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October 7, 2019
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Joel Osteen: Your Best Life Now

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  • is this all there is, was my life intended for more?
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  • God created you with a specific purpose in mind,
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  • but in order to see your life the way God sees you,
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  • you have to enlarge your vision.
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  • I'm Joel Osteen, I have some good news,
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  • no matter where you're headed, or where you've been,
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  • you can start living your Best Life Now.
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  • (light music)
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  • We weren't created to live a small life
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  • with little goals, little dreams,
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  • God created us to live an abundant life,
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  • no matter where you are,
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  • you're not supposed to get stuck
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  • at that level and stay there.
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  • God is a God of increase,
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  • he has something bigger in your future.
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  • If you're going to live this large life,
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  • it starts in our thinking.
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  • Jesus said you can't put new wine into old wineskins.
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  • Wineskins were made out of leather,
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  • when they got old, they became hard and stiff,
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  • and wouldn't expand.
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  • If you put new wine in, they would burst.
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  • This is saying you can't have a new life with old thinking,
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  • you can't go around thinking you've reached your limits,
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  • you've got as far as your education allows,
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  • you never get any good breaks.
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  • Limited thinking will cause you to live a limited life.
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  • Get rid of that old wineskin, start believing bigger,
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  • dreaming bigger, expecting bigger.
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  • Paul said in 2 Corinthians,
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  • I want you to enter into this wide open, spacious life.
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  • The smallness you feel comes from within you.
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  • Your lives aren't small,
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  • but you're living them in a small way.
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  • Notice, God's dream is that
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  • we live a wide open, spacious life.
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  • But even though he has this big life in store,
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  • if we have limited thinking, we can live it in a small way.
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  • It's easy to get stuck in a rut,
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  • going to work, coming home,
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  • dealing with the daily pressures of life.
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  • We look up, and we're not expecting anything better,
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  • not releasing our faith,
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  • we're thinking this is all that there is,
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  • but compared to what God has in store, that's living small.
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  • The scripture says the path of the righteous
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  • is brighter and brighter.
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  • That's God's idea for your life.
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  • And if you'll get your hopes up,
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  • start expecting God's goodness,
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  • you're going to come into a bigger life,
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  • a new level of your destiny.
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  • God has prepared this large, abundant life.
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  • Now, my challenge is don't have a small mentality,
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  • don't water down your dreams, accepting less,
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  • when you know God has created you for more.
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  • If you put a fish that's supposed to be two feet long
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  • in a small aquarium, it will never grow to that size.
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  • Not because something is wrong with the fish,
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  • but because of the environment that it's in.
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  • You may be in a limited environment right now,
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  • perhaps you can't do anything about that.
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  • The key is don't let the environment get in you,
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  • don't let mediocrity become the norm.
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  • That may be where you are, but that's not who you are,
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  • you are a child of the most high God.
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  • And the creator of the universe breathed his life into you.
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  • He has something big in your future.
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  • Let these words sink down into your spirit,
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  • a wide open, spacious life.
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  • That means a life free from addictions and bad habits,
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  • a life where you're healthy and whole and fulfilled,
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  • a life of abundance, more than enough, an overflow life.
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  • The enemy wants to contain you,
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  • but God wants to enlarge you.
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  • Break out in your thinking, stay open to new possibilities.
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  • One time, Peter had been fishing all night.
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  • The next morning, Jesus asked him
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  • if he could borrow his boat
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  • so he could teach the people from the shore.
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  • When he finished, he wanted to pay Peter for using his boat.
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  • He said to him launch out into the deep
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  • and let down your nets, nets with an S, plural.
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  • Peter began to reason it out, Jesus, we fished all night,
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  • didn't catch anything, morning is not the time to fish.
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  • He came up with one excuse after another,
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  • he almost talked himself out of it.
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  • The last minute, he decided to do it,
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  • but the scripture says he went out
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  • and let down his net, singular.
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  • Jesus said throw out a bunch of nets,
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  • I've got an abundance, a wide life,
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  • something that you've never seen.
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  • Peter thought it's not gonna happen for me,
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  • there's not going to be any fish out there,
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  • I'll just take this one net.
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  • He threw it out and caught so many fish
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  • that the net began to break,
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  • he had to call other boats over
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  • to come help them bring them all in.
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  • A lot of times, we do like Peter,
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  • God says I want you to live a big life,
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  • an abundant, fulfilling life,
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  • where you're gaining new ground,
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  • seeing things that you've never seen.
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  • But here's the catch, you have to let down your nets,
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  • you have to make room in your thinking,
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  • you can't think small, believe small, expect small,
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  • and see this wide life.
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  • Why don't you start letting down your nets?
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  • Why don't you say God,
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  • I'm in agreement with you, I believe you have a wide,
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  • spacious, abundant life for me.
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  • I'm believing my whole family will serve you,
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  • I'm believing to pay my house off,
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  • I'm believing to get totally well,
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  • I'm believing to start my own business,
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  • I'm believing to start that orphanage,
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  • or I'm believing to meet the person of my dreams.
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  • If you'll start letting down your nets,
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  • you'll see God open doors you could never open,
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  • bring the right people across your path,
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  • take you places that you've never dreamed.
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  • It's time to enlarge your vision.
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  • - Too often, we look at our past
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  • like it's the blueprint for our lives.
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  • We let how we were raised, what we saw modeled growing up,
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  • set the limits for our life.
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  • If our parents struggled with addictions,
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  • or floundered through life,
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  • we think that's the plan for our life too.
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  • I hear people say I've gone as far as my parents,
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  • I've accomplished as much as my grandparents,
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  • this is good enough.
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  • No, God is a progressive God,
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  • he wants every generation to increase.
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  • Your past isn't a blueprint,
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  • it's just the foundation for the life God is building.
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  • Your parents, relatives, they laid the foundation,
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  • you're supposed to build on what they did.
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  • You're supposed to set a new standard.
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  • That's not a resting place
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  • where you can put down your stakes and coast,
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  • that's a stepping stone for you to rise higher,
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  • a launching pad for you to go further.
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  • Don't get comfortable and settle there.
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  • You may have seen mediocrity growing up,
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  • but God is counting on you to be the difference maker.
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  • You can be the one that completes that perfect design,
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  • but you have to enlarge your vision.
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  • Nobody in your family may have made good grades in school,
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  • you be the one to make good grades,
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  • come into that wide life, they didn't go to college,
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  • you go to college, they didn't live in a nice neighborhood,
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  • that's okay, they did the best they could,
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  • but don't settle there.
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  • Don't let your heredity stop your destiny,
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  • don't let what was passed down convince you
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  • to settle where you are.
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  • Break out of that limited mindset.
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  • You have greatness in you.
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  • Where you are is not where you're supposed to stay.
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  • Your destiny is calling out to you,
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  • it's time to start living large.
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  • Quit believing lies that you've reached your limits,
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  • you don't have the talent,
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  • you made too many mistakes, this is a new day.
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  • God is going to amaze you with his goodness, think bigger.
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  • This is what my father had to do,
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  • he was raised in a limited environment,
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  • his parents were cotton farmers,
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  • and they lost everything during the Great Depression.
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  • They didn't have enough food to eat,
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  • he would go to high school with holes in his pants,
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  • holes in his shoes.
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  • At Christmas, they received the special basket
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  • that went to the neediest family.
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  • This poverty mentality was ingrained in his thinking.
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  • He didn't know any better, it's all he'd ever seen.
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  • We're poor, we're defeated, we'll never have enough,
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  • this is my lot in life.
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  • But at 17 years of age, my father gave his life to Christ.
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  • God called him to be a minister,
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  • something came alive on the inside,
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  • those seeds of greatness began to take root.
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  • He could hear a voice telling him this is not your destiny,
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  • you were made for more than this, to live an overcoming,
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  • abundant, victorious life.
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  • The battle for containment was taking place in his mind,
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  • negative thoughts told him just the opposite,
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  • you'll never get out, accept it, this is all there is.
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  • His parents were good people, they were loving and kind,
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  • but they had a limited vision.
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  • They were living a small life,
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  • they told my father, John, you better not leave the farm,
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  • all you know how to do is pick cotton.
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  • My father could've thought yeah, you're right,
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  • I don't have the connections, the education,
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  • the money, I better stay where I am.
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  • Don't let other people put their limitations on you.
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  • And something rose up in him,
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  • he said this is where I am, but this is not who I am,
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  • I may be in a limited environment,
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  • but I'm not letting this environment get in me.
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  • I know I'm a child of the most high God,
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  • I am destined to leave my mark on this generation.
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  • My father threw out his nets, he enlarged his vision,
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  • determined in his heart
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  • that he was going to take new ground for his family,
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  • he was going to step into this wide, spacious life
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  • that God had in store.
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  • He left home at 17 and did just that,
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  • went on to pastor great churches,
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  • God took him further than he could ever imagine.
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  • Here's the beauty,
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  • because he stepped up and broke that poverty mentality,
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  • now my family doesn't have to deal with it.
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  • Like my father, you can be the one
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  • to break the cycle of lack and defeat,
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  • you can be the one to break the addictions, the bad habits,
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  • you can rise to a new level
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  • and go where no one in your family has ever gone.
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  • There's a large life waiting for you, for your family,
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  • for your future, don't be contained,
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  • don't be talked out of it, if you'll think bigger,
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  • you'll live bigger.
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  • Just ask my friend, Buddy Lee.
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  • When he learned to think bigger,
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  • he jumped into a destiny larger than he ever imagined.
  • 00:11:35.040 --> 00:11:38.270
  • - There's no way you can be a great athlete
  • 00:11:48.200 --> 00:11:51.070
  • without understanding
  • 00:11:51.070 --> 00:11:53.100
  • the power of God.
  • 00:11:53.100 --> 00:11:55.090
  • Up until like maybe age four or five,
  • 00:11:55.090 --> 00:11:59.090
  • we lived in an inner city,
  • 00:11:59.090 --> 00:12:01.140
  • and my father was in the war.
  • 00:12:02.110 --> 00:12:05.040
  • He was either a Vietnam vet or Korean War,
  • 00:12:06.070 --> 00:12:09.150
  • came back not the same, got shot,
  • 00:12:09.150 --> 00:12:11.250
  • and of course, you know what wars do to people.
  • 00:12:11.250 --> 00:12:15.120
  • He became addicted to alcohol,
  • 00:12:15.120 --> 00:12:18.260
  • so it had an impact on him, and also the family,
  • 00:12:18.260 --> 00:12:22.160
  • so he destroyed our family.
  • 00:12:22.160 --> 00:12:23.270
  • I was raised by a mother
  • 00:12:25.010 --> 00:12:27.060
  • who had six kids,
  • 00:12:27.060 --> 00:12:29.240
  • and my mother did everything she could
  • 00:12:29.240 --> 00:12:33.140
  • to put a roof over our heads,
  • 00:12:33.140 --> 00:12:35.110
  • clothing on our backs, she worked three jobs.
  • 00:12:35.110 --> 00:12:39.060
  • Seeing the things that alcohol did to my father impacted me.
  • 00:12:39.060 --> 00:12:44.030
  • Seeing the things that alcohol did to my father impacted me.
  • 00:12:44.030 --> 00:12:47.070
  • Him coming home late at night,
  • 00:12:47.070 --> 00:12:49.020
  • him getting into fights with my mom,
  • 00:12:49.020 --> 00:12:51.260
  • it was kinda tough, I mean,
  • 00:12:51.260 --> 00:12:53.040
  • waking up in the middle of the night
  • 00:12:53.040 --> 00:12:55.100
  • and hearing people fighting, cops coming in,
  • 00:12:55.100 --> 00:12:57.150
  • stuff like that, it's very scary.
  • 00:12:57.150 --> 00:12:59.070
  • I guess it can impact a kid in two ways,
  • 00:13:00.150 --> 00:13:03.290
  • in a negative way or a positive way.
  • 00:13:03.290 --> 00:13:06.160
  • I decided that I was gonna do everything I could
  • 00:13:06.160 --> 00:13:08.280
  • within my powers to be the best I could be
  • 00:13:10.030 --> 00:13:13.000
  • and change my life and have a better life and help my mom.
  • 00:13:13.000 --> 00:13:16.150
  • - Buddy determined to change his life.
  • 00:13:18.010 --> 00:13:20.100
  • In order to do that, he knew he needed to go to college,
  • 00:13:20.100 --> 00:13:23.230
  • but to get there, he would need an athletic scholarship.
  • 00:13:23.230 --> 00:13:27.190
  • - I woulda never thought in 1.000 years
  • 00:13:27.190 --> 00:13:30.160
  • a jump rope and the great sport of wrestling
  • 00:13:30.160 --> 00:13:35.140
  • would teach me everything I needed in life to be my best.
  • 00:13:35.140 --> 00:13:40.140
  • I got hurt going out for tryouts for basketball,
  • 00:13:41.200 --> 00:13:44.040
  • went up for a layup, my ankle snapped,
  • 00:13:44.040 --> 00:13:47.000
  • and then quit the team and went out for wrestling.
  • 00:13:47.000 --> 00:13:52.000
  • It was the greatest thing I've ever did.
  • 00:13:53.060 --> 00:13:54.180
  • And the first practice,
  • 00:13:54.180 --> 00:13:55.240
  • they had me work out with the senior,
  • 00:13:55.240 --> 00:13:58.080
  • and I think I pinned this guy,
  • 00:13:58.080 --> 00:13:59.200
  • and then I realized that this is the sport
  • 00:13:59.200 --> 00:14:02.050
  • I'm gonna do to get me to college.
  • 00:14:02.050 --> 00:14:04.140
  • It was important to go to college because with an education,
  • 00:14:06.120 --> 00:14:10.140
  • according to our society,
  • 00:14:10.140 --> 00:14:12.120
  • you have a choice, you can choose what kinda life you have,
  • 00:14:12.120 --> 00:14:17.120
  • it's an opportunity to improve your life,
  • 00:14:18.170 --> 00:14:21.100
  • to improve your circumstances,
  • 00:14:21.100 --> 00:14:23.110
  • and I wanted to do it the only way I could,
  • 00:14:23.110 --> 00:14:26.240
  • by getting a scholarship.
  • 00:14:26.240 --> 00:14:28.130
  • Got up to 1.000 pushups a night in sets of 100,
  • 00:14:29.250 --> 00:14:34.200
  • and about five to 600 hundred sit ups, and I did pull ups,
  • 00:14:34.200 --> 00:14:39.200
  • and I did all kinds of things to my body,
  • 00:14:40.250 --> 00:14:42.070
  • and that became the foundation for my strength,
  • 00:14:42.070 --> 00:14:43.270
  • and then I started doing things
  • 00:14:44.230 --> 00:14:46.010
  • like running around the poles at the schoolyard,
  • 00:14:46.010 --> 00:14:48.290
  • and then, one hot summer day,
  • 00:14:49.280 --> 00:14:52.270
  • I discover this simple, inexpensive piece of equipment
  • 00:14:52.270 --> 00:14:57.270
  • called a jump rope.
  • 00:14:58.190 --> 00:14:59.210
  • This was introduced to me by a martial artist,
  • 00:15:01.000 --> 00:15:03.290
  • a guy named Mister Aini.
  • 00:15:03.290 --> 00:15:05.190
  • He was a fourth degree black belt in karate,
  • 00:15:05.190 --> 00:15:06.280
  • every day this guy would run miles and miles,
  • 00:15:06.280 --> 00:15:09.010
  • do hundreds of push ups, lifting weights,
  • 00:15:09.010 --> 00:15:11.080
  • and one day I saw him jumping rope.
  • 00:15:11.080 --> 00:15:14.060
  • So I still remember going up to him,
  • 00:15:14.060 --> 00:15:15.230
  • saying hey, Mister Aini,
  • 00:15:15.230 --> 00:15:17.180
  • I said can you show me how to jump?
  • 00:15:17.180 --> 00:15:19.110
  • It's kinda true, but he said sure,
  • 00:15:20.160 --> 00:15:24.170
  • I'll show you how to jump, grasshopper.
  • 00:15:24.170 --> 00:15:26.260
  • And so, by the time I put that rope down,
  • 00:15:28.120 --> 00:15:31.070
  • it was five hours later, and I had mastered a skill.
  • 00:15:31.070 --> 00:15:35.000
  • And after that, one hot summer day that led into the night,
  • 00:15:36.130 --> 00:15:39.250
  • I took that rope with me everywhere I went
  • 00:15:41.000 --> 00:15:43.260
  • and practiced and practiced,
  • 00:15:43.260 --> 00:15:46.100
  • because every time I jumped,
  • 00:15:46.100 --> 00:15:48.120
  • I saw the vision of me becoming a state champion
  • 00:15:48.120 --> 00:15:51.240
  • in wrestling, getting a scholarship to go to college.
  • 00:15:51.240 --> 00:15:55.250
  • Not having my mom worry about me anymore, you know?
  • 00:15:55.250 --> 00:15:59.270
  • So when I practiced, I was practicing to change my life.
  • 00:15:59.270 --> 00:16:04.220
  • So when I practiced, I was practicing to change my life.
  • 00:16:04.220 --> 00:16:07.000
  • I had motivation to fight for my dreams.
  • 00:16:08.060 --> 00:16:12.100
  • The jump rope was a tool, but it became not just a tool,
  • 00:16:12.100 --> 00:16:15.290
  • this guy became my best friend, my best training partner.
  • 00:16:17.270 --> 00:16:22.120
  • Only lost one wrestling match
  • 00:16:23.280 --> 00:16:25.270
  • in the state competition as a sophomore,
  • 00:16:25.270 --> 00:16:28.180
  • one wrestling match in the state finals as a junior.
  • 00:16:28.180 --> 00:16:31.290
  • Went back to the states the following year,
  • 00:16:31.290 --> 00:16:35.020
  • I won the districts, I won the regions,
  • 00:16:35.020 --> 00:16:37.170
  • and I won the state tile,
  • 00:16:37.170 --> 00:16:39.140
  • I became the school's first state champion,
  • 00:16:39.140 --> 00:16:42.150
  • graduated, and had about 15 university scholarship offers.
  • 00:16:42.150 --> 00:16:47.150
  • - Buddy had changed his life, he went on to college,
  • 00:16:48.270 --> 00:16:51.170
  • to have an outstanding collegiate career.
  • 00:16:51.170 --> 00:16:54.040
  • After college, he went on to be a 20 time national champion.
  • 00:16:54.040 --> 00:16:58.070
  • He joined the Armed Forces,
  • 00:16:58.070 --> 00:16:59.210
  • and became the military's fittest man.
  • 00:16:59.210 --> 00:17:02.070
  • His determination took him
  • 00:17:02.070 --> 00:17:03.240
  • from a poor neighborhood in Virginia to the Olympics.
  • 00:17:03.240 --> 00:17:07.230
  • - It took me 20 years to make an Olympic team.
  • 00:17:07.230 --> 00:17:12.030
  • If you're gonna become a state champion,
  • 00:17:12.030 --> 00:17:14.250
  • national champion, Olympian,
  • 00:17:14.250 --> 00:17:16.260
  • doesn't happen overnight, it requires losses,
  • 00:17:16.260 --> 00:17:21.160
  • because in the losses, there are lessons.
  • 00:17:21.160 --> 00:17:24.210
  • I wanted to become an Olympian
  • 00:17:24.210 --> 00:17:26.260
  • so that I could help other people to expand their vision,
  • 00:17:26.260 --> 00:17:30.210
  • give their passion like I have.
  • 00:17:30.210 --> 00:17:33.010
  • I made the 1988 Olympic team as an alternate,
  • 00:17:34.060 --> 00:17:37.170
  • lost to a guy in the finals,
  • 00:17:37.170 --> 00:17:39.070
  • but I became an Olympic alternate,
  • 00:17:39.070 --> 00:17:40.270
  • refocused, prepared myself, did the extra things I needed,
  • 00:17:40.270 --> 00:17:44.290
  • and in 1992, I defeated that same guy,
  • 00:17:44.290 --> 00:17:48.200
  • the best two out of three.
  • 00:17:48.200 --> 00:17:50.130
  • I felt like God was always watching me,
  • 00:17:50.130 --> 00:17:52.070
  • always behind me, pushing me to do those extra things.
  • 00:17:52.070 --> 00:17:55.210
  • And even though other people couldn't see what I was doing,
  • 00:17:55.210 --> 00:17:58.120
  • I knew God was watching.
  • 00:17:58.120 --> 00:18:00.060
  • So I like to say that even though I think I was alone,
  • 00:18:00.060 --> 00:18:03.270
  • but I wasn't alone.
  • 00:18:03.270 --> 00:18:05.270
  • We have to have some faith, believing,
  • 00:18:05.270 --> 00:18:09.120
  • because life is a journey, it's very tough,
  • 00:18:09.120 --> 00:18:12.170
  • it's a lot of adversity,
  • 00:18:12.170 --> 00:18:14.010
  • and there's gonna be many times
  • 00:18:14.010 --> 00:18:15.130
  • when you don't feel like doing it,
  • 00:18:15.130 --> 00:18:17.110
  • and you gotta find the internal motivation
  • 00:18:17.110 --> 00:18:19.100
  • to push yourself beyond the adversity,
  • 00:18:19.100 --> 00:18:22.040
  • and that's what makes champions,
  • 00:18:22.040 --> 00:18:24.000
  • this is what separates us.
  • 00:18:24.000 --> 00:18:26.000
  • The ones who are willing to do the extra things
  • 00:18:26.000 --> 00:18:29.030
  • to be their best, no matter what profession you're in,
  • 00:18:29.030 --> 00:18:33.260
  • whether you're a business person,
  • 00:18:33.260 --> 00:18:36.000
  • educator, house mom, doctor, lawyer,
  • 00:18:36.000 --> 00:18:40.050
  • you can strive to be better, you can be your best,
  • 00:18:40.050 --> 00:18:43.260
  • but you have to visualize, and you have to want it,
  • 00:18:43.260 --> 00:18:46.250
  • and you gotta be willing to pay the extra price.
  • 00:18:46.250 --> 00:18:50.070
  • In this sport, it's gonna teach you
  • 00:18:50.070 --> 00:18:53.010
  • everything you need to know about life,
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  • and I'll tell you what, put God in your life,
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  • everything is possible.
  • 00:18:59.230 --> 00:19:02.250
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  • - I need some help. - I have a question for you.
  • 00:20:28.130 --> 00:20:30.010
  • - My anger sometimes gets the best of me.
  • 00:20:30.010 --> 00:20:31.220
  • - My step son drives me nuts.
  • 00:20:31.220 --> 00:20:34.180
  • - My marriage is falling apart,
  • 00:20:34.180 --> 00:20:35.240
  • and I wish we had never gotten married.
  • 00:20:35.240 --> 00:20:37.090
  • - How do I know which direction God wants me to go?
  • 00:20:37.090 --> 00:20:39.170
  • - God isn't answering my prayers.
  • 00:20:39.170 --> 00:20:41.160
  • (incoherent talking)
  • 00:20:41.160 --> 00:20:44.180
  • - Do you even read these questions?
  • 00:20:47.290 --> 00:20:50.080
  • All I know is I want to start living my best life.
  • 00:20:50.080 --> 00:20:53.270
  • - Where do I start?
  • 00:20:53.270 --> 00:20:55.020
  • - But where do I start?
  • 00:20:55.020 --> 00:20:56.260
  • - I get questions like this all the time, week after week,
  • 00:20:56.260 --> 00:20:59.290
  • people call in, write in,
  • 00:20:59.290 --> 00:21:01.260
  • reach out to us on social media.
  • 00:21:01.260 --> 00:21:03.200
  • When it comes to enlarging your vision,
  • 00:21:03.200 --> 00:21:06.110
  • you have to learn to encourage yourself.
  • 00:21:06.110 --> 00:21:09.000
  • You can't count on other people to cheer you on
  • 00:21:09.000 --> 00:21:11.200
  • and keep you built up.
  • 00:21:11.200 --> 00:21:13.140
  • Sometimes, people will let you down.
  • 00:21:13.140 --> 00:21:15.200
  • They'll try to convince you to stay at the same level.
  • 00:21:15.200 --> 00:21:18.140
  • They may say your dreams are too big,
  • 00:21:18.140 --> 00:21:20.190
  • that's because they can't see what you see.
  • 00:21:20.190 --> 00:21:23.170
  • Paul said in Romans what if some don't believe?
  • 00:21:23.170 --> 00:21:27.100
  • Will their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?
  • 00:21:27.100 --> 00:21:31.070
  • One translation says so what if they don't believe?
  • 00:21:31.070 --> 00:21:34.220
  • Just because somebody doesn't believe
  • 00:21:34.220 --> 00:21:37.150
  • that you can accomplish your dreams,
  • 00:21:37.150 --> 00:21:39.150
  • that doesn't change anything.
  • 00:21:39.150 --> 00:21:41.110
  • You don't have to have every person on board.
  • 00:21:41.110 --> 00:21:44.050
  • You're never going to get every friend, relative,
  • 00:21:44.050 --> 00:21:46.280
  • coworker to agree with you and support you.
  • 00:21:46.280 --> 00:21:49.260
  • People may say things like you really think
  • 00:21:49.260 --> 00:21:52.120
  • you can live a large life?
  • 00:21:52.120 --> 00:21:54.100
  • You really think you can get out of debt,
  • 00:21:54.100 --> 00:21:56.140
  • break that addiction, write that book?
  • 00:21:56.140 --> 00:21:58.190
  • I just don't see it.
  • 00:21:58.190 --> 00:22:00.090
  • Your attitude should be so what if they don't see it,
  • 00:22:00.090 --> 00:22:03.240
  • I don't have to have their support, their encouragement,
  • 00:22:03.240 --> 00:22:06.230
  • their prayers, I know a secret, me and God are a majority.
  • 00:22:06.230 --> 00:22:11.060
  • If God be for me, who dare be against me?
  • 00:22:11.060 --> 00:22:14.110
  • Start encouraging yourself, I'm well able,
  • 00:22:14.110 --> 00:22:17.200
  • I'm strong, I've got what it takes,
  • 00:22:17.200 --> 00:22:20.070
  • I'm coming into a wide open, spacious life.
  • 00:22:20.070 --> 00:22:23.240
  • A friend of mine told how when he was six years old,
  • 00:22:23.240 --> 00:22:27.240
  • his teacher gave his class an assignment.
  • 00:22:27.240 --> 00:22:30.150
  • They had to write down
  • 00:22:30.150 --> 00:22:31.220
  • what they wanted to do when they grew up.
  • 00:22:31.220 --> 00:22:34.020
  • He had seen a man on television that was very funny,
  • 00:22:34.020 --> 00:22:36.290
  • that was his dream as a little boy,
  • 00:22:36.290 --> 00:22:39.090
  • he knew he wanted to be on television making people laugh.
  • 00:22:39.090 --> 00:22:43.010
  • He wrote it down, he came from a low income family,
  • 00:22:43.010 --> 00:22:47.020
  • they didn't have much, he wore hand me down clothes,
  • 00:22:47.020 --> 00:22:50.050
  • plus he had a problem with stuttering.
  • 00:22:50.050 --> 00:22:52.150
  • The teacher started calling the kids' name out,
  • 00:22:52.150 --> 00:22:54.250
  • reading what they had written.
  • 00:22:54.250 --> 00:22:56.160
  • When she came to his, she stopped and said little Stevie,
  • 00:22:56.160 --> 00:22:59.150
  • please come up here.
  • 00:22:59.150 --> 00:23:01.020
  • He started walking to the front of the class, so proud,
  • 00:23:01.020 --> 00:23:04.030
  • thinking she was going to congratulate him
  • 00:23:04.030 --> 00:23:06.040
  • and cheer him on, but it was just the opposite.
  • 00:23:06.040 --> 00:23:09.050
  • She said now Stevie, what did you write?
  • 00:23:09.050 --> 00:23:11.290
  • He said I wrote that I wanna be on television
  • 00:23:11.290 --> 00:23:14.180
  • making people laugh.
  • 00:23:14.180 --> 00:23:16.030
  • She said Stevie, do you know anyone on television?
  • 00:23:16.030 --> 00:23:20.020
  • He said no, ma'am.
  • 00:23:20.020 --> 00:23:21.170
  • She said has anyone in your family ever been on television?
  • 00:23:21.170 --> 00:23:25.170
  • He said no, ma'am.
  • 00:23:25.170 --> 00:23:26.260
  • She said then you take this back
  • 00:23:26.260 --> 00:23:29.020
  • and write down something that's more realistic.
  • 00:23:29.020 --> 00:23:31.210
  • As a little six year old boy, he was confused.
  • 00:23:31.210 --> 00:23:35.150
  • Nobody had ever told him what he couldn't become.
  • 00:23:35.150 --> 00:23:39.000
  • That night, he told his father what had happened.
  • 00:23:39.000 --> 00:23:42.010
  • He showed the paper where he had written down
  • 00:23:42.010 --> 00:23:43.280
  • that he wanted to be on television.
  • 00:23:43.280 --> 00:23:46.010
  • His father said Stevie, put this in your top drawer,
  • 00:23:46.010 --> 00:23:49.240
  • and every morning before you go to school,
  • 00:23:49.240 --> 00:23:52.100
  • and every night before you go to bed,
  • 00:23:52.100 --> 00:23:54.190
  • you look at that paper and thank God that one day
  • 00:23:54.190 --> 00:23:58.030
  • you will be on television.
  • 00:23:58.030 --> 00:23:59.280
  • Today, a few years later, my friend Steve Harvey
  • 00:23:59.280 --> 00:24:04.040
  • is on television seven days a week making people laugh.
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  • He could've easily gotten stuck in a small life,
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  • if he would've let those words take root,
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