Run to the Roar | Episode 10 | TBN

Run to the Roar | Episode 10

Watch Run to the Roar | Episode 10
July 23, 2018
27:30

Mark Batterson: Chase the Lion

Closed captions
  • - [Man] Quit living as if the purpose of life
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  • is to arrive safely at death.
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  • Run to the roar.
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  • Go after a dream that's destined to fail
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  • without divine intervention.
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  • Stop complaining about problems.
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  • Become part of the solution.
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  • Stop repeating the past,
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  • and start creating the future.
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  • Face your fears.
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  • Fight for your dreams.
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  • Grab opportunity by the mane and don't let go.
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  • Live like today is the first day and last day
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  • of your life.
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  • Blaze new trails.
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  • Live for the applause of nail-scarred hands.
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  • Dare to fail.
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  • Dare to be different.
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  • Quit holding out.
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  • Quit holding back.
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  • Quit running away.
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  • Chase the lion.
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  • - God honors brave prayers,
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  • and brave prayers honor God.
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  • And sometimes the bravest prayer you can pray
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  • is the prayer you've prayed 100 times
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  • that God hasn't answered.
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  • It's the prayer that you can barely believe God for.
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  • For me, one of those prayers was asking God
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  • to heal my asthma, and it was brave
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  • because I'd prayed that prayer hundreds of times
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  • over 40 years.
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  • My earliest memory is an asthma attack.
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  • I woke up in the middle of the night
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  • and my dad took me to the emergency room.
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  • That routine was repeated night after night
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  • until I finally got an inhaler.
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  • Over the next 40 years, there weren't 40 days
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  • that I didn't take a puff.
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  • I never went anywhere without my inhaler.
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  • I played basketball in college,
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  • but I did it with an inhaler in my sock.
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  • When I went to sleep at night,
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  • there was an inhaler underneath my pillow.
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  • If you add it up, I spent at least three months
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  • of my life in the intensive care unit.
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  • When I was 13 years old,
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  • I was in the ICU, and they issued a Code Blue.
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  • I thought I was taking my last breath.
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  • But I eventually pulled through it
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  • with the prayers of my parents and my pastor.
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  • A week later, Pastor Paul McGarvey
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  • and a prayer team from Calvary Church
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  • in Naperville, Illinois, came over to our house,
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  • they laid hands on me, and they prayed
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  • that God would heal my asthma.
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  • God answered that prayer for healing,
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  • but not in the way I expected.
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  • When I woke up the next morning,
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  • I still had asthma, but all the warts on my feet
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  • had mysteriously disappeared.
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  • Not even kidding.
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  • Now at first, I wondered if God had made a mistake.
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  • Maybe signals got crossed between here and Heaven.
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  • I couldn't help but wonder if there was someone somewhere
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  • who was breathing great
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  • but still had warts on their feet.
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  • I was a little confused,
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  • but that's when I heard the still, small voice of God.
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  • It wasn't an audible voice, it was spirit to spirit,
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  • but it was loud and clear.
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  • The spirit of God said, "Mark, I just wanted you to know
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  • that I'm able."
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  • And he's not just able.
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  • He's able to do immeasurably more
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  • than all we can ask or imagine
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  • according to his power that's at work within us.
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  • On July 2, 2016,
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  • we started a new series of sermons
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  • at National Community Church called Mountains Move.
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  • There comes a moment when you need to stop
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  • talking to God about your mountains
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  • and start talking to your mountains about God.
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  • So I challenged our church to pray the bravest prayer,
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  • a lion chaser prayer.
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  • One of my heroes is Teddy Roosevelt.
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  • In fact I've read more biographies
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  • about Teddy Roosevelt than anybody else,
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  • and I think one of the reasons why
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  • I love Roosevelt is because he had severe asthma
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  • like I did.
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  • In fact some of his earliest memories are his father
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  • carrying him around their Manhattan home
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  • in the middle of the night because he couldn't breathe.
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  • And it was when he was a young boy
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  • that his father said, "Theodore, you have the mind
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  • but you don't have the body.
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  • And without the body, the mind can only take you so far."
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  • His father said, "You're gonna have to make your body."
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  • And that's what Roosevelt decided to do.
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  • You know, you think about all that he did.
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  • I mean, a man's man.
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  • But the reality is he was 100-pound weakling.
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  • But day after day, week after week,
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  • month after month, he started working out
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  • in the gym that his father built
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  • on the second level of their home.
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  • And it took years, but he eventually
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  • remade his body.
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  • I kinda feel like that with this training.
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  • In fact when I run one of the things I do
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  • is I typically run the Mount Vernon Trail
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  • out to Roosevelt Island,
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  • and I tap Roosevelt's toe.
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  • Because I think it's my way of tipping my cap
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  • to one of the people that's inspired me.
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  • One of my mantras is, do hard things.
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  • You gotta push your limits.
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  • You know what I found?
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  • It's when I feel like I've done something
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  • that's killing me that makes me come to life.
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  • And that's really what this marathon has been about.
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  • I have a theory.
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  • Anybody can do anything if they work hard enough,
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  • long enough and smart enough.
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  • Now I know that there are some genetic limits
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  • athletically.
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  • You know, if you're five foot tall
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  • you're probably not gonna play in the NBA.
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  • But I really believe we're all capable
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  • of far more than we imagine
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  • if we're willing to work hard enough for it.
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  • Honestly the marathon is about me doing
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  • something that I couldn't have done a few years ago.
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  • You know, if the Lord hadn't healed my asthma
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  • I wouldn't even be trying.
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  • And then add to that six knee surgeries,
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  • and I'm not a distance runner.
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  • But you know what?
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  • In some ways this is about just proving to myself
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  • that it's something I can do, and by doing that
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  • maybe proving to some other people
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  • that they're capable of doing more than they think.
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  • (mid tempo music)
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  • What is the bravest prayer that you can pray?
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  • You can ask God to move that mountain.
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  • I came to a point where I said enough is enough.
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  • I've stayed at this mountain long enough.
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  • Now here's the thing.
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  • You don't get to tell God when and where
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  • and how the miracle happens.
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  • But there are moments where you can step out in faith
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  • and believe God again.
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  • I don't know why so many times it seems like
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  • that prayer for healing has gone unanswered,
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  • but a switch flipped 50 days ago.
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  • I want you to know I haven't taken my inhaler
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  • between then and now.
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  • That's 50 days.
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  • (cheering and applause)
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  • If you add up all the days over 40 years
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  • that I haven't taken a puff on my inhaler,
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  • it wouldn't add up to...
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  • My legs are cramping.
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  • But I haven't lost my breath once.
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  • - [Woman] Thank you.
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  • - Gonna finish this thing.
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  • It's so unbelievable and so unexplainable to me,
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  • but that's what a miracle is, right?
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  • (soft piano music)
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  • Let me say a few things about that testimony.
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  • First of all, it's not about the marathon.
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  • It's about the miracle.
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  • And if God did it for me, I believe he can do it for you.
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  • That marathon, one of the hardest things I've ever done,
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  • and that's why I did it.
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  • But one of the lessons I learned is this.
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  • The key to finishing the race
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  • is running at the right pace.
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  • I have no doubt that Benaiah was sprinting at full speed
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  • when he chased that lion into a pit.
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  • But Benaiah's life isn't just about one act of courage.
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  • It's about long obedience in the same direction.
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  • Yes, it took incredible faith to chase the lion,
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  • and that opened the door of opportunity,
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  • but it was his faithfulness over 40 years
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  • that positioned him as commander in chief.
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  • We overestimate what we can accomplish
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  • in a year or two, but we underestimate what God can do
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  • over 10 or 20 or 40 years.
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  • In 1963, Israeli archeologists excavated
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  • Herod the Great's palace at Masada.
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  • Inside the fortress they found skeletal remains
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  • and ancient artifacts, but the most curious find
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  • was a sealed jar with seeds preserved inside it.
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  • Radiocarbon dating gave them the age range
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  • between 155 BC and 64 AD.
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  • So somewhere in the vicinity of 2000 years old.
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  • Researchers also figured out that those seeds
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  • belonged to an extinct species of trees
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  • called the Judean date palm.
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  • Well, they put them in storage for 40 years
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  • at Bar-Ilan University in Jerusalem.
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  • Then in 2005, three seeds were planted
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  • interesting the Arabah Desert.
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  • Eight weeks later one of those seeds sprouted.
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  • The oldest seed to be successfully germinated,
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  • so they named it Methuselah after the oldest person
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  • in the Bible.
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  • By 2008, that one seed had grown into a five-foot tree
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  • with a dozen leaves.
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  • It flowered for the first time in 2011,
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  • and at last measurement in 2015,
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  • Methuselah was a ten-foot-tall,
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  • pollen-producing Judean date palm.
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  • In the field of botany,
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  • there are two categories of seed:
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  • orthodox and unorthodox.
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  • What sets an orthodox seed apart
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  • is its ability to survive.
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  • Now an unorthodox seed can't survive
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  • below 10 degrees Celsius.
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  • But an orthodox seed,
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  • it can survive a drought, survive a glacier,
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  • or even 20 centuries like Methuselah.
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  • During this series, we've been talking about
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  • chasing those 500-pound dreams God has put in your heart.
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  • Those God-size, God-ordained dreams
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  • are orthodox seeds.
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  • Even when it seems like a dream has died,
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  • it can still spring back to life.
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  • Even when you die, your dreams do not.
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  • Long after you're long gone,
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  • your dreams have the potential to impact nations
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  • and generations.
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  • You may think I'm overstating the power
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  • of a single seed, but if you do
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  • I think you're underestimating the God
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  • who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask
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  • or imagine.
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  • Our faith earns compound interest for eternity.
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  • We live in a culture that seeks 15 minutes of fame.
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  • In God's kingdom it's all about faithfulness.
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  • It's about long obedience in the same direction.
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  • We live in a culture where things happen at the speed
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  • of light.
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  • In God's kingdom, things happen at the speed of a seed
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  • planted in the ground that has to take root
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  • before it can bear fruit.
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  • So you can't just dream big,
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  • you also have to think long.
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  • Here's the good news.
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  • God is preparing good works in advance,
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  • and if we plant and water,
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  • God will give the increase.
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  • He who began a good work work will carry it
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  • to completion.
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  • We tend to think right here, right now.
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  • Faith is thinking about nations and generations.
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  • We tend to pray ASAP prayers, as soon as possible.
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  • We need to pray ALAT prayers, as long as it takes.
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  • We tend to think that what God does for us is for us.
  • 00:12:45.130 --> 00:12:49.270
  • But it's never just for us.
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  • It's always for the third and fourth generation.
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  • He's the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac,
  • 00:12:55.290 --> 00:12:59.180
  • and the God of Jacob.
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  • Galatians 6:9 says,
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  • "Let us not become weary in doing good,
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  • for at the proper time we will reap a harvest
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  • if we not give up."
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  • You cannot break the law of sowing and reaping.
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  • It will make or break you.
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  • But if you keep doing the right things day in and day out
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  • God is gonna show up and show off.
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  • I can't tell you when or where or how,
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  • but you can live with the holy anticipation
  • 00:13:25.130 --> 00:13:28.280
  • because the best is yet to come.
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  • - When the Russian comedian Yakov Smirnoff
  • 00:15:01.030 --> 00:15:03.230
  • immigrated to the United States, he said
  • 00:15:03.230 --> 00:15:06.140
  • that the thing he loved most about America
  • 00:15:06.140 --> 00:15:08.270
  • were our grocery stores.
  • 00:15:08.270 --> 00:15:10.210
  • He said, "I'll never forget walking down
  • 00:15:10.210 --> 00:15:13.030
  • one of the aisles and seeing powdered milk.
  • 00:15:13.030 --> 00:15:15.080
  • Just add water, and you get milk."
  • 00:15:15.080 --> 00:15:17.210
  • Right next to it he found powdered orange juice.
  • 00:15:17.210 --> 00:15:20.260
  • Just add water, and you get orange juice.
  • 00:15:20.260 --> 00:15:23.150
  • Then he saw baby powder, and he thought to himself,
  • 00:15:23.150 --> 00:15:26.210
  • what a country.
  • 00:15:26.210 --> 00:15:28.120
  • We want powdered dreams.
  • 00:15:28.120 --> 00:15:30.150
  • We want powdered miracles.
  • 00:15:30.150 --> 00:15:32.200
  • Powdered promotions, powdered blessings,
  • 00:15:32.200 --> 00:15:35.170
  • and powdered promises.
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  • But it doesn't work that way in God's kingdom.
  • 00:15:37.150 --> 00:15:40.090
  • In my experience God ordained dreams
  • 00:15:40.090 --> 00:15:43.040
  • usually take longer than original estimates.
  • 00:15:43.040 --> 00:15:46.190
  • But if you keep doing the right thing day in day out,
  • 00:15:46.190 --> 00:15:49.020
  • God is eventually gonna show up and show off.
  • 00:15:49.020 --> 00:15:52.240
  • The key in God's kingdom is long obedience
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  • in the same direction.
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  • Abraham, he had to wait 25 years for a son,
  • 00:15:58.240 --> 00:16:02.120
  • but God delivered on that promise.
  • 00:16:02.120 --> 00:16:05.200
  • Joseph had to wait 13 years for his promotion,
  • 00:16:05.200 --> 00:16:09.220
  • but God used him to save two nations.
  • 00:16:09.220 --> 00:16:12.280
  • Moses, he had to wait 40 years for a second chance,
  • 00:16:12.280 --> 00:16:17.120
  • but God used him to deliver Israel out of Egypt.
  • 00:16:17.120 --> 00:16:21.060
  • And Joshua, he had to wait 40 years
  • 00:16:21.060 --> 00:16:24.080
  • because of everyone else's lack of faith.
  • 00:16:24.080 --> 00:16:27.200
  • But he eventually led the people of Israel
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  • into the promised land.
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  • We have a tendency to put our timelines on God.
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  • But that isn't the way it works.
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  • One of the biggest mistakes we make
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  • is thinking in terms of one generation.
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  • It's not only shortsighted, it's selfish.
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  • Let me say it again.
  • 00:16:47.180 --> 00:16:49.040
  • We think that what God does for us is for us.
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  • And it is but it isn't.
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  • It's also for the third and fourth generation.
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  • Let me tell you why I write books.
  • 00:16:58.180 --> 00:17:00.150
  • It's because I know next to nothing
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  • about my great grandparents.
  • 00:17:03.220 --> 00:17:05.150
  • I'd like to pass on my faith to my great grandchildren.
  • 00:17:05.150 --> 00:17:09.210
  • I want them to know what I believed,
  • 00:17:09.210 --> 00:17:12.150
  • what I was willing to die for,
  • 00:17:12.150 --> 00:17:14.150
  • the convictions that I lived for.
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  • That's why I write.
  • 00:17:17.050 --> 00:17:19.000
  • Books to me are time capsules to the third generation.
  • 00:17:19.000 --> 00:17:23.140
  • And if anyone else wants to read them in the interim,
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  • that's great.
  • 00:17:26.210 --> 00:17:27.220
  • In their book titled Decisive,
  • 00:17:27.220 --> 00:17:30.290
  • authors Dan and Chip Heath talk about four villains
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  • of decision making.
  • 00:17:34.150 --> 00:17:35.290
  • One of them is called narrow framing.
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  • It's making myopic decisions that are shortsighted.
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  • It's failing to consider the full context
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  • or all of the factors.
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  • It's missing the forest for the trees.
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  • One of the biggest mistakes we make
  • 00:17:50.220 --> 00:17:52.200
  • is thinking in terms of time instead of thinking
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  • in terms of eternity.
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  • Oswald Chambers said, "Sometimes it looks like
  • 00:17:58.240 --> 00:18:01.290
  • God is missing the mark
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  • because we're too shortsighted to see what he's aiming for."
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  • We need to make decisions today that will make a difference
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  • 100 years from now.
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  • Narrow framing is thinking small instead of dreaming big.
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  • Listen, one way we fall short of God's glory
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  • is small dreams.
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  • Show me the size of your dream,
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  • and I'll show you the size of your God.
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  • If your dream doesn't scare you, it's too small.
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  • You're narrow framing.
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  • On September 9, 1965,
  • 00:18:34.170 --> 00:18:38.000
  • James Stockdale was flying a mission over North Vietnam.
  • 00:18:38.000 --> 00:18:41.270
  • His plane was struck by enemy fire, he ejected,
  • 00:18:41.270 --> 00:18:45.190
  • parachuted into a small village
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  • where he was beaten and taken prisoner.
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  • Stockdale would spend the next 7 1/2 years
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  • in the infamous Hanoi Hilton.
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  • As a senior naval officer,
  • 00:18:57.130 --> 00:18:59.130
  • Stockdale was routinely tortured,
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  • denied medical treatment and spent day after day
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  • in a windowless concrete cell that was three feet
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  • by nine feet.
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  • How do you survive those circumstances?
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  • How do you survive 7 1/2 years of hell on earth?
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  • Well, in his book Good to Great,
  • 00:19:19.270 --> 00:19:21.120
  • Jim Collins turns Stockdale's story
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  • into a principle that he calls the Stockdale Paradox.
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  • James Stockdale said, "I never lost faith
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  • in the end of the story."
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  • And I love that, and I believe that.
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  • That may be one of the best definitions of hope
  • 00:19:36.240 --> 00:19:39.200
  • I've ever heard.
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  • Hope is never losing faith in the end of the story.
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  • We don't believe in happily ever after.
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  • We believe in something even better:
  • 00:19:48.000 --> 00:19:50.270
  • happily forever after.
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  • We believe that the best is yet to come.
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  • Stockdale said, "I never doubted not only that I would
  • 00:19:56.210 --> 00:20:00.210
  • get out, but also that I would prevail in the end."
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  • I want you to hear this.
  • 00:20:05.060 --> 00:20:06.270
  • He said, "And turn the experience into the defining event
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  • of my life, which in retrospect I would not trade."
  • 00:20:11.030 --> 00:20:16.030
  • Now here's what's interesting.
  • 00:20:16.290 --> 00:20:18.060
  • Jim Collins asked James Stockdale
  • 00:20:18.060 --> 00:20:20.140
  • who didn't make it out and why.
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  • And Stockdale said, "It was the optimists."
  • 00:20:23.130 --> 00:20:26.280
  • Now that doesn't make sense at first,
  • 00:20:26.280 --> 00:20:29.130
  • but Stockdale explained.
  • 00:20:29.130 --> 00:20:31.110
  • He said, "The optimists thought,
  • 00:20:31.110 --> 00:20:33.210
  • we'll be released by Christmas.
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  • Christmas would come and go.
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  • We'll be released by Easter.
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  • Easter would come and go.
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  • We'll be released by Thanksgiving.
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  • Thanksgiving would come and go."
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  • Stockdale said, "They died of a broken heart."
  • 00:20:46.210 --> 00:20:50.030
  • Now here's the Stockdale Paradox.
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  • He said, "You must never confuse faith
  • 00:20:53.010 --> 00:20:56.220
  • that you will prevail in the end,
  • 00:20:56.220 --> 00:20:58.270
  • which you can never afford to lose,
  • 00:20:58.270 --> 00:21:01.100
  • with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts
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  • of your current reality, whatever they might be."
  • 00:21:05.280 --> 00:21:09.020
  • The Stockdale Paradox
  • 00:21:09.020 --> 00:21:11.060
  • is unwavering faith, come hell or high water,
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  • but it's coupled with confronting the brutal facts.
  • 00:21:15.120 --> 00:21:19.260
  • Now I see that same duality in the words of Jesus.
  • 00:21:19.260 --> 00:21:23.220
  • He said, "In this world you will have trouble."
  • 00:21:23.220 --> 00:21:27.000
  • In other words, confront the brutal facts.
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  • But the sentence doesn't end there.
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  • Jesus says, "Take heart.
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  • I have overcome the world."
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  • Acts 2:39 says,
  • 00:21:37.240 --> 00:21:40.030
  • "This promise is for you and your children
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  • and for all who are far off."
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  • What's true of the promise in Acts 2:39
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  • is true of every promise in Scripture.
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  • There is no statute of limitations,
  • 00:21:52.010 --> 00:21:55.070
  • chronological or geographical.
  • 00:21:55.070 --> 00:21:57.240
  • The promise is for you.
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  • And it's not just for you.
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  • It's for the second generation, your children.
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  • It's for nations and generations,
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  • all who are far off.
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  • When King David died,
  • 00:22:10.100 --> 00:22:12.160
  • his kingdom was in jeopardy.
  • 00:22:12.160 --> 00:22:14.230
  • There had been several coup d'etats
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  • during his 40-year reign, and there were several more
  • 00:22:16.270 --> 00:22:20.060
  • when Solomon assumed the throne.
  • 00:22:20.060 --> 00:22:22.160
  • The first threat was posed by Solomon's older brother
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  • Adonijah.
  • 00:22:26.160 --> 00:22:27.290
  • A second threat was posed by a Benedict Arnold
  • 00:22:27.290 --> 00:22:30.280
  • named Joab.
  • 00:22:30.280 --> 00:22:32.050
  • In both instances, it was Benaiah,
  • 00:22:32.050 --> 00:22:35.060
  • David's longtime bodyguard,
  • 00:22:35.060 --> 00:22:37.060
  • that King Solomon commissioned to take care of it.
  • 00:22:37.060 --> 00:22:40.240
  • Benaiah was the linchpin between two generations
  • 00:22:40.240 --> 00:22:45.020
  • and two kingdoms.
  • 00:22:45.020 --> 00:22:47.040
  • It was Benaiah's bravery chasing the lion,
  • 00:22:47.040 --> 00:22:49.220
  • among other heroics, that opened the door
  • 00:22:49.220 --> 00:22:52.280
  • of opportunity to become King David's bodyguard.
  • 00:22:52.280 --> 00:22:56.120
  • But it was loyalty that opened the door
  • 00:22:56.120 --> 00:22:59.240
  • to David's inner circle.
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  • I can't predict what will earn you the promotion
  • 00:23:01.260 --> 00:23:04.280
  • you want, but it won't happen without selfless loyalty.
  • 00:23:04.280 --> 00:23:09.180
  • If you want it for the wrong reasons,
  • 00:23:09.180 --> 00:23:11.120
  • you're not ready.
  • 00:23:11.120 --> 00:23:13.010
  • Until you can selflessly invest yourself
  • 00:23:13.010 --> 00:23:15.180
  • in someone else's dream,
  • 00:23:15.180 --> 00:23:17.080
  • you're not ready for your own.
  • 00:23:17.080 --> 00:23:19.230
  • Now let me zoom out.
  • 00:23:19.230 --> 00:23:21.090
  • One of the greatest miracles in the Bible
  • 00:23:21.090 --> 00:23:23.120
  • is Elijah's showdown with the 500 prophets of Baal.
  • 00:23:23.120 --> 00:23:27.290
  • Mount Carmel was the high point of his prophetic career.
  • 00:23:27.290 --> 00:23:32.020
  • But the turning point was a subtle shift in focus
  • 00:23:32.020 --> 00:23:35.280
  • that happened during a season of depression.
  • 00:23:35.280 --> 00:23:38.280
  • God told Elijah to anoint a successor.
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  • He said, "Go return on your way to the wilderness
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  • of Damascus, and when you arrive,
  • 00:23:46.160 --> 00:23:48.210
  • anoint Hasiel as king over Syria.
  • 00:23:48.210 --> 00:23:52.120
  • Also you shall anoint Jehu, the son of Nimches,
  • 00:23:52.120 --> 00:23:57.030
  • king over Israel.
  • 00:23:57.030 --> 00:23:58.230
  • And Elijah, the son of Shabbat of (speaks Arabic)
  • 00:23:58.230 --> 00:24:03.100
  • you shall anoint as prophet in your place."
  • 00:24:03.100 --> 00:24:07.090
  • Who are you anointing?
  • 00:24:07.090 --> 00:24:09.040
  • Who are you setting up for success?
  • 00:24:09.040 --> 00:24:12.080
  • Who is your Hasiel, your Jehu, your Elijah?
  • 00:24:12.080 --> 00:24:16.180
  • The true measure of Elijah's success
  • 00:24:16.180 --> 00:24:18.290
  • wasn't the 14 miracles that he performed.
  • 00:24:18.290 --> 00:24:22.240
  • I think it was the 28 miracles that Elijah performed
  • 00:24:22.240 --> 00:24:26.230
  • after him.
  • 00:24:26.230 --> 00:24:28.090
  • Simply put, success is succession.
  • 00:24:28.090 --> 00:24:31.250
  • That's how our dreams outlive us.
  • 00:24:31.250 --> 00:24:34.140
  • They live on in the second generation dreams
  • 00:24:34.140 --> 00:24:37.230
  • that we inspire.
  • 00:24:37.230 --> 00:24:39.080
  • And it's no coincidence that Elijah performed
  • 00:24:39.080 --> 00:24:42.280
  • twice as many miracles.
  • 00:24:42.280 --> 00:24:44.260
  • God had given him a double portion of Elijah's spirit.
  • 00:24:44.260 --> 00:24:49.260
  • Let me close with this.
  • 00:24:49.260 --> 00:24:52.000
  • Several decades ago, a survey was done of 50 people
  • 00:24:52.000 --> 00:24:55.180
  • over the age of 95.
  • 00:24:55.180 --> 00:24:57.040
  • They were asked one question.
  • 00:24:57.040 --> 00:24:59.010
  • If you had your life to do over again,
  • 00:24:59.010 --> 00:25:01.170
  • what would you do differently?
  • 00:25:01.170 --> 00:25:03.270
  • Well, they gave lots of different answers,
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  • but three things emerged as a consensus among them.
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  • They said, we would risk more,
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  • we would reflect more,
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  • and we would do more things that live on after we die.
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  • CT Studd, the famous cricket player
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  • turned missionary, may have said it best.
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  • He said, "Only one life will soon be past.
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  • Only what's done for Christ will last."
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  • The greatest tragedy at the end of our lives
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  • will be the prayers that go unanswered
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  • because they went unasked.
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  • And the greatest regret will be the inaction regrets.
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  • In other words, the lions we did not chase,
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  • the risks we didn't take,
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  • the sacrifices that we did not make.
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  • Jesus didn't die on the cross to keep us safe.
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  • He died to make us dangerous.
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  • The will of God is not an insurance plan,
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  • it's a dangerous plan.
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  • So quit leaving as if the purpose of life
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  • is to arrive safely at death.
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  • Quit running away from what you're afraid of,
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  • and run to the roar.
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  • Chase the Lion is more than a book, more than a series.
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  • It's a call to action.
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  • Here's the good news.
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  • You're one decision away from a totally different life.
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  • But here's the challenge.
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  • You've gotta quit running away from what you're afraid of,
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  • and run to the roar.
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  • - [Man] Far too often we doubt our dreams
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  • and delay our destinies.
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  • Chase the Lion helps you understand why life's greatest
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  • fulfillment comes from living in your divine purpose.
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  • And you'll discover what happens
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  • when you fearlessly chase after your God-size dream.
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  • With grit and gusto, New York Times bestselling author
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