you don't recognize it.
  • 00:11:48.364 --> 00:11:49.799
  • Don't recognize it. you're uptight, focused on
  • 00:11:49.865 --> 00:11:51.467
  • You're uptight, focused on what's wrong, trying to
  • 00:11:51.534 --> 00:11:53.002
  • What's wrong, trying to achieve those dreams. no,
  • 00:11:53.068 --> 00:11:54.870
  • Achieve those dreams. no, start finding joy in the
  • 00:11:54.937 --> 00:11:56.539
  • Start finding joy in the journey.
  • 00:11:56.605 --> 00:11:58.007
  • Journey. when our son jonathan was
  • 00:11:58.073 --> 00:11:59.241
  • When our son jonathan was seven years old, we were
  • 00:11:59.308 --> 00:12:00.709
  • Seven years old, we were about to leave for church.
  • 00:12:00.776 --> 00:12:02.578
  • About to leave for church. i was in the garage putting
  • 00:12:02.645 --> 00:12:03.946
  • I was in the garage putting things in the car and i
  • 00:12:04.013 --> 00:12:05.214
  • Things in the car and i said, “come on, jonathan,
  • 00:12:05.281 --> 00:12:06.282
  • Said, “come on, jonathan, let's go.” he had one of
  • 00:12:06.348 --> 00:12:08.050
  • Let's go.” he had one of those label makers that we
  • 00:12:08.117 --> 00:12:09.652
  • Those label makers that we used to use.
  • 00:12:09.718 --> 00:12:10.753
  • Used to use. you hold it in your hand,
  • 00:12:10.820 --> 00:12:12.121
  • You hold it in your hand, select the letter on the
  • 00:12:12.188 --> 00:12:13.189
  • Select the letter on the dial.
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  • Dial. you click it and you can
  • 00:12:13.889 --> 00:12:14.757
  • You click it and you can make labels.
  • 00:12:14.824 --> 00:12:15.925
  • Make labels. he was so focused on what
  • 00:12:15.991 --> 00:12:17.293
  • He was so focused on what he was doing.
  • 00:12:17.359 --> 00:12:18.360
  • He was doing. i said, “jonathan, we're
  • 00:12:18.427 --> 00:12:19.195
  • I said, “jonathan, we're going to be late.
  • 00:12:19.261 --> 00:12:20.062
  • Going to be late. we have to go.” he said,
  • 00:12:20.129 --> 00:12:21.530
  • We have to go.” he said, “okay, dad, just give me a
  • 00:12:21.597 --> 00:12:22.498
  • “okay, dad, just give me a second.” i said, “we don't
  • 00:12:22.565 --> 00:12:24.033
  • Second.” i said, “we don't have a second.” he kept
  • 00:12:24.099 --> 00:12:25.701
  • Have a second.” he kept working and working as fast
  • 00:12:25.768 --> 00:12:27.403
  • Working and working as fast as he could.
  • 00:12:27.469 --> 00:12:28.003
  • As he could. i was getting more and more
  • 00:12:28.070 --> 00:12:29.471
  • I was getting more and more uptight.
  • 00:12:29.538 --> 00:12:30.306
  • Uptight. he finally finished, pulled
  • 00:12:30.372 --> 00:12:31.540
  • He finally finished, pulled the label out and ran over
  • 00:12:31.607 --> 00:12:32.808
  • The label out and ran over and handed it to me.
  • 00:12:32.875 --> 00:12:34.076
  • And handed it to me. it read, “best dad in the
  • 00:12:34.143 --> 00:12:35.878
  • It read, “best dad in the world.” i thought, “oh, we
  • 00:12:35.945 --> 00:12:38.214
  • World.” i thought, “oh, we have a little more time.
  • 00:12:38.280 --> 00:12:39.215
  • Have a little more time. let's make a few more of
  • 00:12:39.281 --> 00:12:40.182
  • Let's make a few more of these.” somehow, i wasn't
  • 00:12:40.249 --> 00:12:43.552
  • These.” somehow, i wasn't in a hurry anymore.
  • 00:12:43.619 --> 00:12:45.221
  • In a hurry anymore. many times, it's the small
  • 00:12:45.287 --> 00:12:46.922
  • Many times, it's the small things in life that give it
  • 00:12:46.989 --> 00:12:48.390
  • Things in life that give it real meaning.
  • 00:12:48.457 --> 00:12:49.658
  • Real meaning. yes, it's great to
  • 00:12:49.725 --> 00:12:50.492
  • Yes, it's great to accomplish the big goals,
  • 00:12:50.559 --> 00:12:51.961
  • Accomplish the big goals, get married, have a child,
  • 00:12:52.027 --> 00:12:53.596
  • Get married, have a child, move in to the new house.
  • 00:12:53.662 --> 00:12:55.030
  • Move in to the new house. those are the mountaintop
  • 00:12:55.097 --> 00:12:56.098
  • Those are the mountaintop moments.
  • 00:12:56.165 --> 00:12:57.166
  • Moments. some people live for them.
  • 00:12:57.233 --> 00:12:58.968
  • Some people live for them. that's when they're going
  • 00:12:59.034 --> 00:12:59.568
  • That's when they're going to be happy.
  • 00:12:59.635 --> 00:13:00.436
  • To be happy. but those are few and far
  • 00:13:00.502 --> 00:13:01.670
  • But those are few and far between.
  • 00:13:01.737 --> 00:13:03.138
  • Between. even the heroes of faith.
  • 00:13:03.205 --> 00:13:04.640
  • Even the heroes of faith. moses parted the red sea,
  • 00:13:04.707 --> 00:13:07.042
  • Moses parted the red sea, delivered the israelites
  • 00:13:07.109 --> 00:13:08.143
  • Delivered the israelites out of slavery.
  • 00:13:08.210 --> 00:13:09.511
  • Out of slavery. that was amazing, but what
  • 00:13:09.578 --> 00:13:10.779
  • That was amazing, but what was it?
  • 00:13:10.846 --> 00:13:11.413
  • Was it? about a month of his life?
  • 00:13:11.480 --> 00:13:12.748
  • About a month of his life? what about the other
  • 00:13:12.815 --> 00:13:13.382
  • What about the other hundred and twenty years?
  • 00:13:13.449 --> 00:13:15.451
  • Hundred and twenty years? you have to learn to enjoy
  • 00:13:15.517 --> 00:13:16.819
  • You have to learn to enjoy the journey, while the red
  • 00:13:16.886 --> 00:13:18.354
  • The journey, while the red seas aren't parting, while
  • 00:13:18.420 --> 00:13:19.989
  • Seas aren't parting, while you're waiting for the next
  • 00:13:20.055 --> 00:13:20.956
  • You're waiting for the next big thing, you're enjoying
  • 00:13:21.023 --> 00:13:22.658
  • Big thing, you're enjoying the small things.
  • 00:13:22.725 --> 00:13:23.993
  • The small things. you're finding good in your
  • 00:13:24.059 --> 00:13:25.461
  • You're finding good in your everyday life.
  • 00:13:25.527 --> 00:13:26.962
  • Everyday life. taking time to laugh with
  • 00:13:27.029 --> 00:13:28.163
  • Taking time to laugh with your children, taking a
  • 00:13:28.230 --> 00:13:29.665
  • Your children, taking a walk with your spouse,
  • 00:13:29.732 --> 00:13:31.267
  • Walk with your spouse, seeing the sunrise in the
  • 00:13:31.333 --> 00:13:32.468
  • Seeing the sunrise in the morning, hearing the birds
  • 00:13:32.534 --> 00:13:33.869
  • Morning, hearing the birds sing.
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  • Sing. not too busy, not too
  • 00:13:34.937 --> 00:13:36.205
  • Not too busy, not too stressed to enjoy the
  • 00:13:36.272 --> 00:13:37.573
  • Stressed to enjoy the simple things in life.
  • 00:13:37.640 --> 00:13:39.675
  • I learned a lot of this
  • 00:13:39.775 --> 00:13:40.676
  • I learned a lot of this from victoria's side of the
  • 00:13:40.743 --> 00:13:42.011
  • From victoria's side of the family.
  • 00:13:42.077 --> 00:13:42.678
  • Family. they love to laugh.
  • 00:13:42.745 --> 00:13:44.113
  • They love to laugh. they take time to enjoy
  • 00:13:44.179 --> 00:13:45.314
  • They take time to enjoy each other.
  • 00:13:45.381 --> 00:13:46.548
  • Each other. we were having lunch one
  • 00:13:46.615 --> 00:13:47.683
  • We were having lunch one sunday a while back after
  • 00:13:47.750 --> 00:13:49.318
  • Sunday a while back after church at our house.
  • 00:13:49.385 --> 00:13:50.886
  • Church at our house. victoria's mother was
  • 00:13:50.953 --> 00:13:51.754
  • Victoria's mother was there, georgine, victoria's
  • 00:13:51.820 --> 00:13:53.255
  • There, georgine, victoria's brother and all their
  • 00:13:53.322 --> 00:13:54.156
  • Brother and all their family, a whole bunch of us.
  • 00:13:54.223 --> 00:13:55.858
  • Family, a whole bunch of us. we sat down together,
  • 00:13:55.925 --> 00:13:57.426
  • We sat down together, thirty minutes later i was
  • 00:13:57.493 --> 00:13:58.594
  • Thirty minutes later i was finished eating.
  • 00:13:58.661 --> 00:13:59.762
  • Finished eating. i got up and went to the
  • 00:13:59.828 --> 00:14:00.696
  • I got up and went to the back to watch the ballgame.
  • 00:14:00.763 --> 00:14:02.765
  • Back to watch the ballgame. three hours later, i
  • 00:14:02.831 --> 00:14:04.266
  • Three hours later, i watched the whole game, i
  • 00:14:04.333 --> 00:14:05.701
  • Watched the whole game, i came back, and they were
  • 00:14:05.768 --> 00:14:06.802
  • Came back, and they were still sitting at the table,
  • 00:14:06.869 --> 00:14:08.537
  • Still sitting at the table, in the same seats.
  • 00:14:08.604 --> 00:14:10.139
  • In the same seats. i said, “are y'all eating
  • 00:14:10.205 --> 00:14:10.940
  • Dinner now?” victoria said,
  • 00:14:11.040 --> 00:14:12.508
  • Dinner now?” victoria said, “no, we're still sitting
  • 00:14:12.574 --> 00:14:13.842
  • “no, we're still sitting here from lunch.” i looked
  • 00:14:13.909 --> 00:14:15.411
  • Here from lunch.” i looked at her like kind of puzzled.
  • 00:14:15.477 --> 00:14:16.378
  • At her like kind of puzzled. she said, “joel, we're just
  • 00:14:16.445 --> 00:14:17.646
  • She said, “joel, we're just enjoying each other.” i
  • 00:14:17.713 --> 00:14:19.381
  • Enjoying each other.” i thought, “man, i can enjoy
  • 00:14:19.448 --> 00:14:20.182
  • Thought, “man, i can enjoy my brother paul in a couple
  • 00:14:20.249 --> 00:14:21.116
  • My brother paul in a couple of minutes.” you know what
  • 00:14:21.183 --> 00:14:22.985
  • Of minutes.” you know what they were doing?
  • 00:14:23.052 --> 00:14:24.186
  • They were doing? finding joy in the journey.
  • 00:14:24.253 --> 00:14:25.721
  • Finding joy in the journey. it wasn't a mountaintop
  • 00:14:25.788 --> 00:14:27.389
  • It wasn't a mountaintop moment.
  • 00:14:27.456 --> 00:14:28.590
  • Moment. they weren't celebrating a
  • 00:14:28.657 --> 00:14:29.525
  • They weren't celebrating a birthday.
  • 00:14:29.591 --> 00:14:30.659
  • Birthday. sure, they had challenges,
  • 00:14:30.726 --> 00:14:31.860
  • Sure, they had challenges, difficulties but they took
  • 00:14:31.927 --> 00:14:33.796
  • Difficulties but they took time to see the good, to
  • 00:14:33.862 --> 00:14:35.898
  • Time to see the good, to enjoy what god had given
  • 00:14:35.965 --> 00:14:37.566
  • Enjoy what god had given them. sometimes we're
  • 00:14:37.633 --> 00:14:39.101
  • Them. sometimes we're waiting for these big
  • 00:14:39.168 --> 00:14:40.035
  • Waiting for these big miracles, but there are
  • 00:14:40.102 --> 00:14:41.270
  • Miracles, but there are miracles in the mundane.
  • 00:14:41.337 --> 00:14:43.639
  • Miracles in the mundane. the fact that you're alive
  • 00:14:43.706 --> 00:14:44.807
  • The fact that you're alive is a miracle.
  • 00:14:44.873 --> 00:14:45.941
  • Is a miracle. you have people in your
  • 00:14:46.008 --> 00:14:46.775
  • You have people in your life to love, that's a
  • 00:14:46.842 --> 00:14:47.609
  • Life to love, that's a miracle.
  • 00:14:47.676 --> 00:14:48.410
  • Miracle. you have your health, a
  • 00:14:48.477 --> 00:14:49.378
  • You have your health, a sound mind, opportunity.
  • 00:14:49.445 --> 00:14:51.613
  • Sound mind, opportunity. let's not be like those
  • 00:14:51.680 --> 00:14:52.548
  • Let's not be like those disciples and miss the
  • 00:14:52.614 --> 00:14:54.016
  • Disciples and miss the moment because it looks
  • 00:14:54.083 --> 00:14:55.584
  • Moment because it looks common, “oh, it's just my
  • 00:14:55.651 --> 00:14:57.853
  • Common, “oh, it's just my family, joel.” we see it as
  • 00:14:57.920 --> 00:14:59.588
  • Family, joel.” we see it as just another ordinary day,
  • 00:14:59.655 --> 00:15:01.690
  • Just another ordinary day, but the fact is there are
  • 00:15:01.757 --> 00:15:03.225
  • But the fact is there are no ordinary days.
  • 00:15:03.292 --> 00:15:05.060
  • No ordinary days. each day is a gift from god.
  • 00:15:05.127 --> 00:15:07.329
  • Each day is a gift from god. he could have chosen anyone
  • 00:15:07.396 --> 00:15:08.897
  • He could have chosen anyone to be alive at this time,
  • 00:15:08.964 --> 00:15:10.132
  • To be alive at this time, but he chose you and me.
  • 00:15:10.199 --> 00:15:12.201
  • But he chose you and me. we can see all the wrong,
  • 00:15:12.267 --> 00:15:13.569
  • We can see all the wrong, what we don't have, live
  • 00:15:13.635 --> 00:15:15.270
  • What we don't have, live pressured, or we can focus
  • 00:15:15.337 --> 00:15:17.873
  • Pressured, or we can focus on the good.
  • 00:15:17.940 --> 00:15:18.974
  • On the good. we can appreciate even the
  • 00:15:19.041 --> 00:15:20.743
  • We can appreciate even the simple things in life.
  • 00:15:20.809 --> 00:15:22.378
  • Simple things in life. some of my fondest memories
  • 00:15:22.444 --> 00:15:23.812
  • Some of my fondest memories growing up is when we were
  • 00:15:23.879 --> 00:15:25.547
  • Growing up is when we were kids, my parents used to
  • 00:15:25.614 --> 00:15:27.383
  • Kids, my parents used to take us to the airport to
  • 00:15:27.449 --> 00:15:29.151
  • Take us to the airport to ride the trains that went
  • 00:15:29.218 --> 00:15:30.486
  • Ride the trains that went from terminal a to terminal
  • 00:15:30.552 --> 00:15:32.187
  • From terminal a to terminal b.
  • 00:15:32.254 --> 00:15:32.821
  • B. this was before they had
  • 00:15:32.888 --> 00:15:33.722
  • This was before they had all the security.
  • 00:15:33.789 --> 00:15:34.757
  • All the security. we would go on and all ride
  • 00:15:34.823 --> 00:15:36.091
  • We would go on and all ride for free.
  • 00:15:36.158 --> 00:15:36.825
  • For free. we thought we were at
  • 00:15:36.892 --> 00:15:37.459
  • We thought we were at disneyland.
  • 00:15:37.526 --> 00:15:38.527
  • Disneyland. just a simple thing, yet i
  • 00:15:38.594 --> 00:15:40.596
  • Just a simple thing, yet i talk about it today.
  • 00:15:40.662 --> 00:15:41.563
  • Talk about it today. they were finding joy in
  • 00:15:41.630 --> 00:15:42.798
  • They were finding joy in the journey.
  • 00:15:42.865 --> 00:15:44.299
  • The journey. the scripture says, “god
  • 00:15:44.366 --> 00:15:45.701
  • The scripture says, “god was in their midst, but
  • 00:15:45.768 --> 00:15:47.269
  • Was in their midst, but they didn't recognize him.”
  • 00:15:47.336 --> 00:15:49.271
  • They didn't recognize him.” how many times has god been
  • 00:15:49.338 --> 00:15:50.639
  • How many times has god been in our midst, but we didn't
  • 00:15:50.706 --> 00:15:51.974
  • In our midst, but we didn't know it.
  • 00:15:52.041 --> 00:15:52.941
  • Know it. we were waiting for the red
  • 00:15:53.008 --> 00:15:53.909
  • We were waiting for the red sea to part, we were
  • 00:15:53.976 --> 00:15:55.277
  • Sea to part, we were waiting for goliath to
  • 00:15:55.344 --> 00:15:56.311
  • Waiting for goliath to fall, we didn't know he
  • 00:15:56.378 --> 00:15:58.013
  • Fall, we didn't know he would be walking on the
  • 00:15:58.080 --> 00:15:59.114
  • Would be walking on the road to emmaus.
  • 00:15:59.181 --> 00:15:59.715
  • Road to emmaus. that it would seem
  • 00:15:59.782 --> 00:16:01.316
  • That it would seem ordinary, common.
  • 00:16:01.383 --> 00:16:02.885
  • In 2007, a major newspaper
  • 00:16:02.985 --> 00:16:06.121
  • In 2007, a major newspaper did an experiment to see
  • 00:16:06.188 --> 00:16:07.990
  • Did an experiment to see how people perceived the
  • 00:16:08.057 --> 00:16:09.425
  • How people perceived the uncommon in a common
  • 00:16:09.491 --> 00:16:11.260
  • Uncommon in a common environment.
  • 00:16:11.326 --> 00:16:12.494
  • Environment. would they recognize talent
  • 00:16:12.561 --> 00:16:13.996
  • Would they recognize talent out of context, would they
  • 00:16:14.063 --> 00:16:15.564
  • Out of context, would they appreciate music not in a
  • 00:16:15.631 --> 00:16:17.199
  • Appreciate music not in a concert hall.
  • 00:16:17.266 --> 00:16:18.801
  • Concert hall. they took this
  • 00:16:18.867 --> 00:16:19.401
  • They took this world-renowned violinist, a
  • 00:16:19.468 --> 00:16:21.403
  • World-renowned violinist, a former child prodigy and
  • 00:16:21.470 --> 00:16:23.205
  • Former child prodigy and one of the most amazing
  • 00:16:23.272 --> 00:16:24.406
  • One of the most amazing violin players in the world.
  • 00:16:24.473 --> 00:16:26.442
  • Violin players in the world. people had spent hundreds
  • 00:16:26.508 --> 00:16:27.509
  • People had spent hundreds of dollars for a ticket to
  • 00:16:27.576 --> 00:16:29.078
  • Of dollars for a ticket to hear him play in some of
  • 00:16:29.144 --> 00:16:30.779
  • The most distinguished
  • 00:16:30.879 --> 00:16:31.814
  • The most distinguished venues.
  • 00:16:31.880 --> 00:16:32.948
  • Venues. his violin was worth 4
  • 00:16:33.015 --> 00:16:34.383
  • His violin was worth 4 million dollars, a
  • 00:16:34.450 --> 00:16:35.684
  • Million dollars, a seventeenth century
  • 00:16:35.751 --> 00:16:36.952
  • Seventeenth century stradivarius.
  • 00:16:37.019 --> 00:16:38.620
  • Stradivarius. early one monday morning,
  • 00:16:38.687 --> 00:16:40.255
  • Early one monday morning, he went to the subway
  • 00:16:40.322 --> 00:16:41.190
  • He went to the subway station during rush hour.
  • 00:16:41.256 --> 00:16:42.958
  • Station during rush hour. he had a ball cap on,
  • 00:16:43.025 --> 00:16:44.493
  • He had a ball cap on, jeans, tennis shoes; looked
  • 00:16:44.560 --> 00:16:45.828
  • Jeans, tennis shoes; looked very ordinary.
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  • Very ordinary. he stood over by the wall
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  • He stood over by the wall and began to play.
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  • And began to play. he performed six of the
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  • He performed six of the most well-known classical
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  • Most well-known classical pieces.
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  • Pieces. in forty-three minutes,
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  • In forty-three minutes, eleven hundred people
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  • Eleven hundred people passed by, only seven
  • 00:16:56.605 --> 00:16:58.640
  • Passed by, only seven paused to listen.
  • 00:16:58.707 --> 00:17:00.342
  • Paused to listen. most just went about their
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  • Most just went about their day, busy, preoccupied.
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  • Day, busy, preoccupied. they heard the music, but
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  • They heard the music, but it seemed common.
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  • It seemed common. people play out there all
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  • People play out there all the time.
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  • The time. the researchers came to
  • 00:17:09.451 --> 00:17:10.419
  • The researchers came to different conclusions.
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  • Different conclusions. one being, when something
  • 00:17:12.087 --> 00:17:13.689
  • One being, when something uncommon is in a common
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  • Uncommon is in a common place, we don't recognize
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  • Place, we don't recognize it.
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  • It. maybe the people were too
  • 00:17:18.594 --> 00:17:19.761
  • Maybe the people were too busy, in a hurry, focused
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  • Busy, in a hurry, focused on other things.
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  • On other things. but it begs the question,
  • 00:17:23.532 --> 00:17:25.267
  • But it begs the question, if we're in such a hurry
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  • If we're in such a hurry that we don't recognize one
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  • That we don't recognize one of the best pieces of music
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  • Of the best pieces of music ever written, by one of the
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  • Ever written, by one of the best players in the world,
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  • Best players in the world, on one of the finest
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  • On one of the finest instruments ever created,
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  • Instruments ever created, what else are we missing.
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  • What else are we missing. what else are we rushing
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  • What else are we rushing by, not appreciating.
  • 00:17:38.780 --> 00:17:40.849
  • By, not appreciating. there are things in your
  • 00:17:40.916 --> 00:17:41.850
  • There are things in your life that may seem common.
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  • Life that may seem common. it's in an ordinary
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  • It's in an ordinary environment, but there's
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  • Environment, but there's nothing ordinary about your
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  • Nothing ordinary about your children.
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  • Children. nothing common about being
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  • Nothing common about being able to breathe, the gifts
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  • Able to breathe, the gifts god's given you, the doors
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  • God's given you, the doors he's opened.
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  • He's opened. when jesus showed up and
  • 00:17:55.631 --> 00:17:56.965
  • When jesus showed up and walked with the disciples,
  • 00:17:57.032 --> 00:17:58.200
  • Walked with the disciples, he seemed common.
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  • He seemed common. just another man joining us.
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  • Just another man joining us. it wasn't till later, they
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  • It wasn't till later, they said, “we knew there was
  • 00:18:02.738 --> 00:18:04.306
  • Said, “we knew there was something special about
  • 00:18:04.373 --> 00:18:05.307
  • Something special about him.” don't wait till later
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  • Him.” don't wait till later to recognize the uncommon
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  • To recognize the uncommon in your life.
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  • This is where the
  • 00:18:10.746 --> 00:18:11.280
  • This is where the israelites missed it.
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  • Israelites missed it. god brought them out of
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  • God brought them out of slavery, defeated pharaoh
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  • Slavery, defeated pharaoh and his army, now they were
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  • And his army, now they were headed to the promised land.
  • 00:18:16.985 --> 00:18:18.820
  • Headed to the promised land. they were out in the desert
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  • On this journey.
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  • On this journey. there were no hotels, no
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  • There were no hotels, no grocery stores, no
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  • Grocery stores, no pharmacy, water towers, yet
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  • Pharmacy, water towers, yet god provided for them day
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  • God provided for them day after day.
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  • After day. the scripture says, “their
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  • The scripture says, “their clothes and shoes didn't
  • 00:18:30.666 --> 00:18:32.501
  • Clothes and shoes didn't wear out for forty years.”
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  • Wear out for forty years.” you would think they would
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  • You would think they would be grateful.
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  • Be grateful. they would see the hand of
  • 00:18:36.538 --> 00:18:37.439
  • They would see the hand of god, but all they saw was
  • 00:18:37.506 --> 00:18:39.575
  • God, but all they saw was what was wrong.
  • 00:18:39.641 --> 00:18:40.809
  • What was wrong. “we're not in the promised
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  • “we're not in the promised land.
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  • Land. where are those huge
  • 00:18:42.744 --> 00:18:43.478
  • Where are those huge clusters of grapes?
  • 00:18:43.545 --> 00:18:44.947
  • Clusters of grapes? where are those houses that
  • 00:18:45.013 --> 00:18:46.215
  • Where are those houses that we didn't build that were
  • 00:18:46.281 --> 00:18:47.115
  • We didn't build that were promised us?” if you don't
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  • Promised us?” if you don't find the joy in the
  • 00:18:49.318 --> 00:18:50.385
  • Find the joy in the journey, you'll find all
  • 00:18:50.452 --> 00:18:51.553
  • Journey, you'll find all the negative.
  • 00:18:51.620 --> 00:18:52.187
  • The negative. you'll start complaining.
  • 00:18:52.254 --> 00:18:54.489
  • You'll start complaining. they didn't recognize how
  • 00:18:54.556 --> 00:18:55.824
  • They didn't recognize how god was sustaining them,
  • 00:18:55.891 --> 00:18:57.559
  • God was sustaining them, how he was giving them
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  • How he was giving them provision.
  • 00:18:58.460 --> 00:18:59.094
  • Provision. it seemed common.
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  • It seemed common. “we have this manna every
  • 00:19:00.929 --> 00:19:02.097
  • “we have this manna every day.
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  • Day. no big deal.” god was in
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  • No big deal.” god was in their presence, but they
  • 00:19:04.533 --> 00:19:05.801
  • Their presence, but they didn't see him.
  • 00:19:05.867 --> 00:19:07.436
  • Didn't see him. they complained so much
  • 00:19:07.502 --> 00:19:08.604
  • They complained so much that god finally told them
  • 00:19:08.670 --> 00:19:10.606
  • That god finally told them that they were never going
  • 00:19:10.672 --> 00:19:11.373
  • That they were never going to make it in, only their
  • 00:19:11.440 --> 00:19:13.141
  • To make it in, only their children would go into to
  • 00:19:13.208 --> 00:19:14.509
  • Children would go into to the promised land.
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  • The promised land. like with them, much of our
  • 00:19:16.311 --> 00:19:17.913
  • Like with them, much of our life is spent waiting.
  • 00:19:17.980 --> 00:19:19.748
  • Life is spent waiting. waiting for the promise,
  • 00:19:19.815 --> 00:19:21.350
  • Waiting for the promise, waiting for our health to
  • 00:19:21.416 --> 00:19:22.217
  • Waiting for our health to improve, waiting to meet
  • 00:19:22.284 --> 00:19:23.552
  • Improve, waiting to meet the right person.
  • 00:19:23.619 --> 00:19:25.020
  • The right person. we see the destination, we
  • 00:19:25.087 --> 00:19:27.022
  • We see the destination, we know what god put in our
  • 00:19:27.089 --> 00:19:28.090
  • Know what god put in our heart, now we're on the
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  • Heart, now we're on the journey.
  • 00:19:29.591 --> 00:19:30.125
  • Journey. the key is what are you
  • 00:19:30.192 --> 00:19:31.994
  • The key is what are you seeing on the journey?
  • 00:19:32.060 --> 00:19:33.895
  • Seeing on the journey? what's wrong, how long it's
  • 00:19:33.962 --> 00:19:35.564
  • What's wrong, how long it's taking, why did they leave
  • 00:19:35.631 --> 00:19:37.099
  • Taking, why did they leave me?
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  • Me? if you do like them and
  • 00:19:38.100 --> 00:19:39.334
  • If you do like them and focus on all the negative,
  • 00:19:39.401 --> 00:19:40.802
  • Focus on all the negative, doubt will come.
  • 00:19:40.869 --> 00:19:42.204
  • Doubt will come. you'll start complaining
  • 00:19:42.271 --> 00:19:43.605
  • You'll start complaining and miss god's best. what
  • 00:19:43.672 --> 00:19:45.707
  • And miss god's best. what you may not recognize is
  • 00:19:45.774 --> 00:19:47.476
  • You may not recognize is god is on that journey with
  • 00:19:47.542 --> 00:19:48.877
  • God is on that journey with you.
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  • You. all along the way he's
  • 00:19:49.878 --> 00:19:51.013
  • All along the way he's doing things, sustaining
  • 00:19:51.079 --> 00:19:52.514
  • Doing things, sustaining you, protecting you,
  • 00:19:52.581 --> 00:19:53.915
  • You, protecting you, providing for you, ordering
  • 00:19:53.982 --> 00:19:55.651
  • Providing for you, ordering your steps.
  • 00:19:55.717 --> 00:19:56.918
  • Your steps. don't do like them and not
  • 00:19:56.985 --> 00:19:58.387
  • Don't do like them and not recognize his goodness.
  • 00:19:58.453 --> 00:20:00.255
  • Recognize his goodness. take time every day to
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  • Take time every day to thank him for what he's
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  • Thank him for what he's doing.
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  • Doing. “lord, thank you that
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  • “lord, thank you that you've brought me this far.
  • 00:20:04.559 --> 00:20:06.028
  • You've brought me this far. thank you that you're
  • 00:20:06.094 --> 00:20:06.662
  • Thank you that you're making my crooked places
  • 00:20:06.728 --> 00:20:07.763
  • Making my crooked places straight.
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  • Straight. thank you for fighting my
  • 00:20:08.563 --> 00:20:09.398
  • Thank you for fighting my battles.” you can complain
  • 00:20:09.464 --> 00:20:11.733
  • Battles.” you can complain or you can praise but you
  • 00:20:11.800 --> 00:20:13.568
  • Or you can praise but you can't do both.
  • 00:20:13.635 --> 00:20:15.003
  • Can't do both. if you complain, you're
  • 00:20:15.070 --> 00:20:16.338
  • If you complain, you're going to remain. if you
  • 00:20:16.405 --> 00:20:17.873
  • Going to remain. if you praise, you're going to be
  • 00:20:17.939 --> 00:20:19.308
  • Raised.
  • 00:20:19.408 --> 00:20:21.043
  • Raised. this wealthy father wanted
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  • This wealthy father wanted to show his seven-year-old
  • 00:20:22.911 --> 00:20:24.112
  • To show his seven-year-old son how the poor people
  • 00:20:24.179 --> 00:20:25.814
  • Son how the poor people lived.
  • 00:20:25.881 --> 00:20:26.848
  • Lived. they left their big fancy
  • 00:20:26.915 --> 00:20:27.883
  • They left their big fancy house and drove out in the
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  • House and drove out in the country and spent the night
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  • Country and spent the night on a farm. it was just a
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  • On a farm. it was just a little wood frame house.
  • 00:20:32.187 --> 00:20:33.288
  • Little wood frame house. no tv, no fancy furniture;
  • 00:20:33.355 --> 00:20:35.957
  • No tv, no fancy furniture; not even carpet, just a
  • 00:20:36.024 --> 00:20:36.992
  • Not even carpet, just a farmhouse.
  • 00:20:37.059 --> 00:20:38.360
  • Farmhouse. but at night this family
  • 00:20:38.427 --> 00:20:39.795
  • But at night this family would go out on the porch
  • 00:20:39.861 --> 00:20:40.796
  • Would go out on the porch and tell stories, laugh and
  • 00:20:40.862 --> 00:20:42.831
  • And tell stories, laugh and sing.
  • 00:20:42.898 --> 00:20:44.099
  • Sing. after a day and a half on
  • 00:20:44.166 --> 00:20:45.300
  • After a day and a half on the farm, they headed back
  • 00:20:45.367 --> 00:20:46.468
  • The farm, they headed back home.
  • 00:20:46.535 --> 00:20:47.102
  • Home. the father wanted to see if
  • 00:20:47.169 --> 00:20:48.670
  • The father wanted to see if his son had learned his
  • 00:20:48.737 --> 00:20:49.604
  • His son had learned his lesson.
  • 00:20:49.671 --> 00:20:50.539
  • Lesson. he asked him very curiously
  • 00:20:50.605 --> 00:20:52.207
  • How he enjoyed the trip.
  • 00:20:52.307 --> 00:20:53.241
  • How he enjoyed the trip. the son said, “oh dad i
  • 00:20:53.308 --> 00:20:54.710
  • The son said, “oh dad i really loved it.” he said,
  • 00:20:54.776 --> 00:20:56.445
  • Really loved it.” he said, “well did you see how poor
  • 00:20:56.511 --> 00:20:57.946
  • “well did you see how poor people can be?” the son
  • 00:20:58.013 --> 00:20:59.715
  • People can be?” the son said, “yes dad i did.” he
  • 00:20:59.781 --> 00:21:01.717
  • Said, “yes dad i did.” he said, “well tell me exactly
  • 00:21:01.783 --> 00:21:03.185
  • Said, “well tell me exactly what you learned.” the
  • 00:21:03.251 --> 00:21:03.785
  • What you learned.” the little boy said, “dad, i
  • 00:21:03.852 --> 00:21:04.419
  • Little boy said, “dad, i learned that we have one
  • 00:21:04.486 --> 00:21:07.889
  • Learned that we have one dog at home and they have
  • 00:21:07.956 --> 00:21:09.424
  • Dog at home and they have four.
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  • Four. we have a pool that reaches
  • 00:21:10.726 --> 00:21:12.094
  • We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our
  • 00:21:12.160 --> 00:21:12.894
  • To the middle of our backyard, but they have a
  • 00:21:12.961 --> 00:21:14.229
  • Backyard, but they have a stream with no end.
  • 00:21:14.296 --> 00:21:16.131
  • Stream with no end. we have fancy lanterns on
  • 00:21:16.198 --> 00:21:17.432
  • We have fancy lanterns on the house, but they have
  • 00:21:17.499 --> 00:21:18.567
  • The house, but they have the stars.
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  • The stars. we watch tv at night by
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  • We watch tv at night by ourselves, but they sit
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  • Ourselves, but they sit around and laugh and have
  • 00:21:22.537 --> 00:21:23.705
  • Around and laugh and have fun together.” the dad was
  • 00:21:23.772 --> 00:21:25.374
  • Fun together.” the dad was shaking his head.
  • 00:21:25.440 --> 00:21:26.074
  • Shaking his head. he couldn't believe it.
  • 00:21:26.141 --> 00:21:27.042
  • He couldn't believe it. the son finished up by
  • 00:21:27.109 --> 00:21:28.009
  • The son finished up by saying, “dad thank you for
  • 00:21:28.076 --> 00:21:29.478
  • Saying, “dad thank you for showing me how poor we
  • 00:21:29.544 --> 00:21:31.079
  • Showing me how poor we really are.”
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  • Really are.” here's the point.
  • 00:21:33.181 --> 00:21:34.216
  • Here's the point. it's the simple things in
  • 00:21:34.282 --> 00:21:35.717
  • It's the simple things in life that bring the most
  • 00:21:35.784 --> 00:21:37.152
  • Life that bring the most joy.
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  • Joy. you may not have a lot of
  • 00:21:38.520 --> 00:21:39.454
  • You may not have a lot of resources, but if you have
  • 00:21:39.521 --> 00:21:41.056
  • Resources, but if you have family, you're wealthy.
  • 00:21:41.123 --> 00:21:42.657
  • Family, you're wealthy. if you have your health,
  • 00:21:42.724 --> 00:21:43.692
  • If you have your health, you're wealthy.
  • 00:21:43.759 --> 00:21:44.593
  • You're wealthy. if you can look up at the
  • 00:21:44.659 --> 00:21:45.460
  • If you can look up at the stars at night, you're
  • 00:21:45.527 --> 00:21:46.561
  • Stars at night, you're wealthy.
  • 00:21:46.628 --> 00:21:48.330
  • Wealthy. it's not whether you have a
  • 00:21:48.397 --> 00:21:49.898
  • It's not whether you have a lot or a little, it's are
  • 00:21:49.965 --> 00:21:51.933
  • Lot or a little, it's are you finding joy in the
  • 00:21:52.000 --> 00:21:53.235
  • You finding joy in the journey?
  • 00:21:53.301 --> 00:21:54.503
  • Journey? are you recognizing god's
  • 00:21:54.569 --> 00:21:55.871
  • Are you recognizing god's goodness, seeing the
  • 00:21:55.937 --> 00:21:57.072
  • Goodness, seeing the blessings along the way?
  • 00:21:57.139 --> 00:21:59.074
  • Blessings along the way? or are you focused on
  • 00:21:59.141 --> 00:21:59.975
  • Or are you focused on what's wrong, what you
  • 00:22:00.041 --> 00:22:01.209
  • What's wrong, what you didn't get, what you don't
  • 00:22:01.276 --> 00:22:02.577
  • Didn't get, what you don't have. waiting to reach that
  • 00:22:02.644 --> 00:22:04.312
  • Have. waiting to reach that destination then you'll be
  • 00:22:04.379 --> 00:22:05.747
  • Destination then you'll be happy.
  • 00:22:05.814 --> 00:22:06.848
  • Happy. you're missing the beauty
  • 00:22:06.915 --> 00:22:07.916
  • You're missing the beauty of this day.
  • 00:22:07.983 --> 00:22:09.518
  • Of this day. make the decision you're
  • 00:22:09.584 --> 00:22:10.852
  • Make the decision you're going to enjoy where you
  • 00:22:10.919 --> 00:22:12.187
  • Going to enjoy where you are, while you're on the
  • 00:22:12.254 --> 00:22:13.655
  • Are, while you're on the way to where you want to be.
  • 00:22:13.722 --> 00:22:14.923
  • Way to where you want to be. “i'm not there yet, but i'm
  • 00:22:14.990 --> 00:22:17.092
  • “i'm not there yet, but i'm happy where i am. i'm not
  • 00:22:17.159 --> 00:22:18.894
  • Happy where i am. i'm not married yet, but i'm happy
  • 00:22:18.960 --> 00:22:20.262
  • Married yet, but i'm happy being single.
  • 00:22:20.328 --> 00:22:20.996
  • Being single. i have some challenges, but
  • 00:22:21.062 --> 00:22:23.131
  • I have some challenges, but i'm enjoying life while god
  • 00:22:23.198 --> 00:22:24.666
  • I'm enjoying life while god is working it all out.”
  • 00:22:24.733 --> 00:22:26.401
  • Is working it all out.” don't put your joy on hold.
  • 00:22:26.468 --> 00:22:28.170
  • Don't put your joy on hold. paul said in romans, “let
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  • Paul said in romans, “let us be full of joy now.” not
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  • Us be full of joy now.” not tomorrow, not when you
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  • Tomorrow, not when you reach the goal, not when
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  • Reach the goal, not when the problem turns around,
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  • The problem turns around, now is the time to be full
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  • Now is the time to be full of joy.
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  • A young lady i know is one
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  • A young lady i know is one of the kindest, most
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  • Of the kindest, most friendly people you'll ever
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  • Friendly people you'll ever meet.
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  • Meet. any time you're with her,
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  • Any time you're with her, she always brightens your
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  • She always brightens your day.
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  • Day. a few years back, she was
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  • A few years back, she was diagnosed with cancer.
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  • Diagnosed with cancer. it was very serious.
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  • It was very serious. she began taking the
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  • She began taking the treatment, going through
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  • Treatment, going through all the tests.
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  • All the tests. there were major ups and
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  • There were major ups and major downs but every time
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  • Major downs but every time i would see her, she was
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  • I would see her, she was the same.
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  • The same. visiting her in the
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  • Visiting her in the hospital, victoria and i
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  • Hospital, victoria and i would walk in and she'd
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  • Would walk in and she'd have that big smile, that
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  • Have that big smile, that joyful laugh.
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  • Joyful laugh. we'd leave there encouraged.
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  • There was an older woman
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  • There was an older woman that was a patient where
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  • That was a patient where they both took treatment.
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  • They both took treatment. every monday, wednesday and
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  • Every monday, wednesday and friday, she asked the nurse
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  • Friday, she asked the nurse to leave the door open so
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  • To leave the door open so she could see out into the
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  • She could see out into the hall.
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  • Hall. the nurse asked why.
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  • The nurse asked why. she said, “because that
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  • She said, “because that young pretty girl is going
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  • Young pretty girl is going to come by and wave at me.
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  • To come by and wave at me. her smile is what keeps me
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  • Her smile is what keeps me going.” even in my friend's
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  • Going.” even in my friend's most challenging hour, she
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  • Most challenging hour, she was still joyful, being a
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  • Was still joyful, being a blessing, recognizing each
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  • Blessing, recognizing each day is a gift. sure, she
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  • Day is a gift. sure, she could have been bitter,
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  • Could have been bitter, depressed, “when i get
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  • Depressed, “when i get well, then i'll be happy.”
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  • Well, then i'll be happy.” she found joy in the
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  • She found joy in the journey.
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  • Journey. she saw the goodness of god
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  • She saw the goodness of god in the midst of the
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  • In the midst of the adversity.
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  • Adversity. a hundred years from now,
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  • A hundred years from now, we're all going to be gone.
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  • We're all going to be gone. don't live another day
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  • Don't live another day defeated, discouraged.
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  • Defeated, discouraged. get your joy back.
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  • Get your joy back. i've heard it said, “it's
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  • I've heard it said, “it's not that life is so short,
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  • Not that life is so short, it's that we wait so long
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  • It's that we wait so long to begin.” we're waiting
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  • To begin.” we're waiting for this challenge to be
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  • For this challenge to be over, waiting to raise the
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  • Over, waiting to raise the kids, waiting to for the
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  • Kids, waiting to for the promotion, waiting for
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  • Promotion, waiting for retirement.
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  • Retirement. my prayer is god open our
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  • My prayer is god open our eyes, help us to see the
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  • Eyes, help us to see the uncommon in everyday life,
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  • Uncommon in everyday life, to appreciate the people
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  • To appreciate the people you've given us, to value
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  • You've given us, to value the simple things.
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  • It's very powerful when we
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  • It's very powerful when we can look back and say, “i
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  • Can look back and say, “i enjoyed my twenties, i
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  • Enjoyed my twenties, i enjoyed my thirties, i
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  • Enjoyed my thirties, i enjoyed my forties.
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  • Enjoyed my forties. i didn't endure life, i
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  • I didn't endure life, i enjoyed it.” let's not be
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  • Like those disciples and
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  • Like those disciples and have god in our midst and
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  • Have god in our midst and not recognize it.
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  • Not recognize it. right now, he's sustaining
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  • Right now, he's sustaining you, providing for you,
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  • You, providing for you, giving you breath to
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  • Giving you breath to breathe.
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  • Breathe. now do your part and find
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  • Now do your part and find joy in the journey.
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  • Joy in the journey. if you'll do this, i
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  • If you'll do this, i believe and declare, you're
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  • Believe and declare, you're going to live happier, have
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  • Going to live happier, have better relationships, see
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  • Better relationships, see more favor, those negative
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  • More favor, those negative situations will turn around
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  • Situations will turn around and you'll reach the
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  • And you'll reach the fullness of your destiny,
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  • Fullness of your destiny, in jesus' name.
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  • In jesus' name. if you receive it, can you
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  • If you receive it, can you say amen?
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  • Say amen? i'd like to give you an
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  • I'd like to give you an opportunity to make jesus
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  • Opportunity to make jesus the lord of your life.
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  • The lord of your life. would you pray with me?
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  • Would you pray with me? just say, “lord jesus, i
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  • Just say, “lord jesus, i repent of my sins.
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  • Repent of my sins. come into my heart. i make
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  • Come into my heart. i make you my lord and savior.”
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  • If you prayed that simple
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  • If you prayed that simple prayer, we believe you got
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  • Prayer, we believe you got born again. i encourage you
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  • Born again. i encourage you to get into a good
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  • To get into a good bible-based church and keep
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  • Bible-based church and keep god first place.
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  • Victoria and i will be
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  • Victoria and i will be right back to speak a
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  • Right back to speak a blessing over you.
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  • Your support of our ministry,
  • 00:25:28.950 --> 00:25:30.452
  • Your support of our ministry, joel and victoria would like
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  • Joel and victoria would like to send you a copy of joel's
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  • To send you a copy of joel's new book, "your greater is
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  • New book, "your greater is coming".
  • 00:25:35.357 --> 00:25:35.924
  • Coming". > joel: fire, certainly not
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  • > joel: fire, certainly not the experience anyone wants
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  • The experience anyone wants yet god can actually use
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  • Yet god can actually use fire to expand, grow, and
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  • Fire to expand, grow, and enlarge our lives. taking
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  • Enlarge our lives. taking us to heights that we've
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  • Us to heights that we've never dreamed.
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  • Never dreamed. these magnificent sequoia
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  • These magnificent sequoia trees, the largest in the
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  • Trees, the largest in the world are actually given
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  • World are actually given life by fire. these cones
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  • Life by fire. these cones remain in the tree,
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  • Remain in the tree, sometimes for years.
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  • Sometimes for years. then fire comes. the heat
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  • Then fire comes. the heat opens the cones and out
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  • Opens the cones and out pours these tiny little
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  • Pours these tiny little seeds.
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  • Seeds. in my new book, i'll
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  • In my new book, i'll unlock some of these
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  • Unlock some of these mysteries. how god can
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  • Mysteries. how god can turn the fires in your
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  • Turn the fires in your life into new magnificent
  • 00:26:08.857 --> 00:26:10.825
  • Life into new magnificent growth. i'll share how your
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  • Growth. i'll share how your greater, better life is not
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  • Greater, better life is not a distant possibility but
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  • A distant possibility but a certain reality as
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  • A certain reality as undeniable as these
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  • Undeniable as these glorious trees.
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  • Glorious trees. my new book, "your greater
  • 00:26:20.969 --> 00:26:22.470
  • My new book, "your greater is coming", will show you
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  • Is coming", will show you how to overcome when life
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  • How to overcome when life deals you a setback,
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  • Deals you a setback, a heartache, a fire.
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  • A heartache, a fire. even now, god is setting
  • 00:26:28.410 --> 00:26:30.378
  • Even now, god is setting you up for something
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  • You up for something magnificent. your future
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  • Magnificent. your future is bigger and brighter than
  • 00:26:33.314 --> 00:26:34.949
  • Is bigger and brighter than you can imagine. god is
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  • You can imagine. god is promising you your greater
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  • Promising you your greater is coming.
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  • Is coming. > anncr: request your copy
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  • > anncr: request your copy of "your greater is coming"
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  • Of "your greater is coming" today at joelosteen.com
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  • Today at joelosteen.com or call 888-567-joel.
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  • Or call 888-567-joel. >victoria: joel and i pray
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  • >victoria: joel and i pray for you every single day.
  • 00:26:50.899 --> 00:26:52.467
  • For you every single day. and we are believing the
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  • And we are believing the best for you and your
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  • Best for you and your family.
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  • Family. > joel: thanks so much for
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  • > joel: thanks so much for your prayer and support of
  • 00:26:56.337 --> 00:26:57.172
  • Your prayer and support of the ministry. we love you.
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  • The ministry. we love you. believing 2022 will be a
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  • Believing 2022 will be a bountiful year. till we
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  • Bountiful year. till we meet again, may the lord
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  • Meet again, may the lord bless you and keep you.
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  • Bless you and keep you. may the lord show you
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  • May the lord show you favor and have mercy on
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  • Favor and have mercy on you. and may the lord
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  • You. and may the lord watch over you and give
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  • Watch over you and give you his peace.
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  • > joel: hi! i'm with my
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  • > joel: hi! i'm with my daughter, alexandra, and
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  • Daughter, alexandra, and lakewood music has a new album
  • 00:27:13.021 --> 00:27:14.289
  • Lakewood music has a new album out.
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  • Out. > alexandra: yes, it's called
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  • > alexandra: yes, it's called shout! we are so proud of this
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  • Shout! we are so proud of this new project. it's our most
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  • New project. it's our most diverse collection of songs yet.
  • 00:27:18.893 --> 00:27:21.296
  • Diverse collection of songs yet. we hope it's going to inspire
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  • We hope it's going to inspire you and encourage you.
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  • You and encourage you. > joel: it's fantastic. it's the
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  • > joel: it's fantastic. it's the songs we sing here at lakewood.
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  • Songs we sing here at lakewood. i hope you'll download your
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  • I hope you'll download your copy today!
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  • Copy today! .
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