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June 24, 2019
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  • - Someone is watching you.
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  • Watching how you react,
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  • your words, your actions.
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  • Let's talk about raising the next generation.
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  • - I remember the first time that someone told me
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  • that their daughter looked up to me.
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  • Years ago, I remember it was like a bubble popped
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  • and I was like, oh my gosh, your daughter looks up to me.
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  • Now I have to care about what I say--
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  • - How old were you when they said that?
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  • - I mean, I must have been 16.
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  • - Oh. - That's old.
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  • - That's old.
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  • - I was very old and mature,
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  • and wise, and I thought, - [Woman] Seasoned, seasoned.
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  • - I must have been 16,
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  • but I remember someone saying that and thinking,
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  • "Oh my goodness, now everything that I do and say matters."
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  • So how am I going to be responsible with this,
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  • and praying that night to the Lord,
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  • and I just felt like the Lord was like,
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  • you were always responsible for that.
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  • - Like, not just because you had a microphone,
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  • or not just because this woman told you,
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  • but no matter how old you are, or what your level
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  • or sphere of influence is,
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  • there's always people looking at you.
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  • The generation underneath you, and those parallel to you,
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  • and above you, everyone's looking at you.
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  • What do you mean, now it matters what you say in public?
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  • What do you mean now it matters what you do?
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  • You were always responsible for it,
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  • and people are always looking at you.
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  • So when we're talking about raising the next generation,
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  • I think one thing that might surprise people
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  • is that that's not just this person and who they raised,
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  • or this level of platform or influence and who they raised,
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  • or this parent and how many kids they have that they raised,
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  • but that every one of us
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  • has the potential right where we are to influence--
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  • - And the responsibility
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  • - And the responsibility to who's right around us.
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  • - Yeah.
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  • - Yep, 100%.
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  • - We were just, talking that there's a couple of verses
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  • in the Bible, one's I think in Psalm 1--
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  • - 45
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  • - 45, that says "each generation will declare
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  • "the greatness of God to the next generation."
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  • The saddest verse is when that didn't happen right?
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  • In Judges 2, here's Joshua who had watched Moses,
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  • and had seen all that God had done,
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  • and then it says that there arose a generation after Joshua
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  • who didn't know God or the things that he had done.
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  • - Well and think of the miracles that they had seen.
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  • - And I just think, how sad is that?
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  • - Exactly.
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  • - And they saw just the pillars of fire by night
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  • and the cloud by day and the man--
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  • - The sea parting and--
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  • - Yes, the sea, my goodness.
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  • - And so, somehow they didn't--
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  • - [Woman] It was lost.
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  • - they didn't transfer any of that to another generation,
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  • so for me it's like, it's sobering.
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  • - Oh, very sobering.
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  • Yeah absolutely, and I think its interesting,
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  • as I look at this generation because there's almost like
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  • a resistance to wanting to assume the responsibility,
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  • to be responsible to impart into another generation.
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  • It's kinda like I'm so busy wanting to become my best self,
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  • and trying to, you know, whatever it might be,
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  • and you cannot be thinking about the generations
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  • if you're so self absorbed and consumed with yourself.
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  • And I think, because I was in youth ministry
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  • from when I first got saved, that--
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  • - Back when you were like a younger person?
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  • - Back when I was a younger person,
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  • a whippersnapper, younger than Hosanna even,
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  • but my thing is that I think it was just hardwired into me
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  • to think about the next generation.
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  • And of course, when you become a mother
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  • it's right there in your home every single day,
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  • or a grandmother, not in both your cases yet,
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  • but in your case.
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  • (laughs)
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  • But I think the responsibility is,
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  • and what we learn from Joshua is,
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  • you see there that they knew,
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  • obviously the generation knew the miracles of God.
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  • Because they were in the Promised Land,
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  • but they didn't know for themselves the God of the miracle.
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  • And if you don't know for yourself the God of the miracle,
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  • it is really really dangerous,
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  • and I think, I love the word responsibility,
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  • it's a huge one, that I don't know
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  • whether its something you guys can help me understand,
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  • whether its something that's happening generationally,
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  • because I remember we thought,
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  • "I can't believe God wants to use me
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  • "to impact somebody else"
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  • as opposed to, look I just want to be me and--
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  • - I deserve all of this.
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  • - Its interesting.
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  • - We need other people to grow,
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  • God desires that, in fact God made us that way,
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  • in Genesis we see that God made his ideal world,
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  • the best world ever, and he made
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  • you know the fish, and the stars, and the pandas,
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  • and the moon, and said it's all good,
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  • but then once man was alone he said it was not good.
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  • But what's crazy is sin had not even entered the world yet.
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  • We're still verses away from the snake tempting Eve
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  • and now we're all messed up.
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  • Like this was before sin came, God saw something and said,
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  • "This was not good, this is not best,
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  • "this is not my ideal world."
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  • I already see what's about to come,
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  • I'm gonna team them up.
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  • I already see the snake that's gonna come,
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  • the storms that are gonna come,
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  • what's going to happen to the world,
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  • I'm gonna team them up.
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  • So, we need people to help us grow, it was a essential part
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  • of our design, it was a part of how we were made,
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  • and when we are going against how we were made,
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  • of course we're not thriving,
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  • of course we're not living our best life.
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  • We weren't made to reach our full potential
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  • or fulfill our full purpose alone.
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  • - So much entitlement right now, so much entitlement
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  • and people forget that it takes work, it takes prayer.
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  • It takes grit, it takes leaning on those
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  • who have gone before you.
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  • Its not this me, me, me, but this whole world and society,
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  • everyone is telling you all about them.
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  • And you forget, and you think it was always this way,
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  • but even I'm very aware that there are women
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  • who have gone before me of all colors and backgrounds,
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  • and that's actually why I'm here today,
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  • and I don't ever want to take that for granted.
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  • - You know, I hear all the time, whether its musicians,
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  • or athletes, they'll say,
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  • "well I didn't play basketball
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  • "or baseball to be a role model."
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  • Its like, yeah you did.
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  • - Right.
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  • - So you may not have thought you did,
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  • but we're all role models.
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  • You are being watched, so it matters how you live,
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  • so you can't discount it.
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  • - Yeah, totally, and I think as Christ followers,
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  • no matter who we are, if we truly are,
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  • the biggest legacy we leave is our impact into somebody else
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  • and if Jesus said
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  • "go into all the world and make disciples",
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  • he didn't say go into all the world
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  • and everyone be a preacher.
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  • So it's in our normal everyday life,
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  • how we interact with each other relationally,
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  • the kinds of things that we post on our social media.
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  • I laugh sometimes, I think, do people not realize,
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  • they think that God doesn't read Twitter or Instagram.
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  • (laughs)
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  • - He knows everything, he is that God that knows it all.
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  • And so, it's almost like, well this doesn't matter,
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  • I could just do what I want,
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  • so, I think, when you don't care,
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  • there's so many things you do as a parent
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  • that you just don't do, or don't say,
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  • because you actually care about the next generation.
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  • And I think when I look at some of the stuff
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  • happening in the world, I'm like,
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  • "do you all not care about the people coming up after you?"
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  • Because to just vent, or just how many times
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  • do you just not vent in our marriages?
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  • It is so crucial to invest in other people
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  • because essentially, our primary goal on the planet
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  • is to help lead people to Jesus and to make disciples
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  • of Jesus Christ.
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  • So, this kind of thought, that we can have a Christianity
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  • that is just sort of, very self-focused, and all about me,
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  • and I just need all my time.
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  • It's actually not Biblical, yes there is a place
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  • of solitude, and replenishing, and refreshing,
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  • but essentially the eternal legacy that we're going to leave
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  • is what we leave and impact into the lives of other people.
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  • And so I think it is crucial that we remember,
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  • that a huge part of why we're here on the planet
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  • is to invest in other people.
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  • - When did we stop watching
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  • what we said in front of the kids?
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  • - Totally.
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  • - You know, I mean, my parents, if they discussed something,
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  • they didn't discuss it in front of me and my sons.
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  • But now, we have social media
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  • and we have mothers of young children,
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  • you know, posting things that you would never.
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  • And I'm thinking, my goodness,
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  • you've got little girls at home watching you.
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  • You know, and training them up and then,
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  • they hit teenage years, you're gonna have such trouble.
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  • And this is the generation we've raised.
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  • You know, and so we can't complain about it.
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  • But, what do you think we've lost,
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  • it just seems like we lost our way and that--
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  • - To me, there were times when I stayed committed
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  • to my marriage because there's a generation
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  • watching how I do it.
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  • Right, so there's a responsibility that I own.
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  • I don't have the freedom to just live how I want to live
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  • and do what I want to do in the moment,
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  • because there's people watching.
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  • And I have enough fear of a Holy God,
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  • and enough love for him, that I want to live my life
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  • in a way that somebody would follow it.
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  • Right, so there's that responsibility.
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  • - And even stepping out in faith,
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  • and tragedy comes, or heartbreak comes,
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  • showing your children how to get through it,
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  • that's not a time to break down,
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  • that's not a time to give up, its like showing my children
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  • how to walk through something that's horrible,
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  • but that's being saved and giving in the word of God.
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  • As this is our salvation.
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  • - I think that we've confused in our generation
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  • this sort of thing of men,
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  • just be transparent, just be authentic.
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  • Somehow, that means just air all your dirty laundry,
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  • out there, and I am not being any less authentic
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  • because there are certain things
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  • that I will process with the lord,
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  • or process with group of sisters in the faith.
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  • Its not that I'm withholding that from a generation,
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  • its going, I'm going to come out of this,
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  • and then talk you through
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  • how we've gone through this.
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  • I'm not going to have a midlife crisis in front of you,
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  • no kid needs their parent crumbling in front of them
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  • in that way.
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  • So I think there is that eternal perspective of going,
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  • hang on, I'm carrying the baton of faith.
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  • And my responsibility is to get this baton of faith
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  • into the hand, its not about how big I can build my life,
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  • my ministry, or self-actualize, or, its not about me.
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  • It's am I going to carry this baton of faith,
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  • and pass it onto the generation that's going
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  • to come after me.
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  • - From the beginning, when were born,
  • 00:10:24.240 --> 00:10:26.090
  • we grow a few years and then you start having brothers
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  • and sisters, and now little eyes are watching you,
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  • and then you grow a little more,
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  • now you've got teenagers watching you.
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  • And from when you're little,
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  • you've got eyeballs on you emulating what you do.
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  • Then you get married and you have children,
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  • and all of a sudden you have a little parrot,
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  • (laughs)
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  • that is listening and saying what you're saying.
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  • And I just think that we have such a responsibility,
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  • and its not that we do everything right,
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  • but I think its always being cautious,
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  • and being careful what we say,
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  • especially when we know someone
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  • is emulating what were doing.
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  • - Raising the next generation is actually important to me,
  • 00:11:07.190 --> 00:11:12.180
  • it means that I have a responsibility
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  • to live my life in such a way
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  • that there is a generation actually wants to follow,
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  • and wants to learn, and so I think
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  • I just have that responsibility.
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  • I think it was one of the saddest verses in the Bible
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  • when we find out that after Joshua died,
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  • there was a generation that arose that didn't know God,
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  • or know of what he had done.
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  • How sad is that?
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  • So I just think we have this responsibility as a generation
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  • to raise up another generation to actually know God
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  • and love him, and want to live a life that honors him.
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  • And to do it in a way that's real, and fun, and authentic
  • 00:11:49.230 --> 00:11:54.220
  • and genuine, but pretty powerful.
  • 00:11:54.220 --> 00:11:58.110
  • - What are you doing to raise the next generation?
  • 00:11:58.110 --> 00:12:00.230
  • - We want to hear from you, connect with us
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  • on social media and tell us your story,
  • 00:12:02.260 --> 00:12:04.270
  • we can't wait for you to join the conversation.
  • 00:12:04.270 --> 00:12:07.070
  • - Sometimes the people that don't recognize
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  • that people have gone before them,
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  • that don't respect and honor the roads paved before them,
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  • typically are the same people
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  • that don't own the responsibility of those after them.
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  • So it's about me, I'm the first one,
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  • this is my time, this is my spot.
  • 00:12:26.190 --> 00:12:28.110
  • It's typically the same type of person that can't see
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  • I wasn't the first, and I'm not going to be the last,
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  • and it's all about the movement,
  • 00:12:34.170 --> 00:12:36.020
  • it's all about the moving of the ment,
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  • it's all about everyone coming towards Jesus,
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  • every generation a little bit closer,
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  • it's not about you, you're just a part of it,
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  • you're not the point, Jesus is the point,
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  • you're just a part of it.
  • 00:12:44.160 --> 00:12:45.220
  • And it's that same kind of people
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  • that just think it's them, that can't see either way.
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  • Typically those I think, that can honor
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  • those that came before, are the same ones
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  • that see the responsibility to pave a little more with them.
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  • Pave a little bit more with them.
  • 00:12:58.230 --> 00:13:00.100
  • - But, that goes back to that responsibility part.
  • 00:13:00.100 --> 00:13:02.140
  • So, there was this, you might have been there,
  • 00:13:02.140 --> 00:13:03.280
  • I can't remember, but at one of our conferences
  • 00:13:03.280 --> 00:13:07.080
  • I had my daughter come up on stage
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  • and did this illustration,
  • 00:13:09.180 --> 00:13:11.060
  • I was talking about if the sword is the word of God,
  • 00:13:11.060 --> 00:13:15.010
  • if the word of God is a sword,
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  • so I'm lifting the sword and I've learned
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  • how to wield my sword when it comes to sickness,
  • 00:13:18.290 --> 00:13:22.200
  • I navigated cancer, so I know what the word of God
  • 00:13:22.200 --> 00:13:24.180
  • has to say about it, that Jesus, every beating he took
  • 00:13:24.180 --> 00:13:27.120
  • was so that I can be made whole,
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  • Psalm 103, my sins are forgiven, my body,
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  • so I know how to wield that sword.
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  • I know how to get through challenges.
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  • So then I bought my daughter on stage
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  • and so this is to me is the picture,
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  • she's watching me, so I put my arms around her
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  • and together we held that sword and we lift it.
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  • I go, "Paris repeat after me, greater is he in me
  • 00:13:42.150 --> 00:13:46.080
  • "than anything in the world, and you know, countered all joy
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  • "when you counter various trials, repeat after me."
  • 00:13:50.150 --> 00:13:52.250
  • And so I think that's the part where my job is to do that.
  • 00:13:52.250 --> 00:13:57.180
  • Its your job to go, say that again.
  • 00:13:57.180 --> 00:13:59.110
  • - Exactly.
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  • - Show me again.
  • 00:14:00.080 --> 00:14:01.140
  • And to holding her and having her repeat,
  • 00:14:01.140 --> 00:14:04.180
  • some of the word of God, it was such,
  • 00:14:06.070 --> 00:14:09.030
  • it was just such a powerful illustration
  • 00:14:09.030 --> 00:14:13.030
  • and I just thought, I wonder,
  • 00:14:13.030 --> 00:14:14.280
  • are people doing that for young women?
  • 00:14:14.280 --> 00:14:17.180
  • Are we actually, can I take my eyes off my own life
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  • for one second, and put my arms around a young woman,
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  • and help her use the word of God to fight her fights.
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  • Am I doing that?
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  • Am I training a younger woman?
  • 00:14:30.210 --> 00:14:32.210
  • And so I hope you are, 'cause here's the thing I know,
  • 00:14:32.210 --> 00:14:37.040
  • there's always somebody younger than you,
  • 00:14:37.040 --> 00:14:39.000
  • if you're watching this and you're 18, you're old,
  • 00:14:39.000 --> 00:14:41.290
  • 'cause right now there's a 5 year old
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  • who one day is going to look to you,
  • 00:14:43.230 --> 00:14:46.010
  • and so are you training yourself
  • 00:14:46.010 --> 00:14:47.150
  • so that you can pass the road on to her?
  • 00:14:47.150 --> 00:14:50.150
  • - I love that, and I love that thought, because you know,
  • 00:14:50.150 --> 00:14:53.130
  • in Hebrews it says, "therefore then since we are surrounded
  • 00:14:53.130 --> 00:14:56.100
  • "by so great a cloud of witnesses,
  • 00:14:56.100 --> 00:14:58.030
  • "let us also run with endurance the race set before us."
  • 00:14:58.030 --> 00:15:00.260
  • So, its true, if you forget that others
  • 00:15:00.260 --> 00:15:03.210
  • have come before you, there's a cloud of witnesses,
  • 00:15:03.210 --> 00:15:06.070
  • I'm not it, you're gonna forget that others
  • 00:15:06.070 --> 00:15:08.220
  • are going to come after you,
  • 00:15:08.220 --> 00:15:10.070
  • and I think, it's not just the spirit of this age,
  • 00:15:10.070 --> 00:15:13.000
  • selfishness, self pride, greed
  • 00:15:13.000 --> 00:15:14.230
  • I mean the fall came out of all of that,
  • 00:15:14.230 --> 00:15:17.210
  • but every generation has to navigate it for itself,
  • 00:15:17.210 --> 00:15:20.200
  • it's as simple as that.
  • 00:15:20.200 --> 00:15:22.040
  • So, obviously because we carry our phones all the time,
  • 00:15:22.040 --> 00:15:27.010
  • every parent goes "it was not like this in my day",
  • 00:15:29.010 --> 00:15:31.250
  • but the truth is we didn't have access 24/7 in our day,
  • 00:15:31.250 --> 00:15:35.190
  • we didn't have our information, our news,
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  • and our entertainment all right there,
  • 00:15:37.280 --> 00:15:40.090
  • our communication, 24/7 in our hands, in our pockets.
  • 00:15:40.090 --> 00:15:43.140
  • It changes the dynamic of everything
  • 00:15:43.140 --> 00:15:46.050
  • and so, I think everything is geared for self-absorption
  • 00:15:46.050 --> 00:15:50.070
  • and so whatever you put, build your brand,
  • 00:15:50.070 --> 00:15:52.250
  • build your platform, build your app,
  • 00:15:52.250 --> 00:15:54.020
  • so its all about the temporal,
  • 00:15:54.020 --> 00:15:56.090
  • it's all about how many likes--
  • 00:15:56.090 --> 00:15:59.230
  • - With a scripture in captions.
  • 00:15:59.230 --> 00:16:01.090
  • - (laughs)
  • 00:16:01.090 --> 00:16:02.230
  • - I don't let my daughter follow certain people.
  • 00:16:02.230 --> 00:16:05.110
  • It's quite a sad thing, when I'm going,
  • 00:16:05.110 --> 00:16:06.260
  • you can't follow them, you know, I pay your phone bill,
  • 00:16:06.260 --> 00:16:09.080
  • you can do that when you get your own phone bill,
  • 00:16:09.080 --> 00:16:11.140
  • but right now,
  • 00:16:11.140 --> 00:16:12.260
  • scripture says Paul says "imitate me as I imitate Christ"
  • 00:16:12.260 --> 00:16:16.200
  • so in this house for this season,
  • 00:16:16.200 --> 00:16:18.190
  • as long as they're imitating Christ
  • 00:16:18.190 --> 00:16:22.050
  • than I want you to imitate them.
  • 00:16:22.050 --> 00:16:23.210
  • And I'll say it,
  • 00:16:23.210 --> 00:16:25.060
  • yesterday I was filming my show here at TBN and I said,
  • 00:16:25.060 --> 00:16:30.000
  • "you know, you should only be following me
  • 00:16:31.050 --> 00:16:32.190
  • "or watching me, to the degree that I'm imitating Christ.
  • 00:16:32.190 --> 00:16:35.030
  • "The minute you perceive I'm no longer imitating Christ
  • 00:16:35.030 --> 00:16:37.070
  • "you need to change the channel,
  • 00:16:37.070 --> 00:16:38.200
  • "you need to not be watching me."
  • 00:16:38.200 --> 00:16:40.130
  • - But that's our responsibility.
  • 00:16:40.130 --> 00:16:41.270
  • We've all lived our life like that.
  • 00:16:43.010 --> 00:16:44.160
  • - Right, that's the responsibility.
  • 00:16:44.160 --> 00:16:46.150
  • You better live like that, because there's a 12 year old--
  • 00:16:46.150 --> 00:16:49.130
  • - And we have to stay teachable,
  • 00:16:49.130 --> 00:16:51.020
  • like I feel we're the fruit of ya'll
  • 00:16:51.020 --> 00:16:53.220
  • all staying at your post.
  • 00:16:53.220 --> 00:16:55.090
  • And all that ya'll have done to go before us,
  • 00:16:55.090 --> 00:16:57.140
  • we're the fruit of it,
  • 00:16:57.140 --> 00:16:58.160
  • but then we have to steward
  • 00:16:58.160 --> 00:17:00.070
  • what you've led by example to us,
  • 00:17:00.070 --> 00:17:02.130
  • because there's a whole nother other generation--
  • 00:17:02.130 --> 00:17:04.070
  • - Watching you.
  • 00:17:04.070 --> 00:17:05.020
  • - Exactly, exactly.
  • 00:17:05.020 --> 00:17:06.160
  • - I think sometimes for the generation that went before me
  • 00:17:06.160 --> 00:17:09.050
  • that because they work so hard and struggled so hard
  • 00:17:09.050 --> 00:17:12.100
  • that when it was time to raise up the next generation
  • 00:17:12.100 --> 00:17:14.070
  • they just wanted to over-bless, and overpraise,
  • 00:17:14.070 --> 00:17:17.120
  • and over-say, " you're so great, you can do anything,"
  • 00:17:17.120 --> 00:17:19.240
  • and just give you things prematurely .
  • 00:17:19.240 --> 00:17:22.150
  • And I think that's created a lack of work ethic
  • 00:17:22.150 --> 00:17:25.040
  • in this generation, meaning it's there,
  • 00:17:25.040 --> 00:17:27.110
  • but I think sometimes when the going gets tough,
  • 00:17:27.110 --> 00:17:30.120
  • that we have to lean on the older generation to not give up,
  • 00:17:30.120 --> 00:17:32.290
  • to know that there's going to be rough days,
  • 00:17:32.290 --> 00:17:35.050
  • there's gonna be days when you face a failure,
  • 00:17:35.050 --> 00:17:37.090
  • and that everything doesn't come easy,
  • 00:17:37.090 --> 00:17:39.090
  • that having a successful, strong marriage is not easy
  • 00:17:39.090 --> 00:17:41.250
  • it's a lot of sleepless nights, a lot of prayers,
  • 00:17:41.250 --> 00:17:44.050
  • a lot of patience.
  • 00:17:44.050 --> 00:17:45.110
  • Anything in this world for the most part
  • 00:17:45.110 --> 00:17:47.230
  • that's going to stand the test of time requires pain,
  • 00:17:47.230 --> 00:17:52.230
  • requires strength, requires those days
  • 00:17:53.280 --> 00:17:55.110
  • when you just want to give up,
  • 00:17:55.110 --> 00:17:56.240
  • but when you have other people who have gone before you
  • 00:17:56.240 --> 00:17:58.180
  • that are saying I have been there,
  • 00:17:58.180 --> 00:18:00.220
  • I think that helps remove entitlement,
  • 00:18:00.220 --> 00:18:02.270
  • and it's missing today.
  • 00:18:02.270 --> 00:18:03.240
  • I think people just,
  • 00:18:03.240 --> 00:18:05.130
  • its easier to share your successes instead of your weakness.
  • 00:18:05.130 --> 00:18:08.180
  • - I know a whole bunch of people
  • 00:18:08.180 --> 00:18:10.080
  • that have got maybe, huge Instagram profiles
  • 00:18:10.080 --> 00:18:13.100
  • and have a whole lot of other stuff going on in their lives,
  • 00:18:13.100 --> 00:18:15.170
  • its like all of us, you can filter, you can crop,
  • 00:18:15.170 --> 00:18:17.180
  • you can edit, and put your best self,
  • 00:18:17.180 --> 00:18:20.050
  • whatever that might mean, out there,
  • 00:18:20.050 --> 00:18:22.130
  • but that's not a true way to make disciples.
  • 00:18:22.130 --> 00:18:24.270
  • I mean, Christianity has to be embodied,
  • 00:18:24.270 --> 00:18:26.180
  • you have to do life with people,
  • 00:18:26.180 --> 00:18:27.270
  • you have to connect with people,
  • 00:18:27.270 --> 00:18:29.160
  • and I would say in the younger generation
  • 00:18:29.160 --> 00:18:31.270
  • they're wanting that more and more,
  • 00:18:31.270 --> 00:18:33.100
  • like I watch my kids with all the social media
  • 00:18:33.100 --> 00:18:36.080
  • but then I watch their desperate need
  • 00:18:36.080 --> 00:18:38.140
  • for real friends and real mentors as well.
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  • Download the TBN app to stream the latest episodes.
  • 00:18:44.010 --> 00:18:47.110
  • - While I think about all the saints that have gone before
  • 00:18:52.050 --> 00:18:55.020
  • and then, we're sitting here in such freedom,
  • 00:18:56.070 --> 00:18:58.180
  • I mean, we wouldn't be sitting right here in this studio
  • 00:18:58.180 --> 00:19:02.070
  • had it not been the faithfulness of the previous generation.
  • 00:19:02.070 --> 00:19:05.080
  • This generation reaps the harvest of having a platform
  • 00:19:06.210 --> 00:19:09.220
  • to where we can share now with the world the things,
  • 00:19:09.220 --> 00:19:12.070
  • you know there's nothing like gleaning from someone
  • 00:19:12.070 --> 00:19:16.020
  • who's gone through a great loss.
  • 00:19:16.020 --> 00:19:18.230
  • I don't ever want to lose a child,
  • 00:19:18.230 --> 00:19:20.240
  • I don't want to have to walk that way,
  • 00:19:20.240 --> 00:19:22.130
  • but anyone who does lose a child,
  • 00:19:22.130 --> 00:19:25.110
  • and walks through that,
  • 00:19:25.110 --> 00:19:26.220
  • I want to get, what did you get out of that,
  • 00:19:26.220 --> 00:19:29.020
  • I need to learn everything.
  • 00:19:29.020 --> 00:19:30.240
  • You saw God in a whole new way,
  • 00:19:30.240 --> 00:19:34.060
  • tell me how you did that,
  • 00:19:34.060 --> 00:19:36.240
  • how do you stay, how do you walk that path,
  • 00:19:36.240 --> 00:19:39.250
  • and I just think the responsibility in being intentional,
  • 00:19:39.250 --> 00:19:43.280
  • do things that matter, post things that matter.
  • 00:19:43.280 --> 00:19:47.070
  • - I found most young people
  • 00:19:47.070 --> 00:19:48.250
  • actually desperately want to learn,
  • 00:19:48.250 --> 00:19:50.080
  • they're like, please teach me how to live,
  • 00:19:50.080 --> 00:19:51.280
  • please teach me how to do relationships,
  • 00:19:51.280 --> 00:19:53.280
  • how to manage my finances,
  • 00:19:53.280 --> 00:19:55.080
  • how to, if they're married,
  • 00:19:55.080 --> 00:19:57.040
  • how do I do this thing called marriage,
  • 00:19:57.040 --> 00:19:58.230
  • how do I raise kids,
  • 00:19:58.230 --> 00:20:00.090
  • how do you navigate a cray cray world,
  • 00:20:00.090 --> 00:20:02.190
  • 'cause our world is really cray cray,
  • 00:20:02.190 --> 00:20:04.160
  • how do you stay sane in the midst of all of that,
  • 00:20:04.160 --> 00:20:06.230
  • and you know, through social media
  • 00:20:06.230 --> 00:20:08.270
  • we've got many ways to interact with people,
  • 00:20:08.270 --> 00:20:11.090
  • but interacting with people is very different
  • 00:20:11.090 --> 00:20:13.220
  • to mentoring and discipling people.
  • 00:20:13.220 --> 00:20:16.170
  • - I think that my generation,
  • 00:20:16.170 --> 00:20:18.140
  • this generation right now alive,
  • 00:20:18.140 --> 00:20:21.110
  • some will settle for the illusion of success,
  • 00:20:21.110 --> 00:20:25.040
  • and I know everyone wants to change the world
  • 00:20:25.040 --> 00:20:27.250
  • and make a difference, that's all great,
  • 00:20:27.250 --> 00:20:29.050
  • but I'm saying the people alive right now,
  • 00:20:29.050 --> 00:20:31.070
  • with social media and this facade we can all have,
  • 00:20:31.070 --> 00:20:33.260
  • some will just settle for the facade of success
  • 00:20:33.260 --> 00:20:36.180
  • over actually trying to make a difference.
  • 00:20:36.180 --> 00:20:38.150
  • Tthat's good, that's noble,
  • 00:20:38.150 --> 00:20:40.020
  • you want to change the world that's noble,
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  • some people will be fine if they just looked the part,
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  • copy and pasted the people that lived the part,
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  • and the enemy will have victory over the fact
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  • that we think we checked the box,
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  • because we conned everyone into thinking
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  • we were doing something that mattered.
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  • So when I think about raising the next generation,
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  • I'm desperate to tell people, really parallel to me,
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  • I was sharing that,
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  • but sometimes its hard for me to imagine
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  • people under me, younger than me,
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  • because I'm so aware of the people
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  • right next to me, my age right now
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  • that I'm like, why would you waste your time
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  • influencing that, why would you waste your time saying that.
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  • Here, this is exhausting, I'm not angry about it at all.
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  • (laughs)
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  • But I'm just seeing this generation of the enemy
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  • as having victory over that, we think that we have done it
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  • because we've convinced other people we have.
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  • When there's not the depth,
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  • there's not the being in the word
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  • and truly influencing things that matter.
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  • - It doesn't really matter if I post it or not,
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  • if its filtered or well-curated, or edited,
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  • because, you know what, in this moment, God sees--
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  • - My heart.
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  • - God knows, God gets all of it.
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  • You can fool anybody,
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  • but you can't fool him, and I think,
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  • until you get to the point where, truly what God thinks,
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  • matters more than what anybody else thinks,
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  • you actually can't influence anyone, not really ultimately.
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  • It's all short term, and I think its a lot of self.
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  • - You know, when I first realized
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  • that I had the responsibility of being a role model,
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  • my first thought was fear, shock, responsibility.
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  • But then I also thought, I wish someone would have told me
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  • I had this kind of power when I was younger.
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  • I wish that I was living a life that was worthy.
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  • I wish I was living a life of great influence
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  • when I was nine, when I was 12,
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  • I wish it didn't take me having a microphone
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  • to show me the power of influence I had.
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  • So for anyone watching, I want to encourage you.
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  • More people are watching you than you know.
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  • Who are you going to fight for?
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  • How are you going to fight for them?
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  • What kind of things are you going
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  • to influence with your life?
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  • I'm telling you now before you have this stage,
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  • before you're published, before your microphone,
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  • before you have all the kids, before you have the degree,
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  • people are watching you and your life, and your voice,
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  • it's so important.
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  • Use it wisely, we can do it.
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  • No matter what age no matter what life phase,
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  • take your life and do the best you can with it.
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  • Knowing that people are looking at it
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  • and you might influence them in ways you've never imagined.
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  • I want to pray for us.
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  • God I just pray for everyone who is watching
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  • that knows their role model,
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  • that knows that they're called to be a role model,
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  • and hasn't yet lived a life
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  • in which they would want to be exemplified to them,
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  • and those who aren't sure how to be a role model
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  • how to find one, where to even begin,
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  • God I pray that you remind us every day of this week,
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  • all that is available in you.
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  • That you remind us every day this week to pray
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  • and ask you for the things welling up in our hearts.
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  • That we have the wisdom to listen to those wiser than us,
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  • that we have the courage to step out
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  • and try to shepherd those younger than us.
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  • God just help us to realize what's really in us.
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  • Every day this week would you remind us,
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  • that we too, can be role models for those around us.
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  • In the name of Jesus, Amen.
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  • I love you guys.
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  • We're here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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  • We love you, and most importantly, God loves you.
  • 00:23:45.170 --> 00:23:47.030
  • - Oh my gosh.
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  • - Easiest of my life.
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  • (laughs)
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  • - Man, this games the easiest thing I have ever done.
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  • (laughs)
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  • - Space invader.
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  • - Just to show you the truth of this show.
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  • - I have no boundaries.
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  • on Better Together.
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  • But integrity trumps that.
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