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July 19, 2020
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Father Cedric Pisegna is a Catholic priest. His program will inspire and encourage you to Live with Passion.

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  • - Getting older is mandatory,growing older is optional
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  • (upbeat music)
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  • I am Father Cedric Pisegna,
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  • the host of Live With Passion.
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  • I'm so glad youfound the program.
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  • I'm gonna talkabout Growing Older.
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  • Some people arejust getting older,
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  • but I want you to grow older.
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  • Let me talk about Jesus12 years old Luke 1.
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  • "And it said thatthe child grew.
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  • "And he grew in age,Grace and wisdom.
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  • "And he was in thewilderness until the day
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  • "of his manifestationto Israel."
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  • The Gospel of the Lord.
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  • So, I'm doing a seriescalled a different spirit.
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  • And our culture talksabout Getting older,
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  • and they reallydon't have purpose.
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  • They don't have meaning,
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  • they certainly don'thave ultimate purposeto getting older.
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  • They just simply getolder and they know
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  • that they're gonnadie, and that's it.
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  • But believers havea different spirit.
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  • You have been called,you have a purpose.
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  • You have meaning in your life.
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  • And that's one ofthe wonderful truths
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  • that the Gospels brings to us.
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  • We're called to be excellent.
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  • We're called to grow.
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  • We're called to mature.
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  • We're called to change.
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  • People in this culture,they don't have purpose.
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  • They just thinkwe're born and we die
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  • and in between you justtry to make some money,
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  • have some pleasure,and that's it.
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  • No, we have purpose, wehave ultimate purpose.
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  • We are of a different spiritthan the rest of the world.
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  • Jesus grew, He grew inage, grace and wisdom,
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  • He developed, He changed.
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  • You might be thinking, Wait aminute, he was the son of God.
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  • He had to grow.
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  • Well, He didn't have togrow in his morality,
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  • he was perfect.
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  • In terms of morality,he never sinned.
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  • But virtue.
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  • You see, we arecalled to purpose.
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  • And our purpose is threefold.
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  • Number one, our main purposeis that we have depth with God,
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  • we have a personalrelationship with God.
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  • That's your main purpose, theworld doesn't even know that.
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  • Second part of yourpurpose is that you grow,
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  • that you change, youmature, you develop,
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  • you become all that you can be.
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  • And then the third partof your purpose is,
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  • you realize your potential.
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  • You serve people,you make a difference
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  • in other people's lives,that's your purpose.
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  • That's who we are asChristians, number one, God,
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  • number two, growth.
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  • Number three, reachingout to other people.
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  • That's our purpose.
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  • So Jesus grew.
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  • He didn't have to grow morallybecause he never sinned,
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  • but he had to growin terms of virtue.
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  • What do I mean by virtue?
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  • That's forgiveness,
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  • compassion,
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  • mercy.
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  • The Bible says he grew inwisdom as he went through things
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  • and he experienced things.
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  • So Jesus was constantly growingand we need to grow too.
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  • For example, one thingthat I hear from people
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  • is about patience,"Father, I need patience."
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  • People come into theconfessional and say,
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  • "I need to grow in patience."
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  • Well, I understand that, butpatience is a tough virtue.
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  • And I love what Jesussaid about patience.
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  • He said, by patience,you will win your soul.
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  • So that's a veryimportant virtue.
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  • I heard about a woman that wentin the confessional one time
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  • and she was raisingthree children.
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  • And she was allstressed and worried
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  • and everything and all frazzled.
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  • And she sat down in front ofthe Priest and said, "Father,
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  • "pray for me, I need patience.My kids are driving me crazy.
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  • "I need patience pray, for me."
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  • And the wise Priest prayed,
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  • "Lord, send this womantribulation in the morning
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  • "tribulation in theafternoon, tribulation."
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  • She goes, "Wait aminute, Father, time out.
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  • "What are you doing?
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  • "I asked you topray for patience."
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  • And he said, "Ma'amyou gotta understand
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  • "tribulation produces patience."
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  • So watch what you prayfor you might just get it.
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  • Weightlifters have asaying no pain, no gain.
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  • And it's similar inour growth process.
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  • Sometimes we have to go through
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  • the weightlifting oflife, if you will.
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  • The tribulations,the difficulties,
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  • and this is how we grow
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  • in patience,
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  • compassion.
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  • What about forgiveness?
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  • It's hard to be aforgiving person
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  • unless you havesomebody difficult thatyou need to forgive.
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  • Everybody wants to bea forgiving person,
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  • but nobody wants to haveanybody to have to forgive.
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  • And when you have difficultpeople in your life
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  • that you need to forgive,that's how you're stretched.
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  • That's how you grow.
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  • So I'm trying to establish thefact that that we are called
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  • by God with a purpose.
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  • We're not like the rest ofthe world that has no purpose,
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  • no meaning, our purposeis number one, know God.
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  • Number two to grow.
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  • Number three torealize our potential.
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  • This is reallyextremely important.
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  • No matter where you are inthe life cycle right now,
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  • your purpose is to grow,to develop, to change,
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  • to mature, to becomeall that you can be.
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  • I have a saying in myministry that I love.
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  • And it's simply this, whoyou are is God's gift to you.
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  • Who you become isyour gift to God.
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  • And I don't know about you,
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  • but I wanna becomeall that I can be.
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  • I wanna grow in my relationshipwith God, grow in virtue.
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  • I wanna touch thewhole world reach out,
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  • realize my potential, andit's the same for you too.
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  • So I attended a workshopsometime ago on aging.
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  • Many people arewondering about aging
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  • and what it meansand the woman's namewas Jane M. Thebalt.
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  • And she had a bookabout growing older.
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  • And she made a distinction
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  • about between gettingolder and growing older.
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  • She said most peopleare just getting older,
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  • but few peopleare growing older.
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  • And that's what I really wanna
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  • lay the foundationfor right now.
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  • Speak about getting older.
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  • Getting older ishappening to everybody.
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  • Time
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  • is passing
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  • so quickly.
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  • I turned 61 a few months ago,
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  • and it seems like the older Iget the faster time goes by.
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  • It's amazing.
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  • The baby boomers andI'm a late baby boomer,
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  • the baby boomers are turning75 now, all of a sudden,
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  • it's like we're inthis time machine.
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  • Here we are in the Time Machine.
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  • And we're fast forwardand boom, here we are,
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  • all of a sudden.
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  • When I grew up,
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  • there was a song on the radioby the Steve Miller band,
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  • and the song diverse kept going,
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  • Time keeps slippinginto the future,
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  • in a way, if you will, we'rein the future all of a sudden,
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  • I go to our meetings,our Passion Is meetings,
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  • there's about 100 of us.
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  • And every time Igo to the meetings,
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  • there's fewer peopleat the meetings, why?
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  • Because some of theguys have passed away.
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  • Others of them are inwheelchairs, dealing with comas
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  • and health problems, sicknesses,cancers, all of a sudden,
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  • we've been thrustinto the future.
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  • I know we're in thepresent at the very moment,
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  • but the present is alwaysslipping into the future.
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  • Time keeps slippinginto the future.
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  • So all of us are getting older,but are you growing older?
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  • Getting older is not an option,
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  • we're all going to get older,
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  • and we all are getting olderbut growing older is a choice
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  • about who we will wanna become?
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  • And as I said, one ofmy favorite sayings
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  • is who you are is God's giftto you, but who you become.
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  • You choose, you decide,you change, you mature.
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  • So what does it mean to become?
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  • It means growing in virtue,
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  • being enthusiastic andpassionate, realizingyour potential,
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  • reaching out to others,being the best you can be.
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  • So my question toyou is I said before,
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  • are you just getting older?
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  • Are you growing older?
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  • And through this programthrough my books, my teachings,
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  • I'm hoping that you will grow.
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  • Just like Jesus hadto, he was human.
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  • I told you he wasmorally perfect.
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  • He didn't sin, but hehad to grow in virtue.
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  • He grew in age.
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  • And as the Bible saidhe grew in wisdom.
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  • It's the same for us too.
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  • I was visiting my on one time
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  • my Aunt Val , She'spassed away now.
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  • And at the time shewas 90 years old,
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  • she had nine siblings,including my dad.
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  • And she was 90 years oldand I came to visit her,
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  • I'm a Priest and here's myaunt, and she's Catholic,
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  • and I'm visitingher and she's 90.
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  • And she said, FatherCedric, she said,
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  • "I don't understand, all mysiblings have passed away.
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  • "Most of my friendshave passed away.
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  • "There's very few people inmy life now I'm 90 years old.
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  • "But here, I am still alive,I'm the last one left.
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  • "God must havesomething for me to do."
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  • And I kind of smiledbecause I've heard that
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  • from other people, youmight be thinking that maybe
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  • you're the last one,you've been widowed,
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  • and there's not many ofyour friends left anymore.
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  • And you might be thinkingGod must have something
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  • for me to do andthat's probably true.
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  • There might besomething for you to do.
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  • But here's this woman,90 years old, saying,
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  • God must have somethingfor me to do on earth
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  • and what I told her isthis, I said, Aunt Val,
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  • it's not so much whatGod wants you to do
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  • as what God wants to do in you.
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  • I hope you get that.
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  • God is the potter, rollup my sleeves here.
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  • And we are the clay.
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  • In God's great purposefor us isn't necessarily
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  • to do something, although that'simportant to be proactive,
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  • be passionate,reach out to others.
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  • The main thing that Godwants to do is to form us
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  • and shape us,
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  • and work in us,
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  • and make us the imageof His Son Jesus.
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  • That's Romans 8:28-30, veryimportant passage in the Bible
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  • that we are called
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  • to be conformed,
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  • transformed,
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  • shaped into the imageof Jesus Himself.
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  • That's the work ofthe Holy Spirit in us.
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  • Have you ever heard thatword sanctification?
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  • That means to be changed,to be molded to be shaped
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  • into the image of Christ.
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  • That's the work of theHoly Spirit in you and me.
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  • Sanctifying us, purifyingus, changing us.
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  • That is our purpose.
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  • Please understand,most people are alive.
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  • I just said, I told youthey're getting older.
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  • They have no clueabout their purpose.
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  • Well, our purpose,is to grow to change.
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  • You gotta have that infront of you all the time.
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  • Whenever you're confrontedwith difficult people say,
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  • "I wanna be a forgivingperson, a compassionate person,
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  • "merciful person."
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  • You grow bylearning, by reading.
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  • You grow in age,grace and wisdom.
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  • You grow in God's graceas you stay in trust
  • 00:11:56.923 --> 00:11:59.593
  • and you keep believing.
  • 00:11:59.593 --> 00:12:01.128
  • So I saw a bumpersticker one time
  • 00:12:01.128 --> 00:12:04.064
  • and I really liked this itsaid, "Be patient with me.
  • 00:12:04.064 --> 00:12:07.200
  • "God's not done with me yet."
  • 00:12:07.200 --> 00:12:09.236
  • God's not done with you yet.
  • 00:12:10.704 --> 00:12:12.038
  • Be patient with yourself.
  • 00:12:13.106 --> 00:12:14.841
  • You're being transformed.
  • 00:12:15.876 --> 00:12:18.245
  • This is what's goingon in your life.
  • 00:12:18.245 --> 00:12:19.679
  • You might be thinking,
  • 00:12:19.679 --> 00:12:21.181
  • "I don't know what's goingon in my life right now.
  • 00:12:21.181 --> 00:12:22.949
  • "Nothing seems to be happening.
  • 00:12:22.949 --> 00:12:24.651
  • "I'm not quite surewhat's going on."
  • 00:12:24.651 --> 00:12:27.287
  • God's at work in you.
  • 00:12:27.287 --> 00:12:28.588
  • And I love whatPaul said, he said,
  • 00:12:29.723 --> 00:12:31.892
  • "The one who begana good work in you
  • 00:12:31.892 --> 00:12:35.128
  • "will bring it to completionon the day of Jesus Christ."
  • 00:12:35.128 --> 00:12:39.332
  • See, God is faithful.
  • 00:12:39.332 --> 00:12:41.535
  • He's the potter, we're the clay
  • 00:12:41.535 --> 00:12:42.803
  • and He's faithful tofinish the product.
  • 00:12:42.803 --> 00:12:46.206
  • So perhaps you are older,
  • 00:12:46.206 --> 00:12:49.643
  • and you're not quitesure what's going on.
  • 00:12:49.643 --> 00:12:51.912
  • Nothing seems to be happening.
  • 00:12:51.912 --> 00:12:54.247
  • Well, I want you to knowthat in the quiet moments,
  • 00:12:54.247 --> 00:12:58.451
  • in the boring moments, even,in the moments like my Aunt Val
  • 00:12:58.451 --> 00:13:02.255
  • was talking about, I don'tknow what's going on.
  • 00:13:02.255 --> 00:13:05.492
  • God is working in you, producingpatience and compassion.
  • 00:13:05.492 --> 00:13:10.463
  • inviting you into a deeperrelationship with him,
  • 00:13:11.865 --> 00:13:14.601
  • helping you to grow in wisdom
  • 00:13:14.601 --> 00:13:16.269
  • as you read and you learn.
  • 00:13:16.269 --> 00:13:18.371
  • It's really important
  • 00:13:18.371 --> 00:13:19.606
  • that you understandthat there is purpose.
  • 00:13:19.606 --> 00:13:22.075
  • You don't have to be outthere if you're older,
  • 00:13:22.075 --> 00:13:24.511
  • doing everything,but it does help.
  • 00:13:24.511 --> 00:13:27.514
  • But even if you can't do thethings that you used to do,
  • 00:13:27.514 --> 00:13:30.483
  • God is still at worktransforming you in the moment.
  • 00:13:30.483 --> 00:13:34.387
  • And that's your purpose,and that's what's going on.
  • 00:13:34.387 --> 00:13:37.457
  • I live in Houston, Texas,big city, millions of people.
  • 00:13:37.457 --> 00:13:42.462
  • I remember I left one time,drove down the highway,
  • 00:13:43.864 --> 00:13:46.466
  • flew somewhere toa city to preach,
  • 00:13:46.466 --> 00:13:48.368
  • came back a couple weekslater, and I looked,
  • 00:13:48.368 --> 00:13:51.404
  • and in two weeks, a buildinghad grown, had been constructed
  • 00:13:51.404 --> 00:13:56.409
  • right by the side of thehighway wasn't completely done.
  • 00:13:57.744 --> 00:14:00.013
  • But it was like thissix storey building,
  • 00:14:00.013 --> 00:14:02.449
  • you could see the structureof it, and it was like,
  • 00:14:02.449 --> 00:14:05.151
  • it grew up immediately.
  • 00:14:05.151 --> 00:14:07.420
  • And as I saw that building, Ithought, isn't life like that?
  • 00:14:08.889 --> 00:14:11.324
  • Its construction is everywhere.
  • 00:14:11.324 --> 00:14:14.628
  • Big cities, small cities.
  • 00:14:14.628 --> 00:14:17.097
  • Construction isall over the place.
  • 00:14:17.097 --> 00:14:20.267
  • Life is under construction.
  • 00:14:20.267 --> 00:14:21.801
  • We're under construction.
  • 00:14:22.702 --> 00:14:24.905
  • I don't know if you everheard about Ruth Graham Bell,
  • 00:14:24.905 --> 00:14:27.007
  • the wife of Billy Graham,he had his time of,
  • 00:14:27.007 --> 00:14:30.677
  • after all the preaching,
  • 00:14:30.677 --> 00:14:32.112
  • of sitting andreflecting for years,
  • 00:14:33.179 --> 00:14:37.050
  • allowing God to transformhim deep within,
  • 00:14:39.052 --> 00:14:41.655
  • growing, even inhis sedentary years.
  • 00:14:43.089 --> 00:14:46.760
  • Anyway, Ruth Graham Belllived to be 87 years old.
  • 00:14:46.760 --> 00:14:49.562
  • She was buried at theBilly Graham library
  • 00:14:49.562 --> 00:14:52.198
  • in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • 00:14:52.198 --> 00:14:54.734
  • She put an interestingepitaph on her gravestone.
  • 00:14:54.734 --> 00:14:58.772
  • This is what she put,"Ruth Graham Bell,
  • 00:14:58.772 --> 00:15:01.308
  • "the wife of Billy Graham,end of construction.
  • 00:15:01.308 --> 00:15:05.545
  • "Thank you for your patience."
  • 00:15:05.545 --> 00:15:07.981
  • And I think that's really good.
  • 00:15:07.981 --> 00:15:10.216
  • And I think that's so true
  • 00:15:10.216 --> 00:15:11.751
  • because if you've ever beenthrough a construction zone,
  • 00:15:11.751 --> 00:15:13.954
  • that's exactly what'sgoing on in our life,
  • 00:15:13.954 --> 00:15:15.889
  • we are under construction.
  • 00:15:15.889 --> 00:15:17.924
  • You may not realize it,but God is working in you.
  • 00:15:19.492 --> 00:15:23.964
  • You may not seethe orange cones,
  • 00:15:23.964 --> 00:15:26.433
  • but there's a constructiongoing on in your life.
  • 00:15:26.433 --> 00:15:29.836
  • If you've ever been ina construction zone,
  • 00:15:29.836 --> 00:15:31.871
  • I've noticed this congested.
  • 00:15:31.871 --> 00:15:34.407
  • There are potholes, it's bumpy.
  • 00:15:34.407 --> 00:15:37.277
  • And life is just like that.
  • 00:15:37.277 --> 00:15:39.646
  • We have disappointments,
  • 00:15:39.646 --> 00:15:41.481
  • delays,
  • 00:15:42.449 --> 00:15:43.984
  • setbacks.
  • 00:15:43.984 --> 00:15:46.019
  • There's all kinds of stuffthat comes against us.
  • 00:15:46.019 --> 00:15:48.621
  • But that stuff really is meantto stretch us, to grow us.
  • 00:15:48.621 --> 00:15:53.626
  • But what I want from you is,to surrender yourself to God,
  • 00:15:55.061 --> 00:15:58.832
  • right where you are inthe midst of it and say,
  • 00:16:00.000 --> 00:16:02.402
  • "Lord, I give youpermission to work in me,
  • 00:16:02.402 --> 00:16:06.206
  • "and I know that you'redoing a great work in me."
  • 00:16:06.206 --> 00:16:09.209
  • I was preaching in Conroe Texas,
  • 00:16:09.209 --> 00:16:11.745
  • I was given a parishmission there.
  • 00:16:11.745 --> 00:16:13.847
  • Conroe, just a little bit northof Houston, 40 miles or so.
  • 00:16:13.847 --> 00:16:18.852
  • And as I was giving themission, a woman came up to me
  • 00:16:20.220 --> 00:16:21.888
  • and said, "Father Cedric,last time you were here,
  • 00:16:21.888 --> 00:16:24.357
  • about five years ago,there was a woman who came
  • 00:16:24.357 --> 00:16:26.593
  • "to the mission,heard you preach.
  • 00:16:26.593 --> 00:16:28.628
  • "She loved what you had to say,she's now in a nursing home.
  • 00:16:28.628 --> 00:16:32.832
  • "Her name is Marie, andshe was your biggest fan.
  • 00:16:32.832 --> 00:16:36.336
  • "Would you go and visit her?"
  • 00:16:36.336 --> 00:16:37.937
  • And I said, Absolutely,I'll go there.
  • 00:16:37.937 --> 00:16:39.739
  • And I thought to myself, yeah,
  • 00:16:39.739 --> 00:16:40.974
  • I'll go and cheer herup that kind of a thing.
  • 00:16:40.974 --> 00:16:43.410
  • So I went to the nursinghome after I preached,
  • 00:16:43.410 --> 00:16:45.879
  • and I met Marie, shewas in a wheelchair.
  • 00:16:45.879 --> 00:16:49.182
  • And right as I walked in,
  • 00:16:49.182 --> 00:16:50.417
  • she had this bigsmile on her face.
  • 00:16:50.417 --> 00:16:52.218
  • She was so happy that I cameto visit and I'm thinking,
  • 00:16:52.218 --> 00:16:55.455
  • here's this woman in awheelchair and she's smiling.
  • 00:16:55.455 --> 00:16:58.792
  • Found out that shehad lost her husband.
  • 00:16:58.792 --> 00:17:02.095
  • She was suffering fromParkinson's disease.
  • 00:17:02.095 --> 00:17:05.432
  • She's in a wheelchair,she's in a nursing home.
  • 00:17:05.432 --> 00:17:09.669
  • And yet She had thisbuoyancy to her,
  • 00:17:09.669 --> 00:17:14.274
  • this smile and thiswonderful, great attitude.
  • 00:17:14.274 --> 00:17:17.343
  • I noticed that thenurses and the attendants
  • 00:17:17.343 --> 00:17:19.946
  • as they were walkingby they all said,
  • 00:17:19.946 --> 00:17:21.114
  • "Hey Marie, how're you doing?"
  • 00:17:21.114 --> 00:17:22.615
  • She'd laugh and smile and theyall had a smile on her face.
  • 00:17:22.615 --> 00:17:25.285
  • Obviously, she had a greatrelationship with everybody.
  • 00:17:25.285 --> 00:17:28.721
  • I went there to cheer her up.
  • 00:17:28.721 --> 00:17:31.324
  • She cheered me up.
  • 00:17:32.258 --> 00:17:33.393
  • And what was that?
  • 00:17:34.661 --> 00:17:35.795
  • See, Marie had arelationship with God.
  • 00:17:36.896 --> 00:17:40.567
  • She had gone through her life,
  • 00:17:41.601 --> 00:17:43.903
  • and she had developed thatrelationship with God.
  • 00:17:43.903 --> 00:17:47.474
  • She had grown and now in thelatter years of her life,
  • 00:17:47.474 --> 00:17:51.444
  • she had taken the attitude.
  • 00:17:51.444 --> 00:17:53.980
  • She had taken her wantingto reach out to people,
  • 00:17:53.980 --> 00:17:57.383
  • even in the midstof her afflictions.
  • 00:17:57.383 --> 00:18:00.220
  • She didn't allow theParkinson's, the nursing home,
  • 00:18:00.220 --> 00:18:05.225
  • losing her husband,being in a wheelchair,
  • 00:18:06.392 --> 00:18:09.662
  • she didn't allow that tojust Stop her, really.
  • 00:18:09.662 --> 00:18:13.099
  • She allowed it to stretch her.
  • 00:18:13.099 --> 00:18:16.436
  • And she grew in the midstof her circumstances,
  • 00:18:16.436 --> 00:18:19.339
  • no matter where you are.
  • 00:18:19.339 --> 00:18:20.840
  • Hopefully you're not in anursing home, maybe you are.
  • 00:18:20.840 --> 00:18:22.876
  • Some of you are inprison, I hear from you.
  • 00:18:22.876 --> 00:18:26.045
  • But wherever you are inprison, a nursing home,
  • 00:18:26.045 --> 00:18:28.748
  • alone in your home,with a family,
  • 00:18:28.748 --> 00:18:31.017
  • allow your circumstancesto stretch you,
  • 00:18:32.152 --> 00:18:35.622
  • to help you to grow.
  • 00:18:36.856 --> 00:18:37.991
  • I live in a religious community.
  • 00:18:38.925 --> 00:18:41.161
  • I live with six otherguys in this community,
  • 00:18:41.161 --> 00:18:44.430
  • part of a wider communityof about 100 people
  • 00:18:44.430 --> 00:18:47.500
  • in the western provinceof the United States.
  • 00:18:47.500 --> 00:18:50.537
  • And some of the guys they'reeasy to get along with
  • 00:18:50.537 --> 00:18:53.406
  • and easy to be with,and to pray with.
  • 00:18:53.406 --> 00:18:56.442
  • Others of the guys,they're difficult
  • 00:18:56.442 --> 00:18:59.245
  • and I have tocontinually practice
  • 00:18:59.245 --> 00:19:02.682
  • having a good attitude,being forgiving,
  • 00:19:02.682 --> 00:19:06.219
  • trying to see the bestin the other person.
  • 00:19:06.219 --> 00:19:08.855
  • And what that is doingis stretching me.
  • 00:19:08.855 --> 00:19:11.357
  • Now, I've made the decision
  • 00:19:11.357 --> 00:19:13.026
  • that I'm gonna growthrough religious life.
  • 00:19:13.026 --> 00:19:16.095
  • I'm not just gonna go through,I'm gonna grow through.
  • 00:19:16.095 --> 00:19:20.300
  • And that's a decisionthat I've made.
  • 00:19:20.300 --> 00:19:21.834
  • As I said, you can either getolder, or you can grow older.
  • 00:19:21.834 --> 00:19:26.506
  • And growing older is a choice.
  • 00:19:26.506 --> 00:19:28.875
  • So at that workshop, I heardall kinds of good things
  • 00:19:28.875 --> 00:19:32.412
  • by Jane and she talked to us.
  • 00:19:32.412 --> 00:19:34.514
  • And she shared this, she saidthe person that you are now
  • 00:19:34.514 --> 00:19:38.985
  • is the seed of whoyou will be later.
  • 00:19:40.186 --> 00:19:42.555
  • I think about Marie, thewoman in the wheelchair.
  • 00:19:42.555 --> 00:19:45.225
  • She must have been quite aperson when she was younger.
  • 00:19:45.225 --> 00:19:47.961
  • Because I looked at her now,Ms, wheelchair, nursing home,
  • 00:19:47.961 --> 00:19:52.932
  • lost her husband, and shewas cheering everybody up.
  • 00:19:54.434 --> 00:19:57.537
  • Mother Teresa said a smileis the beginning of love.
  • 00:19:57.537 --> 00:20:02.375
  • So start smiling now, and Ibelieve that you'll smile later.
  • 00:20:02.375 --> 00:20:06.846
  • So who you are now is the seedof who you're gonna become.
  • 00:20:06.846 --> 00:20:11.184
  • So if you're grumpyand complaining andcynical and angry,
  • 00:20:11.184 --> 00:20:14.487
  • you're probably gonnaend up that way.
  • 00:20:14.487 --> 00:20:16.422
  • But if you're trying to change
  • 00:20:16.422 --> 00:20:17.991
  • and that's what I'mreally wanting for you,
  • 00:20:17.991 --> 00:20:20.526
  • if you're working atthe care of your soul,
  • 00:20:20.526 --> 00:20:24.397
  • optimistic, forgiving,patient, flexible,
  • 00:20:24.397 --> 00:20:28.701
  • I believe that you willchange as you grow older.
  • 00:20:28.701 --> 00:20:32.171
  • And as I said, firstthing that you can do
  • 00:20:32.171 --> 00:20:35.275
  • is like Mother Teresasaid, give love to people,
  • 00:20:35.275 --> 00:20:38.344
  • just by your energy,by your smile.
  • 00:20:38.344 --> 00:20:41.614
  • So at that workshop,Jane Thebalt,
  • 00:20:41.614 --> 00:20:45.051
  • she gave some characteristicsof people who grow older,
  • 00:20:45.051 --> 00:20:49.622
  • don't just getolder, grow older.
  • 00:20:49.622 --> 00:20:52.325
  • Number one characteristicof a person who is growing,
  • 00:20:52.325 --> 00:20:56.095
  • she said,
  • 00:20:56.095 --> 00:20:57.063
  • be thankful.
  • 00:20:58.331 --> 00:20:59.165
  • gratitude.
  • 00:21:00.466 --> 00:21:02.068
  • Be grateful.
  • 00:21:02.068 --> 00:21:03.703
  • Don't just look atyour circumstances
  • 00:21:03.703 --> 00:21:05.438
  • and look at all the bad things
  • 00:21:05.438 --> 00:21:06.739
  • and the negativethings about it.
  • 00:21:06.739 --> 00:21:08.675
  • In fact, that's what itsays in the scriptures.
  • 00:21:08.675 --> 00:21:11.911
  • Many of my programsI talk about this.
  • 00:21:11.911 --> 00:21:14.914
  • I talk about beinggrateful, not being grumpy,
  • 00:21:14.914 --> 00:21:18.318
  • but being grateful.
  • 00:21:18.318 --> 00:21:19.619
  • In many of my programs,I quote to you
  • 00:21:19.619 --> 00:21:21.521
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:18,
  • 00:21:21.521 --> 00:21:24.757
  • it is the will of Godfor you to give thanks,
  • 00:21:24.757 --> 00:21:28.227
  • in all circumstances,
  • 00:21:28.227 --> 00:21:30.897
  • not for all circumstances,in all circumstances.
  • 00:21:30.897 --> 00:21:34.200
  • I think that's what Mariewas doing in that wheelchair.
  • 00:21:34.200 --> 00:21:36.803
  • She was thanking Godnot for the wheelchair,
  • 00:21:36.803 --> 00:21:38.805
  • not for the Parkinson's,but in the middle of it.
  • 00:21:38.805 --> 00:21:41.708
  • She was giving thanks.
  • 00:21:41.708 --> 00:21:43.209
  • Remember Paul and Silas in themiddle of a Philippian jail,
  • 00:21:43.209 --> 00:21:46.312
  • in the middle of thenight giving thanks.
  • 00:21:46.312 --> 00:21:49.248
  • And I found out somethingabout Thanksgiving,
  • 00:21:49.248 --> 00:21:51.217
  • as you're giving thanks,
  • 00:21:51.217 --> 00:21:52.985
  • it connects you with His power.
  • 00:21:52.985 --> 00:21:55.588
  • The power of Godit strengthens you.
  • 00:21:55.588 --> 00:21:57.724
  • There was a movieout some years ago,
  • 00:21:58.925 --> 00:22:01.494
  • Grumpy Old Men, one and two.
  • 00:22:01.494 --> 00:22:03.730
  • I know it's funny and everything
  • 00:22:05.264 --> 00:22:06.566
  • but I think it's sadto get older like that
  • 00:22:06.566 --> 00:22:10.536
  • and to be grumpy, that'ssad, that's not your call.
  • 00:22:10.536 --> 00:22:14.640
  • That's the call ofthe world I guess.
  • 00:22:14.640 --> 00:22:16.809
  • Our call is to become glad,
  • 00:22:16.809 --> 00:22:19.479
  • the word gospelmeans glad tidings.
  • 00:22:19.479 --> 00:22:21.748
  • And then she said, have a cause.
  • 00:22:21.748 --> 00:22:24.584
  • We're talking aboutcharacteristics
  • 00:22:24.584 --> 00:22:26.052
  • of people that grow older.
  • 00:22:26.052 --> 00:22:28.521
  • Have a cause, I know a friendup in Michigan, 81 years old.
  • 00:22:28.521 --> 00:22:33.526
  • He was a GM exec for years,
  • 00:22:34.394 --> 00:22:38.398
  • worked hard as an executive,creating, designing cars.
  • 00:22:39.832 --> 00:22:44.303
  • When he retired, insteadof just taking up golf
  • 00:22:44.303 --> 00:22:47.373
  • and being sedentary.
  • 00:22:47.373 --> 00:22:48.708
  • He became the directorof Habitat for Humanity,
  • 00:22:49.876 --> 00:22:53.613
  • building homes fordisadvantaged people,
  • 00:22:53.613 --> 00:22:56.516
  • as a volunteer, gave his timeprovided housing for people.
  • 00:22:57.950 --> 00:23:02.588
  • So in other words, as yougrow older, have a cause.
  • 00:23:04.123 --> 00:23:09.061
  • I believe that thehappiest people
  • 00:23:09.061 --> 00:23:10.530
  • are those who are helpingpeople, reaching out to people.
  • 00:23:10.530 --> 00:23:13.232
  • And there's so many issues.
  • 00:23:13.232 --> 00:23:15.468
  • I have a program that wewrite to people in prison.
  • 00:23:15.468 --> 00:23:19.739
  • I have over 100 people, that'scalled a pen pal program,
  • 00:23:19.739 --> 00:23:23.876
  • writing to prisoners, you cando that from your own home.
  • 00:23:23.876 --> 00:23:27.346
  • Just call that number, writeme through the website,
  • 00:23:27.346 --> 00:23:31.484
  • send me an email, write me atthe address that you'll see.
  • 00:23:31.484 --> 00:23:35.855
  • Have a cause, get involved.
  • 00:23:35.855 --> 00:23:37.924
  • And then the last thingthat I wanted to share
  • 00:23:37.924 --> 00:23:40.560
  • is live with passion.
  • 00:23:40.560 --> 00:23:42.795
  • If you wanna growolder, be passionate.
  • 00:23:42.795 --> 00:23:46.432
  • God will give you energy.
  • 00:23:47.733 --> 00:23:48.968
  • Remember who you areis God's gift to you,
  • 00:23:48.968 --> 00:23:50.536
  • but who you becomeis your gift to God.
  • 00:23:50.536 --> 00:23:52.872
  • I got a book in the mail.
  • 00:23:52.872 --> 00:23:54.340
  • And there was aletter with the book,
  • 00:23:55.441 --> 00:23:56.709
  • the book was called "GodRecycles Broken Dreams."
  • 00:23:56.709 --> 00:24:01.280
  • And the letter said,"Father Cedric,
  • 00:24:01.280 --> 00:24:02.515
  • "thank you for yourprogram about Passion.
  • 00:24:02.515 --> 00:24:04.917
  • "I wrote this book, I've beenwanting to write it for years.
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  • "It's my first book."
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  • And she said, "PSI'm 88 years old."
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  • Wow!
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  • That's passion.
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  • You're never too oldto dream, a dream.
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  • So don't just don't get older,like the rest of the world,
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  • we have purpose, meaning,
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  • and our purpose is passion.
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  • Our purpose is growing.
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  • Our purpose is getting toknow God and who you are
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  • is God's gift to you,
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  • but who you becomeis your gift to God.
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  • I am praying, whereveryou are in the life cycle,
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  • that you will not be likethe rest of the world.
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  • You will have adifferent spirit.
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  • You will not just getolder, you will grow older.
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  • Don't just live,Live With Passion.
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  • (soft music)
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  • I know that you havea different spirit.
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  • You're not just gettingolder, you're growing older.
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  • I got a letter froma woman she said,
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  • "I bought all your booksfor myself and my husband
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  • "who went out to buy abookshelf just for the books."
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  • This letter comes from Arizona.
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  • And this tells me thatthese people wanna grow.
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  • That's one of theways that you grow
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  • in wisdom and knowledgeis by reading books.
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  • I've written 22 books to date.
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  • And these books willhelp you with purpose.
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  • Remember what I toldyou about purpose,
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  • your main purposeis to grow in God.
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  • Number two, to grow invirtue and morality.
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  • And number three,to live with passion
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  • to become all that you can be.
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  • In all my 22 books Italk about purpose,
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  • living a purposefullife, growing in God,
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  • living with passion,growing as a person.
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  • These books will really help you
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  • and what they do is when youbuy my books, they support me.
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  • By the way, if youpurchase all of my books,
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  • it's half price.
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  • Helps my TV program to reach out
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  • because TV is expensive.
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  • Thank you to my partners,
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  • who are supportingme week by week.
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  • Thank you for allof those of you
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  • who just send in a donation,I gratefully received that.
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  • So I wanna hear fromyou, write me a letter
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  • that encourages me, visit mywebsite, call that number.
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  • Thank you, thank you.
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  • Thank you in advancefor purchasing my books
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  • for donating to my ministry.
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  • Don't just live,Live With Passion.
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  • - [Narrator] Discoveryour purpose,
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  • be energized, realizeyour potential.
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  • Live God's Will.
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  • Father Cedric's books, DVDs,
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  • and CDs will inspire youto live passionately.
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  • Make a move rightnow and purchase
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  • To order simplycall 844 Father C,
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  • that's 844 328 4372
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  • Write us at FatherCedric Ministries,
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  • or log on to www.fcdric.org
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  • that's www.fcdric.org
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  • Today is the day to makea change in your life
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  • and become all that you can be.
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