Play & Purpose Journey | Week 4: Stepping into Trust

To live the thriving life you were made to live, you have to step away from fear and into trust.

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Well, hey, welcome to church on Crossroads Anywhere this week.

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My name's Lena Schuler.

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I"m the Crossroads Anywhere community pastor.

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And I'm here with my friend Justin.

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- I'm Justin Mosteller. I'm one of the worship leaders around here.

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And I'm glad to be in this space with you guys.

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We're always like tossing back and forth to one
another on a weekend from stage or whatever.

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And so I'm glad to be here.

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- Yeah, in one room together.

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- That's right. - It's great. Well, today is gonna be a
little bit different of an experience than what we're used to.

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It's gonna be a special experience,

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one where I think you have an opportunity to hear from God

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in a really unique and special way,

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different than any other regular weekend service.

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And so today we want you to set up your environment

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to be able to hear from God in that special way.

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So as we're in this living room together

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and we do some interactive immersive things

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throughout the rest of our time,

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maybe throw in your headphones if you've got them nearby

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or dim your lights so the room that you're in

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feels a little more intimate

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or just different than you're used to,

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because this whole experience is gonna be set up

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so that you can have a moment or two with God

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and hear from Him,

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whatever it is that He uniquely wants to say to you.

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And so we're gonna start by getting our heads

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and our hearts in the right place for this

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and just talk to God through song.

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- Yeah, that's right. I love the setting up environments.

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That could look different for everybody, right?

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I mean, like I've got friends who

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when they're gonna spend time with God,

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they they light a candle just to sort of represent His presence in the room.

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And so whatever you need to do, do that.

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And one of the things I do in my time,.

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I've said it before, like my time with the Lord

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in the mornings is often in my front porch,

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out on my porch in my house.

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And it's how I come into that headspace

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is different every time. And so one of the things I have

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is a sort of a discipline to start that time.

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Every every time I sit down in my rocking chair

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or whatever and grab my Bible.

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Is to just take some deep breaths

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and sort of enter the space that I'm coming in.

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Because oftentimes I'm coming in exhausted

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from the night where my four year old

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has woken me up like eight times.

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That happens. - True life.

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- Yeah. You know, and like all kinds of stuff.

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So I just want -- I just take some deep breaths

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just to kind of enter the space. So I invite
you wherever you are, take a few deep breaths.

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Just kind of slow down together

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and come into this space that

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we're gonna try to take in together

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and hear from God and slow our minds down.

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So I'll keep playing.

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You just take some deep breaths

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and sort of enter a space of peace together.

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And we can sing together my favorite songs

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for getting my mind and my heart prepared for God.

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Sing that again: Clear my mind Oh Lord

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So, Lord, we come to You with humility.

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We come to You with our hearts and our minds

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and ourselves pointed towards You

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because you are King.

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You are a good and loving Father.

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So we believe, Lord, different than what I grew up with.

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I believe in this moment

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You have something good for me to hear.

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Not something of judgment or a finger

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that just wants to point to me.

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You are one who's welcomed me into your arms.

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So you have something good

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within Your grace and your mercy

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to speak to me.

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And so I want my mind to be cleared.

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And so I ask You to do that

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so we can hear from You, God. Thank you for being with us, Father.

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Amen - Amen.

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Well, hopefully right now you're feeling a little more slowed down.

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Your mind is a little more cleared

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for whatever God has for you next.

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I know I feel that way right now.

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And so I want to help get you set up

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a little bit more for the rest of our experience together.

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And so we're gonna have prompts

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throughout this next hour

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for you to talk to God.

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And so there's a couple of ways that you can do this.

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One is you can pull out a second device.

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So if you're on your phone, pull out your computer.

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If you're on your computer, pull up your phone.

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Head to Crossroads.net

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and you can interact with God

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actually through the chat feature on the Web site.

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There will be prompts on there

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and that will guide you through in the midst of this experience.

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And you could do this digitally

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or you could pull out a piece of paper

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like the one that I have here.

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Plain old school, white piece of paper.

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Maybe you've got a journal that you regularly use

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or some place that you use to talk to God

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on a weekly, monthly.

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annual basis.

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And on that piece of paper, if you do it this way,

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start out by just writing

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eight different spots on this paper.

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Maybe label one through eight

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because we'll have eight different prompts

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throughout this service.

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And we'll let you know what goes in there at what time.

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And so actually, let's just start right now

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with this very first one.

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The first thing, the first way

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for us to spend this time with God

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and to talk to Him is by actually

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just writing down everything that's on your mind.

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You know, in that song we sang Slow Me Down,

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we asked God to clear our mind.

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And so we're going to practice clearing our minds right now.

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So if you just want to write down everything

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that's clouding up your mind right now:

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good, bad, ugly, things you're excited about,

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the things you're fearful of right now.

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Just spend some time getting that out on paper

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and then put a one sentence prayer to God

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on paper of what you want to get in the next hour.

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Maybe it's just -- maybe it's just as simple as saying,

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God, I'm here and I'm listening.

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- Welcome to week four of the Play & Purpose Journey.

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I'm Chuck Mingo. And today, we're going to lean in a bit.

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So in this journey, we've been talking about

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how our lives thrive at the intersection

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of two things: high purpose and high play.

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And it's about embracing both of them.

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You know, when we talk about play in this journey,

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we said play is something unproductive that restores you.

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Maybe that's shooting hoops for you.

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That might be having time at a coffee shop,

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reading a good novel. But whatever it is, it's something that gives you life.

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And then we talk about purpose.

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And we're not talking in this journey

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about the like, you know, find your soulmate purpose.

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The one reason you were born.

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That's great to try to find that. But we're talking more about

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what's the thing right in front of me

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that if I'm productive at it,

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it's going to yield good results?

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So that could look very much like

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investing in an important relationship in your life

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or just being faithful at the job that you have right now.

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That kind of purpose.

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And what we've realized in this journey

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is God wants both of those for you:

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purpose and play. But if you've been in this journey

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or maybe even if you haven't

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and you're just hearing this for the first time, my
guess is one of these two comes easier for you.

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Maybe you're a purpose person and that just comes easy.

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You're focused, you like delivering results.

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Maybe you're more of a play person.

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It's easy for you to unwind, to relax.

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But my guess is one of them feels a lot like --

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Let me take you with me here.

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Maybe it feels like I feel right now.

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So I -- Oh, gosh, I'm afraid of heights.

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I've been afraid of heights for as long as I can remember.

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And so whenever I'm on a cliff,

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whenever I'm on an edge up high,

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it freaks me out. And so I'm kind of freaking out right now.

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Welcome to my discomfort.

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But what I have been thinking about

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is that my fear of heights is really about vulnerability.

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Why am I afraid of heights?

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Because when I'm up high, I feel totally vulnerable.

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I feel like, you know what,

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I can't control all the environment.

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I can't control all the elements.

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And God knows I probably shouldn't go too far on this ledge,

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because if I do, there's the risk of falling.

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There's the risk of failing. And my guess is this probably relates

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to something in your life. Maybe this idea of finding purpose

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really freaks you out. Because you realize that if I say out loud

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the thing that I feel like I'm supposed to do,

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somebody is going to hold me accountable to it

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and that freaks me out.

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Or maybe -- let me just got a little bit further.

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One step at a time. Maybe for you, it's this idea of play.

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And when you think about play,

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you recognize -- I'm hearing my voice echo

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and it's really freaking me out right now.

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So, when you think about play,

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you're just like, I don't know.

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I don't feel like I can --

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maybe you feel like I do. My legs are wobbly right now.

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Maybe you're like, "You know what?

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I get wobbly if I slow down,

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there are gonna be people who pass me at work.

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And I don't want to give up on the advantages

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that I think I have." Here's what I believe.

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I believe that if there is a place in this journey

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that feels for you like this cliff feels for me,

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that's the place God wants us to lean in today.

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You've been stolen from.

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I've been stolen from. And today we want to get back all that God has for us.

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There's a verse that I've been thinking about

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as I knew I'd be standing here

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and as I knew we'd be talking about this.

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It's Isaiah 41:13, where God says this to you

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and he says this to me. He says, "I am the Lord, your God.

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And I will hold you by your right hand.

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And I say to you, Do not be afraid.

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I will help you. Today I believe if you lean into the uncomfortable place,

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whether it's leaning into purpose or to play,

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that God is going to help you.

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And you might hear his voice powerfully

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for the first time today.

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- Well, I don't know about you,

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but I actually could feel some of Chuck's angst

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and fear in the midst of that.

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I actually heard he went through three shirts

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during that video shoot. No lie.

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- That's great. - And we all have things that we're scared of.

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Chuck's really scared of heights.

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Maybe in the midst of this journey,

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you actually have some fear around

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what it means for your life to change

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in order to add more play in

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or what it means for your life to change

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in order to be more purposeful

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about the things in front of you.

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I know for me it's this issue of play.

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I know I need more of it.

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And just having to rearrange things to get there

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feels a little difficult and scary for me.

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And so we're going to go through

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a few more prompts.

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And we're gonna start where Chuck started

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and we're gonna recap this Play & Purpose idea.

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So the first prompt is spend a little time

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thinking about and maybe on your piece of paper

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actually drawing what restores you,

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what fills you up and brings you life.

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Our next prompt, our fourth prompt of the day,

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if you're keeping track. - If they're like me, they are

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- Yeah. If you're really purposeful,

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you've probably been counting.

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- Speaking of not being able to play. - Yeah.

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That says something about me and you.

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- Me too, yeah. - I want you to make a list of all of the things

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that you've accomplished this week,

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the ways that you've been purposeful.

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So this fifth prompt, you know,

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maybe when Chuck was talking about his fear of heights,

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maybe when I was telling you that it stresses me out

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and gives me the sweats a little bit

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to think about how to add more play into my life

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and rearrange things.

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You probably default one way or the other.

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Probably feels more vulnerable for you to be purposeful,

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to do things on purpose if your life has been full of play.

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Or maybe it stresses you out a little

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to think about what play would look like

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as a normal part of your life

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if you've got the purpose thing down.

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I want you right now to declare to God

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which of these two areas: play or purpose

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do you need to reprioritize,

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do you need to focus on,

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do you need to spend your time in?

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Ok. How are we feeling?

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Everybody doing OK? Deep breath, maybe you're sweating

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through your shirt a little bit,

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your heart's beating real fast

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because you just declared to God

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that you want more play

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or you're going to start being more purposeful.

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This is -- this is good stuff.

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-- It's good stuff, yeah. - It's sometimes kind of heavy stuff.

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- Yeah. It's true.

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- And I need more play.

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I think Justin -- I think Justin needs more play.

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-- I just confessed to like counting our prompts and doing checkboxes.

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- Yeah. So I definitely need more play.

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- OK, so let's start with --

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can we have something a little more playful?

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Lighten the mood. - How about Free Falling?

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- Oh, Free Falling. This is for Chuck Mingo, folks. - Sorry, Chuck Mingo.

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- Free Falling.

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OK. So this next thing we're gonna do

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is a little lighter.

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By a little lighter, I mean, a lot lighter.

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It has absolutely no purpose

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other than just to have a little fun.

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So we hope you laugh a little and you enjoy this.

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One of things I did was I went to this rally,

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this motorcycle rally.

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I'd never heard of this rally.

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I went to, it was down in the Smoky Mountains.

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And I went, Wow.

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Wow, like man. Like Wow Wow..

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, No.

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- In this journey, we've been talking about

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the fact that God wants for all of us

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a life of prosperity.

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When I say that, I don't mean monetary only,

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I don't mean like health, wealth and prosperity.

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I don't mean that. I mean a fullness of life.

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What Jesus called an abundant life.

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And trusting God is the way to that life.

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And so even looking at this matrix and using it

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to kind of help define what we mean

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by Purpose & Play and particularly

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why it's powerful to embrace.

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And if you take a look at this matrix,

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you'll see that, you know,

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if you don't have -- and you know this,

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if you've lived this way.

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If you don't have any play in your life

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and your life is all purpose all the time,

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you're going to be in that bottom right corner.

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And life is painful there.

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There's not a lot of joy.

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Things feel like duty.

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Everything is weighty.

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Everything is weighty.

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Now on the other hand,

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if you have all play all the time

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and you don't have any purpose in your life at all,

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then your life feels pointless.

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And there's probably this yearning,

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nagging boredom that you say,

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"Hey, I need more, I need more."

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And if you don't have either of these,

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your life is pitiful.

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And we don't want that for anyone here.

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And what God invites us to is He invites us

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to a prosperous life,

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a life at the intersection of high purpose and high play.

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So that's we're going to talk about today.

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Before we go any further though,

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while we're doing a lot of things that are different today,

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we're gonna do something that we do regularly around here

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and that's have an opportunity to be generous.

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So wherever you are at your location,

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there's an opportunity for you to be generous.

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Our ushers are going to come. They can start coming now.

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And they're going to pass bags through the aisles

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and you can give cash or check that way.

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And you can be a part of investing

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in life change when you do that. But if you're brand new, it's your first time,

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man, let that pass you right on by.

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We don't want your money. We're just glad you're here.

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And we hope that you're helped by today.

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But I'm going to pray as we dig into this idea

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of trusting God and finding prosperity when we do.

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God, I just asked that as we engage

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in this time that You would speak.

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You've already spoken, I believe, to many of us.

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And God, I pray that that continues.

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That we would hear Your voice more clearly.

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And God just protect this space,

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this special sacred time that we have

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to just slow down and be with You.

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I pray that it would be fruitful.

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In Jesus name. Amen.

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So I've been thinking about this idea of trust

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and specifically thinking about an experience

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that I had really over the last 18 months

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until about six months ago.

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I was struggling with sleep like nobody's business.

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I mean, it was a good night if I got five hours of sleep.

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And I just couldn't seem to get over this barrier in my life.

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And I tried a bunch of different things.

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I tried different sleeping pills

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and it was like escalating, you know,

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to more powerful sleeping pills. That wasn't help.

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And then they were like, well, maybe you have sleep apnea.

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And so I got diagnosed for that

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and they gave me a C-PAP machine.

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And that definitely didn't help.

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And I just was like, God,

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I can't seem to figure this out.

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And I remember early on in the struggle

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feeling like, God, if there's something in me,

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if this is a spiritual thing,

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then help me to see it. And I think that God kind of was showing me

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some things that I was ignoring

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around why this was happening.

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And really it boiled down to trust.

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I mean, the truth is God has given me a purpose

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and one of the purposes He's given me

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is to be a voice in a really touchy, difficult topic.

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And that's the racial divide.

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And to be a voice around that,

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not only in our city but beyond.

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And I just feel like there's a part of me

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that's like I don't know if I want to jump into that

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more than I already am because it's a hard place to be

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and it's challenging. And yes, I've seen some fruit,

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but, God, I don't know if I really want to lean into that.

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And I really feel like that's the thing

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that was in the way of me literally sleeping at night.

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And why do I know that?

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Because about six months ago, I just said,

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All right, God, I give up. I give up.

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I'm gonna be obedient

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and I'm going to follow this

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as far as You want me to take it.

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And literally, the day I started trusting

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is the day I started sleeping.

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And I think that that's just the lesson

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that we have to learn in our relationship with God,

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is that the prosperous life He wants for us,

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we find as we trust Him more and more.

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Now, if you're like me and if you're human,

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I think there's some obvious reasons

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why maybe we struggle to trust God.

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And I call them the 3 D's.

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Here's what I would say. If you struggle to trust God in any area of your life,

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particularly purpose or play,

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maybe it's because God seems distant.

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He seems to be apathetic,

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like he's not necessarily involved in the details of your life.

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Or maybe you struggle to trust God

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because you think God is disappointed in you.

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You think He's angry at you.

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You think you've done too many wrong things for God to forgive you,

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and therefore He's not for you.

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Or maybe you struggle because you feel like God's disabled

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and there's a place in your life

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where it just doesn't seem like

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He's bringing his power to bear

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to change the situation in your life.

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Now, I don't often make book recommendations,

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but I'm going to recommend a book.

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It's called Sacred Fire by a guy named Ronald Rolheiser.

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And this book has deeply impacted me

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in the area of trust

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and it's deeply impacted this message.

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And what I would summarize that book as being about

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is basically it's about how to move from a life

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that's the good life to the prosperous life.

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You know, we can think about the good life

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and say, Yeah, that's all I want.

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I want the good life. Right? I just want things to be OK.

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And what I will tell you is if you are seeking the good life,

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you're settling for far less than what God has for you.

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Because He has more than just a good life for you.

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God wants you to live a prosperous life.

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And that move requires trust.

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And there's a lot of characters in the Bible

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that obviously illustrate this journey of trust.

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But if I could think of only one

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that really does represent where most of us are

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as it relates to play or purpose

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and how to stretch beyond whatever we put in box five,

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it's this character in the Bible in the New Testament

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that has an interaction with Jesus.

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And we don't get his name,

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but he's simply referred to as the rich young man.

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And we find his story in Mark Chapter 10,

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where in verse 17 it says:.

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You ever ask that question to God?

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I mean, what's the question he's asking?

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He saying, "God, what's missing?

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What's the thing that I need?".

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And Jesus responds to him:

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Now, on the surface, you might say,

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"How do I connect with this guy?

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I'm not a guy. I'm not a man.

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I'm a woman. I'm not rich.

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I'm struggling. I'm not an authority.

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I'm just to every person, every kind of person.

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How do I relate to this?"

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And here's why, because I think that we can see

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that this guy's core question for Jesus

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is our core question: How do I really live life?

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Like, really live it.

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Like the prosperous life.

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How do I really live the abundant life?

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And so how does Jesus respond to this man?

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Well, on the surface, it could look like

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Jesus is a total jerk to him, right?

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I mean Jesus -- it could seem like

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Jesus gives him this high challenge,

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this high bar that no one could surmount.

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Right? Sell everything that you have.

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Is Jesus asking you and I to sell everything that we have?

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How are we to see what is, I think, an invitation, not a challenge.

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See, I don't think Jesus was challenging this man.

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I think He was inviting him to more trust.

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And here's the clue. It says Jesus fixed his gaze upon the man

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with tender love.

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So we know that what comes next

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is an invitation from a loving God,

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not a challenge meant to distance him.

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So how do we apply this to our lives?

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One illustration that I found helpful in the book

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was that one person describe our lives

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as a mansion with thirty rooms.

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Think about a 30 room mansion.

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And think about like even if you have

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said yes to following Jesus,

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maybe you have given Him,

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I don't know, 15 of those rooms.

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Maybe you've surrendered 20 those years.

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Maybe you've surrender 27 of the 30 rooms to Jesus.

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But don't we all have those three rooms,

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the rooms that we still don't want to fully trust God in?

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The rooms that when we think about what God might ask of us,

515
00:32:39.210 --> 00:32:41.970
even though I think God has something for us in those rooms,

516
00:32:41.970 --> 00:32:45.330
our tendency is kind of to back away and to not fully trust?

517
00:32:46.270 --> 00:32:48.260
And I think that in this story,

518
00:32:48.260 --> 00:32:51.140
what we're to see is that Jesus's invitation

519
00:32:51.140 --> 00:32:53.810
to the man is the same invitation to all of us.

520
00:32:53.840 --> 00:32:56.660
And it's simply trust me.

521
00:32:56.660 --> 00:32:59.430
Trust me, trust me with more.

522
00:32:59.430 --> 00:33:01.080
Trust me with more of your purpose.

523
00:33:01.770 --> 00:33:03.870
Trust me with more of your play.

524
00:33:04.260 --> 00:33:07.230
Trust me with more of where it is

525
00:33:07.230 --> 00:33:08.640
that you find your life.

526
00:33:08.670 --> 00:33:11.820
Because trusting God is the way to a prosperous life.

527
00:33:12.630 --> 00:33:14.910
I mean, seriously, this like Play & Purpose Journey

528
00:33:14.910 --> 00:33:16.440
can feel so self-help ish, right?

529
00:33:16.480 --> 00:33:18.250
Like, is this deeply spiritual?

530
00:33:18.270 --> 00:33:20.100
Is there anything really spiritual

531
00:33:20.100 --> 00:33:21.390
about me figuring out play in my life?

532
00:33:21.630 --> 00:33:24.180
And I want you to know absolutely there is.

533
00:33:24.360 --> 00:33:25.920
Because think about this:

534
00:33:26.160 --> 00:33:29.220
If you're struggling to lean into purpose,

535
00:33:29.220 --> 00:33:31.890
isn't that really about choosing fear

536
00:33:31.890 --> 00:33:33.390
and self-protection

537
00:33:33.390 --> 00:33:34.410
rather than trusting God

538
00:33:34.410 --> 00:33:36.510
and taking the risky bold next step?

539
00:33:38.070 --> 00:33:40.410
And if you're struggling with play

540
00:33:40.410 --> 00:33:42.690
and releasing time in your schedule

541
00:33:42.690 --> 00:33:45.900
or resources to just simply recreate yourself,

542
00:33:45.900 --> 00:33:48.240
isn't that really about struggling to trust God

543
00:33:48.240 --> 00:33:50.880
and thinking that really all the resources you need

544
00:33:50.880 --> 00:33:52.050
have to come from your effort

545
00:33:52.050 --> 00:33:54.360
and that God doesn't have anything to add to that for you?

546
00:33:55.670 --> 00:33:59.780
I think these are very much about faith and trust for us.

547
00:34:01.170 --> 00:34:06.060
So let me ask you, of those 3 D's that I talked about earlier,

548
00:34:06.060 --> 00:34:09.360
what is the one that really keeps you from trusting God?

549
00:34:09.780 --> 00:34:11.460
Is it that God seems distant to you?

550
00:34:13.000 --> 00:34:15.760
Or is it that you think guys disappointed in you?

551
00:34:17.140 --> 00:34:20.200
Or is it that you think that God is disabled?

552
00:34:21.400 --> 00:34:23.480
I want you to take out your sheet

553
00:34:23.480 --> 00:34:25.330
and you're going to fill out Box 6

554
00:34:25.330 --> 00:34:26.560
with your answer to that question.

555
00:34:27.070 --> 00:34:28.750
And I want you to put it this way:

556
00:34:28.750 --> 00:34:33.010
God, I wish You felt less -- fill in that blank.

557
00:34:34.060 --> 00:34:35.760
God, I wish you felt less distant.

558
00:34:36.600 --> 00:34:38.790
God, I wish You felt less disappointed.

559
00:34:38.820 --> 00:34:41.880
God, I wish You felt less disabled.

560
00:34:43.390 --> 00:35:02.220
Write that down. And let's go back to the story.

561
00:35:03.490 --> 00:35:06.460
because it's significant to note that the rich young man,

562
00:35:06.460 --> 00:35:08.560
when he leaves Jesus's presence,

563
00:35:08.560 --> 00:35:11.290
it says he walks away very sad.

564
00:35:11.910 --> 00:35:16.600
It doesn't say he walks away mad. It says he walks away very sad.

565
00:35:17.290 --> 00:35:23.470
Now, here's the thing. When he came to Jesus, he was a rich, sad young man.

566
00:35:23.710 --> 00:35:26.050
Right? That's why he was asking the question,

567
00:35:26.050 --> 00:35:28.210
because there was something in him that was unfulfilled.

568
00:35:28.420 --> 00:35:30.370
And because of his response,

569
00:35:30.370 --> 00:35:33.010
because he couldn't take Jesus at his invitation,

570
00:35:33.010 --> 00:35:35.500
at his word, he had turned away from Jesus.

571
00:35:35.500 --> 00:35:40.630
And he left a rich young man who was very sad.

572
00:35:41.740 --> 00:35:43.630
And Ronald Rolheiser puts it this way.

573
00:35:43.660 --> 00:35:45.340
He says: he wasn't bad. He was just sad.

574
00:35:45.730 --> 00:35:47.260
He says, but what is it that he lost?

575
00:35:47.290 --> 00:35:50.590
He didn't lose anything except an opportunity.

576
00:35:51.920 --> 00:35:54.830
He lost an opportunity to trust.

577
00:35:54.830 --> 00:35:58.220
He lost an opportunity for more exposure to God's faithfulness.

578
00:35:58.340 --> 00:36:00.860
He lost an opportunity to prosper.

579
00:36:01.010 --> 00:36:05.250
He lost the opportunity because he couldn't trust

580
00:36:05.250 --> 00:36:07.770
in Jesus in what Jesus was offering to him.

581
00:36:09.320 --> 00:36:11.380
See, I believe that's the same opportunity

582
00:36:11.380 --> 00:36:14.800
that lies on the other side of you doing something about

583
00:36:14.800 --> 00:36:15.840
whatever you put in box five.

584
00:36:18.070 --> 00:36:20.250
There's an opportunity.

585
00:36:20.250 --> 00:36:22.380
And today I think God is speaking to you

586
00:36:22.380 --> 00:36:24.030
and wants to continue to speak to you

587
00:36:24.030 --> 00:36:29.750
and invite you in to more prospering in your life.

588
00:36:29.750 --> 00:36:32.290
Will you trust Him?

589
00:36:32.290 --> 00:36:33.880
Will you give Him your three rooms?

590
00:36:35.340 --> 00:36:37.080
Will you go up to the edge of the cliff

591
00:36:37.080 --> 00:36:39.660
and say, God, I'm going to trust you

592
00:36:39.660 --> 00:36:42.240
in the place that feels very, very vulnerable to me?

593
00:36:44.050 --> 00:36:45.320
I want to give you an opportunity to do that.

594
00:36:46.070 --> 00:36:53.090
I'm going to ask you to text the word "scripture" to 513-731-7400.

595
00:36:54.880 --> 00:36:59.410
And here's what's gonna happen: Within a few seconds, you're gonna get

596
00:36:59.410 --> 00:37:01.030
a Bible verse texted to you.

597
00:37:01.890 --> 00:37:03.160
And these are randomized.

598
00:37:03.160 --> 00:37:05.060
So you're not going to get the same verse necessarily

599
00:37:05.060 --> 00:37:06.070
as the person next to you.

600
00:37:06.070 --> 00:37:07.930
They are randomized to come specifically

601
00:37:07.930 --> 00:37:09.670
to you based on, I believe,

602
00:37:09.670 --> 00:37:12.070
what God wants you to hear in this moment.

603
00:37:12.070 --> 00:37:14.620
Now, if you can't text for some reason,

604
00:37:14.620 --> 00:37:16.630
wherever you are, these are also gonna be scriptures

605
00:37:16.630 --> 00:37:18.010
that are rotating on the screen.

606
00:37:18.010 --> 00:37:19.570
So you'll be able to look at them

607
00:37:19.570 --> 00:37:23.100
and see them and engage with them that way.

608
00:37:23.100 --> 00:37:25.600
And while music plays, here's what I'm gonna ask you to do.

609
00:37:25.600 --> 00:37:27.430
I'm going to ask you to ponder

610
00:37:27.430 --> 00:37:30.700
and reflect on what God might be saying to you

611
00:37:30.700 --> 00:37:33.270
through the words that come to you in the Bible.

612
00:37:34.770 --> 00:37:37.280
- If you haven't already texted in,

613
00:37:37.280 --> 00:37:40.260
man, what are you waiting for?

614
00:37:40.260 --> 00:37:43.110
Text in and see what God says to you through Scripture.

615
00:37:44.460 --> 00:37:47.700
And we're going to move on to our next prompt actually.

616
00:37:48.000 --> 00:37:51.060
Prompt number 7, which I want you

617
00:37:51.060 --> 00:37:53.700
to read over that text you got again,

618
00:37:53.700 --> 00:37:55.680
maybe read it two or three times.

619
00:37:57.060 --> 00:37:59.280
And then write a response to God.

620
00:38:00.300 --> 00:38:02.040
Tell Him how that makes you feel.

621
00:38:02.610 --> 00:38:05.100
Tell Him what you're thinking as you read that.

622
00:38:06.120 --> 00:38:07.860
Maybe you need to just ask Him

623
00:38:07.860 --> 00:38:10.830
to help you believe those words to be true.

624
00:38:11.700 --> 00:38:13.260
We're gonna do that together right now.

625
00:39:11.470 --> 00:39:14.200
If you need more time for this, man,

626
00:39:14.200 --> 00:39:16.000
you're welcome to keep talking to God,.

627
00:39:16.030 --> 00:39:20.080
you're welcome to keep writing on your paper

628
00:39:20.080 --> 00:39:23.290
or typing in that chat box.

629
00:39:23.650 --> 00:39:25.870
But we're going to do something together

630
00:39:25.870 --> 00:39:28.300
that's going to be purposeful

631
00:39:28.300 --> 00:39:30.700
and maybe a little playful.

632
00:39:30.700 --> 00:39:33.930
We're going to sing together.

633
00:39:33.930 --> 00:39:36.070
And I know we say this all the time, we're like,

634
00:39:36.070 --> 00:39:37.420
"Hey, we're gonna sing. You should sing.".

635
00:39:37.450 --> 00:39:38.590
"Hey, we're gonna sing.

636
00:39:38.590 --> 00:39:42.790
You should sing.". But hey, we're going to sing

637
00:39:42.790 --> 00:39:45.250
and you really should sing with us.

638
00:39:45.970 --> 00:39:48.760
There's something powerful that happens

639
00:39:48.760 --> 00:39:53.200
when we use our voices to declare with our mouths

640
00:39:53.200 --> 00:39:54.670
what we want to believe

641
00:39:54.670 --> 00:39:56.950
or what we do believe in our hearts.

642
00:39:57.520 --> 00:40:01.780
And so if you're in a room full of people right now,

643
00:40:01.780 --> 00:40:04.750
stand up and declare these words boldly.

644
00:40:05.530 --> 00:40:09.340
If you're in your car or you're in your living room,

645
00:40:09.340 --> 00:40:10.780
you're in your bedroom by yourself.

646
00:40:10.780 --> 00:40:11.860
You've got your candle lit

647
00:40:12.060 --> 00:40:15.210
and you've been in this intimate space,

648
00:40:15.210 --> 00:40:20.860
man, don't use this as a time to just

649
00:40:20.860 --> 00:40:22.420
think about something else

650
00:40:22.420 --> 00:40:25.690
or fast forward or pause and be done.

651
00:40:25.690 --> 00:40:30.070
But actually use your voice to sing these words out loud.

652
00:44:56.550 --> 00:44:59.130
- I just want to encourage you with one more thing

653
00:44:59.130 --> 00:45:02.880
and it's a reminder. It's a reminder of what we just sung in that song.

654
00:45:03.720 --> 00:45:06.240
And it's that same verse that was rolling through my head

655
00:45:06.240 --> 00:45:07.910
as I was standing on that ledge.

656
00:45:07.910 --> 00:45:11.430
It's Isaiah 41:13, where God says to you:.

657
00:45:19.260 --> 00:45:21.600
I don't know what the challenges that you're facing.

658
00:45:21.630 --> 00:45:24.060
I don't know. Maybe there's somebody in here

659
00:45:24.150 --> 00:45:25.920
there is a purpose in front of you

660
00:45:25.920 --> 00:45:27.690
and it feels like the hardest thing you've ever done.

661
00:45:28.260 --> 00:45:30.330
And yet it's very clear that God is calling you

662
00:45:30.330 --> 00:45:31.470
to step in that direction.

663
00:45:32.100 --> 00:45:33.420
Or maybe there's somebody in here

664
00:45:33.420 --> 00:45:35.340
who is just struggling right now

665
00:45:35.340 --> 00:45:37.620
to let go of anything in your life.

666
00:45:37.800 --> 00:45:39.720
And yet you know God is saying,

667
00:45:39.720 --> 00:45:40.830
"You have got to let go.

668
00:45:40.830 --> 00:45:42.360
You have got to relax.

669
00:45:42.360 --> 00:45:45.380
You can not -- This will kill you if you don't release it."

670
00:45:46.350 --> 00:45:47.410
And here's what I want you to know.

671
00:45:48.220 --> 00:45:50.140
I know that there are reasons

672
00:45:50.140 --> 00:45:52.130
that would keep you from trusting God.

673
00:45:52.300 --> 00:45:54.610
But here's what I want you to know:

674
00:45:54.610 --> 00:45:56.530
God is not distant, He's personal.

675
00:45:57.780 --> 00:45:59.930
And He knows your situation

676
00:45:59.930 --> 00:46:03.200
and He wants to walk with you to a new place.

677
00:46:03.440 --> 00:46:05.810
God is not disappointed in you.

678
00:46:05.960 --> 00:46:08.540
He is proud whenever you turn in His direction.

679
00:46:08.540 --> 00:46:10.160
The Bible calls that repentance.

680
00:46:10.460 --> 00:46:12.380
And what it says in the Bible is that

681
00:46:12.380 --> 00:46:14.540
the angels in heaven rejoice

682
00:46:14.540 --> 00:46:16.880
over one sinner who repents,

683
00:46:16.880 --> 00:46:18.440
than over a thousand righteous people.

684
00:46:19.280 --> 00:46:21.140
God is not disabled.

685
00:46:21.590 --> 00:46:25.780
He is powerful. And He wants to bring power to your life.

686
00:46:25.810 --> 00:46:28.240
He wants to bring power to your purpose.

687
00:46:28.270 --> 00:46:31.240
He wants to bring power, yes, to your play.

688
00:46:31.450 --> 00:46:32.680
You can trust Him.

689
00:46:33.250 --> 00:46:36.700
You can trust Him. And trusting Him is the way to a prosperous life.

690
00:46:38.060 --> 00:46:40.430
I'm going to turn it over to our community pastors.

691
00:46:40.430 --> 00:46:43.100
If you're at a site, in a moment that pastor is going

692
00:46:43.100 --> 00:46:44.240
to come up they're going to lead you

693
00:46:44.240 --> 00:46:46.220
through one final and powerful prompt.

694
00:46:46.850 --> 00:46:50.330
God, I just pray that all of us would know

695
00:46:50.330 --> 00:46:53.640
that You want to meet us right on the ledge.

696
00:46:53.660 --> 00:46:56.270
You want to meet us right in the place

697
00:46:56.270 --> 00:47:00.110
where our trust has to meet Your faithfulness.

698
00:47:00.110 --> 00:47:01.130
God, would You speak to us now?

699
00:47:01.970 --> 00:47:06.760
Amen. - Well, in the midst of this experience,

700
00:47:06.760 --> 00:47:09.850
I know I've heard God say a few things.

701
00:47:09.850 --> 00:47:12.380
I'm guessing you probably have too

702
00:47:12.380 --> 00:47:14.860
if you've gone this far with us.

703
00:47:15.340 --> 00:47:18.410
He's probably been making You feel some things,

704
00:47:18.410 --> 00:47:21.880
think some things, prompting some things in you.

705
00:47:22.030 --> 00:47:26.290
And it doesn't just stop at what God's saying to us.

706
00:47:26.350 --> 00:47:29.560
But it's about taking a step further

707
00:47:29.560 --> 00:47:34.290
and doing something about what God is saying.

708
00:47:34.290 --> 00:47:35.310
What's God saying to you

709
00:47:35.310 --> 00:47:37.200
and what are you going to do about it?

710
00:47:38.340 --> 00:47:43.320
Our last prompt, our eighth prompt is

711
00:47:43.320 --> 00:47:49.410
to declare what is the leap that you're going to take?

712
00:47:49.410 --> 00:47:51.370
What are you going to do

713
00:47:51.370 --> 00:47:54.370
about what God has been saying to you?

714
00:47:55.090 --> 00:47:56.540
Let's take some time to do that right now.

715
00:49:04.490 --> 00:49:07.280
So we just declared this leap

716
00:49:07.280 --> 00:49:10.850
that we're going to take, this next step

717
00:49:10.850 --> 00:49:14.300
of what we could do with what God has said to us today.

718
00:49:14.690 --> 00:49:19.580
And you know, the only way this happens is if we do it.

719
00:49:19.580 --> 00:49:22.610
If we don't just declare this is the leap we want to take,

720
00:49:22.610 --> 00:49:25.280
but if we actually take the leap.

721
00:49:25.970 --> 00:49:30.020
And that requires us laying it all down,

722
00:49:30.020 --> 00:49:31.820
laying ourselves down and going,

723
00:49:31.820 --> 00:49:33.320
"God, I'm gonna give this to you.

724
00:49:33.590 --> 00:49:35.330
I'm going to work like it depends on me.

725
00:49:35.540 --> 00:49:37.400
But pray like it depends on you, God.

726
00:49:37.640 --> 00:49:39.830
I'm going to hand this to you and say,

727
00:49:39.830 --> 00:49:42.710
'This is what I want. This is why I'm declaring I'm going to do.

728
00:49:42.710 --> 00:49:45.140
And I'm gonna do my best to make it happen.'".

729
00:49:46.720 --> 00:49:50.040
Well, this declaration is an exciting thing.

730
00:49:50.580 --> 00:49:53.550
It's a thing worth celebrating

731
00:49:53.550 --> 00:49:55.080
because when God speaks to us,

732
00:49:55.080 --> 00:49:57.900
what a gift that is, that we get to hear

733
00:49:57.900 --> 00:50:00.690
the voice of the Creator of the Universe.

734
00:50:00.720 --> 00:50:04.380
We get to hear the voice of our Father in Heaven.

735
00:50:05.530 --> 00:50:09.530
And so as we have declared what we're going to do

736
00:50:09.530 --> 00:50:12.500
about what He's saying, the leap that we're going to take,

737
00:50:12.500 --> 00:50:14.210
whether you did this on chat

738
00:50:14.210 --> 00:50:16.130
or you did this on a piece of paper,

739
00:50:16.130 --> 00:50:20.410
we want this to be something

740
00:50:20.410 --> 00:50:22.870
that you give freely to God and say,

741
00:50:22.870 --> 00:50:24.500
"OK, this isn't going to be burdensome.

742
00:50:24.520 --> 00:50:26.050
This isn't an obligation.

743
00:50:26.380 --> 00:50:29.650
This is something that I get to do

744
00:50:29.650 --> 00:50:32.770
because the God of the Universe spoke to me

745
00:50:32.770 --> 00:50:36.010
and wants me to have a full and thriving life.".

746
00:50:36.700 --> 00:50:39.700
That's amazing. And so if you've got a piece of paper,

747
00:50:40.000 --> 00:50:43.150
Let's fold it up so the only thing

748
00:50:43.150 --> 00:50:45.600
that you're seeing is that declaration, OK?

749
00:50:45.690 --> 00:50:47.890
So I'm going to try to do this right now is my paper.

750
00:50:51.020 --> 00:50:53.770
- You're doing a great job. - Thanks.
It's not quite a paper airplane or anything,

751
00:50:53.770 --> 00:50:54.950
but I'm getting there.

752
00:50:55.080 --> 00:50:58.720
OK. If you are on chat,

753
00:50:58.720 --> 00:51:00.550
when you submit your email address,

754
00:51:00.550 --> 00:51:04.210
we're going to email you your responses.

755
00:51:04.210 --> 00:51:06.460
And if you've got this on paper,

756
00:51:06.460 --> 00:51:08.770
you've got your declaration right here.

757
00:51:08.770 --> 00:51:10.120
I want you to put this somewhere

758
00:51:10.120 --> 00:51:12.190
you're gonna see it for the rest of this Journey.

759
00:51:12.430 --> 00:51:14.980
Maybe tape it to your bathroom mirror,

760
00:51:14.980 --> 00:51:17.380
put it in your sock drawers

761
00:51:17.380 --> 00:51:19.210
so every time you put on your socks --

762
00:51:19.260 --> 00:51:20.440
If you don't wear socks everyday,

763
00:51:20.440 --> 00:51:22.540
don't put it in your sock drawer.

764
00:51:22.540 --> 00:51:24.920
Put it somewhere where you're gonna see it daily.

765
00:51:24.940 --> 00:51:27.580
If you're getting this via email,

766
00:51:27.580 --> 00:51:29.800
store it, put it at the top of your inbox

767
00:51:29.800 --> 00:51:32.650
so you're reminded of the gift it is

768
00:51:32.650 --> 00:51:35.320
that God spoke to you

769
00:51:35.320 --> 00:51:39.250
and you remember the declaration that you've made

770
00:51:39.250 --> 00:51:41.590
to do something about what He said

771
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so that you can have a full and thriving life,

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full of play and full of purpose.

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We're going to sing together.

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Justin, what are we singing?

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- Well, I mean, in part just what we did.

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We're going to offer ourselves completely to God.

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So the song called Laying It All Down.

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Jesus says the mystery of following Him

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is that when we lay our lives down, we find life.

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When we lay it down, when we give our life over to Him,

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we find true life. That's what we're going to sing.

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All right? So if you want to stand, you can stand again with us.

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I know. I just have a guitar, but let's go big, all right?

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So here we go. Yeah.

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That was great.

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Thanks for singing with us. That was awesome. - So good.

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Well, that's a joy.

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It's a joy that we get to declare what we're going to do

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and we're going to hand it over to the Lord,.

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We're going to hand it over to the Lord.

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We're gonna lay it down at His feet

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because whatever He says, we do.

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He calls the shots.

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We go ahead. .

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So let's pray.

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I just want to bless you as you go into this week

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as you continue on this Journey.

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And let's talk to God together right now.

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God, I thank You that we get to do this together.

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I thank You for creative ways to talk to You,

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creative ways to hear from You,

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creative songs to give us words to our prayers,

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to give us music to our prayers.

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And so, God, I just ask that this week

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we would follow through on what we've declared

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we want to do to have a life that is full,

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a more thriving with Play & Purpose.

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God, we lay all of our desires, all of our life

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down at Your feet.

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And we declare that --

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we declare that we want more of You

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and we want a life that honors You and reflects You.

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So God help us to follow through on these commitments

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and give us great group time,

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great discussion with other people this week around this topic.

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It's in your name that we pray Jesus.

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Amen. - Amen - Well, hey, this is great stuff to be talking

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about in your Journey Group this week.

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So make sure that you come ready to talk

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about what you've declared your leap is going to be.

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It should be a good time.

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And if you want prayer right now,

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we would love to pray for you.

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If you just go to the Crossroads Web site

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and click on the chat box,

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we have volunteers and staff

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that would love right now to pray for you.

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And so, man, take us up on that.

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You've just spent all this time talking to God.

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Let us talk to God on your behalf.

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We would love to do that.

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And next week is going to be really fun.

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We have special guest Michael Junior, the comedian,

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in with us next week.

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And so you don't want to miss that.

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Head to a location near you

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or check us back out on Crossroads Anywhere next week.

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We hope you have an awesome week.

Oct 5, 2019

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