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Is Pleasure the Answer?

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July 7, 2019
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Winning Walk with Ed Young

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Is Pleasure the Answer?

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  • Ed Young: Narcissu
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  • Ed Young: Narcissus
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  • Ed Young: Narcissus
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  • Ed Young: Narcissus is o
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  • Ed Young: Narcissus is one
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  • Ed Young: Narcissus is one of
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  • Ed Young: Narcissus is one of th
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  • Ed Young: Narcissus is one of the
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  • Ed Young: Narcissus is one of the cl
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  • Ed Young: Narcissus is one of the clas
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  • Ed Young: Narcissus is one of the classi
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  • Ed Young: Narcissus is one of the classic
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  • figures in mythology.
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  • He was going home from a successful hunt,
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  • and he happened to go by a little pool of water,
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  • deep and crystal clear.
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  • And Narcissus looked in that pool and he saw his own image.
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  • And immediately, he fell in love with himself.
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  • He thought, "I've never seen any figure so beautiful,
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  • so handsome as that figure in that pool."
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  • And he walked over the edge and he looked at himself,
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  • and he said, "I'm more attractive then Apollo.
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  • I have more appeal than Bacchus."
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  • And he just couldn't take his eyes off his
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  • own reflected image.
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  • The only person who observed him was Echo.
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  • Narcissus was the son of a river God.
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  • Echo was a nymph, a tree nymph.
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  • And she watched him and observed him and couldn't take her eyes
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  • off of him, and longed for his love,
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  • but Narcissus was so overwhelmed with his own appearance,
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  • with his own beauty, he could look in no other direction.
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  • He stood there for hours. He stood there for days.
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  • He didn't drink, he didn't eat.
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  • He became dissipated and suddenly he began to be ill,
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  • but he wanted to embrace himself any--more than he already had,
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  • and so he leaned over to go and hold the reflection,
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  • and he fell in the pool and drowned.
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  • The only remnant we have is Echo,
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  • that you might hear according to mythology,
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  • a little whisper of the beauty of Narcissus.
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  • Starting the book of Ecclesiastes,
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  • the author is Solomon, King Solomon.
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  • He was a thoroughgoing narcissistic person,
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  • no doubt about it.
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  • He fell in love with himself.
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  • He was number one in everything he was about.
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  • And ladies and gentlemen, we live in a generation that is
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  • absolutely filled with narcissistic people,
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  • and many of us are caught up in it.
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  • The millennials, 18 to 38, are generally thoroughgoing
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  • narcissistic young people.
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  • How do we know that?
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  • Facebook, iPad,
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  • iPhone, Snapchat,
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  • Twitter, all these things in which they communicate
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  • with one another, and all of us are caught up in the same trap.
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  • We're becoming more and more narcissistic
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  • than any other generation in history.
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  • I've been in a room with adults, just casual talking,
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  • and everybody in the room had out their phone or their iPad.
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  • And they were looking and talking all around the room.
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  • They were interested in somebody out there,
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  • over there, but had very little interest in what was going on
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  • at that place.
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  • And it's a sad thing to observe that,
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  • "Let me get my picture.
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  • Let me make sure that you follow me on Facebook and all the
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  • exciting, wonderful things that happened to me.
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  • I'm going to put them right out there in full view of the
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  • watching world that's just waiting to see the people I've
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  • seen and the places I've been and the thoughts that I have."
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  • Narcissistic.
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  • We see it clearly in the study of Ecclesiastes.
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  • Solomon, this same Solomon who wrote Song of Solomon,
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  • a beautiful love story, this same Solomon who wrote the
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  • profound book of Proverbs, which tells us so much about
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  • relationships, life, marriage, business,
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  • profound book, Solomon.
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  • Though he professed to be a searcher,
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  • though he professed to be a philosopher,
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  • though he professed to be someone who did not know about
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  • God and really wasn't interested in God at this
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  • moment of his life, he was totally a narcissist.
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  • But my, what happened to him?
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  • If anybody had a fabulous beginning in their life,
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  • it was Solomon.
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  • He inherited a kingdom from David.
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  • He was brilliant. He had everything you want.
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  • He was tutored and mentored by a God-fearing prophet.
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  • In the beginning of his life, read about it and turn with me
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  • if you would, if you have your Bibles,
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  • to the book of 1 Kings chapter number 3.
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  • And we're going to read about the early,
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  • early years of King Solomon.
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  • Chapter 3, verse 3, it says, "Now Solomon loved the Lord."
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  • Isn't that great?
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  • Somebody says your name, "Oh, that's somebody who
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  • loves the Lord."
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  • Then he says, "He walked in the statutes of his father David."
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  • God-fearing man, he loved the Lord,
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  • he walked under the statutes, the principles
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  • of the commandments.
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  • But then it has one little word there,
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  • "Except he sacrificed and burned incense on the high places."
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  • What happened to Solomon?
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  • He married a lot of wives from other nations in order to bring
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  • peace to Israel and to have alliance for military and for
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  • trade purposes.
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  • But as he brought these wives into the land,
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  • he said, "Bring your own religion.
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  • We'll find a mountain, we'll build an altar on that mountain.
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  • We'll burn incense to your God, it's okay.
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  • We're a pluralistic kind of people."
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  • But they were not. They were a theocracy.
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  • But nevertheless, he used the means to find peace and purpose
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  • in Israel to meet the end that was there.
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  • He compromised.
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  • The Bible says in other places that all of these wives turned
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  • him away from God.
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  • But what a wonderful beginning, and God visited him.
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  • And we see here in the fifth verse,
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  • "In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream at night;
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  • and God said," get this, "Ask what you wish me
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  • to give to you."
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  • Can you imagine God say, "What do you want?
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  • Blank check. You need anything?
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  • You have any dreams, aspirations?
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  • I'll give it to you," God. And look how Solomon handled it.
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  • It's magnificent what he did.
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  • Verse 7, "Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in
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  • place of my father David, yet I am but a little child," see
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  • the humility.
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  • "I do not know how to go out and to come in.
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  • Your servant is in the midst of your people which you have
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  • chosen, a great people that there are too many to
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  • be counted or numbered.
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  • So give your servant an understanding heart to judge
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  • your people, to discern between good and evil."
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  • Ladies and gentlemen, the most important thing that we need in
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  • life is a gift of discernment.
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  • If you don't have discernment, your life is going to stay
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  • messed up from now till you leave this earth.
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  • Poor choices, poor decisions, poor relationships,
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  • not knowing exactly what to do.
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  • God gave to Solomon wisdom, and wisdom is
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  • expressed through discernment.
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  • And he was greatly gifted.
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  • Under the sun living, follow me carefully,
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  • Solomon was the most successful man who's ever
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  • walked on this earth.
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  • Did you know that?
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  • In terms of human success, no one who has ever lived comes
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  • close to the success that Solomon had.
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  • And we're going to see by far he was the wealthiest person who
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  • ever lived, and in some ways perhaps the most brilliant
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  • person and gifted person who had ever lived.
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  • Solomon is a philosopher.
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  • He is a seeker, he is a searcher.
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  • He forces those who read this book honestly and intelligently
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  • to face the big questions of life.
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  • For example, I could pick anybody out and say,
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  • "Stand up, I want you to tell me who are you."
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  • How would you define your life? How would I define my life?
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  • I heard a story that, years ago, Andy Williams gave a concert in
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  • a rest home at the peak of his fame.
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  • And he sang beautifully and magnificently,
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  • and all of those in that senior citizen home just applauded.
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  • They were thrilled.
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  • And he went up to one woman and the little lady said,
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  • "Sir, you need to go professionally.
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  • You've got great talent that the world needs to listen to."
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  • And Andy Williams looked to her and said,
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  • "Do you know who I am?"
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  • And she said, "No, but if you'll ask that lady at the
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  • desk, she'll tell you."
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  • Profound question, who are you? Who am I?
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  • Solomon, Solomon forces us to ask those big questions.
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  • Solomon was looking for it, I-T. What is it?
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  • He was looking for meaning. He was looking for significance.
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  • He was asking the question, "Well, what's life all about?
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  • What's valuable about life? What contribution can I make?
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  • What will give me happiness? What will give me meaning?"
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  • And ladies and gentlemen, everybody here is looking for
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  • the same thing, though we may not realize it.
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  • What's life all about? What's valuable about your life?
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  • What's significant about my life?
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  • Solomon forces the reader to deal with the big issues of life
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  • that most of us don't like to deal with.
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  • We want to be surrounded by racket,
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  • or activities, or noise, or hobbies, or movement, or people.
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  • But you read and study Ecclesiastes,
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  • it says, "Hold everything," and presents the gigantic questions
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  • that all of us not only need to ask,
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  • but need to find answers to.
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  • Nothing more profound than, who am I?
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  • Who am I? But Solomon doesn't give up.
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  • He says, "Life without meaning, it has no value."
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  • But he takes us through 12 chapters,
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  • and in the 2nd chapter, look at what he says.
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  • He said, "I said to myself."
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  • It's good to talk to yourself, isn't it?
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  • He says, "Come now, I will test you with pleasure to
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  • enjoy yourself.
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  • And behold, it," there's that little word "it."
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  • "And behold, it too was futility."
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  • See, he's looking for it. What is it?
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  • Significance. What is it?
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  • Happiness. What is it?
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  • Meaning, meaning in life.
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  • And then he says, "I'm going to go through some situations here.
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  • I'm going to test everything that I can to see if,
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  • in any one of these endeavors, I will find
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  • significance, happiness in life."
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  • And he walks us through them, why?
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  • As he walks through these, I hope you and I will walk with
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  • him 'cause we get caught up in these same kind of pursuits.
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  • You know, what's it all about? You know, who am I?
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  • Where am I going? Where did I come from?
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  • What's my purpose?
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  • Will I make any difference that I live two,
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  • or three, or four score on this earth?
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  • And look what he says, he starts off and says,
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  • "Come now, I will test you with pleasure.
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  • So enjoy yourself."
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  • And he already tells us in the beginning he tried pleasure,
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  • it was futility.
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  • But look at the pleasure, he said verse 2,
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  • "I said of laughter, 'It is madness,' and of pleasure,
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  • 'What does it accomplish?'
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  • I explained with my mind how to
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  • stimulate my body with wine while my mind was guiding me
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  • wisely, and how to take hold of folly until I could see what
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  • good there is for the son of man to do under heaven and the few
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  • years of our lives."
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  • He starts off with pleasure. Logical place, isn't it?
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  • I want to find meaning in life, happiness in life,
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  • let's just try pleasure.
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  • He started off with humor, laughter.
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  • Some people like to fill their life constantly with laughter
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  • and humor, and you can't get serious a minute.
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  • It's almost a protective kind of layer.
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  • I like laughter. Man, I like having fun.
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  • I love pleasure, all of us do, but when we get so caught up in
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  • our own humor, in our own cutting remarks,
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  • in our own lifestyle, we're covering up for something.
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  • Solomon says there's no pleasure in constant laughter,
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  • there's no pleasure in pursuing these,
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  • in wine in his day and whatever the addictive things would be.
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  • And I would say that's true today.
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  • When there is emptiness, it has to be filled with something.
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  • And tragically, the younger generation and many of us are
  • 00:15:25.240 --> 00:15:29.160
  • filling our lives with things that take away our happiness now
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  • and will shorten your life radically.
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  • That is absolutely true.
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  • So, we look at Solomon and we learn from him.
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  • He said, "I'm going to try pleasure."
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  • He said, "I didn't find any meaning in pleasure."
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  • And then he says, "I'm going to try projects.
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  • Surely I'll find meaning there."
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  • Look at verse 4, he said, "I enlarged my works.
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  • I will build houses for myself."
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  • Note the plural in all of these, "And I planted
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  • vineyards for myself.
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  • I made gardens and parks for myself.
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  • I planted in them the kind of fruit trees.
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  • I made ponds of water for myself from which to irrigate
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  • the forest of growing trees."
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  • Myself.
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  • In fact, in the first 11 verses, in the first 11 verses of
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  • chapter 2 of Ecclesiastes, he mentions I 21 times.
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  • You think he was a narcissistic? Looking for it, meaning.
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  • He tried pleasure, didn't find it there.
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  • Boy tried projects.
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  • All of these things he did, he was a horticulturist,
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  • a gifted someone in agriculture, and certainly
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  • he built the temple.
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  • How long did it take for him to build the temple in Jerusalem?
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  • Magnificent edifice. Took him seven years.
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  • He also built his own palace.
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  • You know how long it took him to build that?
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  • Thirteen years. Over 30.000 workmen.
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  • You see, he did it for myself.
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  • I'm going to build projects, put my name on it,
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  • get bigger and better and more, and maybe in this I'll have
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  • meaning, I'll have significance.
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  • My life will count for something.
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  • But he got through, he said, "That's all vanity.
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  • Pleasure, you don't find meaning there.
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  • Projects, you don't find meaning there."
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  • And then he moved on, he said, "I'm going to try
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  • something else here.
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  • I'm going to try wealth and possessions.
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  • Verse 7, "I bought male and female slaves and I
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  • had homeborn slaves."
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  • He was the first ruler in Israel ever to make slaves of their--of
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  • his own people, the first one.
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  • He said, "And I possessed flocks and herds larger than all who
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  • preceded me in Jerusalem."
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  • You read about the number of animals that he had under his
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  • power in his ranches, it's unbelievable.
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  • They're listed there, a lot of it in 1 Kings.
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  • And he said, "I collected for myself silver and gold and the
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  • treasure of kings and provinces."
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  • He collected one year 666 shekels of taxes.
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  • Do you know how much that is? Twenty-five tons of gold.
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  • You can take all the multibillionaires in the world
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  • and put them together, they can't even touch the
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  • wealth of Solomon.
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  • The most successful man, the wealthiest man who's
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  • ever lived under the sun.
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  • And now, he's trying to find meaning in life,
  • 00:18:54.020 --> 00:18:56.110
  • and he's running down all these traps and all these trails.
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  • He said, "I didn't find it in pleasure, I
  • 00:19:01.170 --> 00:19:04.090
  • exhausted myself there.
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  • I didn't find it in projects, all the things I built and
  • 00:19:06.150 --> 00:19:09.050
  • constructed, eye candy for myself."
  • 00:19:09.060 --> 00:19:14.000
  • And then he moves on, he said, "I just hoarded things,
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  • things of value, property, gold, silver for myself."
  • 00:19:17.240 --> 00:19:20.270
  • He said, "I didn't find meaning in my great wealth."
  • 00:19:20.280 --> 00:19:25.030
  • But then he said, "Ah, this is where I'm going
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  • to find significance."
  • 00:19:28.260 --> 00:19:31.220
  • And look at this, the latter part of verse 8,
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  • "I provided for myself male and female singers and the pleasures
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  • of men, many concubines."
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  • Now, he's going to fulfill all of his passions.
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  • He's going to find meaning there.
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  • And I'll tell you, do you know Solomon had 700 wives,
  • 00:19:52.160 --> 00:19:58.180
  • 300 concubines?
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  • He perhaps had the largest casting couch in history.
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  • He exalted himself in sensuality.
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  • And he said, "It's empty, you find no meaning.
  • 00:20:14.220 --> 00:20:18.270
  • No significant--" He said, "That's not it.
  • 00:20:18.280 --> 00:20:24.240
  • That's not it."
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  • I thought as I looked at this in the latter parts of these 11
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  • verses, Solomon says, "I was a great man."
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  • And he was. My goodness he was.
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  • He said, "I was filled with pride."
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  • He said, "Look what all I did."
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  • Man, trace his life, nobody's close.
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  • There's nobody in second place, ladies and gentleman.
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  • You can't name them.
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  • He said, "I was great, I had it all."
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  • And he expressed all of this pride,
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  • but he said, "As I marched down every stream,
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  • tried everything, went through all the avenues,
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  • faced all the big questions," he said,
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  • "I came out empty, void."
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  • He said, "All of it has no meaning,
  • 00:21:11.290 --> 00:21:14.120
  • has no significance, did not lead to happiness."
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  • Quite a testimony, isn't it?
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  • Maybe it'll awaken some of us who are going down some of those
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  • dead end trails that'll take the life and the joy out of you,
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  • that will guarantee you'll never find meaning and
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  • significance in this life.
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  • And I thought about, are there any modern-day
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  • Solomons running around?
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  • I wonder who that would be.
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  • These are replicas of the Super Bowl rings that Tom Brady has,
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  • absolute replicas.
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  • There they are, he has five Super Bowl rings.
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  • Tom Brady is handsome.
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  • Narcissus couldn't have been anymore handsome than Tom Brady
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  • if you've ever seen him, right?
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  • He's articulate, he's intelligent,
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  • he's a great athlete, probably the best quarterback who's ever
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  • played the game.
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  • You can debate that.
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  • He's been married to two beautiful women, models.
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  • He's been everywhere, done everything.
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  • He has more money that he could spend probably
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  • in several lifetimes.
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  • You can't find a figure more like Solomon I think off the
  • 00:22:39.170 --> 00:22:43.210
  • top of my head.
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  • I could name one or two, but I'll rest that, than Tom Brady.
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  • Five Super Bowl rings.
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  • If I had five rings, you know, I would wear them all the time and
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  • I would wear them on, you know, both hands in case those over
  • 00:23:02.190 --> 00:23:08.040
  • here didn't know that--and I would go around and you'd say,
  • 00:23:08.050 --> 00:23:15.150
  • "Well, you've been to Super Bowl."
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  • "How did you know? How could you tell?
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  • I try to keep that--I try to make a very low profile here
  • 00:23:26.010 --> 00:23:30.090
  • of what I've accomplished."
  • 00:23:30.100 --> 00:23:35.070
  • And Tom had won only three Super Bowl rings a few years ago.
  • 00:23:35.080 --> 00:23:42.010
  • He was interviewed on "60 Minutes," a very
  • 00:23:42.020 --> 00:23:49.150
  • profound interview.
  • 00:23:49.160 --> 00:23:52.280
  • I want you to look verbatim of something that what was said.
  • 00:23:52.290 --> 00:23:57.160
  • He said--this is Tom Brady.
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  • I don't know where he is today, by the way,
  • 00:24:01.160 --> 00:24:03.050
  • this was after only three Super Bowl rings.
  • 00:24:03.060 --> 00:24:07.200
  • He says, "I mean, I'm making more money now than I thought
  • 00:24:07.210 --> 00:24:10.060
  • I'd ever make playing football."
  • 00:24:10.070 --> 00:24:12.170
  • Kind of an understatement.
  • 00:24:12.180 --> 00:24:14.240
  • He said, "Why do u have three Super Bowl rings and still,"
  • 00:24:14.250 --> 00:24:18.210
  • listen, "think there's something greater out there for me?
  • 00:24:18.220 --> 00:24:25.050
  • I mean, maybe a lot of people would say,
  • 00:24:25.060 --> 00:24:27.170
  • 'Hey man, this is what,'" there's that word, "it is!"
  • 00:24:27.180 --> 00:24:37.090
  • Surely you've reached a life that is meaningful,
  • 00:24:37.100 --> 00:24:40.110
  • this is what it is.
  • 00:24:40.120 --> 00:24:42.080
  • A lot of people would say that.
  • 00:24:42.090 --> 00:24:43.190
  • He said, "I reached my goal, my dream, my life is," Tom Brady.
  • 00:24:43.200 --> 00:24:52.050
  • But then there's the rest of the interview there, "60 Minutes."
  • 00:24:52.060 --> 00:24:56.170
  • Brady says, "Me, I think--" By the way,
  • 00:24:56.180 --> 00:25:00.210
  • this is almost like a prayer, "God,
  • 00:25:00.220 --> 00:25:02.260
  • there's got to be more than this!"
  • 00:25:02.270 --> 00:25:07.010
  • And the narrator said, "What's the answer?
  • 00:25:07.020 --> 00:25:11.030
  • What's the answer, Tom?" He said, "I wish I knew.
  • 00:25:11.040 --> 00:25:16.290
  • I wish I knew."
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  • I would say to this Solomon-like personality,
  • 00:25:22.190 --> 00:25:30.000
  • it is not an it.
  • 00:25:32.220 --> 00:25:39.010
  • It is Jesus Christ.
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  • (Dr. Ed Young): We all have regrets in our lives.
  • 00:25:50.110 --> 00:25:53.190
  • Regrets in relationship, careers, finances, and health.
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  • We always wish we had done things differently.
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  • King Solomon had everything you could ever want,
  • 00:26:01.040 --> 00:26:03.280
  • and he did everything you could ever imagine.
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  • And in the end, just like you and me,
  • 00:26:06.290 --> 00:26:10.140
  • he was left with regret.
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  • Join me in my series Living Life with No Regrets,
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  • where we'll go through the life of Solomon to
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  • identify the ungodly choices that led him astray and discover
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  • at the same time principles of wisdom for living a life that
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  • pleases God & leaves us, with no regrets.
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  • Ed: How is it possible for someone like Solomon,
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  • with all the promise, skill, and blessings of God on his life to
  • 00:26:54.100 --> 00:26:59.020
  • move so far away from God that he,
  • 00:26:59.030 --> 00:27:02.220
  • can you believe this, that he no longer has meaning or purpose?
  • 00:27:02.230 --> 00:27:07.090
  • The answer, one step at a time. It's called gradualism.
  • 00:27:07.100 --> 00:27:12.230
  • Compromise happens, we begin to fall in love with all the world
  • 00:27:12.240 --> 00:27:15.150
  • appears to offer until we end up on that dead end street where
  • 00:27:15.160 --> 00:27:21.180
  • life has no joy, no meaning, and no significance.
  • 00:27:21.190 --> 00:27:27.280
  • I wonder what advice would Solomon give us today.
  • 00:27:27.290 --> 00:27:31.130
  • I think he'd say, "Watch out for that first step.
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  • It will lead you in a direction you may not want to go."
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  • The question, are you going in the wrong direction?
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  • Be honest. I have some good news.
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  • You can turn around today.
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  • Call the number on your screen, we're waiting to pray with you
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  • and share with you how you can begin a life in another
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