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Make Your One Thing the Main Thing

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October 9, 2020
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Discover how to focus on your “one thing” without being distracted by the past or present.

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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Todayis about the rest of your life.
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  • It's about tomorrowand the day after that.
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  • The future God has plannedfor you shouldn't be
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  • a haphazard approach to life.
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  • You might feel stuck,but you don't have to be.
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  • Perhaps you're discouraged.
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  • It's time to deal with that.
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  • And if you feel uncertain,you can find clarity.
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  • You may not knowwhat's next, but God does.
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  • He's there waitingfor you in your tomorrow,
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  • so step into it and discover
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  • God's presenceand purpose in your life.
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  • Starting today, starting now,it's time to move forward.
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  • male announcer: It's time werise above our circumstances,
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  • conquer our fears,face the future with faith,
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  • prevail over the past,
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  • aspire to accomplishgreater things,
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  • reclaim our birthright,proclaim his power,
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  • and claim God's promises.
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  • God has more for us.
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  • It's not time to stop.
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  • It's time to move forward.
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  • Today on "Turning Point,"Dr. Jeremiah warns us
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  • not to allow the pastto control us
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  • or today's chaos distract usfrom focusing on God.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Let nothingof the pure and precious
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  • life-giving Word of Godbe wasted.
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  • To be good stewardsof the calling of God
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  • that has given usthe privilege
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  • of proclaiming his Word
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  • to as many people as possiblein our lifetime.
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  • This is our mission.
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  • This is our one thing.
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  • This is our main thing.
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  • This is our focus.
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  • announcer: That's coming up
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  • on today's special "Forward"edition of "Turning Point."
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  • announcer: In just a moment,Dr. Jeremiah will challenge you
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  • to not allow your pastto control you
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  • or today's chaosto distract you
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  • so that you can focuson God before you.
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  • Find this and nine other waysyou can know God's purpose,
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  • feel God's power,
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  • and accomplishGod's plan for your life,
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  • in Dr. Jeremiah's new book,"Forward:
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  • the future God has prepareduniquely for you,
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  • no matter your ageor your circumstance.
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  • And now, here's Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "Focus: Make Your One Thingthe Main Thing."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah:The maestro was born
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  • in the northern Italian cityof Modena.
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  • His mother was a cigar maker,
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  • his father was a bakerand amateur tenor.
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  • It was the amateur tenor part
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  • that most touchedyoung Luciano Pavarotti.
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  • He loved hearing his dad sing,
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  • and he spent hours listening
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  • to the family's collectionof recordings of great tenors.
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  • Father and son sang alongwith the records at full volume.
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  • Mr. Pavarotti wouldn't singin public due to stage fright,
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  • but he did singin the church choir.
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  • And at age nine,Luciano joined him.
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  • The boy loved to singand people loved hearing him.
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  • "Your voice touches mewhenever you sing,"
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  • his mother said.
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  • But the questionof a career was vexing.
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  • In those days,just after World War II,
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  • a musical career was risky.
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  • His mother suggested Lucianobecome an athletic instructor,
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  • while his father encouraged him
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  • to continue developinghis voice.
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  • "But you'll have to studyvery hard, Luciano," he said.
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  • Luciano continuedhis musical studies
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  • and also enrolledin a teachers college
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  • and, after graduation,he asked his father,
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  • "Shall I be a teacheror shall I be a singer?"
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  • The older man wisely avoidedgiving a direct answer.
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  • Instead, he spoke wordshis son never forgot:
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  • "Luciano, if you try to siton two chairs,
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  • you will fall in between them.
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  • For life, you must chooseone chair."
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  • And Luciano chose singing.
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  • It took seven years
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  • of hard studyand intense practice
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  • before he made his firstprofessional appearance,
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  • and it took another seven
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  • before he reachedthe Metropolitan Opera.
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  • But Pavarotti livedwith a single focus:
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  • ultimately he became
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  • one of the most famousoperatic singers in the world,
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  • the king of high C'sand a crossover performer
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  • who won the admirationof millions
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  • who had never set footin an opera house.
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  • His final performance was viewedby the entire world
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  • as he sang "Nessun Dorma"
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  • at the 2006 Winter Olympicsin Turin.
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  • "I was blessed with a good voiceby God," Pavarotti said.
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  • "I think it pleased him that Idecided to devote myself to it,
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  • and now I thinkwhether it's laying bricks,
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  • driving a straight nail,writing a book,
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  • whatever we choose,we should give ourselves to it.
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  • Commitment," he said,"that's the key.
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  • You've got to choose one chair."
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  • Like Pavarotti,you have been blessed by God.
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  • You've been blessedwith talents and resources
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  • and a dreamfor the next phase of your life.
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  • Once you've prayedabout that dream
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  • and set the right prioritiesto achieve it,
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  • your very next step
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  • is to focus your lifeon the one main thing.
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  • In the Bible, the apostle Paulhad that kind of focus.
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  • He said hewas straining forward,
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  • pressing on to reacha heavenly treasure.
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  • He wrote to his friendsin the city of Philippi
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  • in these stirring words.
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  • He said, "Not that Ihave already attained,
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  • or am already perfected;
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  • but I press on,that I may lay hold of that
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  • for which Christ Jesushas also laid hold of me."
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  • Listen carefully.
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  • "Brethren, I do not count myselfto have apprehended;
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  • but one thing I do,
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  • forgetting those thingswhich are behind
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  • and reaching forwardto those things which are ahead,
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  • I press toward the goalfor the prize
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  • of the upward call of Godin Christ Jesus."
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  • Today, as we unpackPaul's words,
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  • I wanna show you four principlesthat will sharpen your focus
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  • and guide you forwardtoward your next steps in life.
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  • Number one,focus on God's purpose.
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  • We can follow God's deep desire
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  • for us to growinto the image of Jesus Christ.
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  • Paul said, "I press on,that I may lay hold
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  • of that for which Christ Jesushas laid hold of me."
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  • That's God's purposefor you and for all of us.
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  • Of course, he also hasan individual plan for your life
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  • and he has one for mine,
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  • and I'll deal with thatin a moment,
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  • but first, consider
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  • God's ultimate purposefor your life,
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  • that you become more and morelike his Son Jesus Christ.
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  • Romans 8:29 puts it this way:"For whom He foreknew,
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  • He also predestined
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  • to be conformedto the image of His Son."
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  • So, number one,focus on God's purpose.
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  • Here's the second thought.
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  • Focus on God's perspective.
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  • The next thing we read is Paul
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  • talking about seeing lifethrough God's eyes.
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  • He speaks about his past
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  • and said it wasn't worthfocusing on.
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  • He said, "Brethren,
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  • I do not count myselfto have apprehended;
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  • but one thing I do,
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  • forgetting those thingswhich are behind."
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  • That's an interesting thing,isn't it?
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  • To forget those thingswhich are behind.
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  • It was back in 1954,Roger Bannister
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  • was a medical studentwho enjoyed running.
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  • He entered a race in Oxfordon May 6 of that year
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  • and he made history,
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  • becoming the first athlete
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  • to run a milein less than four minutes.
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  • Bannister's time was3 minutes, 59.4 seconds.
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  • And half a globe away,Bannister's rival,
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  • John Landy of Australia,took notice.
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  • A month later, Landy beatBannister's record
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  • by one second.
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  • The media turnedtheir spotlights
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  • on these two runners,
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  • and thousands of peoplewatched later that summer
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  • when they lined up
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  • at the British Empire Gamesin Vancouver, Canada.
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  • It was calledthe Mile of the Century.
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  • The racers shotfrom the starting blocks
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  • and Landy took the lead,which he maintained.
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  • The roar of the crowdwas deafening.
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  • With only 90 yards to go,Landy made a fatal mistake.
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  • He glanced behind him and,at that exact moment,
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  • Bannister streaked by him
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  • and won the raceby less than a second.
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  • The race became knownas the Miracle Mile,
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  • and a Vancouver sculptorcreated a bronze statue
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  • of the two men at the momentwhen Landy glanced back.
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  • Landy later said, "Lot's wifewas turned into a pillar of salt
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  • for looking back.
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  • I am probably the only one
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  • who ever got turnedinto a bronze statue
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  • for looking back."
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  • The apostle Paulwould have loved that story
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  • because that's what hewas talking about
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  • in Philippians 3.
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  • He spoke of "forgettingthe things that are behind us,"
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  • using the word "forget"in the sense of minimizing
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  • the negative impact of our past.
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  • So stop allowingthings from the past
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  • to control you in the present.
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  • Paul shook things off.
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  • He didn't let them cling to himlike anchors pulling him down.
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  • What do we forgetwhen we forget the past?
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  • Well, there'sa couple of things.
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  • First of all, we have to forgetour successes.
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  • Here's this great apostlewho's accomplished more
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  • than most of uscould ever accomplish
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  • in ten lifetimes,
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  • and he said, in effect,"I have not yet arrived."
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  • And that amazes mebecause I've spent my lifetime
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  • studying Paul's lifeand writing,
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  • and his influence for Christis breathtaking.
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  • I don't know any man
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  • you could say wasmore successful than Paul,
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  • but the key to his successwas he knew he had not arrived.
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  • He wasn't proud; he was humble.
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  • He didn't look at the pastand try to live on his laurels.
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  • He lived for the present.
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  • And we need to do the same.
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  • Maybe you look backon your life
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  • and you had a great career.
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  • Maybe you were at the very topof whatever it is that you do.
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  • But thatisn't gonna help you now
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  • and it surely won't help youin the future.
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  • For you to go forward,you have to learn to forget.
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  • But you know what?
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  • Successes may beharder to forget.
  • 00:11:25.457 --> 00:11:28.660
  • We like to forget our failures.
  • 00:11:28.693 --> 00:11:31.663
  • That's the second thingI wanna talk to you about:
  • 00:11:31.696 --> 00:11:34.132
  • forgetting your mistakes.
  • 00:11:34.165 --> 00:11:36.067
  • The other way of taking
  • 00:11:36.101 --> 00:11:37.402
  • God's perspectiveregarding your past
  • 00:11:37.435 --> 00:11:39.337
  • is to simply make upyour mind
  • 00:11:39.370 --> 00:11:41.339
  • to forget those thingsthat haunt you.
  • 00:11:41.372 --> 00:11:43.808
  • After Paul's dramatic conversionon the Damascus road,
  • 00:11:43.842 --> 00:11:47.045
  • many Christians rememberedwhat he had done
  • 00:11:47.078 --> 00:11:50.081
  • and they were stillafraid of him.
  • 00:11:50.115 --> 00:11:52.684
  • What if Paul had continuedto live in that past?
  • 00:11:52.717 --> 00:11:55.587
  • What if he kept flogging himselffor what he had done?
  • 00:11:55.620 --> 00:11:58.289
  • He would have losthis influence,
  • 00:11:58.323 --> 00:11:59.991
  • and instead,he acknowledged his past,
  • 00:12:00.024 --> 00:12:02.927
  • but was full of gratitudefor God's grace
  • 00:12:02.961 --> 00:12:05.497
  • and for his total forgiveness.
  • 00:12:05.530 --> 00:12:08.032
  • The past lends perspectivefor the future,
  • 00:12:08.066 --> 00:12:10.635
  • but if you linger theretoo long,
  • 00:12:10.668 --> 00:12:12.871
  • your recollectionwill obliterate your dreams
  • 00:12:12.904 --> 00:12:15.440
  • and hinder youfrom going forward.
  • 00:12:15.473 --> 00:12:18.777
  • Hear me carefully.
  • 00:12:18.810 --> 00:12:20.111
  • Focus on God's purpose,focus on his perspective.
  • 00:12:20.145 --> 00:12:24.482
  • And then, thirdly,focus on his plan.
  • 00:12:24.516 --> 00:12:28.720
  • As we continuewith our passage in Philippians,
  • 00:12:28.753 --> 00:12:31.556
  • notice that Paul becomesmore specific,
  • 00:12:31.589 --> 00:12:33.992
  • moving from our perspectiveto our plans.
  • 00:12:34.025 --> 00:12:37.128
  • He says, "Reaching forward
  • 00:12:37.428 --> 00:12:39.030
  • to those thingswhich are ahead."
  • 00:12:39.063 --> 00:12:42.400
  • God's purposefor all of us is the same:
  • 00:12:42.433 --> 00:12:45.470
  • to become more like Jesus.
  • 00:12:45.503 --> 00:12:46.905
  • But his plansfor each of us are unique.
  • 00:12:46.938 --> 00:12:49.741
  • He has a distinct blueprint
  • 00:12:49.774 --> 00:12:51.709
  • for the lifeof every individual on earth
  • 00:12:51.743 --> 00:12:54.145
  • and in history.
  • 00:12:54.179 --> 00:12:55.647
  • His plan for you is tailor-madeand it's for you alone.
  • 00:12:55.680 --> 00:12:59.584
  • It's perfectfor the way he made you
  • 00:12:59.617 --> 00:13:01.619
  • and the experiencesthat you've had.
  • 00:13:01.653 --> 00:13:04.022
  • Everything has prepared youfor his next step in your life.
  • 00:13:04.055 --> 00:13:09.093
  • But you have to follow him
  • 00:13:09.127 --> 00:13:10.762
  • into unknown territory,into the future.
  • 00:13:10.795 --> 00:13:13.565
  • You have to learn what it meansto walk by faith.
  • 00:13:13.598 --> 00:13:16.935
  • The Psalmist put it this way:"The steps of a good man
  • 00:13:16.968 --> 00:13:19.871
  • are ordered by the Lord,and He delights in his way."
  • 00:13:19.904 --> 00:13:25.009
  • We aren't good in ourselves,but we are good in Christ.
  • 00:13:25.043 --> 00:13:28.746
  • And in Christ,God not only orders
  • 00:13:28.780 --> 00:13:31.149
  • your steps and your stops,
  • 00:13:31.182 --> 00:13:33.218
  • he delights in the wayhe guides you forward.
  • 00:13:33.251 --> 00:13:35.920
  • He delightsin his plans for you.
  • 00:13:35.954 --> 00:13:37.889
  • Shouldn't you delightin them too?
  • 00:13:37.922 --> 00:13:39.490
  • If God is delighted
  • 00:13:39.524 --> 00:13:40.825
  • in his purposeand plan for your life,
  • 00:13:40.859 --> 00:13:43.127
  • should you not also delightin those plans?
  • 00:13:43.161 --> 00:13:47.732
  • So you need to focuson God's purpose
  • 00:13:47.765 --> 00:13:50.335
  • and focus on his perspective,
  • 00:13:50.368 --> 00:13:52.237
  • looking back,but not staying back in history.
  • 00:13:52.270 --> 00:13:56.541
  • Focus on his plan,
  • 00:13:56.574 --> 00:13:57.909
  • find out what hewants you to do,
  • 00:13:57.942 --> 00:13:59.978
  • and then focus on his prize.
  • 00:14:00.011 --> 00:14:02.714
  • Finally, to live a focused life,you need to fix your attention
  • 00:14:02.747 --> 00:14:06.451
  • on heaven and the rewardthat awaits you there.
  • 00:14:06.484 --> 00:14:10.521
  • Paul wrote,"I press toward the goal
  • 00:14:10.555 --> 00:14:13.892
  • for the prize of the upward callof God in Christ Jesus."
  • 00:14:13.925 --> 00:14:19.430
  • For Paul, the goal and prizewere one and the same.
  • 00:14:19.464 --> 00:14:23.902
  • Not defined in this verse,
  • 00:14:23.935 --> 00:14:26.104
  • this is a clear referenceto the many promises given
  • 00:14:26.137 --> 00:14:28.539
  • to those who arevictorious in Christ.
  • 00:14:28.573 --> 00:14:31.442
  • Remember, the Bible saysthat when we get to heaven,
  • 00:14:31.476 --> 00:14:33.811
  • if we've lived for the Lord,
  • 00:14:33.845 --> 00:14:35.280
  • the Lord Jesus is gonna welcomeus home with these words:
  • 00:14:35.313 --> 00:14:38.316
  • "Well done,good and faithful servant."
  • 00:14:38.349 --> 00:14:41.319
  • It embraces "the crownof righteousness."
  • 00:14:41.352 --> 00:14:43.721
  • I could also refer towhat Peter called
  • 00:14:43.755 --> 00:14:45.657
  • "the crown of glorywhich doesn't fade away."
  • 00:14:45.690 --> 00:14:49.427
  • Whatever else,this prize and goal will be
  • 00:14:49.460 --> 00:14:52.563
  • more than "eye has seenor ear has heard."
  • 00:14:52.597 --> 00:14:55.500
  • God's plan for you is to rewardyou so abundantly,
  • 00:14:55.533 --> 00:14:59.270
  • I promise you,you won't believe it.
  • 00:14:59.304 --> 00:15:01.806
  • According to the apostle Peter,you have
  • 00:15:01.839 --> 00:15:04.142
  • "an inheritanceincorruptible and undefiled
  • 00:15:04.175 --> 00:15:07.845
  • that does not fade away,reserved in heaven for you."
  • 00:15:07.879 --> 00:15:13.384
  • How many of you knowhow important it is
  • 00:15:13.418 --> 00:15:15.119
  • to keep your eyesfocused on the future?
  • 00:15:15.153 --> 00:15:19.590
  • Florence Chadwicklearned that lesson.
  • 00:15:19.624 --> 00:15:22.660
  • She was an accomplishedlong-distance swimmer
  • 00:15:22.694 --> 00:15:25.530
  • and the first woman
  • 00:15:25.563 --> 00:15:26.864
  • to swim the English Channelin both directions,
  • 00:15:26.898 --> 00:15:29.500
  • setting new records each way.
  • 00:15:29.534 --> 00:15:33.137
  • It was back in 1952,she was 34 years old,
  • 00:15:33.171 --> 00:15:36.307
  • and she set out to breakanother record.
  • 00:15:36.341 --> 00:15:39.310
  • No woman had ever swum
  • 00:15:39.344 --> 00:15:40.745
  • the more than 20-mile channelbetween Catalina and California.
  • 00:15:40.778 --> 00:15:46.584
  • The conditions on the morningof her swim were not ideal.
  • 00:15:46.617 --> 00:15:50.688
  • The water was coldand the fog had settled in.
  • 00:15:50.722 --> 00:15:54.559
  • Soon after she began to swim,
  • 00:15:54.592 --> 00:15:57.362
  • she could barely see the boatsaccompanying her and,
  • 00:15:57.395 --> 00:16:00.331
  • to make matters worse,
  • 00:16:00.365 --> 00:16:01.733
  • sharks trailed her several timesand had to be driven off.
  • 00:16:01.766 --> 00:16:06.204
  • Still, Florence Chadwick swam onfor more than 15 hours.
  • 00:16:06.237 --> 00:16:10.675
  • Finally, physicallyand emotionally exhausted,
  • 00:16:10.708 --> 00:16:13.978
  • she stopped swimming.
  • 00:16:14.012 --> 00:16:15.580
  • She was pulled into the boat
  • 00:16:15.613 --> 00:16:17.281
  • and taken towardthe California shore,
  • 00:16:17.315 --> 00:16:19.517
  • which she discoveredto her dismay
  • 00:16:19.550 --> 00:16:22.053
  • was a little morethan a half mile away.
  • 00:16:22.086 --> 00:16:26.090
  • After swimming almost 20 miles,
  • 00:16:26.124 --> 00:16:28.559
  • she had quita half a mile from her goal.
  • 00:16:28.593 --> 00:16:33.164
  • On the following day,she told the news media,
  • 00:16:33.197 --> 00:16:35.900
  • "All I could see was the fog.
  • 00:16:35.933 --> 00:16:38.736
  • I think if I could have seenthe shore,
  • 00:16:38.770 --> 00:16:40.972
  • I would have made it."
  • 00:16:41.005 --> 00:16:43.508
  • Two months later,
  • 00:16:43.541 --> 00:16:44.842
  • Florence was backon Catalina Island,
  • 00:16:44.876 --> 00:16:47.178
  • stepping into the waterto try the swim again.
  • 00:16:47.211 --> 00:16:49.814
  • Unfortunately,
  • 00:16:49.847 --> 00:16:51.149
  • weather conditionswere no better.
  • 00:16:51.182 --> 00:16:52.817
  • The water was cold and, again,
  • 00:16:52.850 --> 00:16:54.419
  • a dense fog settledover the channel.
  • 00:16:54.452 --> 00:16:57.021
  • But this time,she swam all the way:
  • 00:16:57.055 --> 00:16:59.057
  • the first woman to make it.
  • 00:16:59.090 --> 00:17:00.725
  • What made the difference,she later said
  • 00:17:00.758 --> 00:17:02.627
  • that while swimmingthose last grueling miles,
  • 00:17:02.660 --> 00:17:05.196
  • she kept her mind focusedon a vivid mental image
  • 00:17:05.229 --> 00:17:08.366
  • of the California shore.
  • 00:17:08.399 --> 00:17:10.802
  • "At that moment," she said,
  • 00:17:10.835 --> 00:17:12.136
  • "I knew the real meaningof faith described in the Bible:
  • 00:17:12.170 --> 00:17:15.073
  • 'the substanceof things hoped for,
  • 00:17:15.106 --> 00:17:17.642
  • the evidenceof things not seen.'"
  • 00:17:17.675 --> 00:17:21.446
  • This, then,is your four-lane road
  • 00:17:21.479 --> 00:17:24.515
  • that God wants youto focus on as you go forward:
  • 00:17:24.549 --> 00:17:27.785
  • driving down the lanesof his purpose,
  • 00:17:27.819 --> 00:17:30.421
  • his perspective,his plan, and his prize.
  • 00:17:30.455 --> 00:17:33.491
  • But there's one final thingthat draws all of this together
  • 00:17:33.524 --> 00:17:37.929
  • as you seek to move forwardtoward God's plan
  • 00:17:37.962 --> 00:17:40.832
  • for the next phaseof your life.
  • 00:17:40.865 --> 00:17:43.101
  • You must find your passionand give your life to one thing.
  • 00:17:43.134 --> 00:17:47.205
  • You must choose one chair.
  • 00:17:47.238 --> 00:17:49.273
  • As an old Russian proverbput it:
  • 00:17:49.307 --> 00:17:51.209
  • "If you choose two rabbits,you'll not catch either one."
  • 00:17:51.242 --> 00:17:55.146
  • Gilbert is one of the bestrunners in the world,
  • 00:17:55.179 --> 00:17:57.949
  • a skill he developed
  • 00:17:57.982 --> 00:17:59.283
  • when he had to literally runfor his life
  • 00:17:59.317 --> 00:18:01.185
  • as a boy in Burundi.
  • 00:18:01.219 --> 00:18:03.955
  • His story is harrowing.
  • 00:18:03.988 --> 00:18:06.057
  • In October of 1993,
  • 00:18:06.090 --> 00:18:07.692
  • Gilbert was sittingin his high school class,
  • 00:18:07.725 --> 00:18:10.261
  • probably thinking about running.
  • 00:18:10.294 --> 00:18:12.630
  • He could hardly wait to teararound the track again.
  • 00:18:12.663 --> 00:18:15.399
  • But on that day,
  • 00:18:15.433 --> 00:18:16.734
  • the simple routinesof the classroom
  • 00:18:16.767 --> 00:18:18.336
  • were shatteredby Hutu terrorists.
  • 00:18:18.369 --> 00:18:21.639
  • The school was invadedby hostile members of the tribe.
  • 00:18:21.672 --> 00:18:25.143
  • They descended on the childrenwith genocidal rage.
  • 00:18:25.176 --> 00:18:29.247
  • More than 100 Tutsi childrenand their teachers
  • 00:18:29.280 --> 00:18:32.016
  • were forced into a small room
  • 00:18:32.049 --> 00:18:34.185
  • and hacked to deathwith machetes and burned alive.
  • 00:18:34.218 --> 00:18:38.823
  • Gilbert wasn't killed,
  • 00:18:38.856 --> 00:18:40.224
  • but he found himselfat the bottom of a pile,
  • 00:18:40.258 --> 00:18:42.627
  • buried under the burning corpsesof his classmates.
  • 00:18:42.660 --> 00:18:47.498
  • The smoldering fireate into his skin,
  • 00:18:47.532 --> 00:18:51.035
  • but he remained hiddenfor more than nine hours
  • 00:18:51.068 --> 00:18:54.005
  • while the torturersstayed outside,
  • 00:18:54.038 --> 00:18:55.907
  • laughing and dancing.
  • 00:18:55.940 --> 00:18:57.742
  • Finally, Gilbertsmashed through a window
  • 00:18:57.775 --> 00:19:00.778
  • and took off like an arrow.
  • 00:19:00.811 --> 00:19:02.980
  • The Hutus chased him,but Gilbert outran them
  • 00:19:03.014 --> 00:19:05.316
  • and made itto a local hospital
  • 00:19:05.349 --> 00:19:07.185
  • where doctors told himhe would never run again.
  • 00:19:07.218 --> 00:19:11.522
  • Gilbert didn't believethe doctors.
  • 00:19:11.556 --> 00:19:13.024
  • He felt God had spared him
  • 00:19:13.057 --> 00:19:14.458
  • and that the Lord hada plan for his life.
  • 00:19:14.492 --> 00:19:17.094
  • He said, "I always knewthat my faith would be tested,
  • 00:19:17.128 --> 00:19:19.497
  • and it certainly was
  • 00:19:19.530 --> 00:19:20.831
  • in those hours when my schoolwas attacked.
  • 00:19:20.865 --> 00:19:23.568
  • My belief in Godhas never faltered.
  • 00:19:23.601 --> 00:19:26.337
  • I never blamed him or wonderedhow he would have let
  • 00:19:26.370 --> 00:19:29.574
  • such a thing happen to meor my classmates.
  • 00:19:29.607 --> 00:19:32.777
  • I accepted what was taking placeand I knew that it was all
  • 00:19:32.810 --> 00:19:37.114
  • part of a planmuch larger than me."
  • 00:19:37.148 --> 00:19:41.552
  • Gilbert persevered untilhe was running well enough
  • 00:19:41.586 --> 00:19:44.188
  • to win the BurundiNational Championship
  • 00:19:44.222 --> 00:19:46.824
  • in the 400 and 800 meters.
  • 00:19:46.857 --> 00:19:49.160
  • His coaches felt he hadOlympic potential
  • 00:19:49.193 --> 00:19:52.430
  • and he was sentto the United States
  • 00:19:52.463 --> 00:19:54.865
  • as partof an Olympic training program.
  • 00:19:54.899 --> 00:19:57.068
  • There,Abilene Christian University
  • 00:19:57.101 --> 00:19:59.070
  • offered him a scholarship.
  • 00:19:59.103 --> 00:20:01.172
  • After graduation, Gilbert movedto Austin to coach young runners
  • 00:20:01.205 --> 00:20:05.109
  • and, soon, his ministrywas off and running.
  • 00:20:05.142 --> 00:20:07.745
  • His books, his speeches,his coaching,
  • 00:20:07.778 --> 00:20:10.748
  • have touched thousands of lives.
  • 00:20:10.781 --> 00:20:13.184
  • What's more, Gilbert startedthe Gazelle Foundation,
  • 00:20:13.217 --> 00:20:16.687
  • whose slogan is"Run for the water,"
  • 00:20:16.721 --> 00:20:18.956
  • to fund and buildclean water projects
  • 00:20:18.990 --> 00:20:21.259
  • for the people of Burundi.
  • 00:20:21.292 --> 00:20:23.194
  • His Gilbert's Gazelles traininggroup provides motivation
  • 00:20:23.227 --> 00:20:26.897
  • to help runnersof all ages at all levels.
  • 00:20:26.931 --> 00:20:31.135
  • I like someone like that,someone who never loses focus,
  • 00:20:31.168 --> 00:20:34.872
  • who runs to win,
  • 00:20:34.905 --> 00:20:36.307
  • whose life is definedby one thing.
  • 00:20:36.340 --> 00:20:38.342
  • You see this kind of focusoften in the Bible
  • 00:20:38.376 --> 00:20:40.678
  • because the writersof the Bible
  • 00:20:40.711 --> 00:20:43.047
  • knew somethingabout focusing on one thing.
  • 00:20:43.080 --> 00:20:46.384
  • For instance, David said,
  • 00:20:46.417 --> 00:20:48.619
  • "One thing I have desiredof the Lord, that will I seek:
  • 00:20:48.653 --> 00:20:52.657
  • that I may dwellin the house of the Lord
  • 00:20:52.690 --> 00:20:54.792
  • all the days of my life,
  • 00:20:54.825 --> 00:20:56.527
  • to behold the beautyof the Lord."
  • 00:20:56.560 --> 00:20:59.764
  • Jesus saidto the rich young ruler,
  • 00:20:59.797 --> 00:21:01.932
  • "One thing you lack:Go your way,
  • 00:21:01.966 --> 00:21:04.568
  • sell whatever you haveand give it to the poor,
  • 00:21:04.602 --> 00:21:06.937
  • and you will havetreasure in heaven;
  • 00:21:06.971 --> 00:21:08.739
  • and come, take up the cross,and follow Me."
  • 00:21:08.773 --> 00:21:11.942
  • Jesus toldthe distracted homemaker,
  • 00:21:11.976 --> 00:21:14.645
  • Martha, "One thing is needed,
  • 00:21:14.679 --> 00:21:17.114
  • and Mary has chosenthat good part."
  • 00:21:17.148 --> 00:21:19.517
  • The man healed by Jesus said,"One thing I know:
  • 00:21:19.550 --> 00:21:22.620
  • that though I was blind,now I see."
  • 00:21:22.653 --> 00:21:25.022
  • And the apostle Paul said,"I focus on one thing."
  • 00:21:25.056 --> 00:21:30.995
  • This phrase, "one thing,"implies consecration.
  • 00:21:31.028 --> 00:21:34.999
  • It's a word meaning to dedicateyourself and your every day
  • 00:21:35.032 --> 00:21:38.469
  • to the wonderful will of God.
  • 00:21:38.502 --> 00:21:41.305
  • At the core of Paul's life wasone motivating principle:
  • 00:21:41.339 --> 00:21:45.309
  • he focused on Christ,
  • 00:21:45.343 --> 00:21:47.078
  • he concentratedhis walk with Jesus.
  • 00:21:47.111 --> 00:21:49.814
  • He said, in effect, "Lord,your will be done today
  • 00:21:49.847 --> 00:21:52.983
  • and every remaining dayI have on this earth.
  • 00:21:53.017 --> 00:21:56.153
  • Not my will, but yours be done."
  • 00:21:56.187 --> 00:21:59.590
  • And that brings me to the secretof the focused life:
  • 00:21:59.623 --> 00:22:02.626
  • staying committedto your passion,
  • 00:22:02.660 --> 00:22:05.863
  • to your one thing.
  • 00:22:05.896 --> 00:22:07.998
  • Several years ago,I was reminded of this truth
  • 00:22:08.032 --> 00:22:11.469
  • when I was invited to tour
  • 00:22:11.502 --> 00:22:12.803
  • one of the largest carrot farmsin America.
  • 00:22:12.837 --> 00:22:16.941
  • Our host showed me
  • 00:22:16.974 --> 00:22:18.309
  • the countless wayscarrots are consumed:
  • 00:22:18.342 --> 00:22:21.278
  • carrot juice, carrot cake,baby carrots,
  • 00:22:21.312 --> 00:22:24.248
  • dozens of other products
  • 00:22:24.281 --> 00:22:25.783
  • I never dreamedcame from carrots.
  • 00:22:25.816 --> 00:22:28.719
  • When I asked, "How muchof the carrot do you use?"
  • 00:22:28.753 --> 00:22:31.555
  • my host replied, "We useevery part of the carrot.
  • 00:22:31.589 --> 00:22:35.159
  • Not a single bit goes to waste."
  • 00:22:35.192 --> 00:22:38.162
  • To illustrate his point,he went to the whiteboard
  • 00:22:38.195 --> 00:22:41.365
  • in the conference roomwhere we were,
  • 00:22:41.399 --> 00:22:43.667
  • and on that whiteboard,he drew a picture of a carrot.
  • 00:22:43.701 --> 00:22:48.472
  • And then he carefully labeledevery part of the carrot
  • 00:22:48.506 --> 00:22:51.275
  • and how it's used.
  • 00:22:51.308 --> 00:22:52.810
  • And he was right:nothing goes to waste.
  • 00:22:52.843 --> 00:22:56.414
  • My friend builta hugely successful business
  • 00:22:56.447 --> 00:22:59.483
  • by staying focused on carrots.
  • 00:22:59.517 --> 00:23:03.454
  • When I returned to my office,I gathered our staff together
  • 00:23:03.487 --> 00:23:06.223
  • and I told them aboutmy whiteboard lesson on carrots.
  • 00:23:06.257 --> 00:23:09.193
  • And I went to our whiteboardand I sketched a Bible
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  • and I said, "This is my carrot.
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  • Let's stay focusedon our one thing."
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  • Our goal is the sameas my carrot-farming friend:
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  • let nothing of the pureand precious
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  • life-giving Word of Godbe wasted.
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  • To be good stewardsof the calling of God
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  • that has given usthe privilege
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  • of proclaiming his Wordto as many people as possible
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  • in our lifetime.
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  • This is our mission.
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  • This is our one thing.
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  • This is our main thing.
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  • This is our focus.
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  • I don't know the detailsof God's plan for your life,
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  • but I do know this.
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  • As you focus on his purpose,his perspective,
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  • his plan, and his prize,
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  • he will guide youon the journey forward.
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  • Commit yourselfto following the Lord
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  • to the best of your ability.
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  • Soon, you will enjoythe adventure of discovering
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  • and living for one thing,step by step and day by day.
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  • I will never forget the power
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  • of the storywith which this message began.
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  • You have to get to the place
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  • where you're willingto sit in one chair
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  • and let God lead you forwardwith his plan.
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  • female announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return in a moment
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  • with one more inspirational wordto close today's program
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  • right after this.
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  • male announcer: Thank youfor watching today.
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  • of the ministryof Turning Point,
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  • which is committedto delivering
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  • the unchanging Word of Godto an ever-changing world.
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  • by sending his new book,"Forward:
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  • in appreciation,his comprehensive "Forward" set.
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  • female announcer: And now,with one last word
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  • for today's program,here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: If you're seriousabout moving forward,
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  • there is one crucial stepto complete first.
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  • It's step one of this process:knowing Christ
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  • as your personal Lordand Savior.
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  • I hope you're walking stronglywith Christ
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  • because faith in Christis the starting block
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  • that will keep propellingyou forward.
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  • But perhaps youdon't know Christ.
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  • If that's the case,
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  • I would like to introduce youto him today.
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  • Please allow me to send youtwo free resources.
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  • The first is a booklet called,"Your Greatest Turning Point,"
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  • and the second is
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  • our monthly devotional magazine,Turning Points.
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  • These resources are yours,completely free,
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  • announcer: Also availablefrom Dr. Jeremiah,
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  • the "Jeremiah Study Bible,"
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  • the culminationof more than four decades
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  • of Dr. Jeremiah's studyand teaching.
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  • Available in NKJV, NIV, and ESV.
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  • Plus, Dr. Jeremiah's
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  • "Airship GenesisKids' Study Bible"
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  • for the young onesin your life.
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  • announcer: Next time,on "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Unbeliefforfeits your opportunities
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  • and jeopardizes your objective.
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  • So, let's keep seizingthe moments God provides
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  • for us with child-like wonder.
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  • If God said it, I believe it,and that settles it
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  • and I'm gonna do it.
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  • announcer: Thank you for beingwith us today.
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  • Join us next timeas Dr. Jeremiah challenges you
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  • to step out of your safe zoneand into your faith zone,
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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