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Focus: Make Your One Thing the Main Thing

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October 11, 2020
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Don’t spend your time looking back. It is time to focus your energy on what God wants you to be.

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Focus: Make Your One Thing the Main Thing

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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Todayis about the rest of your life.
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  • It's about tomorrowand the day after that.
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  • The future God has plannedfor you shouldn't be
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  • a haphazard approach to life.
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  • You might feel stuck,but you don't have to be.
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  • Perhaps you're discouraged.
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  • It's time to deal with that.
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  • And if you feel uncertain,you can find clarity.
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  • You may not knowwhat's next, but God does.
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  • He's there waitingfor you in your tomorrow,
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  • so step into it and discover
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  • God's presenceand purpose in your life.
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  • Starting today, starting now,it's time to move forward.
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  • male announcer: It's time werise above our circumstances,
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  • conquer our fears,face the future with faith,
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  • prevail over the past,
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  • aspire to accomplishgreater things,
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  • reclaim our birthright,proclaim his power,
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  • and claim God's promises.
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  • God has more for us.
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  • It's not time to stop.
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  • It's time to move forward.
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  • Today on "Turning Point,"Dr. Jeremiah warns us
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  • not to allow the pastto control us
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  • or today's chaos distract usfrom focusing on God.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Let nothingof the pure and precious
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  • life-giving Word of Godbe wasted.
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  • To be good stewardsof the calling of God
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  • that has given usthe privilege
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  • of proclaiming his Word
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  • to as many people as possiblein our lifetime.
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  • This is our mission.
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  • This is our one thing.
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  • This is our main thing.
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  • This is our focus.
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  • announcer: That's coming up
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  • on today's special "Forward"edition of "Turning Point."
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  • announcer: In just a moment,Dr. Jeremiah will challenge you
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  • to not allow your pastto control you
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  • or today's chaosto distract you
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  • so that you can focuson God before you.
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  • And now, here's Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "Focus: Make Your One Thingthe Main Thing."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah:The maestro was born
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  • in the northern Italian cityof Modena.
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  • His mother was a cigar maker,
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  • his father was a bakerand amateur tenor.
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  • It was the amateur tenor part
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  • that most touchedyoung Luciano Pavarotti.
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  • He loved hearing his dad sing,
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  • and he spent hours listening
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  • to the family's collectionof recordings of great tenors.
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  • Father and son sang alongwith the records at full volume.
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  • Mr. Pavarotti wouldn't singin public due to stage fright,
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  • but he did singin the church choir.
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  • And at age nine,Luciano joined him.
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  • The boy loved to singand people loved hearing him.
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  • "Your voice touches mewhenever you sing,"
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  • his mother said.
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  • But the questionof a career was vexing.
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  • In those days,just after World War II,
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  • a musical career was risky.
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  • His mother suggested Lucianobecome an athletic instructor,
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  • while his father encouraged him
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  • to continue developinghis voice.
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  • "But you'll have to studyvery hard, Luciano," he said.
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  • Luciano continuedhis musical studies
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  • and also enrolledin a teachers college
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  • and, after graduation,he asked his father,
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  • "Shall I be a teacheror shall I be a singer?"
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  • The older man wisely avoidedgiving a direct answer.
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  • Instead, he spoke wordshis son never forgot:
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  • "Luciano, if you try to siton two chairs,
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  • you will fall in between them.
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  • For life, you must chooseone chair."
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  • And Luciano chose singing.
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  • It took seven years
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  • of hard studyand intense practice
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  • before he made his firstprofessional appearance,
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  • and it took another seven
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  • before he reachedthe Metropolitan Opera.
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  • But Pavarotti livedwith a single focus:
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  • ultimately he became
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  • one of the most famousoperatic singers in the world,
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  • the king of high C'sand a crossover performer
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  • who won the admirationof millions
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  • who had never set footin an opera house.
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  • His final performance was viewedby the entire world
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  • as he sang "Nessun Dorma"
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  • at the 2006 Winter Olympicsin Turin.
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  • "I was blessed with a good voiceby God," Pavarotti said.
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  • "I think it pleased him that Idecided to devote myself to it,
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  • and now I thinkwhether it's laying bricks,
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  • driving a straight nail,writing a book,
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  • whatever we choose,we should give ourselves to it.
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  • Commitment," he said,"that's the key.
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  • You've got to choose one chair."
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  • Like Pavarotti,you have been blessed by God.
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  • You've been blessedwith talents and resources
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  • and a dreamfor the next phase of your life.
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  • Once you've prayedabout that dream
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  • and set the right prioritiesto achieve it,
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  • your very next step
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  • is to focus your lifeon the one main thing.
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  • In the Bible, the apostle Paulhad that kind of focus.
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  • He said hewas straining forward,
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  • pressing on to reacha heavenly treasure.
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  • He wrote to his friendsin the city of Philippi
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  • in these stirring words.
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  • He said, "Not that Ihave already attained,
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  • or am already perfected;
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  • but I press on,that I may lay hold of that
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  • for which Christ Jesushas also laid hold of me."
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  • Listen carefully.
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  • "Brethren, I do not count myselfto have apprehended;
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  • but one thing I do,
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  • forgetting those thingswhich are behind
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  • and reaching forwardto those things which are ahead,
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  • I press toward the goalfor the prize
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  • of the upward call of Godin Christ Jesus."
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  • Paul was writing to a church
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  • for whom he had literally shedhis blood.
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  • When he began preachingin the city of Philippi
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  • as recorded in Acts 16,
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  • he attractedboth converts and critics.
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  • The critics seized himand stripped him,
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  • whipped him until the bloodran down his back.
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  • He and his fellow sufferer,Silas, were cast into prison,
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  • but the church was worththe beating,
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  • becoming endeared to Paul
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  • and sending him financial helpagain and again.
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  • The church prayed for himas he traveled the empire.
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  • It was to these beloved peoplethat Paul openly expressed
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  • the deepest longing of his heart
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  • and revealedhis personal mission statement
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  • and the focus of his life.
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  • Today, as we unpackPaul's words,
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  • I wanna show you four principlesthat will sharpen your focus
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  • and guide you forwardtoward your next steps in life.
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  • Number one,focus on God's purpose.
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  • The key to focuson God's purpose is here.
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  • There's plenty we can't do,
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  • but there's one thingwe can all do.
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  • We can follow God's deep desire
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  • for us to growinto the image of Jesus Christ.
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  • Paul said, "I press on,that I may lay hold
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  • of that for which Christ Jesushas laid hold of me."
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  • That's God's purposefor you and for all of us.
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  • Of course, he also hasan individual plan for your life
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  • and he has one for mine,
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  • and I'll deal with thatin a moment,
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  • but first, consider
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  • God's ultimate purposefor your life,
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  • that you become more and morelike his Son Jesus Christ.
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  • Romans 8:29 puts it this way:"For whom He foreknew,
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  • He also predestined
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  • to be conformedto the image of His Son."
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  • So, number one,focus on God's purpose.
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  • Here's the second thought.
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  • Focus on God's perspective.
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  • The next thing we read is Paul
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  • talking about seeing lifethrough God's eyes.
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  • He speaks about his past
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  • and said it wasn't worthfocusing on.
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  • He said, "Brethren,
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  • I do not count myselfto have apprehended;
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  • but one thing I do,
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  • forgetting those thingswhich are behind."
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  • That's an interesting thing,isn't it?
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  • To forget those thingswhich are behind.
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  • It was back in 1954,Roger Bannister
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  • was a medical studentwho enjoyed running.
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  • He entered a race in Oxfordon May 6 of that year
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  • and he made history,
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  • becoming the first athlete
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  • to run a milein less than four minutes.
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  • Bannister's time was3 minutes, 59.4 seconds.
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  • And half a globe away,Bannister's rival,
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  • John Landy of Australia,took notice.
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  • A month later, Landy beatBannister's record
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  • by one second.
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  • The media turnedtheir spotlights
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  • on these two runners,
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  • and thousands of peoplewatched later that summer
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  • when they lined up
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  • at the British Empire Gamesin Vancouver, Canada.
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  • It was calledthe Mile of the Century.
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  • The racers shotfrom the starting blocks
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  • and Landy took the lead,which he maintained.
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  • The roar of the crowdwas deafening.
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  • With only 90 yards to go,Landy made a fatal mistake.
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  • He glanced behind himand, at that exact moment,
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  • Bannister streaked by him
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  • and won the raceby less than a second.
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  • The race became knownas the Miracle Mile,
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  • and a Vancouver sculptorcreated a bronze statue
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  • of the two men at the momentwhen Landy glanced back.
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  • Landy later said, "Lot's wifewas turned into a pillar of salt
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  • for looking back.
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  • I am probably the only one
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  • who ever got turnedinto a bronze statue
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  • for looking back."
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  • The apostle Paulwould have loved that story
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  • because that's what hewas talking about
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  • in Philippians 3.
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  • He spoke of "forgettingthe things that are behind us,"
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  • using the word "forget"in the sense of minimizing
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  • the negative impact of our past.
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  • So stop allowingthings from the past
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  • to control you in the present.
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  • Paul shook things off.
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  • He didn't let them cling to himlike anchors pulling him down.
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  • What do we forgetwhen we forget the past?
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  • Well, there'sa couple of things.
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  • First of all, we have to forgetour successes.
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  • Here's this great apostlewho's accomplished more
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  • than most of uscould ever accomplish
  • 00:11:24.289 --> 00:11:26.224
  • in ten lifetimes,
  • 00:11:26.257 --> 00:11:27.559
  • and he said, in effect,"I have not yet arrived."
  • 00:11:27.592 --> 00:11:32.497
  • And that amazes mebecause I've spent my lifetime
  • 00:11:32.530 --> 00:11:34.866
  • studying Paul's lifeand writing,
  • 00:11:34.899 --> 00:11:36.735
  • and his influence for Christis breathtaking.
  • 00:11:36.768 --> 00:11:40.939
  • I don't know any man
  • 00:11:40.972 --> 00:11:42.273
  • you could say wasmore successful than Paul,
  • 00:11:42.307 --> 00:11:45.210
  • but the key to his successwas he knew he had not arrived.
  • 00:11:45.243 --> 00:11:48.480
  • He wasn't proud; he was humble.
  • 00:11:48.513 --> 00:11:50.548
  • He didn't look at the pastand try to live on his laurels.
  • 00:11:50.582 --> 00:11:54.619
  • He lived for the present.
  • 00:11:54.652 --> 00:11:56.654
  • And we need to do the same.
  • 00:11:56.688 --> 00:11:57.989
  • Maybe you look backon your life
  • 00:11:58.022 --> 00:11:59.357
  • and you had a great career.
  • 00:11:59.390 --> 00:12:01.359
  • Maybe you were at the very topof whatever it is that you do.
  • 00:12:01.392 --> 00:12:05.463
  • But thatisn't gonna help you now
  • 00:12:05.497 --> 00:12:06.798
  • and it surely won't help youin the future.
  • 00:12:06.831 --> 00:12:09.134
  • For you to go forward,you have to learn to forget.
  • 00:12:09.167 --> 00:12:13.304
  • But you know what?
  • 00:12:13.338 --> 00:12:14.639
  • Successes may beharder to forget.
  • 00:12:14.672 --> 00:12:17.876
  • We like to forget our failures.
  • 00:12:17.909 --> 00:12:20.879
  • That's the second thingI wanna talk to you about:
  • 00:12:20.912 --> 00:12:23.348
  • forgetting your mistakes.
  • 00:12:23.381 --> 00:12:25.283
  • The other way of taking
  • 00:12:25.316 --> 00:12:26.618
  • God's perspectiveregarding your past
  • 00:12:26.651 --> 00:12:28.553
  • is to simply make upyour mind
  • 00:12:28.586 --> 00:12:30.555
  • to forget those thingsthat haunt you.
  • 00:12:30.588 --> 00:12:33.224
  • As Ruth Bell Graham quipped:
  • 00:12:33.258 --> 00:12:35.627
  • "Every cat knows some thingsneed to be buried," ha, ha.
  • 00:12:35.660 --> 00:12:39.164
  • The founder of the Red Cross,Clara Barton,
  • 00:12:39.197 --> 00:12:41.599
  • was once offendedby a co-worker,
  • 00:12:41.633 --> 00:12:44.269
  • but she quickly forgaveher friend and went on.
  • 00:12:44.302 --> 00:12:47.705
  • Years later, someonereminded her of the incident
  • 00:12:47.739 --> 00:12:49.641
  • and said, "Don't you remember?"
  • 00:12:49.674 --> 00:12:52.544
  • "No," said Mrs. Barton,
  • 00:12:52.577 --> 00:12:54.212
  • "I distinctly recallforgetting."
  • 00:12:54.245 --> 00:12:57.415
  • There need to bethings like that
  • 00:12:57.448 --> 00:12:58.783
  • in your life and in mine.
  • 00:12:58.817 --> 00:13:00.118
  • "Distinctly recallforgetting."
  • 00:13:00.151 --> 00:13:02.720
  • What things in your pastcould you choose to forget?
  • 00:13:02.754 --> 00:13:06.024
  • For example,guilt is remembering
  • 00:13:06.057 --> 00:13:08.560
  • a sin that's already been buriedby the blood of Christ.
  • 00:13:08.593 --> 00:13:12.130
  • Bitterness isremembering an offense
  • 00:13:12.163 --> 00:13:13.898
  • that should be buried by grace.
  • 00:13:13.932 --> 00:13:15.567
  • Discouragement is
  • 00:13:15.600 --> 00:13:16.901
  • letting the last setbackbecome a roadblock.
  • 00:13:16.935 --> 00:13:21.072
  • If you know Jesus Christas Savior,
  • 00:13:21.105 --> 00:13:23.007
  • there's no reason to be obsessedover your past failures.
  • 00:13:23.041 --> 00:13:27.579
  • Paul didn't just havesuccesses in his past,
  • 00:13:27.612 --> 00:13:29.814
  • he had a wicked past.
  • 00:13:29.848 --> 00:13:31.449
  • He cruelly persecutedChristians,
  • 00:13:31.482 --> 00:13:33.251
  • he attacked the church.
  • 00:13:33.284 --> 00:13:34.786
  • He helped condemn Stephen,
  • 00:13:34.819 --> 00:13:36.120
  • the first Christianto be martyred
  • 00:13:36.154 --> 00:13:37.455
  • for the cause of Christ.
  • 00:13:37.488 --> 00:13:39.691
  • After Paul's dramatic conversionon the Damascus road,
  • 00:13:39.724 --> 00:13:42.927
  • many Christians rememberedwhat he had done
  • 00:13:42.961 --> 00:13:45.964
  • and they were stillafraid of him.
  • 00:13:45.997 --> 00:13:48.566
  • What if Paul had continuedto live in that past?
  • 00:13:48.600 --> 00:13:51.469
  • What if he kept flogging himselffor what he had done?
  • 00:13:51.502 --> 00:13:54.172
  • He would have losthis influence,
  • 00:13:54.205 --> 00:13:55.874
  • and instead,he acknowledged his past,
  • 00:13:55.907 --> 00:13:58.810
  • but was full of gratitudefor God's grace
  • 00:13:58.843 --> 00:14:01.379
  • and for his total forgiveness.
  • 00:14:01.412 --> 00:14:03.915
  • The past lends perspectivefor the future,
  • 00:14:03.948 --> 00:14:06.517
  • but if you linger theretoo long,
  • 00:14:06.551 --> 00:14:08.753
  • your recollectionwill obliterate your dreams
  • 00:14:08.786 --> 00:14:11.322
  • and hinder youfrom going forward.
  • 00:14:11.356 --> 00:14:14.659
  • Hear me carefully.
  • 00:14:14.692 --> 00:14:15.994
  • Focus on God's purpose,focus on his perspective.
  • 00:14:16.027 --> 00:14:20.365
  • And then, thirdly,focus on his plan.
  • 00:14:20.398 --> 00:14:24.602
  • As we continuewith our passage in Philippians,
  • 00:14:24.636 --> 00:14:27.438
  • notice that Paul becomesmore specific,
  • 00:14:27.472 --> 00:14:29.874
  • moving from our perspectiveto our plans.
  • 00:14:29.908 --> 00:14:33.011
  • He says, "Reaching forward
  • 00:14:33.311 --> 00:14:34.913
  • to those thingswhich are ahead."
  • 00:14:34.946 --> 00:14:38.283
  • God's purposefor all of us is the same:
  • 00:14:38.316 --> 00:14:41.352
  • to become more like Jesus.
  • 00:14:41.386 --> 00:14:42.787
  • But his plansfor each of us are unique.
  • 00:14:42.820 --> 00:14:45.623
  • He has a distinct blueprint
  • 00:14:45.657 --> 00:14:47.592
  • for the lifeof every individual on earth
  • 00:14:47.625 --> 00:14:50.028
  • and in history.
  • 00:14:50.061 --> 00:14:51.529
  • His plan for you is tailor-madeand it's for you alone.
  • 00:14:51.562 --> 00:14:55.466
  • It's perfectfor the way he made you
  • 00:14:55.500 --> 00:14:57.502
  • and the experiencesthat you've had.
  • 00:14:57.535 --> 00:14:59.904
  • Everything has prepared youfor his next step in your life.
  • 00:14:59.938 --> 00:15:04.976
  • But you have to follow him
  • 00:15:05.009 --> 00:15:06.644
  • into unknown territory,into the future.
  • 00:15:06.678 --> 00:15:09.447
  • You have to learn what it meansto walk by faith.
  • 00:15:09.480 --> 00:15:12.817
  • The Psalmist put it this way:"The steps of a good man
  • 00:15:12.850 --> 00:15:15.753
  • are ordered by the Lord,and He delights in his way."
  • 00:15:15.787 --> 00:15:20.892
  • We aren't good in ourselves,but we are good in Christ.
  • 00:15:20.925 --> 00:15:24.629
  • And in Christ,God not only orders
  • 00:15:24.662 --> 00:15:27.031
  • your steps and your stops,
  • 00:15:27.065 --> 00:15:29.100
  • he delights in the wayhe guides you forward.
  • 00:15:29.133 --> 00:15:31.803
  • He delightsin his plans for you.
  • 00:15:31.836 --> 00:15:33.771
  • Shouldn't you delightin them too?
  • 00:15:33.805 --> 00:15:35.373
  • If God is delighted
  • 00:15:35.406 --> 00:15:36.708
  • in his purposeand plan for your life,
  • 00:15:36.741 --> 00:15:39.010
  • should you not also delightin those plans?
  • 00:15:39.043 --> 00:15:43.614
  • So you need to focuson God's purpose
  • 00:15:43.648 --> 00:15:46.217
  • and focus on his perspective,
  • 00:15:46.250 --> 00:15:48.119
  • looking back,but not staying back in history.
  • 00:15:48.152 --> 00:15:52.423
  • Focus on his plan,
  • 00:15:52.457 --> 00:15:53.791
  • find out what hewants you to do,
  • 00:15:53.825 --> 00:15:55.860
  • and then focus on his prize.
  • 00:15:55.893 --> 00:15:58.596
  • Finally, to live a focused life,you need to fix your attention
  • 00:15:58.629 --> 00:16:02.333
  • on heaven and the rewardthat awaits you there.
  • 00:16:02.367 --> 00:16:06.404
  • Paul wrote,"I press toward the goal
  • 00:16:06.437 --> 00:16:09.774
  • for the prize of the upward callof God in Christ Jesus."
  • 00:16:09.807 --> 00:16:15.680
  • For Paul, the goal and prizewere one and the same.
  • 00:16:15.713 --> 00:16:19.784
  • Not defined in this verse,
  • 00:16:19.817 --> 00:16:21.986
  • this is a clear referenceto the many promises given
  • 00:16:22.020 --> 00:16:24.422
  • to those who arevictorious in Christ.
  • 00:16:24.455 --> 00:16:27.325
  • Remember, the Bible saysthat when we get to heaven,
  • 00:16:27.358 --> 00:16:29.694
  • if we've lived for the Lord,
  • 00:16:29.727 --> 00:16:31.162
  • the Lord Jesus is gonna welcomeus home with these words:
  • 00:16:31.195 --> 00:16:34.198
  • "Well done,good and faithful servant."
  • 00:16:34.232 --> 00:16:37.201
  • It embraces "the crownof righteousness."
  • 00:16:37.235 --> 00:16:39.604
  • I could also refer towhat Peter called
  • 00:16:39.637 --> 00:16:41.539
  • "the crown of glorywhich doesn't fade away."
  • 00:16:41.572 --> 00:16:45.309
  • Whatever else,this prize and goal will be
  • 00:16:45.343 --> 00:16:48.446
  • more than "eye has seenor ear has heard."
  • 00:16:48.479 --> 00:16:51.382
  • God's plan for you is to rewardyou so abundantly,
  • 00:16:51.416 --> 00:16:55.153
  • I promise you,you won't believe it.
  • 00:16:55.186 --> 00:16:57.688
  • According to the apostle Peter,you have
  • 00:16:57.722 --> 00:17:00.024
  • "an inheritanceincorruptible and undefiled
  • 00:17:00.058 --> 00:17:03.728
  • that does not fade away,reserved in heaven for you."
  • 00:17:03.761 --> 00:17:09.267
  • How many of you knowhow important it is
  • 00:17:09.300 --> 00:17:11.002
  • to keep your eyesfocused on the future?
  • 00:17:11.035 --> 00:17:15.473
  • Florence Chadwicklearned that lesson.
  • 00:17:15.506 --> 00:17:18.543
  • She was an accomplishedlong-distance swimmer
  • 00:17:18.576 --> 00:17:21.412
  • and the first woman
  • 00:17:21.446 --> 00:17:22.747
  • to swim the English Channelin both directions,
  • 00:17:22.780 --> 00:17:25.383
  • setting new records each way.
  • 00:17:25.416 --> 00:17:29.020
  • It was back in 1952,she was 34 years old,
  • 00:17:29.053 --> 00:17:32.190
  • and she set out to breakanother record.
  • 00:17:32.223 --> 00:17:35.193
  • No woman had ever swum
  • 00:17:35.226 --> 00:17:36.627
  • the more than 20-mile channelbetween Catalina and California.
  • 00:17:36.661 --> 00:17:42.467
  • The conditions on the morningof her swim were not ideal.
  • 00:17:42.500 --> 00:17:46.571
  • The water was coldand the fog had settled in.
  • 00:17:46.604 --> 00:17:50.441
  • Soon after she began to swim,
  • 00:17:50.475 --> 00:17:53.244
  • she could barely see the boatsaccompanying her
  • 00:17:53.277 --> 00:17:56.214
  • and, to make matters worse,
  • 00:17:56.247 --> 00:17:57.615
  • sharks trailed her several timesand had to be driven off.
  • 00:17:57.648 --> 00:18:02.086
  • Still, Florence Chadwick swam onfor more than 15 hours.
  • 00:18:02.120 --> 00:18:06.557
  • Finally, physicallyand emotionally exhausted,
  • 00:18:06.591 --> 00:18:09.861
  • she stopped swimming.
  • 00:18:09.894 --> 00:18:11.462
  • She was pulled into the boat
  • 00:18:11.496 --> 00:18:13.164
  • and taken towardthe California shore,
  • 00:18:13.197 --> 00:18:15.399
  • which she discoveredto her dismay
  • 00:18:15.433 --> 00:18:17.935
  • was a little morethan a half mile away.
  • 00:18:17.969 --> 00:18:21.973
  • After swimming almost 20 miles,
  • 00:18:22.006 --> 00:18:24.442
  • she had quita half a mile from her goal.
  • 00:18:24.475 --> 00:18:29.046
  • On the following day,she told the news media,
  • 00:18:29.080 --> 00:18:31.782
  • "All I could see was the fog.
  • 00:18:31.816 --> 00:18:34.619
  • I think if I could have seenthe shore,
  • 00:18:34.652 --> 00:18:36.854
  • I would have made it."
  • 00:18:36.888 --> 00:18:39.390
  • Two months later,
  • 00:18:39.423 --> 00:18:40.725
  • Florence was backon Catalina Island,
  • 00:18:40.758 --> 00:18:43.060
  • stepping into the waterto try the swim again.
  • 00:18:43.094 --> 00:18:45.696
  • Unfortunately,
  • 00:18:45.730 --> 00:18:47.031
  • weather conditionswere no better.
  • 00:18:47.064 --> 00:18:48.699
  • The water was cold and, again,
  • 00:18:48.733 --> 00:18:50.301
  • a dense fog settledover the channel.
  • 00:18:50.334 --> 00:18:52.904
  • But this time,she swam all the way:
  • 00:18:52.937 --> 00:18:54.939
  • the first woman to make it.
  • 00:18:54.972 --> 00:18:56.607
  • What made the difference,she later said
  • 00:18:56.641 --> 00:18:58.509
  • that while swimmingthose last grueling miles,
  • 00:18:58.543 --> 00:19:01.078
  • she kept her mind focusedon a vivid mental image
  • 00:19:01.112 --> 00:19:04.248
  • of the California shore.
  • 00:19:04.282 --> 00:19:06.684
  • "At that moment," she said,
  • 00:19:06.717 --> 00:19:08.019
  • "I knew the real meaningof faith described in the Bible:
  • 00:19:08.052 --> 00:19:10.955
  • 'the substanceof things hoped for,
  • 00:19:10.988 --> 00:19:13.524
  • the evidenceof things not seen.'"
  • 00:19:13.558 --> 00:19:17.328
  • This, then,is your four-lane road
  • 00:19:17.361 --> 00:19:20.398
  • that God wants youto focus on as you go forward:
  • 00:19:20.431 --> 00:19:23.668
  • driving down the lanesof his purpose,
  • 00:19:23.701 --> 00:19:26.304
  • his perspective,his plan, and his prize.
  • 00:19:26.337 --> 00:19:29.373
  • But there's one final thingthat draws all of this together
  • 00:19:29.407 --> 00:19:33.811
  • as you seek to move forwardtoward God's plan
  • 00:19:33.844 --> 00:19:36.881
  • for the next phaseof your life.
  • 00:19:36.914 --> 00:19:38.983
  • You must find your passionand give your life to one thing.
  • 00:19:39.016 --> 00:19:43.087
  • You must choose one chair.
  • 00:19:43.120 --> 00:19:45.156
  • As an old Russian proverbput it:
  • 00:19:45.189 --> 00:19:47.091
  • "If you choose two rabbits,you'll not catch either one."
  • 00:19:47.124 --> 00:19:51.028
  • Gilbert is one of the bestrunners in the world,
  • 00:19:51.062 --> 00:19:53.831
  • a skill he developed
  • 00:19:53.864 --> 00:19:55.166
  • when he had to literally runfor his life
  • 00:19:55.199 --> 00:19:57.068
  • as a boy in Burundi.
  • 00:19:57.101 --> 00:19:59.837
  • His story is harrowing.
  • 00:19:59.870 --> 00:20:01.939
  • In October of 1993,
  • 00:20:01.973 --> 00:20:03.574
  • Gilbert was sittingin his high school class,
  • 00:20:03.608 --> 00:20:06.143
  • probably thinking about running.
  • 00:20:06.177 --> 00:20:08.512
  • He could hardly wait to teararound the track again.
  • 00:20:08.546 --> 00:20:11.282
  • But on that day,
  • 00:20:11.315 --> 00:20:12.617
  • the simple routinesof the classroom
  • 00:20:12.650 --> 00:20:14.218
  • were shatteredby Hutu terrorists.
  • 00:20:14.252 --> 00:20:17.521
  • The school was invadedby hostile members of the tribe.
  • 00:20:17.555 --> 00:20:21.025
  • They descended on the childrenwith genocidal rage.
  • 00:20:21.058 --> 00:20:25.129
  • More than 150 childrenand their teachers
  • 00:20:25.162 --> 00:20:27.898
  • were forced into a small room
  • 00:20:27.932 --> 00:20:30.067
  • and hacked to deathwith machetes and burned alive.
  • 00:20:30.101 --> 00:20:34.705
  • Gilbert wasn't killed,
  • 00:20:34.739 --> 00:20:36.107
  • but he found himselfat the bottom of a pile,
  • 00:20:36.140 --> 00:20:38.509
  • buried under the burning corpsesof his classmates.
  • 00:20:38.542 --> 00:20:43.514
  • The smoldering fireate into his skin,
  • 00:20:43.547 --> 00:20:47.018
  • but he remained hiddenfor more than nine hours
  • 00:20:47.051 --> 00:20:50.187
  • while the torturersstayed outside,
  • 00:20:50.221 --> 00:20:52.156
  • laughing and dancing.
  • 00:20:52.189 --> 00:20:53.624
  • Finally, Gilbertsmashed through a window
  • 00:20:53.658 --> 00:20:56.661
  • and took off like an arrow.
  • 00:20:56.694 --> 00:20:58.863
  • The Hutus chased him,but Gilbert outran them
  • 00:20:58.896 --> 00:21:01.198
  • and made itto a local hospital
  • 00:21:01.232 --> 00:21:03.067
  • where doctors told himhe would never run again.
  • 00:21:03.100 --> 00:21:07.405
  • Gilbert didn't believethe doctors.
  • 00:21:07.438 --> 00:21:08.906
  • He felt God had spared him
  • 00:21:08.939 --> 00:21:10.341
  • and that the Lord hada plan for his life.
  • 00:21:10.374 --> 00:21:12.977
  • He said, "I always knewthat my faith would be tested,
  • 00:21:13.010 --> 00:21:15.379
  • and it certainly was
  • 00:21:15.413 --> 00:21:16.714
  • in those hours when my schoolwas attacked.
  • 00:21:16.747 --> 00:21:19.450
  • My belief in Godhas never faltered.
  • 00:21:19.483 --> 00:21:22.219
  • I never blamed him or wonderedhow he would have let
  • 00:21:22.253 --> 00:21:25.456
  • such a thing happen to meor my classmates.
  • 00:21:25.489 --> 00:21:28.659
  • I accepted what was taking placeand I knew that it was all
  • 00:21:28.693 --> 00:21:32.997
  • part of a planmuch larger than me."
  • 00:21:33.030 --> 00:21:37.435
  • Gilbert persevered until hewas running well enough
  • 00:21:37.468 --> 00:21:40.071
  • to win the BurundiNational Championship
  • 00:21:40.104 --> 00:21:42.707
  • in the 400 and 800 meters.
  • 00:21:42.740 --> 00:21:45.042
  • His coaches felt he hadOlympic potential
  • 00:21:45.076 --> 00:21:48.312
  • and he was sentto the United States
  • 00:21:48.346 --> 00:21:50.748
  • as partof an Olympic training program.
  • 00:21:50.781 --> 00:21:52.950
  • There,Abilene Christian University
  • 00:21:52.983 --> 00:21:54.952
  • offered him a scholarship.
  • 00:21:54.985 --> 00:21:57.054
  • After graduation, Gilbert movedto Austin to coach young runners
  • 00:21:57.088 --> 00:22:00.991
  • and, soon, his ministrywas off and running.
  • 00:22:01.025 --> 00:22:03.627
  • His books, his speeches,his coaching,
  • 00:22:03.661 --> 00:22:06.630
  • have touched thousands of lives.
  • 00:22:06.664 --> 00:22:09.066
  • What's more, Gilbert startedthe Gazelle Foundation,
  • 00:22:09.100 --> 00:22:12.570
  • whose slogan is"Run for the water,"
  • 00:22:12.603 --> 00:22:14.839
  • to fund and buildclean water projects
  • 00:22:14.872 --> 00:22:17.141
  • for the people of Burundi.
  • 00:22:17.174 --> 00:22:19.076
  • His Gilbert's Gazelles traininggroup provides motivation
  • 00:22:19.110 --> 00:22:22.780
  • to help runnersof all ages at all levels.
  • 00:22:22.813 --> 00:22:27.017
  • I like someone like that,someone who never loses focus,
  • 00:22:27.051 --> 00:22:30.755
  • who runs to win,
  • 00:22:30.788 --> 00:22:32.189
  • whose life is definedby one thing.
  • 00:22:32.223 --> 00:22:34.225
  • You see this kind of focusoften in the Bible
  • 00:22:34.258 --> 00:22:36.560
  • because the writersof the Bible
  • 00:22:36.594 --> 00:22:38.929
  • knew somethingabout focusing on one thing.
  • 00:22:38.963 --> 00:22:42.266
  • For instance, David said,
  • 00:22:42.299 --> 00:22:44.502
  • "One thing I have desiredof the Lord, that will I seek:
  • 00:22:44.535 --> 00:22:48.539
  • that I may dwellin the house of the Lord
  • 00:22:48.572 --> 00:22:50.674
  • all the days of my life,
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  • to behold the beautyof the Lord."
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  • Jesus saidto the rich young ruler,
  • 00:22:55.679 --> 00:22:57.815
  • "One thing you lack:Go your way,
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  • sell whatever you haveand give it to the poor,
  • 00:23:00.484 --> 00:23:02.820
  • and you will havetreasure in heaven;
  • 00:23:02.853 --> 00:23:04.622
  • and come, take up the cross,and follow Me."
  • 00:23:04.655 --> 00:23:07.825
  • Jesus toldthe distracted homemaker,
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  • Martha, "One thing is needed,
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  • and Mary has chosenthat good part."
  • 00:23:13.030 --> 00:23:15.399
  • The man healed by Jesus said,"One thing I know:
  • 00:23:15.433 --> 00:23:18.502
  • that though I was blind,now I see."
  • 00:23:18.536 --> 00:23:20.905
  • And the apostle Paul said,"I focus on one thing."
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  • This phrase, "one thing,"implies consecration.
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  • It's a word meaning to dedicateyourself and your every day
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  • to the wonderful will of God.
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  • At the core of Paul's life wasone motivating principle:
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  • he focused on Christ,
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  • he concentratedhis walk with Jesus.
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  • He said, in effect, "Lord,your will be done today
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  • and every remaining dayI have on this earth.
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  • Not my will, but yours be done."
  • 00:23:52.069 --> 00:23:55.473
  • And that brings me to the secretof the focused life:
  • 00:23:55.506 --> 00:23:58.509
  • staying committedto your passion,
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  • to your one thing.
  • 00:24:01.779 --> 00:24:03.881
  • Several years ago,I was reminded of this truth
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  • when I was invited to tour
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  • one of the largest carrot farmsin America.
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  • Our host showed me
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  • the countless wayscarrots are consumed:
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  • carrot juice, carrot cake,baby carrots,
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  • dozens of other products
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  • I never dreamedcame from carrots.
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  • When I asked, "How muchof the carrot do you use?"
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  • my host replied, "We useevery part of the carrot.
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  • Not a single bit goes to waste."
  • 00:24:31.075 --> 00:24:34.044
  • To illustrate his point,he went to the whiteboard
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  • in the conference roomwhere we were,
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  • and on that whiteboard,he drew a picture of a carrot.
  • 00:24:39.583 --> 00:24:44.355
  • And then he carefully labeledevery part of the carrot
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  • and how it's used.
  • 00:24:47.191 --> 00:24:48.692
  • And he was right:nothing goes to waste.
  • 00:24:48.726 --> 00:24:52.296
  • My friend builta hugely successful business
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  • by staying focused on carrots.
  • 00:24:55.399 --> 00:24:59.336
  • When I returned to my office,I gathered our staff together
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  • and I told them aboutmy whiteboard lesson on carrots.
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  • And I went to our whiteboardand I sketched a Bible
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  • and I said, "This is my carrot.
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  • Let's stay focusedon our one thing."
  • 00:25:11.515 --> 00:25:14.518
  • Together, we renewedour commitment
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  • to exclusively focusthe ministry of Turning Point
  • 00:25:16.754 --> 00:25:19.590
  • on the Bible and to deliverthe Word of God
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  • in as many creative waysas possible.
  • 00:25:22.893 --> 00:25:25.796
  • We thoughtof all the things we do
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  • that are based squarelyon the Word of God:
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  • Sunday sermons,radio and TV programs,
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  • Internet streaming,social media,
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  • magazines, books,DVD albums, CD albums,
  • 00:25:35.906 --> 00:25:39.443
  • study guides, devotionals,multi-language translations,
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  • and a host of other productsand channels
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  • under the umbrellaof the Turning Point Ministries.
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  • Our goal is the sameas my carrot-farming friend:
  • 00:25:51.088 --> 00:25:55.059
  • let nothing of the pureand precious
  • 00:25:55.092 --> 00:25:57.294
  • life-giving Word of Godbe wasted.
  • 00:25:57.328 --> 00:26:00.764
  • To be good stewardsof the calling of God
  • 00:26:00.798 --> 00:26:03.167
  • that has given usthe privilege
  • 00:26:03.200 --> 00:26:04.735
  • of proclaiming his Wordto as many people as possible
  • 00:26:04.768 --> 00:26:08.772
  • in our lifetime.
  • 00:26:08.806 --> 00:26:10.341
  • This is our mission.
  • 00:26:10.374 --> 00:26:11.909
  • This is our one thing.
  • 00:26:11.942 --> 00:26:13.477
  • This is our main thing.
  • 00:26:13.510 --> 00:26:15.379
  • This is our focus.
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  • I don't know the detailsof God's plan for your life,
  • 00:26:17.481 --> 00:26:21.285
  • but I do know this.
  • 00:26:21.318 --> 00:26:23.153
  • As you focus on his purpose,his perspective,
  • 00:26:23.187 --> 00:26:25.689
  • his plan, and his prize,
  • 00:26:25.723 --> 00:26:27.691
  • he will guide youon the journey forward.
  • 00:26:27.725 --> 00:26:30.594
  • Commit yourselfto following the Lord
  • 00:26:30.628 --> 00:26:32.429
  • to the best of your ability.
  • 00:26:32.463 --> 00:26:34.064
  • Soon, you will enjoythe adventure of discovering
  • 00:26:34.098 --> 00:26:36.667
  • and living for one thing,step by step and day by day.
  • 00:26:36.700 --> 00:26:41.138
  • I will never forget the power
  • 00:26:41.171 --> 00:26:43.507
  • of the storywith which this message began.
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  • You have to get to the place
  • 00:26:46.810 --> 00:26:48.379
  • where you're willingto sit in one chair
  • 00:26:48.412 --> 00:26:52.049
  • and let God lead youforward with his plan.
  • 00:26:52.082 --> 00:26:55.919
  • female announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return in a moment
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  • with one more inspirational wordto close today's program
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  • right after this.
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  • male announcer: Thank youfor watching today.
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  • Did you know that this programis just one part
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  • of the ministryof Turning Point,
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  • which is committedto delivering
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  • the unchanging Word of Godto an ever-changing world.
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  • and faithful supportof viewers like you.
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  • through television,radio, print,
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  • by sending his new book,"Forward:
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  • Discovering God's Presenceand Purpose in Your Tomorrow."
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  • And if you give $75 or more,he will send you,
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  • in appreciation,his comprehensive "Forward" set.
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  • female announcer: And now,with one last word
  • 00:28:06.423 --> 00:28:08.092
  • for today's program,here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: If you're seriousabout moving forward,
  • 00:28:12.796 --> 00:28:14.832
  • there is one crucial stepto complete first.
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  • It's step one of this process:knowing Christ
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  • as your personal Lordand Savior.
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  • I hope you're walking stronglywith Christ
  • 00:28:25.042 --> 00:28:27.377
  • because faith in Christis the starting block
  • 00:28:27.411 --> 00:28:30.714
  • that will keep propellingyou forward.
  • 00:28:30.748 --> 00:28:33.550
  • But perhaps youdon't know Christ.
  • 00:28:33.584 --> 00:28:35.953
  • If that's the case,
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  • I would like to introduce youto him today.
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  • Please allow me to send youtwo free resources.
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  • The first is a booklet called,"Your Greatest Turning Point,"
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  • and the second is
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  • our monthly devotional magazine,Turning Points.
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  • These resources are yours,completely free,
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  • announcer: Also availablefrom Dr. Jeremiah,
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  • the "Jeremiah Study Bible,"
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  • the culminationof more than four decades
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  • of Dr. Jeremiah's studyand teaching.
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  • Available in NKJV, NIV, and ESV.
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  • Plus, Dr. Jeremiah's
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  • "Airship GenesisKids' Study Bible"
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  • for the young onesin your life.
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  • Order a Bible for yourself
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  • or as a giftfor someone you know.
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  • announcer: Next time,on "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Unbeliefforfeits your opportunities
  • 00:29:29.740 --> 00:29:32.376
  • and jeopardizes your objective.
  • 00:29:32.409 --> 00:29:35.312
  • So, let's keep seizingthe moments God provides
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  • for us with child-like wonder.
  • 00:29:38.916 --> 00:29:42.352
  • If God said it, I believe it,and that settles it
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  • and I'm gonna do it.
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  • announcer: Thank youfor being with us today.
  • 00:29:47.758 --> 00:29:49.593
  • Join us next timeas Dr. Jeremiah challenges you
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  • to step out of your safe zoneand into your faith zone,
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  • here on "Turning Point."
  • 00:29:57.100 --> 00:29:58.569
  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Todayis about the rest of your life.
  • 00:30:03.941 --> 00:30:06.443
  • It's about tomorrowand the day after that.
  • 00:30:06.476 --> 00:30:08.745
  • The future God has plannedfor you shouldn't be
  • 00:30:08.779 --> 00:30:11.682
  • a haphazard approach to life.
  • 00:30:11.715 --> 00:30:14.151
  • You might feel stuck,but you don't have to be.
  • 00:30:14.184 --> 00:30:17.554
  • Perhaps you're discouraged.
  • 00:30:17.588 --> 00:30:19.323
  • It's time to deal with that.
  • 00:30:19.356 --> 00:30:21.258
  • And if you feel uncertain,you can find clarity.
  • 00:30:21.291 --> 00:30:25.963
  • You may not knowwhat's next, but God does.
  • 00:30:25.996 --> 00:30:28.498
  • He's there waitingfor you in your tomorrow,
  • 00:30:28.532 --> 00:30:31.235
  • so step into it and discover
  • 00:30:31.268 --> 00:30:33.437
  • God's presenceand purpose in your life.
  • 00:30:33.470 --> 00:30:36.773
  • Starting today, starting now,it's time to move forward.
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  • male announcer: It's time werise above our circumstances,
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  • conquer our fears,face the future with faith,
  • 00:30:45.916 --> 00:30:49.486
  • prevail over the past,
  • 00:30:49.519 --> 00:30:51.488
  • aspire to accomplishgreater things,
  • 00:30:51.521 --> 00:30:54.291
  • reclaim our birthright,proclaim his power,
  • 00:30:54.324 --> 00:30:58.061
  • and claim God's promises.
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  • God has more for us.
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  • It's not time to stop.
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  • It's time to move forward.
  • 00:31:04.268 --> 00:31:07.004
  • Today on "Turning Point,"Dr. Jeremiah warns us
  • 00:31:07.037 --> 00:31:09.373
  • not to allow the pastto control us
  • 00:31:09.406 --> 00:31:11.541
  • or today's chaos distract usfrom focusing on God.
  • 00:31:11.575 --> 00:31:15.412
  • Dr. Jeremiah: Let nothingof the pure and precious
  • 00:31:15.445 --> 00:31:17.547
  • life-giving Word of Godbe wasted.
  • 00:31:17.581 --> 00:31:21.084
  • To be good stewardsof the calling of God
  • 00:31:21.118 --> 00:31:23.553
  • that has given usthe privilege
  • 00:31:23.587 --> 00:31:25.088
  • of proclaiming his Word
  • 00:31:25.122 --> 00:31:26.990
  • to as many people as possiblein our lifetime.
  • 00:31:27.024 --> 00:31:30.861
  • This is our mission.
  • 00:31:30.894 --> 00:31:32.362
  • This is our one thing.
  • 00:31:32.396 --> 00:31:33.730
  • This is our main thing.
  • 00:31:33.764 --> 00:31:35.799
  • This is our focus.
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  • announcer: That's coming up
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  • on today's special "Forward"edition of "Turning Point."
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  • announcer: In just a moment,Dr. Jeremiah will challenge you
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  • to not allow your pastto control you
  • 00:31:47.010 --> 00:31:49.179
  • or today's chaosto distract you
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  • so that you can focuson God before you.
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  • Find this and nine other waysyou can know God's purpose,
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  • feel God's power,
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  • and accomplishGod's plan for your life,
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  • in Dr. Jeremiah's new book,"Forward:
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  • Discovering God's Presenceand Purpose in Your Tomorrow."
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  • You'll learn the biblicalstrategy about how to claim
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  • the future God has prepareduniquely for you,
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  • no matter your ageor your circumstance.
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  • "Forward" is yours when yougive a gift of any amount
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  • including his new book,
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  • his entire teaching serieson CD or DVD
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  • with a correlating study guide,
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  • and the "How to Move Forward"interview special
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  • with Sheila Walsh on DVD.
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  • Plus, with your book or set,Dr. Jeremiah will also send you
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  • his Move Forwardmotivation cards
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  • to help you keepthe lessons of "Forward"
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  • front and center each day.
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  • God has more for you.
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  • announcer: Thank youfor watching "Forward"
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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  • In appreciationof your viewership,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah would liketo send you
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  • And now, here's Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "Focus: Make Your One Thingthe Main Thing."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah:The maestro was born
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  • in the northern Italian cityof Modena.
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  • His mother was a cigar maker,
  • 00:33:20.337 --> 00:33:22.272
  • his father was a bakerand amateur tenor.
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  • It was the amateur tenor part
  • 00:33:26.643 --> 00:33:28.178
  • that most touchedyoung Luciano Pavarotti.
  • 00:33:28.211 --> 00:33:32.249
  • He loved hearing his dad sing,
  • 00:33:32.282 --> 00:33:34.851
  • and he spent hours listening
  • 00:33:34.885 --> 00:33:36.186
  • to the family's collectionof recordings of great tenors.
  • 00:33:36.219 --> 00:33:40.624
  • Father and son sang alongwith the records at full volume.
  • 00:33:40.657 --> 00:33:45.495
  • Mr. Pavarotti wouldn't singin public due to stage fright,
  • 00:33:45.529 --> 00:33:49.900
  • but he did singin the church choir.
  • 00:33:49.933 --> 00:33:53.003
  • And at age nine,Luciano joined him.
  • 00:33:53.036 --> 00:33:56.840
  • The boy loved to singand people loved hearing him.
  • 00:33:56.873 --> 00:34:01.211
  • "Your voice touches mewhenever you sing,"
  • 00:34:01.244 --> 00:34:03.413
  • his mother said.
  • 00:34:03.447 --> 00:34:05.215
  • But the questionof a career was vexing.
  • 00:34:05.248 --> 00:34:08.318
  • In those days,just after World War II,
  • 00:34:08.351 --> 00:34:10.954
  • a musical career was risky.
  • 00:34:10.987 --> 00:34:13.356
  • His mother suggested Lucianobecome an athletic instructor,
  • 00:34:13.390 --> 00:34:18.829
  • while his father encouraged him
  • 00:34:18.862 --> 00:34:20.197
  • to continue developinghis voice.
  • 00:34:20.230 --> 00:34:23.567
  • "But you'll have to studyvery hard, Luciano," he said.
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  • Luciano continuedhis musical studies
  • 00:34:26.770 --> 00:34:29.239
  • and also enrolledin a teachers college
  • 00:34:29.272 --> 00:34:32.642
  • and, after graduation,he asked his father,
  • 00:34:32.676 --> 00:34:35.712
  • "Shall I be a teacheror shall I be a singer?"
  • 00:34:35.745 --> 00:34:39.983
  • The older man wisely avoidedgiving a direct answer.
  • 00:34:40.016 --> 00:34:43.153
  • Instead, he spoke wordshis son never forgot:
  • 00:34:43.186 --> 00:34:46.890
  • "Luciano, if you try to siton two chairs,
  • 00:34:46.923 --> 00:34:50.227
  • you will fall in between them.
  • 00:34:50.260 --> 00:34:52.362
  • For life, you must chooseone chair."
  • 00:34:52.395 --> 00:34:56.566
  • And Luciano chose singing.
  • 00:34:56.600 --> 00:34:59.402
  • It took seven years
  • 00:34:59.436 --> 00:35:00.737
  • of hard studyand intense practice
  • 00:35:00.770 --> 00:35:02.806
  • before he made his firstprofessional appearance,
  • 00:35:02.839 --> 00:35:05.909
  • and it took another seven
  • 00:35:05.942 --> 00:35:07.410
  • before he reachedthe Metropolitan Opera.
  • 00:35:07.444 --> 00:35:11.248
  • But Pavarotti livedwith a single focus:
  • 00:35:11.281 --> 00:35:13.884
  • ultimately he became
  • 00:35:13.917 --> 00:35:15.252
  • one of the most famousoperatic singers in the world,
  • 00:35:15.285 --> 00:35:18.722
  • the king of high C'sand a crossover performer
  • 00:35:18.755 --> 00:35:23.059
  • who won the admirationof millions
  • 00:35:23.093 --> 00:35:25.495
  • who had never set footin an opera house.
  • 00:35:25.529 --> 00:35:27.831
  • His final performance was viewedby the entire world
  • 00:35:27.864 --> 00:35:30.901
  • as he sang "Nessun Dorma"
  • 00:35:30.934 --> 00:35:33.036
  • at the 2006 Winter Olympicsin Turin.
  • 00:35:33.069 --> 00:35:37.407
  • "I was blessed with a good voiceby God," Pavarotti said.
  • 00:35:37.440 --> 00:35:41.978
  • "I think it pleased him that Idecided to devote myself to it,
  • 00:35:42.012 --> 00:35:46.149
  • and now I thinkwhether it's laying bricks,
  • 00:35:46.183 --> 00:35:48.518
  • driving a straight nail,writing a book,
  • 00:35:48.552 --> 00:35:51.188
  • whatever we choose,we should give ourselves to it.
  • 00:35:51.221 --> 00:35:54.391
  • Commitment," he said,"that's the key.
  • 00:35:54.424 --> 00:35:57.227
  • You've got to choose one chair."
  • 00:35:57.260 --> 00:36:00.997
  • Like Pavarotti,you have been blessed by God.
  • 00:36:01.031 --> 00:36:04.267
  • You've been blessedwith talents and resources
  • 00:36:04.301 --> 00:36:06.903
  • and a dreamfor the next phase of your life.
  • 00:36:06.937 --> 00:36:10.440
  • Once you've prayedabout that dream
  • 00:36:10.473 --> 00:36:11.975
  • and set the right prioritiesto achieve it,
  • 00:36:12.008 --> 00:36:14.177
  • your very next step
  • 00:36:14.211 --> 00:36:15.512
  • is to focus your lifeon the one main thing.
  • 00:36:15.545 --> 00:36:20.050
  • In the Bible, the apostle Paulhad that kind of focus.
  • 00:36:20.083 --> 00:36:24.354
  • He said hewas straining forward,
  • 00:36:24.387 --> 00:36:26.456
  • pressing on to reacha heavenly treasure.
  • 00:36:26.489 --> 00:36:29.192
  • He wrote to his friendsin the city of Philippi
  • 00:36:29.226 --> 00:36:31.661
  • in these stirring words.
  • 00:36:31.695 --> 00:36:32.996
  • He said, "Not that Ihave already attained,
  • 00:36:33.029 --> 00:36:35.899
  • or am already perfected;
  • 00:36:35.932 --> 00:36:37.334
  • but I press on,that I may lay hold of that
  • 00:36:37.367 --> 00:36:40.170
  • for which Christ Jesushas also laid hold of me."
  • 00:36:40.203 --> 00:36:43.473
  • Listen carefully.
  • 00:36:43.506 --> 00:36:44.808
  • "Brethren, I do not count myselfto have apprehended;
  • 00:36:44.841 --> 00:36:48.578
  • but one thing I do,
  • 00:36:48.612 --> 00:36:51.848
  • forgetting those thingswhich are behind
  • 00:36:51.881 --> 00:36:54.184
  • and reaching forwardto those things which are ahead,
  • 00:36:54.217 --> 00:36:57.621
  • I press toward the goalfor the prize
  • 00:36:57.654 --> 00:37:00.390
  • of the upward call of Godin Christ Jesus."
  • 00:37:00.423 --> 00:37:04.694
  • Today, as we unpackPaul's words,
  • 00:37:04.728 --> 00:37:06.596
  • I wanna show you four principlesthat will sharpen your focus
  • 00:37:06.630 --> 00:37:10.667
  • and guide you forwardtoward your next steps in life.
  • 00:37:10.700 --> 00:37:14.871
  • Number one,focus on God's purpose.
  • 00:37:14.904 --> 00:37:18.174
  • We can follow God's deep desire
  • 00:37:18.208 --> 00:37:20.310
  • for us to growinto the image of Jesus Christ.
  • 00:37:20.343 --> 00:37:23.713
  • Paul said, "I press on,that I may lay hold
  • 00:37:23.747 --> 00:37:27.717
  • of that for which Christ Jesushas laid hold of me."
  • 00:37:27.751 --> 00:37:32.289
  • That's God's purposefor you and for all of us.
  • 00:37:32.322 --> 00:37:35.892
  • Of course, he also hasan individual plan for your life
  • 00:37:35.925 --> 00:37:39.362
  • and he has one for mine,
  • 00:37:39.396 --> 00:37:40.697
  • and I'll deal with thatin a moment,
  • 00:37:40.730 --> 00:37:42.399
  • but first, consider
  • 00:37:42.432 --> 00:37:43.867
  • God's ultimate purposefor your life,
  • 00:37:43.900 --> 00:37:46.336
  • that you become more and morelike his Son Jesus Christ.
  • 00:37:46.369 --> 00:37:49.639
  • Romans 8:29 puts it this way:"For whom He foreknew,
  • 00:37:49.673 --> 00:37:53.576
  • He also predestined
  • 00:37:53.610 --> 00:37:55.845
  • to be conformedto the image of His Son."
  • 00:37:55.879 --> 00:37:59.582
  • So, number one,focus on God's purpose.
  • 00:37:59.616 --> 00:38:02.719
  • Here's the second thought.
  • 00:38:02.752 --> 00:38:04.187
  • Focus on God's perspective.
  • 00:38:04.220 --> 00:38:07.090
  • The next thing we read is Paul
  • 00:38:07.123 --> 00:38:08.825
  • talking about seeing lifethrough God's eyes.
  • 00:38:08.858 --> 00:38:11.961
  • He speaks about his past
  • 00:38:11.995 --> 00:38:13.463
  • and said it wasn't worthfocusing on.
  • 00:38:13.496 --> 00:38:15.665
  • He said, "Brethren,
  • 00:38:15.699 --> 00:38:17.000
  • I do not count myselfto have apprehended;
  • 00:38:17.033 --> 00:38:19.402
  • but one thing I do,
  • 00:38:19.436 --> 00:38:21.104
  • forgetting those thingswhich are behind."
  • 00:38:21.137 --> 00:38:24.307
  • That's an interesting thing,isn't it?
  • 00:38:24.341 --> 00:38:26.009
  • To forget those thingswhich are behind.
  • 00:38:26.042 --> 00:38:29.446
  • It was back in 1954,Roger Bannister
  • 00:38:29.479 --> 00:38:32.148
  • was a medical studentwho enjoyed running.
  • 00:38:32.182 --> 00:38:35.218
  • He entered a race in Oxfordon May 6 of that year
  • 00:38:35.251 --> 00:38:37.921
  • and he made history,
  • 00:38:37.954 --> 00:38:39.456
  • becoming the first athlete
  • 00:38:39.489 --> 00:38:41.024
  • to run a milein less than four minutes.
  • 00:38:41.057 --> 00:38:45.128
  • Bannister's time was3 minutes, 59.4 seconds.
  • 00:38:45.161 --> 00:38:49.566
  • And half a globe away,Bannister's rival,
  • 00:38:49.599 --> 00:38:52.435
  • John Landy of Australia,took notice.
  • 00:38:52.469 --> 00:38:55.305
  • A month later, Landy beatBannister's record
  • 00:38:55.338 --> 00:38:58.308
  • by one second.
  • 00:38:58.341 --> 00:39:00.744
  • The media turnedtheir spotlights
  • 00:39:00.777 --> 00:39:02.078
  • on these two runners,
  • 00:39:02.112 --> 00:39:03.413
  • and thousands of peoplewatched later that summer
  • 00:39:03.446 --> 00:39:06.082
  • when they lined up
  • 00:39:06.116 --> 00:39:07.417
  • at the British Empire Gamesin Vancouver, Canada.
  • 00:39:07.450 --> 00:39:12.155
  • It was calledthe Mile of the Century.
  • 00:39:12.188 --> 00:39:14.791
  • The racers shotfrom the starting blocks
  • 00:39:14.824 --> 00:39:17.327
  • and Landy took the lead,which he maintained.
  • 00:39:17.360 --> 00:39:19.996
  • The roar of the crowdwas deafening.
  • 00:39:20.029 --> 00:39:22.065
  • With only 90 yards to go,Landy made a fatal mistake.
  • 00:39:22.098 --> 00:39:25.869
  • He glanced behind himand, at that exact moment,
  • 00:39:25.902 --> 00:39:29.773
  • Bannister streaked by him
  • 00:39:29.806 --> 00:39:31.908
  • and won the raceby less than a second.
  • 00:39:31.941 --> 00:39:36.312
  • The race became knownas the Miracle Mile,
  • 00:39:36.346 --> 00:39:39.949
  • and a Vancouver sculptorcreated a bronze statue
  • 00:39:39.983 --> 00:39:43.186
  • of the two men at the momentwhen Landy glanced back.
  • 00:39:43.219 --> 00:39:47.957
  • Landy later said, "Lot's wifewas turned into a pillar of salt
  • 00:39:47.991 --> 00:39:51.528
  • for looking back.
  • 00:39:51.561 --> 00:39:52.862
  • I am probably the only one
  • 00:39:52.896 --> 00:39:54.197
  • who ever got turnedinto a bronze statue
  • 00:39:54.230 --> 00:39:56.299
  • for looking back."
  • 00:39:56.332 --> 00:39:58.435
  • The apostle Paulwould have loved that story
  • 00:39:58.468 --> 00:40:01.604
  • because that's what hewas talking about
  • 00:40:01.638 --> 00:40:03.773
  • in Philippians 3.
  • 00:40:03.807 --> 00:40:05.909
  • He spoke of "forgettingthe things that are behind us,"
  • 00:40:05.942 --> 00:40:09.012
  • using the word "forget"in the sense of minimizing
  • 00:40:09.045 --> 00:40:12.382
  • the negative impact of our past.
  • 00:40:12.415 --> 00:40:15.318
  • So stop allowingthings from the past
  • 00:40:15.351 --> 00:40:17.687
  • to control you in the present.
  • 00:40:17.720 --> 00:40:20.590
  • Paul shook things off.
  • 00:40:20.623 --> 00:40:21.958
  • He didn't let them cling to himlike anchors pulling him down.
  • 00:40:21.991 --> 00:40:25.829
  • What do we forgetwhen we forget the past?
  • 00:40:25.862 --> 00:40:27.630
  • Well, there'sa couple of things.
  • 00:40:27.664 --> 00:40:28.965
  • First of all, we have to forgetour successes.
  • 00:40:28.998 --> 00:40:32.535
  • Here's this great apostlewho's accomplished more
  • 00:40:32.569 --> 00:40:34.838
  • than most of uscould ever accomplish
  • 00:40:34.871 --> 00:40:36.806
  • in ten lifetimes,
  • 00:40:36.840 --> 00:40:38.141
  • and he said, in effect,"I have not yet arrived."
  • 00:40:38.174 --> 00:40:43.079
  • And that amazes mebecause I've spent my lifetime
  • 00:40:43.112 --> 00:40:45.448
  • studying Paul's lifeand writing,
  • 00:40:45.482 --> 00:40:47.317
  • and his influence for Christis breathtaking.
  • 00:40:47.350 --> 00:40:51.521
  • I don't know any man
  • 00:40:51.554 --> 00:40:52.856
  • you could say wasmore successful than Paul,
  • 00:40:52.889 --> 00:40:55.792
  • but the key to his successwas he knew he had not arrived.
  • 00:40:55.825 --> 00:40:59.062
  • He wasn't proud; he was humble.
  • 00:40:59.095 --> 00:41:01.130
  • He didn't look at the pastand try to live on his laurels.
  • 00:41:01.164 --> 00:41:05.201
  • He lived for the present.
  • 00:41:05.235 --> 00:41:07.237
  • And we need to do the same.
  • 00:41:07.270 --> 00:41:08.571
  • Maybe you look backon your life
  • 00:41:08.605 --> 00:41:09.939
  • and you had a great career.
  • 00:41:09.973 --> 00:41:11.941
  • Maybe you were at the very topof whatever it is that you do.
  • 00:41:11.975 --> 00:41:16.045
  • But thatisn't gonna help you now
  • 00:41:16.079 --> 00:41:17.380
  • and it surely won't help youin the future.
  • 00:41:17.413 --> 00:41:19.716
  • For you to go forward,you have to learn to forget.
  • 00:41:19.749 --> 00:41:23.887
  • But you know what?
  • 00:41:23.920 --> 00:41:25.221
  • Successes may beharder to forget.
  • 00:41:25.255 --> 00:41:28.458
  • We like to forget our failures.
  • 00:41:28.491 --> 00:41:31.461
  • That's the second thingI wanna talk to you about:
  • 00:41:31.494 --> 00:41:33.930
  • forgetting your mistakes.
  • 00:41:33.963 --> 00:41:35.865
  • The other way of taking
  • 00:41:35.899 --> 00:41:37.200
  • God's perspectiveregarding your past
  • 00:41:37.233 --> 00:41:39.135
  • is to simply make upyour mind
  • 00:41:39.168 --> 00:41:41.137
  • to forget those thingsthat haunt you.
  • 00:41:41.170 --> 00:41:43.673
  • After Paul's dramatic conversionon the Damascus road,
  • 00:41:43.706 --> 00:41:46.910
  • many Christians rememberedwhat he had done
  • 00:41:46.943 --> 00:41:49.946
  • and they were stillafraid of him.
  • 00:41:49.979 --> 00:41:52.549
  • What if Paul had continuedto live in that past?
  • 00:41:52.582 --> 00:41:55.451
  • What if he kept flogging himselffor what he had done?
  • 00:41:55.485 --> 00:41:58.154
  • He would have losthis influence,
  • 00:41:58.187 --> 00:41:59.856
  • and instead,he acknowledged his past,
  • 00:41:59.889 --> 00:42:02.792
  • but was full of gratitudefor God's grace
  • 00:42:02.825 --> 00:42:05.361
  • and for his total forgiveness.
  • 00:42:05.395 --> 00:42:07.897
  • The past lends perspectivefor the future,
  • 00:42:07.931 --> 00:42:10.500
  • but if you linger theretoo long,
  • 00:42:10.533 --> 00:42:12.735
  • your recollectionwill obliterate your dreams
  • 00:42:12.769 --> 00:42:15.305
  • and hinder youfrom going forward.
  • 00:42:15.338 --> 00:42:18.641
  • Hear me carefully.
  • 00:42:18.675 --> 00:42:19.976
  • Focus on God's purpose,focus on his perspective.
  • 00:42:20.009 --> 00:42:24.347
  • And then, thirdly,focus on his plan.
  • 00:42:24.380 --> 00:42:28.585
  • As we continuewith our passage in Philippians,
  • 00:42:28.618 --> 00:42:31.421
  • notice that Paul becomesmore specific,
  • 00:42:31.454 --> 00:42:33.856
  • moving from our perspectiveto our plans.
  • 00:42:33.890 --> 00:42:36.993
  • He says, "Reaching forward
  • 00:42:37.293 --> 00:42:38.895
  • to those thingswhich are ahead."
  • 00:42:38.928 --> 00:42:42.265
  • God's purposefor all of us is the same:
  • 00:42:42.298 --> 00:42:45.335
  • to become more like Jesus.
  • 00:42:45.368 --> 00:42:46.769
  • But his plansfor each of us are unique.
  • 00:42:46.803 --> 00:42:49.606
  • He has a distinct blueprint
  • 00:42:49.639 --> 00:42:51.574
  • for the lifeof every individual on earth
  • 00:42:51.608 --> 00:42:54.010
  • and in history.
  • 00:42:54.043 --> 00:42:55.511
  • His plan for you is tailor-madeand it's for you alone.
  • 00:42:55.545 --> 00:42:59.449
  • It's perfectfor the way he made you
  • 00:42:59.482 --> 00:43:01.484
  • and the experiencesthat you've had.
  • 00:43:01.517 --> 00:43:03.886
  • Everything has prepared youfor his next step in your life.
  • 00:43:03.920 --> 00:43:08.958
  • But you have to follow him
  • 00:43:08.992 --> 00:43:10.627
  • into unknown territory,into the future.
  • 00:43:10.660 --> 00:43:13.429
  • You have to learn what it meansto walk by faith.
  • 00:43:13.463 --> 00:43:16.799
  • The Psalmist put it this way:"The steps of a good man
  • 00:43:16.833 --> 00:43:19.736
  • are ordered by the Lord,and He delights in his way."
  • 00:43:19.769 --> 00:43:24.874
  • We aren't good in ourselves,but we are good in Christ.
  • 00:43:24.907 --> 00:43:28.611
  • And in Christ,God not only orders
  • 00:43:28.645 --> 00:43:31.014
  • your steps and your stops,
  • 00:43:31.047 --> 00:43:33.082
  • he delights in the wayhe guides you forward.
  • 00:43:33.116 --> 00:43:35.785
  • He delightsin his plans for you.
  • 00:43:35.818 --> 00:43:37.754
  • Shouldn't you delightin them too?
  • 00:43:37.787 --> 00:43:39.355
  • If God is delighted
  • 00:43:39.389 --> 00:43:40.690
  • in his purposeand plan for your life,
  • 00:43:40.723 --> 00:43:42.992
  • should you not also delightin those plans?
  • 00:43:43.026 --> 00:43:47.597
  • So you need to focuson God's purpose
  • 00:43:47.630 --> 00:43:50.199
  • and focus on his perspective,
  • 00:43:50.233 --> 00:43:52.101
  • looking back,but not staying back in history.
  • 00:43:52.135 --> 00:43:56.406
  • Focus on his plan,
  • 00:43:56.439 --> 00:43:57.774
  • find out what hewants you to do,
  • 00:43:57.807 --> 00:43:59.842
  • and then focus on his prize.
  • 00:43:59.876 --> 00:44:02.578
  • Finally, to live a focused life,you need to fix your attention
  • 00:44:02.612 --> 00:44:06.315
  • on heaven and the rewardthat awaits you there.
  • 00:44:06.349 --> 00:44:10.386
  • Paul wrote,"I press toward the goal
  • 00:44:10.420 --> 00:44:13.756
  • for the prize of the upward callof God in Christ Jesus."
  • 00:44:13.790 --> 00:44:19.662
  • For Paul, the goal and prizewere one and the same.
  • 00:44:19.696 --> 00:44:23.766
  • Not defined in this verse,
  • 00:44:23.800 --> 00:44:25.968
  • this is a clear referenceto the many promises given
  • 00:44:26.002 --> 00:44:28.404
  • to those who arevictorious in Christ.
  • 00:44:28.438 --> 00:44:31.307
  • Remember, the Bible saysthat when we get to heaven,
  • 00:44:31.340 --> 00:44:33.676
  • if we've lived for the Lord,
  • 00:44:33.710 --> 00:44:35.144
  • the Lord Jesus is gonna welcomeus home with these words:
  • 00:44:35.178 --> 00:44:38.181
  • "Well done,good and faithful servant."
  • 00:44:38.214 --> 00:44:41.184
  • It embraces "the crownof righteousness."
  • 00:44:41.217 --> 00:44:43.586
  • I could also refer towhat Peter called
  • 00:44:43.619 --> 00:44:45.521
  • "the crown of glorywhich doesn't fade away."
  • 00:44:45.555 --> 00:44:49.292
  • Whatever else,this prize and goal will be
  • 00:44:49.325 --> 00:44:52.428
  • more than "eye has seenor ear has heard."
  • 00:44:52.462 --> 00:44:55.364
  • God's plan for you is to rewardyou so abundantly,
  • 00:44:55.398 --> 00:44:59.135
  • I promise you,you won't believe it.
  • 00:44:59.168 --> 00:45:01.671
  • According to the apostle Peter,you have
  • 00:45:01.704 --> 00:45:04.006
  • "an inheritanceincorruptible and undefiled
  • 00:45:04.040 --> 00:45:07.710
  • that does not fade away,reserved in heaven for you."
  • 00:45:07.744 --> 00:45:13.249
  • How many of you knowhow important it is
  • 00:45:13.282 --> 00:45:14.984
  • to keep your eyesfocused on the future?
  • 00:45:15.017 --> 00:45:19.455
  • Florence Chadwicklearned that lesson.
  • 00:45:19.489 --> 00:45:22.525
  • She was an accomplishedlong-distance swimmer
  • 00:45:22.558 --> 00:45:25.394
  • and the first woman
  • 00:45:25.428 --> 00:45:26.729
  • to swim the English Channelin both directions,
  • 00:45:26.763 --> 00:45:29.365
  • setting new records each way.
  • 00:45:29.398 --> 00:45:33.002
  • It was back in 1952,she was 34 years old,
  • 00:45:33.035 --> 00:45:36.172
  • and she set out to breakanother record.
  • 00:45:36.205 --> 00:45:39.175
  • No woman had ever swum
  • 00:45:39.208 --> 00:45:40.610
  • the more than 20-mile channelbetween Catalina and California.
  • 00:45:40.643 --> 00:45:46.449
  • The conditions on the morningof her swim were not ideal.
  • 00:45:46.482 --> 00:45:50.553
  • The water was coldand the fog had settled in.
  • 00:45:50.586 --> 00:45:54.423
  • Soon after she began to swim,
  • 00:45:54.457 --> 00:45:57.226
  • she could barely see the boatsaccompanying her
  • 00:45:57.260 --> 00:46:00.196
  • and, to make matters worse,
  • 00:46:00.229 --> 00:46:01.597
  • sharks trailed her several timesand had to be driven off.
  • 00:46:01.631 --> 00:46:06.068
  • Still, Florence Chadwick swam onfor more than 15 hours.
  • 00:46:06.102 --> 00:46:10.540
  • Finally, physicallyand emotionally exhausted,
  • 00:46:10.573 --> 00:46:13.843
  • she stopped swimming.
  • 00:46:13.876 --> 00:46:15.444
  • She was pulled into the boat
  • 00:46:15.478 --> 00:46:17.146
  • and taken towardthe California shore,
  • 00:46:17.180 --> 00:46:19.382
  • which she discoveredto her dismay
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  • was a little morethan a half mile away.
  • 00:46:21.951 --> 00:46:25.955
  • After swimming almost 20 miles,
  • 00:46:25.988 --> 00:46:28.424
  • she had quita half a mile from her goal.
  • 00:46:28.457 --> 00:46:33.029
  • On the following day,she told the news media,
  • 00:46:33.062 --> 00:46:35.765
  • "All I could see was the fog.
  • 00:46:35.798 --> 00:46:38.601
  • I think if I could have seenthe shore,
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  • I would have made it."
  • 00:46:40.870 --> 00:46:43.372
  • Two months later,
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  • Florence was backon Catalina Island,
  • 00:46:44.740 --> 00:46:47.043
  • stepping into the waterto try the swim again.
  • 00:46:47.076 --> 00:46:49.679
  • Unfortunately,
  • 00:46:49.712 --> 00:46:51.013
  • weather conditionswere no better.
  • 00:46:51.047 --> 00:46:52.682
  • The water was cold and, again,
  • 00:46:52.715 --> 00:46:54.283
  • a dense fog settledover the channel.
  • 00:46:54.317 --> 00:46:56.886
  • But this time,she swam all the way:
  • 00:46:56.919 --> 00:46:58.921
  • the first woman to make it.
  • 00:46:58.955 --> 00:47:00.590
  • What made the difference,she later said
  • 00:47:00.623 --> 00:47:02.491
  • that while swimmingthose last grueling miles,
  • 00:47:02.525 --> 00:47:05.061
  • she kept her mind focusedon a vivid mental image
  • 00:47:05.094 --> 00:47:08.231
  • of the California shore.
  • 00:47:08.264 --> 00:47:10.666
  • "At that moment," she said,
  • 00:47:10.700 --> 00:47:12.001
  • "I knew the real meaningof faith described in the Bible:
  • 00:47:12.034 --> 00:47:14.937
  • 'the substanceof things hoped for,
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  • the evidenceof things not seen.'"
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  • This, then,is your four-lane road
  • 00:47:21.344 --> 00:47:24.380
  • that God wants youto focus on as you go forward:
  • 00:47:24.413 --> 00:47:27.650
  • driving down the lanesof his purpose,
  • 00:47:27.683 --> 00:47:30.286
  • his perspective,his plan, and his prize.
  • 00:47:30.319 --> 00:47:33.356
  • But there's one final thingthat draws all of this together
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  • as you seek to move forwardtoward God's plan
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  • for the next phaseof your life.
  • 00:47:40.730 --> 00:47:42.965
  • You must find your passionand give your life to one thing.
  • 00:47:42.999 --> 00:47:47.069
  • You must choose one chair.
  • 00:47:47.103 --> 00:47:49.138
  • As an old Russian proverbput it:
  • 00:47:49.171 --> 00:47:51.073
  • "If you choose two rabbits,you'll not catch either one."
  • 00:47:51.107 --> 00:47:55.011
  • Gilbert is one of the bestrunners in the world,
  • 00:47:55.044 --> 00:47:57.813
  • a skill he developed
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  • when he had to literally runfor his life
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  • as a boy in Burundi.
  • 00:48:01.083 --> 00:48:03.819
  • His story is harrowing.
  • 00:48:03.853 --> 00:48:05.922
  • In October of 1993,
  • 00:48:05.955 --> 00:48:07.556
  • Gilbert was sittingin his high school class,
  • 00:48:07.590 --> 00:48:10.126
  • probably thinking about running.
  • 00:48:10.159 --> 00:48:12.495
  • He could hardly wait to teararound the track again.
  • 00:48:12.528 --> 00:48:15.264
  • But on that day,
  • 00:48:15.298 --> 00:48:16.599
  • the simple routinesof the classroom
  • 00:48:16.632 --> 00:48:18.200
  • were shatteredby Hutu terrorists.
  • 00:48:18.234 --> 00:48:21.504
  • The school was invadedby hostile members of the tribe.
  • 00:48:21.537 --> 00:48:25.007
  • They descended on the childrenwith genocidal rage.
  • 00:48:25.041 --> 00:48:29.111
  • More than 150 childrenand their teachers
  • 00:48:29.145 --> 00:48:31.881
  • were forced into a small room
  • 00:48:31.914 --> 00:48:34.050
  • and hacked to deathwith machetes and burned alive.
  • 00:48:34.083 --> 00:48:38.688
  • Gilbert wasn't killed,
  • 00:48:38.721 --> 00:48:40.089
  • but he found himselfat the bottom of a pile,
  • 00:48:40.122 --> 00:48:42.491
  • buried under the burning corpsesof his classmates.
  • 00:48:42.525 --> 00:48:47.363
  • The smoldering fireate into his skin,
  • 00:48:47.396 --> 00:48:50.900
  • but he remained hiddenfor more than nine hours
  • 00:48:50.933 --> 00:48:53.869
  • while the torturersstayed outside,
  • 00:48:53.903 --> 00:48:55.771
  • laughing and dancing.
  • 00:48:55.805 --> 00:48:57.606
  • Finally, Gilbertsmashed through a window
  • 00:48:57.640 --> 00:49:00.643
  • and took off like an arrow.
  • 00:49:00.676 --> 00:49:02.845
  • The Hutus chased him,but Gilbert outran them
  • 00:49:02.878 --> 00:49:05.181
  • and made itto a local hospital
  • 00:49:05.214 --> 00:49:07.049
  • where doctors told himhe would never run again.
  • 00:49:07.083 --> 00:49:11.387
  • Gilbert didn't believethe doctors.
  • 00:49:11.420 --> 00:49:12.888
  • He felt God had spared him
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  • and that the Lord hada plan for his life.
  • 00:49:14.357 --> 00:49:16.959
  • He said, "I always knewthat my faith would be tested,
  • 00:49:16.993 --> 00:49:19.362
  • and it certainly was
  • 00:49:19.395 --> 00:49:20.696
  • in those hours when my schoolwas attacked.
  • 00:49:20.730 --> 00:49:23.432
  • My belief in Godhas never faltered.
  • 00:49:23.466 --> 00:49:26.202
  • I never blamed him or wonderedhow he would have let
  • 00:49:26.235 --> 00:49:29.438
  • such a thing happen to meor my classmates.
  • 00:49:29.472 --> 00:49:32.641
  • I accepted what was taking placeand I knew that it was all
  • 00:49:32.675 --> 00:49:36.979
  • part of a planmuch larger than me."
  • 00:49:37.013 --> 00:49:41.417
  • Gilbert persevered until hewas running well enough
  • 00:49:41.450 --> 00:49:44.053
  • to win the BurundiNational Championship
  • 00:49:44.086 --> 00:49:46.689
  • in the 400 and 800 meters.
  • 00:49:46.722 --> 00:49:49.025
  • His coaches felt he hadOlympic potential
  • 00:49:49.058 --> 00:49:52.294
  • and he was sentto the United States
  • 00:49:52.328 --> 00:49:54.730
  • as partof an Olympic training program.
  • 00:49:54.764 --> 00:49:56.932
  • There,Abilene Christian University
  • 00:49:56.966 --> 00:49:58.934
  • offered him a scholarship.
  • 00:49:58.968 --> 00:50:01.037
  • After graduation, Gilbert movedto Austin to coach young runners
  • 00:50:01.070 --> 00:50:04.974
  • and, soon, his ministrywas off and running.
  • 00:50:05.007 --> 00:50:07.610
  • His books, his speeches,his coaching,
  • 00:50:07.643 --> 00:50:10.613
  • have touched thousands of lives.
  • 00:50:10.646 --> 00:50:13.049
  • What's more, Gilbert startedthe Gazelle Foundation,
  • 00:50:13.082 --> 00:50:16.552
  • whose slogan is"Run for the water,"
  • 00:50:16.585 --> 00:50:18.821
  • to fund and buildclean water projects
  • 00:50:18.854 --> 00:50:21.123
  • for the people of Burundi.
  • 00:50:21.157 --> 00:50:23.059
  • His Gilbert's Gazelles traininggroup provides motivation
  • 00:50:23.092 --> 00:50:26.762
  • to help runnersof all ages at all levels.
  • 00:50:26.796 --> 00:50:31.000
  • I like someone like that,someone who never loses focus,
  • 00:50:31.033 --> 00:50:34.737
  • who runs to win,
  • 00:50:34.770 --> 00:50:36.172
  • whose life is definedby one thing.
  • 00:50:36.205 --> 00:50:38.207
  • You see this kind of focusoften in the Bible
  • 00:50:38.240 --> 00:50:40.543
  • because the writersof the Bible
  • 00:50:40.576 --> 00:50:42.912
  • knew somethingabout focusing on one thing.
  • 00:50:42.945 --> 00:50:46.248
  • For instance, David said,
  • 00:50:46.282 --> 00:50:48.484
  • "One thing I have desiredof the Lord, that will I seek:
  • 00:50:48.517 --> 00:50:52.521
  • that I may dwellin the house of the Lord
  • 00:50:52.555 --> 00:50:54.657
  • all the days of my life,
  • 00:50:54.690 --> 00:50:56.392
  • to behold the beautyof the Lord."
  • 00:50:56.425 --> 00:50:59.628
  • Jesus saidto the rich young ruler,
  • 00:50:59.662 --> 00:51:01.797
  • "One thing you lack:Go your way,
  • 00:51:01.831 --> 00:51:04.433
  • sell whatever you haveand give it to the poor,
  • 00:51:04.467 --> 00:51:06.802
  • and you will havetreasure in heaven;
  • 00:51:06.836 --> 00:51:08.604
  • and come, take up the cross,and follow Me."
  • 00:51:08.637 --> 00:51:11.807
  • Jesus toldthe distracted homemaker,
  • 00:51:11.841 --> 00:51:14.510
  • Martha, "One thing is needed,
  • 00:51:14.543 --> 00:51:16.979
  • and Mary has chosenthat good part."
  • 00:51:17.012 --> 00:51:19.381
  • The man healed by Jesus said,"One thing I know:
  • 00:51:19.415 --> 00:51:22.485
  • that though I was blind,now I see."
  • 00:51:22.518 --> 00:51:24.887
  • And the apostle Paul said,"I focus on one thing."
  • 00:51:24.920 --> 00:51:30.860
  • This phrase, "one thing,"implies consecration.
  • 00:51:30.893 --> 00:51:34.864
  • It's a word meaning to dedicateyourself and your every day
  • 00:51:34.897 --> 00:51:38.334
  • to the wonderful will of God.
  • 00:51:38.367 --> 00:51:41.170
  • At the core of Paul's life wasone motivating principle:
  • 00:51:41.203 --> 00:51:45.174
  • he focused on Christ,
  • 00:51:45.207 --> 00:51:46.942
  • he concentratedhis walk with Jesus.
  • 00:51:46.976 --> 00:51:49.678
  • He said, in effect, "Lord,your will be done today
  • 00:51:49.712 --> 00:51:52.848
  • and every remaining dayI have on this earth.
  • 00:51:52.882 --> 00:51:56.018
  • Not my will, but yours be done."
  • 00:51:56.051 --> 00:51:59.455
  • And that brings me to the secretof the focused life:
  • 00:51:59.488 --> 00:52:02.491
  • staying committedto your passion,
  • 00:52:02.525 --> 00:52:05.728
  • to your one thing.
  • 00:52:05.761 --> 00:52:07.863
  • Several years ago,I was reminded of this truth
  • 00:52:07.897 --> 00:52:11.333
  • when I was invited to tour
  • 00:52:11.367 --> 00:52:12.668
  • one of the largest carrot farmsin America.
  • 00:52:12.701 --> 00:52:16.805
  • Our host showed me
  • 00:52:16.839 --> 00:52:18.174
  • the countless wayscarrots are consumed:
  • 00:52:18.207 --> 00:52:21.143
  • carrot juice, carrot cake,baby carrots,
  • 00:52:21.177 --> 00:52:24.113
  • dozens of other products
  • 00:52:24.146 --> 00:52:25.648
  • I never dreamedcame from carrots.
  • 00:52:25.681 --> 00:52:28.584
  • When I asked, "How muchof the carrot do you use?"
  • 00:52:28.617 --> 00:52:31.420
  • my host replied, "We useevery part of the carrot.
  • 00:52:31.453 --> 00:52:35.024
  • Not a single bit goes to waste."
  • 00:52:35.057 --> 00:52:38.027
  • To illustrate his point,he went to the whiteboard
  • 00:52:38.060 --> 00:52:41.230
  • in the conference roomwhere we were,
  • 00:52:41.263 --> 00:52:43.532
  • and on that whiteboard,he drew a picture of a carrot.
  • 00:52:43.566 --> 00:52:48.337
  • And then he carefully labeledevery part of the carrot
  • 00:52:48.370 --> 00:52:51.140
  • and how it's used.
  • 00:52:51.173 --> 00:52:52.675
  • And he was right:nothing goes to waste.
  • 00:52:52.708 --> 00:52:56.278
  • My friend builta hugely successful business
  • 00:52:56.312 --> 00:52:59.348
  • by staying focused on carrots.
  • 00:52:59.381 --> 00:53:03.319
  • When I returned to my office,I gathered our staff together
  • 00:53:03.352 --> 00:53:06.088
  • and I told them aboutmy whiteboard lesson on carrots.
  • 00:53:06.121 --> 00:53:09.058
  • And I went to our whiteboardand I sketched a Bible
  • 00:53:09.091 --> 00:53:12.795
  • and I said, "This is my carrot.
  • 00:53:12.828 --> 00:53:15.464
  • Let's stay focusedon our one thing."
  • 00:53:15.497 --> 00:53:18.400
  • Our goal is the sameas my carrot-farming friend:
  • 00:53:18.434 --> 00:53:22.404
  • let nothing of the pureand precious
  • 00:53:22.438 --> 00:53:24.640
  • life-giving Word of Godbe wasted.
  • 00:53:24.673 --> 00:53:28.110
  • To be good stewardsof the calling of God
  • 00:53:28.143 --> 00:53:30.512
  • that has given usthe privilege
  • 00:53:30.546 --> 00:53:32.081
  • of proclaiming his Wordto as many people as possible
  • 00:53:32.114 --> 00:53:36.118
  • in our lifetime.
  • 00:53:36.151 --> 00:53:37.686
  • This is our mission.
  • 00:53:37.720 --> 00:53:39.255
  • This is our one thing.
  • 00:53:39.288 --> 00:53:40.823
  • This is our main thing.
  • 00:53:40.856 --> 00:53:42.725
  • This is our focus.
  • 00:53:42.758 --> 00:53:44.793
  • I don't know the detailsof God's plan for your life,
  • 00:53:44.827 --> 00:53:48.631
  • but I do know this.
  • 00:53:48.664 --> 00:53:50.499
  • As you focus on his purpose,his perspective,
  • 00:53:50.532 --> 00:53:53.035
  • his plan, and his prize,
  • 00:53:53.068 --> 00:53:55.037
  • he will guide youon the journey forward.
  • 00:53:55.070 --> 00:53:57.940
  • Commit yourselfto following the Lord
  • 00:53:57.973 --> 00:53:59.775
  • to the best of your ability.
  • 00:53:59.808 --> 00:54:01.410
  • Soon, you will enjoythe adventure of discovering
  • 00:54:01.443 --> 00:54:04.013
  • and living for one thing,step by step and day by day.
  • 00:54:04.046 --> 00:54:08.484
  • I will never forget the power
  • 00:54:08.517 --> 00:54:10.853
  • of the storywith which this message began.
  • 00:54:10.886 --> 00:54:14.123
  • You have to get to the place
  • 00:54:14.156 --> 00:54:15.724
  • where you're willingto sit in one chair
  • 00:54:15.758 --> 00:54:19.395
  • and let God lead youforward with his plan.
  • 00:54:19.428 --> 00:54:23.265
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  • right after this.
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  • for today's program,here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: If you're seriousabout moving forward,
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  • there is one crucial stepto complete first.
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  • It's step one of this process:knowing Christ
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  • as your personal Lordand Savior.
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  • I hope you're walking stronglywith Christ
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  • because faith in Christis the starting block
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  • that will keep propellingyou forward.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Unbeliefforfeits your opportunities
  • 00:56:57.085 --> 00:56:59.721
  • and jeopardizes your objective.
  • 00:56:59.755 --> 00:57:02.658
  • So, let's keep seizingthe moments God provides
  • 00:57:02.691 --> 00:57:06.228
  • for us with child-like wonder.
  • 00:57:06.261 --> 00:57:09.698
  • If God said it, I believe it,and that settles it
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  • and I'm gonna do it.
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  • Join us next timeas Dr. Jeremiah challenges you
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