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Stressed or Stretched?

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May 26, 2019
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Live with Passion with Father Cedric

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  • You can be stretched.
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  • (uplifting music)
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  • Hi, I'm Father Cedric Pisegna,
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  • the host of Live with Passion.
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  • I'm so glad that you tuned in.
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  • I want to talk about being stressed or stretched.
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  • I've discovered that the problems
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  • and the stresses in life
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  • can actually stretch you to become better.
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  • Let me share with you Ephesians 3.
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  • The power at work within us
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  • is able to do far more than we could ever dare,
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  • ask, think or imagine.
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  • To God be glory in the church
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  • and in Jesus for all generations
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  • forever and ever, amen.
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  • Heard a story about a little kitty cat
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  • and it was dangling from a clothesline.
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  • It was clinging on for dear life and underneath
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  • was the caption,
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  • Lord, help me to remember that today
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  • nothing will happen
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  • that You and I can't handle together.
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  • (laughs)
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  • And I think that's so funny because sometimes problems
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  • and situations and difficulties or relationships
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  • can make you feel like you're dangling from a clothesline
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  • but I just read for you that scripture
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  • from Ephesians 3 because God's power
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  • is able to help us
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  • no matter what situation we're in.
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  • Even if we feel like we're dangling
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  • from a clothesline sometime,
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  • I want you to know that God has the ability
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  • to help you.
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  • So really you don't have to go through life on your own,
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  • just trying to figure it all out,
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  • trying to face all your problems by yourself.
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  • You've got power as a Christian.
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  • You got power as a believer.
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  • God will never leave you.
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  • I have a tendency I've noticed when I go through traffic
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  • or relationship problems or physical sufferings
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  • or dealing with stuff, the stuff of everyday life
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  • and some of you right now are dealing with stuff.
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  • Well, I have a problem to
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  • kind of overmagnify the situation.
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  • If I'm in traffic, I'll be thinking,
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  • oh I'm gonna be stuck in this for the rest of my life.
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  • Well, that's not true.
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  • There was a song by Amy Grant some time ago
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  • and she sang,
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  • Sometimes we make it harder than it is.
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  • Did you ever notice that about problems in life?
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  • Sometimes we make it harder than it is.
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  • One of my favorite sayings is,
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  • This too shall pass.
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  • And it's so true, you're stuck in traffic.
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  • This too shall pass.
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  • Going through a tough relationship,
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  • this too shall pass.
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  • Your favorite football team or baseball team loses,
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  • this too shall pass.
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  • Whatever you're dealing with,
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  • it's gonna pass, it's not gonna be forever.
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  • So that really helps me when I'm dealing with problems.
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  • So, we all have problems in life.
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  • Maybe you're going through loneliness.
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  • What I want you to do is to magnify God,
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  • not your problem.
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  • And you can do that because remember
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  • the name of this series is God is good all the time
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  • and all the time, God is good.
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  • And because God is good, He wants to help us in life.
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  • He wants to walk with us as our companion.
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  • And we don't have to focus on all the stuff
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  • and the negativity and the problems.
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  • We can focus on God and when we do,
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  • it gives God permission to work.
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  • Well, I've discovered that all of us have problems.
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  • I remember I was reading a book one time.
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  • It was by M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled.
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  • First sentence, first paragraph, first chapter,
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  • Life is difficult.
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  • And there are difficulties, as I said.
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  • There's divorces, loneliness,
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  • emotional problems, physical problems,
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  • growing older, losing a loved one.
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  • That's a tough one.
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  • Losing a pet.
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  • I get a lot of letters that people have lost their pet.
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  • Will they be in heaven?
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  • I believe they will.
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  • So there's all kinds of different problems
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  • and what that does is when you get problems,
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  • it creates what we call stress.
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  • Stress is when you perceive that
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  • things around you
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  • are gonna cause you harm
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  • or take away the goodness of your life.
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  • Stress triggers and stressors, they're called.
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  • Things like work can be stressful, traffic,
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  • public speaking, health problems, as I said,
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  • the death of a loved one.
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  • One woman I know said this.
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  • This is what causes stress in her life.
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  • Her alcoholic husband,
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  • having to go through things beyond her control
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  • and then too many demands on her time.
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  • So stress comes in many different forms.
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  • It can even come from positive things like having a baby
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  • or having a move in your life.
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  • That can cause stress.
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  • So positive things, negative things,
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  • there's all kinds of things that can cause stress.
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  • When stress comes,
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  • try putting your finger on your pulse.
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  • It speeds up really quickly.
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  • You might start to sweat a little bit.
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  • Your knees might knock a little bit.
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  • Your blood pressure rises.
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  • You can get headaches.
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  • Your muscles tense up.
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  • One thing I like to do when I'm playing golf.
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  • Oftentimes when I have a little birdie putt
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  • right in front of me there, maybe 10 feet or so.
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  • A birdie is when you're doing really good on a hole.
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  • You can tense up and get stressed
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  • because you know that you should make the putt
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  • and you did real well to get to this point.
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  • One thing I do is
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  • take a deep breath and relax.
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  • (exhales)
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  • That kind of frees up the tension.
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  • And then you can make a better stroke
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  • and you're more inclined to make the putt.
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  • When people are at my missions, my parish missions,
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  • I realize that when I'm preaching
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  • that people have been at work all day
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  • and there's been family issues, family problems.
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  • People are going through stuff.
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  • Some people that come to the mission,
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  • they're very stressed out.
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  • Oftentimes I'll have them just kinda
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  • stand up and stretch a little bit
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  • and then take a deep breath in.
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  • (inhales)
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  • Let it out.
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  • (exhales)
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  • And it calms you down.
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  • Lowers the blood pressure.
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  • And so I don't want you to be stressed.
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  • I want you to realize that you can handle
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  • whatever life throws at you
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  • because God is with you.
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  • God is good all the time.
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  • All the time, God is good.
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  • And I want to give you some solutions
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  • to be able to handle the stress.
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  • Can't take all the problems out of your life.
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  • Can't take all the stress out of your life
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  • but I can give you some solutions to help you
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  • and the number one solution is that God is with you.
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  • And our God is able, as we heard
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  • in Ephesians chapter 3.
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  • He is able to do far more than we can ever dare to ask,
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  • think or imagine.
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  • So when you're going through some tough stuff,
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  • try to think, ask and imagine God to help you,
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  • and He will help you.
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  • So relax a little bit.
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  • Take a deep breath.
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  • Let yourself relax.
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  • I've discovered this.
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  • A lot of pressure, a lot of stress is self-perceived.
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  • What do I mean by that?
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  • I've noticed, I fly on airplanes quite a bit
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  • and when I get on an airplane,
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  • I've flown so much.
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  • It's not a big deal for me anymore.
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  • It used to be when I first started, but not anymore.
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  • You get these people that lower their window shades,
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  • they're just reading a book.
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  • They fly all the time, doesn't bother them at all.
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  • You get a first time flier on there
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  • and they're feeling the stress.
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  • They feel the pressure, they feel very anxious and upset.
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  • They think the plane's gonna crash.
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  • Every little noise bothers them.
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  • They're kinda like the cat dangling
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  • from the clothesline.
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  • So in other words, it's the same situation
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  • but two different people experience it,
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  • react to it two different ways.
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  • And I've discovered that when it comes to stress
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  • and problems, it's the same way.
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  • You can overreact, if you want.
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  • Be like the cat hanging from the clothesline.
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  • Cats are that way.
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  • (claps) They hear a noise and fft,
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  • they're very reactive.
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  • Or you can perceive it in different ways.
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  • Don't make it harder than it is.
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  • Remember that song by Amy Grant.
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  • Sometimes we make it harder than it is.
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  • This too shall pass.
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  • Don't overdo it.
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  • Don't overreact.
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  • Just take it easy.
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  • Remember that song by The Eagles
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  • that came out back in the '70s?
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  • Take it easy,
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  • don't let the sound of your own wheels
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  • drive you crazy.
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  • So again, a lot of it has to do with perception.
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  • If you read the book by Stephen Covey,
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  • the classic book about seven effectual habits
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  • of effectual people, highly effectual people,
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  • number one habit he talks about is perception
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  • and how important perception is about life.
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  • You can perceive everything is against you
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  • and overwhelming and overreacting
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  • or you can take it all in stride.
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  • And when I talk about God being with you
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  • and He has the power and the ability to help you,
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  • it helps you to perceive,
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  • God helps you to perceive things and not overreact.
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  • So you get caught in traffic.
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  • Don't go crazy.
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  • Why be against yourself?
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  • There's clouds out in the day.
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  • Instead of getting mopey
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  • and depressed because it's a cloudy day,
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  • say, This is the day the Lord has made.
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  • Let us rejoice and be glad.
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  • It's all about perception.
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  • So I've discovered that stress isn't necessarily
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  • a bad thing either.
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  • And what do I mean by that pressure, stress?
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  • You need pressure in your blood.
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  • Otherwise you're gonna die.
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  • If your pressure's too low, you're not gonna be healthy.
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  • So pressure is not necessarily bad.
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  • What about your tires?
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  • Tires in your car.
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  • If you don't have the proper pressure in your tires,
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  • if you don't have enough pressure,
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  • it can be very dangerous.
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  • And then, when I take a shower in the morning,
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  • I like a lot of water pressure.
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  • And if you don't have enough pressure,
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  • it just kinda dribbles out.
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  • And so pressure, and we all have it,
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  • it all comes to us in various forms.
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  • It's not necessarily a bad thing.
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  • And I want you to consider that.
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  • It's all about perspective.
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  • It's all about the way that we look at things,
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  • way we look at life.
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  • I think you know how diamonds are formed.
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  • You've probably heard about this.
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  • There's a lump of clay,
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  • actually a lump of coal
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  • and it's way beneath the surface of the earth.
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  • And because of that depth,
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  • the pressure, the weight of the earth
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  • and time and darkness
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  • works on that lump of coal
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  • and eventually given the right amount of time
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  • and the right amount of pressure,
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  • that lump of coal becomes a beautiful diamond.
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  • And that's what I believe about life.
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  • You can be diamonds in the rough.
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  • Pressure can actually help you to become.
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  • Stress can actually stretch you.
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  • That's why I named this program
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  • Is it stress or are you being stretched?
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  • And what do I mean by that?
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  • Well, I've discovered for example,
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  • when it comes to doing things like preaching,
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  • I work hard, I prepare the best I can
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  • and there's some stress involved.
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  • But I work well under pressure.
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  • Maybe some of you are like that too.
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  • If I, for example,
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  • if I have a talk coming up and I finish it
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  • a week ahead of time,
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  • and then I try to give it a week later,
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  • I don't do as well.
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  • I prepare, I write it, I'm ready to go
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  • but I wait until the very end
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  • and there's a little bit of pressure
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  • and I'm right out, just about to go out
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  • in front of people, maybe a few hours before
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  • or even a day before
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  • and then I'll finalize it.
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  • It'll be fresh in my mind
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  • and it's the pressure that actually helps me
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  • to do better.
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  • Same with exams.
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  • Some of you students, or when you were a student
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  • and I remember when I was a student,
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  • I would prepare, I would read,
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  • I would do what I needed to do for the exam
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  • but right before the exam,
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  • I would cram.
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  • Cram for the exam.
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  • And it was the pressure of the moment
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  • that actually helped me to do better.
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  • Same with television.
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  • I would not have produced the books
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  • and the TV programs that I have written
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  • and I have produced had it not been
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  • for the stress and the pressure that TV brings.
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  • TV has actually,
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  • producing for television has actually stretched me.
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  • If I hadn't had gotten on television,
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  • yes, I would have produced some homilies
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  • and created some homilies and some sermons
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  • and different things.
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  • Nothing like what I've done.
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  • It's the stress and the pressure
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  • and the demands, if you will, of what this is
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  • has actually stretched me
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  • and helped me to become all that I can be.
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  • So what I'm trying to instill upon you
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  • is that problems lead to promotion.
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  • Stress can stretch you
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  • and diamonds are formed with the pressure.
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  • So it's not necessarily a bad thing.
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  • Our culture tries to make it into a bad thing.
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  • I remember growing up there was a song by Billy Joel
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  • and it was called Pressure.
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  • You know, Billy Joel, the great pianist.
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  • And it was like a strobe light,
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  • it was going off all the time.
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  • You know, pressure, pressure, pressure.
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  • It kinda made you anxious just listening to it.
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  • Well, pressure's not necessarily a bad thing, as I said.
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  • We're all gonna have it.
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  • It's gonna come to everybody.
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  • So I saw this necklace given to a daughter
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  • by her father
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  • and I thought it was beautiful.
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  • Inside the necklace, there was a little pendant
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  • and in the pendant were these words.
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  • You are braver than you believe,
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  • stronger than you seem,
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  • smarter than you think.
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  • And I really liked that.
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  • You're brave, you're smart,
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  • you have what it takes.
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  • Problems come to everybody.
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  • See stress in the right way.
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  • God is with you and He's gonna help you.
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  • You are not alone.
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  • Remember, God is good all the time.
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  • All the time, God is good.
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  • And He is gonna use the problems because He's good,
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  • He makes all things work to good.
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  • He's gonna use the problems and the stress
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  • and the relationships and the difficulties
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  • and the growing older
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  • to actually stretch you to become all that you can be,
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  • to help you to realize your potential and to actually
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  • develop a relationship.
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  • You ever hear that Psalm 23, I know you have.
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  • Even though I walk through the valley
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  • of the shadow of death,
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  • I fear no evil, because You are with me,
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  • with Your rod and Your staff that give me comfort.
  • 00:15:28.260 --> 00:15:31.250
  • So in other words, all of us, no matter who we are,
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  • we have to go through.
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  • And as we go through,
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  • we are told that God is with us
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  • and because He's with us,
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  • that's where we get a relationship with God.
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  • Yes, we get it with God in the mountaintop.
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  • Yes, we get it with God in our prayer life,
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  • but we learn who God is, we learn to trust Him,
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  • we grow in faith, we grow in intimacy with God
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  • as we go through
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  • and it's the valley of the shadow of death,
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  • as we go through problems,
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  • as we go through difficulties,
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  • as we go through stresses.
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  • Remember stress isn't necessarily bad.
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  • It's what stretches us.
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  • It's what turns a lump of coal into a diamond.
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  • So, I invite you to think about where you are right now
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  • and the difficulties that you're going through
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  • and be glad that you're going through,
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  • that you're not stuck, you're going backwards
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  • but rather you're going through
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  • and you're going through with God.
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  • I love this story in the Bible.
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  • Israel was in great distress.
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  • This is Judges
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  • and the Midianites were occupying their land.
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  • Talk about stress and pressure
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  • and having problems.
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  • And the Bible said that the Midianites
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  • were like swarms of locusts everywhere.
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  • Too numerous to count.
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  • And maybe you feel like things are against all odds for you.
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  • Like there's a swarm of locusts in your life.
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  • Well anyway, the Lord appears to Gideon at this time
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  • as an angel and this is what God says to Gideon.
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  • The Lord is with you,
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  • you mighty champion,
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  • you man of valor.
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  • Wow, what a beautiful thing to say to somebody.
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  • You mighty champion,
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  • you man of valor.
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  • And you know what Gideon replied?
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  • He said, My clan is the weakest and I am the least.
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  • Norman Vincent Peale wrote the book,
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  • The Power of Positive Thinking.
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  • He said the number one thing that people
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  • struggle with, with the negativity
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  • is self-deprecating thinking,
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  • low self-image, low self-esteem.
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  • They had a survey about college students
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  • and they asked college students
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  • what's the biggest challenge in your life right now?
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  • And they replied, unconfidence.
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  • They don't feel confident that they can do it,
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  • do their studies,
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  • achieve their potential in life.
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  • They don't feel confident.
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  • And that's exactly what Gideon was.
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  • He said, My clan's the weakest, I'm the least.
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  • In other words, he was saying, God, choose somebody else.
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  • Moses said, I stutter.
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  • Go get somebody else.
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  • Jeremiah, I'm too young.
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  • I felt the same way.
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  • I have panic attacks.
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  • I can't do this.
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  • But God is looking for people who believe and trust
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  • in His ability.
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  • Remember what I read to you from Ephesians 3.
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  • God is able
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  • and because God is able,
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  • we can face our problems
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  • and not only face our problems,
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  • challenges make champions.
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  • I wrote a book with that title.
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  • You can face your challenges
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  • and your problems and your difficulties
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  • and your stresses and your pressure that you have
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  • and not just face them.
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  • You can be more than conquerors, victorious.
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  • And so God said to him,
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  • I am with you.
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  • In other words, I realize who you are.
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  • But because I am with you,
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  • and that's the solution we have throughout the Bible.
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  • Moses, Paul the Apostle,
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  • David, Jesus Himself,
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  • I am with you.
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  • And because God is with us
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  • as we go through the valley of the shadow of darkness,
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  • we fear no evil.
  • 00:18:59.220 --> 00:19:02.290
  • And so God says, I am with you,
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  • and He wanted him to go out and face,
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  • to face his enemies, the Midianites.
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  • So he gathers a, Gideon gathers this large army,
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  • 32.000 men because remember,
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  • the Midianites are like locusts,
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  • too numerous to count and they're gonna do battle.
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  • He takes courage.
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  • They're gonna do battle and they're all facing.
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  • And then God speaks to him and says,
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  • You have too many men. (laughs)
  • 00:19:27.070 --> 00:19:29.040
  • Gideon probably said, What?
  • 00:19:29.040 --> 00:19:30.290
  • God says, You have too many men.
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  • He goes, Tell everyone who's afraid to turn back.
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  • So 22.000 men left.
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  • They were chicken, they were afraid, can't blame 'em.
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  • Swarm of locusts, the Midianites were attacking.
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  • Now he's got 10.000 men left.
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  • So they're gonna face this huge army with 10.000 men
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  • and God says,
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  • There's still too many men.
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  • (laughs) Gideon must have said, What?
  • 00:19:55.130 --> 00:19:57.070
  • And He told them,
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  • Whittle it down to 300.
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  • 300?
  • 00:20:01.290 --> 00:20:03.090
  • And sure enough, out of the 9700 men left,
  • 00:20:03.090 --> 00:20:06.150
  • they've got 300 men now
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  • against a swarm of locusts.
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  • But they had God.
  • 00:20:10.130 --> 00:20:12.260
  • And maybe again you feel like you're against all odds
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  • but you have God.
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  • It was against all odds that
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  • Pharaoh was defeated and the Hebrews left Egypt
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  • and Moses, God through Moses ransomed the people.
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  • It was against all odds
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  • that Mary conceived a child even though
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  • she didn't know a man.
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  • It was against all odds that Jesus
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  • rose from the dead.
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  • And even though there are odds against you in your life,
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  • you are more than a conqueror through Him who loves you.
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  • So there's 300 men, swarm of locusts
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  • and so what they did is they divided
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  • into a group of a hundred each,
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  • they blew the trumpets
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  • and when they blew the trumpets in faith,
  • 00:20:55.120 --> 00:20:58.000
  • all the Midianites turned against each other,
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  • slaughtered themselves and ran away.
  • 00:21:00.190 --> 00:21:03.070
  • And so my point is
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  • is that when God is with you,
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  • you can conquer your problems,
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  • your stresses, your pressures,
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  • your enemies, whatever it is you have to face.
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  • And I love to say
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  • you can do whatever it is you need to do
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  • when God is with you.
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  • And God is with you.
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  • You're a believer.
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  • You love the Lord.
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  • You can face your problems.
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  • You can face your situations.
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  • Look at it in a new way.
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  • So, you are smarter than you think you are,
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  • you are braver than you believe,
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  • you are stronger than you seem.
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  • When it comes to pressure,
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  • have a correct perception.
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  • Remember the diamonds in the earth,
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  • the pressure actually makes that lump of coal
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  • into a diamond.
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  • So remember, pressure isn't out to defeat you.
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  • Stress is meant to stretch you.
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  • Pressure is meant to build you up
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  • and to help you and to turn you into a diamond.
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  • And then remember when you're going through things,
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  • that God is with you.
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  • He is able.
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  • God has the strength, He has the power,
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  • no matter what you're dealing with,
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  • and I know that some of you are dealing
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  • with some hard things.
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  • Going through a divorce,
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  • you just lost a loved one,
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  • facing old age,
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  • dealing with emotional problems, addictions,
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  • dealing with physical sufferings.
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  • I know there's a whole bunch of things out there
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  • and it can cause stress and you can feel overwhelmed
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  • and you can feel out of control.
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  • But God is with you.
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  • And because God is with you,
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  • even though you walk through the valley
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  • of the shadow of death,
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  • you fear no evil because God is with you,
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  • with your rod, with His rod and staff
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  • that give you comfort.
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  • So, you can be victorious.
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  • Challenges make champions.
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  • God created the universe.
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  • He's got the power
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  • and He's gonna help you.
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  • Remember the little kitty cat dangling from the rope,
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  • dangling from the clothesline.
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  • There's nothing that can happen to us,
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  • to me, that You and I can't handle together.
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  • And then when you're faced with problems,
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  • remember just relax a little bit, breathe, stretch.
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  • Let it out.
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  • Rest.
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  • Remember in the midst of all of this busyness
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  • and all the stress that Jesus had,
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  • people were coming and going.
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  • They all wanted to touch Him.
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  • They all wanted to know Him.
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  • You know what He said?
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  • He said, Let's come apart for a side.
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  • Come aside for a while and rest.
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  • Read a book.
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  • Listen to a little music.
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  • Go on a retreat.
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  • Just relax.
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  • It's all how you look at things.
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  • Gain a new perspective.
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  • And then very quickly,
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  • in the 12 step program,
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  • there's a saying.
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  • The 12 step program, you know, Alcoholics Anonymous,
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  • addiction programs, and the saying is
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  • One day at a time.
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  • And I found that to be so helpful
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  • because sometimes I feel overwhelmed
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  • by how many talks I have
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  • and the travel that I've got
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  • in my schedule, if I look at my calendar.
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  • But when I take it one day at a time, it's manageable.
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  • And it's the same in your life too.
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  • Don't think about everything all at once.
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  • Take it one day at a time.
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  • God is with you.
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  • You are able.
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  • You can do it.
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  • You're stronger than you think.
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  • You can do whatever it is that you need to do
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  • because God is with you.
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  • And as you go through
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  • the trials, the difficulties,
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  • the pressure, the stress,
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  • you will be transformed from a lump of coal
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  • into a beautiful diamond.
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  • You will be stretched to achieve your potential
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  • and you will come into a deep personal relationship with God
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  • because He's with you and He's good
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  • all the time.
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  • And all the time, God is good.
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  • Don't just live.
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  • Live with passion.
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  • Problems can lead to promotions.
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  • Stress can stretch you
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  • because God is with you.
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  • He makes all things work to good.
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  • I got a letter from somebody that really touched me.
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  • She said, I've been raised Baptist
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  • and I've grown more in my faith
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  • by listening to you, Father Cedric, wow,
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  • and I have a total different outlook on my life.
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  • That's exactly what I'm trying to do
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  • is to help you gain new perspectives,
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  • especially when you're facing trials and problems
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  • and stresses in your life,
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  • you can do it and be more than an conqueror
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  • because God is with you.
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  • I wrote a book called The Sacred Quest.
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  • to be more than a conqueror,
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  • to be stretched, to have God
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