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Fight Club | Episode 5

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June 18, 2018
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Mark Batterson: Chase the Lion

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  • It's more than a catchphrase, it's a radically different
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  • approach to life and this is your wake up call.
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  • Stop living as if the purpose of life is
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  • to arrive safely at death.
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  • You show me the size of your dream,
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  • and I'll show you the size of your God.
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  • Chase the lion and change the world.
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  • - [Narrator] Quit living as if the purpose of life
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  • is to arrive safely at death.
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  • Run to the roar.
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  • Go after a dream that's destined to fail
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  • without divine intervention.
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  • Stop weighing out problems, become part of the solution.
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  • Stop repeating the past and start creating the future.
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  • Face your fears.
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  • Fight for your dreams.
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  • Grab opportunity by the mane and don't let go.
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  • Live like today is the first day and last day of your life.
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  • Blaze the trail.
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  • Live for the applause of nail scarred hands.
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  • Dare to fail.
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  • Dare to be different.
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  • Quit holding out.
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  • Quit holding back.
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  • Quit running away.
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  • Chase the lion.
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  • - On July second, 1863, Lieutenant Colonel
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  • Joshua Chamberlain and his volunteer regiment
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  • of Union soldiers was stationed at Little Round Top
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  • in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
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  • They came under heavy attack from Confederate troops.
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  • They were running dangerously low on ammunition
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  • and there were no reinforcements in sight.
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  • It looked like the 20th Maine Regiment would not
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  • be able to survive another attack.
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  • It seemed like there was no way out.
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  • It was surrender or die but Chamberlain
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  • was never one to run from a fight.
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  • (cannon wheels rolling)
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  • (distant guns firing)
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  • (cannon firing)
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  • (gun firing)
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  • (heavy breathing)
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  • (cannon firing)
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  • - Their line is nearly full set.
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  • Artillery is back and everyone is lining in front.
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  • It could only mean one thing.
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  • - Men, reload everything you have left.
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  • I'm out of powder.
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  • - We're out here too.
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  • - Sir.
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  • We have to do something.
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  • They're going to charge the hill again any moment.
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  • - Sir.
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  • Orders?
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  • - [Soldier] We're outnumbered Colonel.
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  • We have to retreat, now.
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  • - We can't lose this hill.
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  • Fix your bayonets.
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  • - Sir, what?
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  • They have an entire line.
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  • - Men, fix your bayonets.
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  • - This is suicide.
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  • - We're too weak, sir.
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  • We can't withstand a fourth charge.
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  • - Listen to me.
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  • Right now, we are the last line of defense.
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  • We must hold this hill.
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  • Thousands of men have died these last two days.
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  • All of them, our brothers.
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  • If today is your last,
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  • may it be so that your children may live freely
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  • in unity with our brothers from the South
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  • as one nation, under God.
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  • You've all fought like men.
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  • When the enemy has done everything to destroy you,
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  • you stood firm.
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  • (cannon firing)
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  • (shrapnel falling)
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  • Day after day, you have stared the enemy in the face
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  • but never like you are right now.
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  • We can not surrender this hill
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  • so let us charge like lions and claim this victory
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  • rather than wait here for what will certainly be our death.
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  • I have bled with you in these trenches and on the field,
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  • and I am asking that you would follow me once more
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  • in what may be the most courageous moment of your life.
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  • And should God choose to take us this day,
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  • let it be alongside every man that stands
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  • at the bottom of this hill.
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  • Fix your bayonets.
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  • Bayonets at the ready.
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  • Charge!
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  • (distant cannons firing)
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  • (slow dramatic music)
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  • - Joshua Chamberlain knew that if he had surrendered,
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  • he would have been losing much more than a battle.
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  • He wasn't willing to give up,
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  • no matter how many hits he took.
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  • Faith is coming out of your corner one more time
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  • to fight for what you believe in.
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  • Now let me say this, you're gonna lose a round or two,
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  • all of us do, all of sin had fallen short
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  • of the glory of God.
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  • But failure is not getting knocked down, it's staying down.
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  • Faith is getting back up, getting back in the ring.
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  • John L. Sullivan is one of the greatest boxers in history.
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  • He was the last heavyweight champion of bare knuckle boxing
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  • and the first heavyweight champion of glove boxing.
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  • He held that title for a decade.
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  • In fact, he was undefeated until September seventh, 1892.
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  • That's when he met a boxer named Gentleman Jim Corbett.
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  • Corbett did what no one had done before.
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  • He went 21 rounds with John L. Sullivan
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  • and he didn't just win that fight,
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  • he knocked Sullivan out.
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  • Corbett ended Sullivan's career and won the title
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  • as Heavyweight Champion of the world.
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  • For what it's worth, he gave the prize money to his church.
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  • That bout against Sullivan is his most famous fight
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  • but it's the fight before that fight that reveals
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  • the kind of man Corbett was.
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  • On May 21, 1891, he fought his cross-town rival,
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  • Peter Black Prince Jackson.
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  • They were boxing instructors at competing athletic clubs
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  • in San Francisco.
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  • Jackson was the Australian Heavyweight champion
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  • but Sullivan wouldn't fight him because he was black.
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  • So Corbett and Jackson squared off for a boxing match
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  • that would last 61 rounds
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  • and it ended in a no contest.
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  • I share that to share this.
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  • Corbett had a life motto and he didn't just talk the talk,
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  • he walked the walk.
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  • His motto was this, fight one more round.
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  • He said, when your arms are so tired you can hardly
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  • lift your hands to come on guard, fight one more round.
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  • When your nose is bleeding and your eyes are black
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  • and you're so tired you wish your opponent would
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  • crack you one on the jaw and put you to sleep,
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  • fight one more round, remembering that the man
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  • who fights one more round is never whipped.
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  • Call it what you want, that's good old fashioned grit.
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  • And I think that's what Paul is advocating in Ephesians six
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  • when he says having done all the stand, stand.
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  • In other words, fight one more round.
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  • Fight for your family.
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  • If your marriage is on the ropes, fight one more round.
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  • If you have cancer, fight one more round of chemo.
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  • When addiction threatens to take you down,
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  • fight one more round.
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  • Listen, life is gonna knock you down, no doubt.
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  • But faith is getting back up and
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  • standing on the promises of God.
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  • It's getting back in the ring and fighting to the finish.
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  • Isn't that what Jesus did?
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  • He went 40 rounds with the enemy in the wilderness.
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  • He carried a 300 pound cross 650 yards down
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  • the Via Dolorosa.
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  • Then he fought death for three more days
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  • and finally walked out of that tomb victorious.
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  • How did he do it?
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  • For the joy that was set before him, he endured the cross.
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  • Listen, if Jesus hung on his cross,
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  • we can certainly carry ours.
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  • Fighting for your faith is loving God
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  • with all of your strength.
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  • It's going the extra mile.
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  • It's turning the other cheek.
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  • It's praying for those who persecute you.
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  • And that takes far more than physical strength,
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  • it takes willpower.
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  • One of my heroes is Teddy Roosevelt
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  • and I love him for lots of reasons.
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  • Roosevelt once rode a moose.
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  • Who does that?
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  • He worked a ranch in the Dakotas.
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  • He flew the Wright brothers' airplane.
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  • He scaled the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps.
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  • He navigated uncharted parts of the Amazon River.
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  • And he famously led the charge up Kettle Hill
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  • during the battle of San Juan.
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  • He even set up a boxing ring in the White House
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  • so he could spar with anybody who dared
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  • to get in the ring with him.
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  • But one incident epitomizes all the others.
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  • In October of 1912, Roosevelt was campaigning
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  • for the White House when a would-be assassin shot him
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  • point-blank with a pistol.
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  • That bullet lodged two inches deep in his chest
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  • but that didn't stop Roosevelt from making his speech.
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  • In fact, he got up and said the bullet is in me now
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  • so I can not make a very long speech.
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  • Then he spoke for 53 minutes.
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  • By the time he was done, he was standing in a pool
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  • of his own blood.
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  • Now with that as a back drop, listen to what Roosevelt said.
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  • "It's not the critic who counts.
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  • Not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles
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  • or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
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  • The credit belongs to the man in the arena
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  • whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood."
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  • I don't know anybody who fits that description better
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  • than David's Mighty Men, especially his right hand man,
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  • Benaiah, who chased the lion into a pit
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  • on a snowy day and killed it.
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  • It's one thing to have a dream but dreams don't happen
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  • by default, you gotta fight for them
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  • the way scripture says Benaiah fought the two lionlike men
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  • of Moab or the giant Egyptian.
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  • Now listen, you better choose your battles wisely.
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  • There are some battlefields I am not called to die on
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  • and you have to know what those are.
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  • But you also have to know what dream you're willing
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  • to live for and die for.
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  • And you might have to fight until
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  • your hand freezes to the sword.
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  • - [Narrator] Far too often, we doubt our dreams
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  • and delay our destinies.
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  • Chase the Lion helps you understand why life's greatest
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  • fulfillment comes from living in your divine purpose.
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  • And you'll discover what happens when you fearlessly
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  • chase after your God-sized dream.
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  • With grit and gusto, New York Time's bestselling author
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  • Mark Batterson delivers a bold message
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  • Right now, you can begin the journey that takes you
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  • from your God-given dream into your God-ordained destiny.
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  • - Second Samuel 23:20 says that Benaiah the lion chaser
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  • was a valiant fighter from Kabzeel.
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  • We tend to read right past that description but
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  • it reveals who Benaiah was, what Benaiah was about.
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  • Benaiah was a fighter but there's a modifier.
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  • He was a valiant fighter.
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  • He didn't just possess incredible physical strength,
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  • it was complimented by his moral character.
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  • He used his strength and his resources for God's purposes
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  • and that's key.
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  • Santiago Moncada, was one of those valiant fighters,
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  • like Chamberlain and Benaiah, he isn't one
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  • to run away from the battle.
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  • Santiago grew up in the middle of the Colombian drug wars.
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  • He eventually immigrated to America with his mom
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  • but he left part of his heart in his native Colombia.
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  • In December of 2012, Santi found out about
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  • a group of farmers who desperately wanted to get out
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  • of the cocaine industry and needed a different
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  • source of income to do so.
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  • Well that's when a dream was birthed in his heart
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  • for a coffee company called Redeeming Grounds.
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  • - The coffee industry is going through a transition.
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  • They want traceability of their products, right.
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  • They want to know that the products you're consuming
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  • weren't bought at the expense of someone's poverty.
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  • Our vision is coffee lands where
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  • every person can reach their human potential.
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  • It just so happens that, that in all these areas of conflict
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  • there's coffee grown so our hope is to use that as a tool.
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  • (speaking foreign language)
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  • Coca cultivation breeds death.
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  • It breeds so much violence.
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  • Not just there where it's being grown
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  • but where the cocaine eventually ends up, right.
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  • (speaking foreign language)
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  • Richard is a dedicated man.
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  • Not just to his farm but to his family.
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  • (speaking foreign language)
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  • The mission of Redeeming Grounds is to empower coffee
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  • growers in troubled lands to restore their communities.
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  • We do this by buying their coffee at above market prices.
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  • This equips them with resources
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  • to restore their communities.
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  • These are all coca plants so you see them kinda
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  • just scattered everywhere.
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  • These are coca cultivations.
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  • The folks that are here present today have come to
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  • celebrate the eradication of the coca fields.
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  • The hope is that they would be inspired today
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  • by the work that's being done here
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  • so that they would take this nice mission
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  • back to the region that they're in.
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  • When these guys decide to eradicate the coca fields,
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  • their source of income is gone so they need
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  • to find alternative methods.
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  • We partner with these guys to make it possible for them
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  • to make what they're doing sustainable.
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  • (speaking foreign language)
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  • What this community, what these families thought
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  • they had lost forever is now being restored
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  • and Redeeming Grounds gets to play a part of that.
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  • (speaking foreign language)
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  • - Fighting against the drug cartel by
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  • eradicating coca fields is more than a little dangerous.
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  • But lion chasers don't back down.
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  • Even when the odds are stacked against them,
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  • they fight back for what they believe in.
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  • When the going gets tough, the valiant fighter gets going.
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  • They fight for their King, like Benaiah.
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  • They fight for their cause, like Chamberlain.
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  • They fight for their convictions, like Santi.
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  • But they aren't just fighting for themselves,
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  • they're fighting for those who are on
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  • the other side of their dream.
  • 00:20:48.140 --> 00:20:51.020
  • In every dream journey, there's a moment
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  • when you have to fight for what you believe in.
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  • It might be a marriage that's on the ropes
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  • or a child who's in rebellion, or a cause that seems
  • 00:20:57.260 --> 00:21:01.100
  • hopeless, or a dream that's on life support.
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  • Are you willing to fight for it?
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  • Are you willing to fight until
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  • your hand freezes to the sword?
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  • Are you willing to fight even if the odds are 800 to one?
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  • A few years ago, I was speaking at
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  • a leadership conference in Dallas, Texas.
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  • Two minutes before going on stage to speak, my phone rang.
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  • Now usually, I wouldn't answer it but it was a family member
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  • and that's how I discovered that my dad had cancer.
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  • Needless to say, it was tough to get up and talk after that.
  • 00:21:32.240 --> 00:21:37.060
  • You know, questions start consuming your thoughts.
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  • What kind of cancer is it?
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  • What stage is it?
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  • What are the chances of beating it?
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  • When you get difficult news like that,
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  • you can respond in one of two ways.
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  • I think some people roll over and play dead.
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  • My dad, he's not wired that way.
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  • He came out of the corner fighting with an upbeat attitude.
  • 00:21:56.210 --> 00:22:01.080
  • Honestly, I don't have a single memory of my dad
  • 00:22:01.080 --> 00:22:05.160
  • ever complaining about anything and cancer wasn't
  • 00:22:05.160 --> 00:22:09.080
  • going to change his attitude or his approach to life.
  • 00:22:09.080 --> 00:22:13.020
  • My dad fought cancer the way
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  • he fought every other challenge, with grace and faith.
  • 00:22:15.090 --> 00:22:20.020
  • And we fought with him in prayer.
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  • John 10 says the enemy comes to kill, steal, and destroy.
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  • He wants to kill your joy, steal your dream,
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  • and destroy your life.
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  • Our struggle is not against flesh and blood,
  • 00:22:32.190 --> 00:22:35.190
  • we're in a dog fight with the devil.
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  • But Jesus came that you might have life
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  • and have it more abundantly.
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  • And He that is in us is greater than
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  • He that is in the world.
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  • The Bible says no weapon formed against us will prosper.
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  • If we resist the devil, he will flee from us and if God is
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  • for us, who can be against us.
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  • Come on, fight back with words of faith.
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  • Fight back with songs of praise.
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  • I don't know what you're fighting against,
  • 00:23:05.180 --> 00:23:07.230
  • what you're fighting for, but my challenge is this.
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  • Fight one more round.
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  • It's too soon to give up.
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  • Listen, God-sized dreams usually take longer
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  • and prove to much harder than original estimates.
  • 00:23:18.230 --> 00:23:22.120
  • But that's one way God gets the glory.
  • 00:23:22.120 --> 00:23:24.230
  • He fights our battles for us.
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  • He does things we can't take credit for.
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  • Let me share two convictions.
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  • First, whatever you tolerate will eventually dominate.
  • 00:23:33.110 --> 00:23:37.270
  • In the book of Revelation, God compliments
  • 00:23:37.270 --> 00:23:40.250
  • the Church of Thyatira for their love, faith,
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  • and perseverance.
  • 00:23:44.060 --> 00:23:45.260
  • But then he says, nevertheless, I have this against you.
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  • You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself
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  • a prophet by her teaching, she misleads my servants
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  • into sexual immorality and the eating of foods
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  • sacrificed to idols.
  • 00:24:01.210 --> 00:24:03.290
  • Listen, there is a sin of silence.
  • 00:24:03.290 --> 00:24:06.210
  • It's not saying what needs to be said.
  • 00:24:06.210 --> 00:24:09.260
  • And there is a sin of toleration.
  • 00:24:09.260 --> 00:24:12.060
  • And we fall into that sin when we stop trying
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  • or stop praying or stop fighting.
  • 00:24:15.140 --> 00:24:18.030
  • Second, I believe that anybody can do just about anything
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  • if they work at it long enough, hard enough,
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  • and smart enough.
  • 00:24:25.230 --> 00:24:27.020
  • I'm not taking God's grace in God's favor
  • 00:24:27.020 --> 00:24:29.290
  • out of the equation, but you can't just pray
  • 00:24:29.290 --> 00:24:32.210
  • like it depends on God, you have to work
  • 00:24:32.210 --> 00:24:34.240
  • like it depends on you.
  • 00:24:34.240 --> 00:24:36.220
  • Sure, some people are incredibly gifted,
  • 00:24:36.220 --> 00:24:40.220
  • but if that giftedness isn't coupled with a complimentary
  • 00:24:40.220 --> 00:24:44.170
  • work ethic, it'll only result in wasted potential.
  • 00:24:44.170 --> 00:24:49.170
  • I love actor Will Smith's not-so-secret secret to success,
  • 00:24:50.280 --> 00:24:54.180
  • he says I'm not afraid to die on a treadmill,
  • 00:24:55.240 --> 00:24:59.060
  • I will not be outworked.
  • 00:24:59.060 --> 00:25:01.120
  • You may more talented than me, you might be smarter than me,
  • 00:25:01.120 --> 00:25:04.270
  • and you may be better looking than me,
  • 00:25:04.270 --> 00:25:06.290
  • but if we get on a treadmill together,
  • 00:25:06.290 --> 00:25:08.280
  • you're going to get off first or I'm gonna die.
  • 00:25:08.280 --> 00:25:12.130
  • That's how the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air became
  • 00:25:12.130 --> 00:25:15.250
  • one of Hollywood's most bankable stars.
  • 00:25:15.250 --> 00:25:18.230
  • It wasn't on talent alone, it was on the treadmill.
  • 00:25:18.230 --> 00:25:23.140
  • No matter what dream you're chasing,
  • 00:25:23.140 --> 00:25:25.160
  • there are no shortcuts.
  • 00:25:25.160 --> 00:25:27.110
  • You get into shape one workout at a time.
  • 00:25:27.110 --> 00:25:30.160
  • You get out of debt one paycheck at a time.
  • 00:25:30.160 --> 00:25:33.130
  • You earn a graduate degree one class at a time.
  • 00:25:33.130 --> 00:25:36.180
  • You produce an album on rehearsal at a time.
  • 00:25:36.180 --> 00:25:39.120
  • You get a job promotion one project at a time.
  • 00:25:39.120 --> 00:25:42.260
  • You get the gameball one practice at a time.
  • 00:25:42.260 --> 00:25:46.180
  • Whatever dream journey you're on,
  • 00:25:46.180 --> 00:25:48.280
  • you have to take it one step at a time.
  • 00:25:48.280 --> 00:25:52.020
  • But if you keep doing the right things day in and day out,
  • 00:25:52.020 --> 00:25:55.290
  • one day, God is going to show up and show off.
  • 00:25:55.290 --> 00:26:00.080
  • Chase the Lion is more than a book, more than a series.
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  • It's a call to action.
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  • Here's the good news, you're one decision away
  • 00:26:07.040 --> 00:26:10.010
  • from a totally different life.
  • 00:26:10.010 --> 00:26:12.070
  • But here's the challenge, you've got to quit running away
  • 00:26:12.070 --> 00:26:15.000
  • from what you're afraid of
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  • and run to the roar.
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  • - [Narrator] Far too often, we doubt our dreams
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  • and delay our destinies.
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  • Chase the Lion helps you understand why life's greatest
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  • fulfillment comes from living in your divine purpose.
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  • And you'll discover what happens when you fearlessly
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  • chase after your God-sized dream.
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  • a big dream.
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