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June 9, 2019
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Kerry Shook Ministries with Kerry Shook

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  • Kerry: A lot of the things that come into our lives that we
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  • see as great gifts at first turn out to be anything but a gift.
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  • And a lot of the greatest gifts that we ever receive in life
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  • don't look at all like a gift at first.
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  • They look a lot more like a problem,
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  • a lot more like a hurt, a failure, a difficulty,
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  • a trial.
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  • But God wants us to know that adversity is really an advantage
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  • because God uses our greatest adversity as our greatest
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  • opportunity for growth, as our greatest opportunity to go
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  • to the next level in life.
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  • And that's why we're in this series called,
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  • "The Advantage of Adversity," because the very problem
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  • right now that you think is a barrier in your life
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  • is the bridge that God wants to use to take you
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  • to the next level.
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  • It's just brilliantly disguised.
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  • It doesn't look like a gift at first, but it is.
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  • And so I want us to open our Bibles to the book of James,
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  • and would you stand in honor of God's Word,
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  • Woodlands Church?
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  • And I wanna welcome all you guys worshiping with us as we see
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  • that our greatest problem is really our greatest opportunity
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  • for God to do a miracle in our lives.
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  • And our greatest barrier is the very bridge that he wants to use
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  • to take us to that next level.
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  • "Consider it a sheer gift, friends,
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  • when tests and challenges come at you from all sides.
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  • You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced
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  • into the open and shows its true colors.
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  • So don't try to get out of anything prematurely.
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  • Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed,
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  • not deficient in any way."
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  • You can be seated, and I want you to underline
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  • the first verse right there.
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  • "Consider it a sheer gift."
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  • "Consider it a sheer gift."
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  • He's saying, "You need to look at adversity as a gift.
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  • You need to get a whole new perspective on your pain,
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  • a whole new perspective on your problems because your problem
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  • is not the real problem.
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  • It's how you're looking at the problem that's the real problem.
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  • And the Bible teaches us that our greatest problem is
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  • our greatest possibility.
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  • The Bible tells us that failure is never final,
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  • but we over exaggerate the effects of failure in our lives.
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  • And when we do that, it causes us to fear failure.
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  • And every one of us, if we're honest,
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  • have a fear of failure.
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  • Maybe it's a fear of failure in our careers,
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  • a fear of failure of letting someone down, a fear of,
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  • you know, of failure financially.
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  • We all have fears of failure.
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  • I don't know what yours is.
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  • Maybe it's the fear of failure in a relationship,
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  • but we all have the fear of failure.
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  • Now, and here's the reason why, is we over exaggerate failure
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  • and its effects in our lives, and it causes the fear
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  • of failure.
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  • And the fear of failure has a much more devastating effect
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  • on our lives than an actual failure.
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  • The fear of failure paralyzes us from making decisions,
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  • many times, because, "What if I make the wrong decision?
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  • And what if this doesn't work?
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  • What if I go this direction when I should have gone
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  • that direction?"
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  • And we get paralyzed by indecision.
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  • And most of the time, not making the decision
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  • is worse than makin' a wrong decision.
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  • And then we have the fear of failure that creates
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  • workaholism in our lives.
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  • Runnin' on that treadmill of success,
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  • and we think we gotta run faster and faster and faster
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  • to prove our worth.
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  • And the fear of failure just dominates,
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  • and it's really destructive in relationships.
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  • But it's the fear of failure that's the real problem.
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  • So let me help you start becoming free from the fear
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  • of failure by giving you three facts that are really important.
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  • First, you have failed many times in your past.
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  • Secondly, you're failing at something right now
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  • in your life.
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  • And thirdly, you will fail many more times in your life
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  • in the future.
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  • Isn't that encouraging?
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  • We can just go home on that one.
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  • That was powerful.
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  • But really, when you start recognizing that,
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  • it starts reducing the stress of the fear of failure.
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  • Look at this next passage in Psalm 27:1.
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  • David said: "The Lord is my light and my salvation--
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  • whom shall I fear?
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  • The Lord is the stronghold of my life--
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  • of whom shall I be afraid?"
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  • When you realize the God who created the infinite universe
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  • with a Word and put all the stars in space,
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  • when you realize the God who created 100 billion galaxies,
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  • each containing 100 billion stars, loves you so much,
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  • and you seek to please him and to follow him,
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  • the fear of failure starts falling away.
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  • You have no one to fear.
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  • Let me give you a secret to success: Outlast your critics.
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  • Stop focusing on the critics, and focus on Christ.
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  • You just outlast your critics. You just keep standing.
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  • You just keep going.
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  • Don't answer all your critics. Just keep standing.
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  • Keep going, keep taking steps of faith.
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  • That's success, just outlasting your critics.
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  • Well, failure's never final, the Bible teaches us.
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  • But there's a second thing because failure doesn't always
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  • take us to the next level.
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  • Depends on how you look at it and how you learn form it.
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  • Have to remember the life-changing lessons
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  • from failure.
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  • Failure isn't final, but it must be faced.
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  • A lot of times we don't face the failure.
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  • We just gloss over it.
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  • We don't wanna think about it.
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  • But that's where we learn so much.
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  • We learn so much more from our failures than our successes.
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  • When we have successes, we learn from success,
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  • but we don't really stop and think about it very much.
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  • But when we fail and we're stuck in that pain,
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  • we think about it.
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  • Failure changes us, and God uses failure as one of his primary
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  • tools to mold us and to make us into who he wants us to become.
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  • And without that failure, there's not true success.
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  • In Psalm 119:71, David said: "My troubles turned out all
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  • for the best--they forced me to learn from your textbook."
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  • You see, sometimes God allows us,
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  • when we're goin' down the wrong path,
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  • to experience pain and failure and to make a mess of things
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  • so that it stops us in our tracks so we can
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  • get back on the right path.
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  • And David's sayin', "I'm so glad I had problems and pain
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  • when I was goin' down that path because it forced me
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  • to turn to God and his textbook for life.
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  • I was writin' my own textbook, doin' what I wanted to do
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  • in my life, and then the pain turned me to my purpose,
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  • and I'm so thankful for it now.
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  • I wasn't thankful at the time, but my troubles turned out
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  • for the best because now I'm lookin' to God's textbook.
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  • I'm lookin' to go God's way and I'm finding true fulfillment.
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  • And that's why many times God doesn't rescue us
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  • from the pain of our failures.
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  • Because he's a loving God, there are times when I'm goin' down
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  • the wrong path he'll allow me to fail and feel the pain
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  • of my failure so that I can learn from it.
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  • Because we rarely learn when we see the light,
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  • but we learn when we feel the heat.
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  • You know, it's that pain that connects us
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  • to the learning many times.
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  • And it's like, "I never wanna go that way again,"
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  • and I learn from it.
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  • Because the freedom to fail is the freedom to grow.
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  • If we never failed at anything and you always succeeded,
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  • you'd never pray.
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  • You'd never get on your knees.
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  • You would never turn to God and experience
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  • that deep relationship with him.
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  • But it's in the middle of our struggles
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  • that we find God's strength.
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  • It's in our mess that we see God work his greatest miracles
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  • and we see how much God loves us.
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  • And that brings me to the most important thing:
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  • Rest in God's grace.
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  • God isn't surprised when you fail.
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  • God won't stop loving you.
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  • You can just rest in his grace.
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  • In Ephesians 2:8 and 9, it says: "For it is by grace you have
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  • been saved, through faith-- and this is not from yourselves,
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  • it's the gift of God-- not by works,
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  • so that no one can boast."
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  • Underline the word "grace" and underline the words
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  • "gift of God," and draw a line connecting the two
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  • because grace is a gift of God that we can't earn or deserve.
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  • And the reason why failure is a gift
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  • is because when we unwrap the gift of failure,
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  • it points us to the gift of grace.
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  • When we realize that we have failed,
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  • that we've all sinned, we've all made mistakes,
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  • we know how much we need God's grace,
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  • and it points us to that greatest gift,
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  • the gift of his grace.
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  • The most perplexing thing to me about God's character
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  • is his grace.
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  • It's just so hard for me to comprehend because there's
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  • something inside of me that wants to earn it or deserve it.
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  • But grace is completely undeserved.
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  • It's a free gift that we could never earn or deserve.
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  • It's God giving us something that we could never deserve,
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  • forgiveness and heaven one day.
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  • Now, he wants you to have victory.
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  • He wants you to have victory over that struggle and sin.
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  • And the only way that happens is after you confess it to God,
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  • then you tell someone you trust, a friend that's
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  • a Christ follower, tell a counselor.
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  • You tell one of our prayer team members down here.
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  • You go in marriage counseling and say,
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  • "Hey, we're havin' struggles in our marriage,"
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  • like everybody does at times.
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  • You tell a friend, "I'm really struggling with this sin."
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  • And the Bible says, "Confess your sins to one another,
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  • and you will be healed."
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  • We confess our sins to God for forgiveness,
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  • but we confess our sins to each other to be healed
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  • and we have victory.
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  • And you connect with others.
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  • And then you start havin' victory over those struggles,
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  • but God never gets tired of forgivin' ya.
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  • Hey, speakin' of victory, we're havin' a great weekend at
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  • Woodlands Church this weekend because matching up
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  • with the message is our friend George Springer,
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  • and he's been here all weekend.
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  • We've been havin' such a great time with George.
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  • And, of course, George is beloved here in Houston,
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  • and one of the greatest baseball players on the planet.
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  • And he and the other Astros led our city to our first World
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  • Series Championship in 2017, and he was the MVP
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  • of the World Series.
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  • He's just an amazing baseball player and just an amazing guy.
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  • female announcer: Still to come with Pastor Kerry Shook.
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  • George Springer: Obviously, in our game,
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  • you handle success.
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  • You handle failure. You're up, you're down.
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  • You're up, you're down.
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  • And my faith is an everyday presence.
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  • announcer: Kerry Shook Ministries is committed
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  • to sharing the gospel and providing the tools necessary
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  • for believers to grow in their relationship with Jesus
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  • through television, media, and creative resources.
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  • Now, with social media we have a great opportunity to join and
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  • encourage one another so that we can all grow in Christ together.
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  • standing with you in times of need and celebrating
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  • with you in times of joy.
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  • On these channels, you will find words of encouragement,
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  • learn of special events, enjoy inspiring messages,
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  • and you can send us your prayer requests,
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  • share praises, and help inspire others.
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  • Help us lift each other up and get connected today.
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  • Your participation will carry the light of Christ
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  • into the world.
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  • George: Good morning, good morning, afternoon,
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  • whatever it is.
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  • It's before noon, so it's early for--
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  • or actually, no, it's afternoon, so it's early for me.
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  • Kerry: Yeah, definitely, for a baseball player.
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  • You guys sleep late, and then you play at night usually.
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  • George: Sleep late, stay up late.
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  • It's, oh, yeah, it's not quite the body clock that
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  • I envisioned for myself, but it's all good.
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  • I like it.
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  • Kerry: Yeah, and we've been havin' so much fun this weekend.
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  • And by the way, George goes to spring training on Thursday
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  • and he's here this weekend.
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  • So it all gets started again, yeah.
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  • George: Yeah, here we are.
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  • Kerry: How do you feel about that spring training comin' up?
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  • George: I'm excited, you know?
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  • It's kind of always an exciting time of year.
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  • You had a nice productive off-season to hang out,
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  • enjoy it, and now, you know, hopefully we can get down there
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  • safe and sound and hang out with the guys again.
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  • And, you know, hopefully do this again in 2019.
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  • Kerry: The Red Sox, great team, and y'all beat 'em
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  • the year before.
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  • They got ya this year.
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  • But I can imagine that feeling of makin' it almost back again
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  • and then losing.
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  • And you guys just knew you were gonna win it again.
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  • George: Yeah, you know, obviously,
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  • comin' off the World Series win last year, or 2017,
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  • was somethin' that not a lot of us have ever done before.
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  • So, havin' real no kinda expectation going into next year
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  • except for, "Well, let's do it again."
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  • And now, the organization has done such a great job,
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  • the city, the fans, of expecting us to win and expecting
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  • good-quality baseball like that.
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  • So when you fall short, you're kinda like,
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  • "Oh, well," you know, you feel like you let everybody down
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  • and you kinda feel disappointed.
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  • But when you sit back and reflect on the success
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  • of the year and kinda understand that it takes a lot to get
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  • to where we ended up getting to, we had a great year,
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  • a special year, 104 wins in the regular season,
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  • which is hard to do.
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  • We just ran into a very, very talented Sox team,
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  • which, you know, boo, but it is what it is.
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  • So, you know, now understanding, at least for myself and I'm sure
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  • I can speak for some guys, that a lot has to go right
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  • over the course of a year for that to happen.
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  • And when it doesn't go your way, you get hungrier.
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  • You become more ambitious, and you wanna bring back
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  • another one to this great city.
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  • Kerry: Well, it was a great year, and I know it had to be
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  • painful to lose, but then you take a step back an go,
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  • "Wow, this was, you know, this is a pretty good deal,
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  • you know, what we're doin' here."
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  • I know, though, for you last year,
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  • George, you had some adversity with injuries,
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  • you know, that you haven't often had.
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  • And so what's that like, you know,
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  • when you're, you know, a really key player on the team,
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  • they need you so desperately, but you can't go?
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  • George: Yeah, I think one of the most important things
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  • when dealing with an injury is you have to understand
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  • that my problems aren't as bad as somebody else's problems.
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  • My problem is I can't play, which is,
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  • you know, boo-hoo, but I can't be upset about that because
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  • there's somebody out there that's going through something
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  • that's way more real than me hurting my thumb
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  • or my leg or my back.
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  • You know, I have to understand that,
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  • at the end of the day, I'm playin' a sport as my job,
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  • and I need to embrace that.
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  • So, that being said, when I feel like I can't do my job
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  • and help contribute, I have to learn and kinda understand,
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  • to find ways to help my teammates,
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  • to help the guys around because I can't physically go out
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  • and contribute.
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  • So, you know, but being hurt, starin' at my hand a lot.
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  • I was kinda like, you know, "Just heal, body.
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  • Like, do somethin' to heal faster."
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  • But you can't really make bones grow or,
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  • you know, all that stuff heal.
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  • So, it's just kinda one of those things where I knew that
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  • even though I was injured, there are still other ways
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  • that I can contribute, which is, you know, tryin' to have fun,
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  • tryin' to get guys to relax and kinda enjoy the game.
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  • And eventually, when it's my time, you know,
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  • hopefully I can come back strong and, you know, help.
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  • Kerry: I know baseball is really a game where you have to get
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  • really used to failure.
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  • I mean, you have to embrace failure because you hit it
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  • three out of ten times, get a hit three out of ten times,
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  • and you're a great success.
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  • George: Right, you know, I think the crazy part about
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  • our game is, you know, three hits out of ten at bats,
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  • you're considered a great player,
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  • which is crazy to hear of.
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  • But the key to failure is accepting it,
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  • to know that even though you're not designed to fail,
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  • you're going to fail.
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  • How do you handle failure?
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  • Because if you let failure define you and you let failure
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  • keep happening, the only thing that's going to happen is
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  • you're going to keep failing.
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  • But I believe that, eventually, you will come out of it.
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  • If you believe in yourself, you trust the process,
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  • you understand that you already know how to do what
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  • you're doing, at some point you will get yourself out of it.
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  • Things will get better.
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  • Things will always turn.
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  • I think that's what makes our game so special,
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  • so unique, is I can go 0 for 4, like I did in the first game
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  • of the World Series-- which, I'm sorry, guys,
  • 00:17:33.270 --> 00:17:36.040
  • that wasn't my plan, but it ended up happening.
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  • And then the next day you do something great.
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  • And you can keep doing something great so it shows you
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  • that failure's temporary.
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  • And at some point, you will come out of it.
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  • Kerry: That's awesome, that really is.
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  • You know, and you've been a great example of that not just
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  • in baseball, but in life, as you grew up with a stutter
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  • and a communication issue that I'm sure really affected
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  • you as a kid.
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  • And when a kid has anything like that that seems different,
  • 00:18:10.250 --> 00:18:14.260
  • then there could be bullying and all kinds of stuff like that.
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  • But now, you've taken that, and it's been a great strength
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  • of yours, and you're helpin' so many young people who may feel
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  • like that, you know, they've got somethin' that people
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  • are lookin' at that says, "He's different."
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  • George: Yeah, you know, it's a-- I'm sure if you ask
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  • my teammates, you can ask AJ, you can ask my wife,
  • 00:18:36.160 --> 00:18:39.080
  • whatever, I will talk your ear off from the time I get out
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  • of bed until the time she forces me to fall asleep.
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  • 'Cause I don't like sleepin' for some reason.
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  • She has to make me go to bed. But I talk all day.
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  • I try to enjoy my life and have fun,
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  • and it's hard to explain to people that
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  • it wasn't always that way.
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  • I would go full school days, full days without speaking
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  • to anybody because I was afraid of what would happen.
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  • And I never understood why I couldn't just say
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  • what I wanted to say.
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  • It wasn't up until I was about, honestly, about 18 when
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  • I was like, "Well, I have to kinda get out of this.
  • 00:19:12.230 --> 00:19:15.030
  • I can't let myself get to this point where I'm afraid to show
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  • people who I am and speak my mind and enjoy my life."
  • 00:19:18.140 --> 00:19:22.050
  • Well, that didn't work.
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  • It took me another probably 5 or 6 years,
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  • to when I was about 24, 25 to be like, "You know what?
  • 00:19:25.220 --> 00:19:29.120
  • I'm just gonna embrace it. I am who I am.
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  • I'm not gonna let something that I can't control define me.
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  • So I'm gonna go out, I'm gonna live my life.
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  • And if I can help somebody somewhere along the lines--"
  • 00:19:37.280 --> 00:19:40.260
  • Because I know firsthand what these kids and adults
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  • are experiencing.
  • 00:19:43.240 --> 00:19:45.090
  • I know what it's like to feel isolated,
  • 00:19:45.100 --> 00:19:47.260
  • to not wanna be yourself.
  • 00:19:47.270 --> 00:19:49.090
  • So it's like, "You know what?
  • 00:19:49.100 --> 00:19:50.230
  • At eight, nine, ten, let's get that out of here.
  • 00:19:50.240 --> 00:19:54.050
  • Let's see if we can make somebody confident enough
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  • to go be the next president, to go, you know, be an analyst,
  • 00:19:57.240 --> 00:20:01.190
  • to do what they wanna do."
  • 00:20:01.200 --> 00:20:03.280
  • And I get great joy from seeing kids or adults say,
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  • "You know what?
  • 00:20:08.200 --> 00:20:10.040
  • I am who I am, and I enjoy my life."
  • 00:20:10.050 --> 00:20:13.080
  • And that's what it's about.
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  • It's not about, you know, me seeing that I have
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  • a stutter or me feeling ashamed or happy, whatever.
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  • It's about bein' a good person, enjoying your life,
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  • and understanding that you're not different.
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  • You are unique.
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  • You'll live your differently.
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  • You have something that somebody else doesn't have.
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  • Oh, well, is what it is.
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  • Enjoy your life, be happy 'cause you'll only get one.
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  • Kerry: That's really awesome, and he's helpin' so many young
  • 00:20:39.130 --> 00:20:42.000
  • people with that, you know?
  • 00:20:42.010 --> 00:20:44.210
  • He's been speakin' out in a great way, you know?
  • 00:20:44.220 --> 00:20:48.030
  • And it really--when you let people in on struggles,
  • 00:20:48.040 --> 00:20:52.120
  • or what at least some people perceive as struggles,
  • 00:20:52.130 --> 00:20:55.170
  • and you don't try to cover it up,
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  • it just draws people to ya.
  • 00:20:57.100 --> 00:20:58.200
  • And, man, people are so drawn to ya,
  • 00:20:58.210 --> 00:21:00.050
  • especially young people, and you're makin' such a difference.
  • 00:21:00.060 --> 00:21:02.160
  • And I know faith has made such a difference in your life,
  • 00:21:02.170 --> 00:21:05.050
  • your faith in Christ.
  • 00:21:05.060 --> 00:21:06.150
  • I know you love Jesus, and what does your faith mean to ya?
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  • George: It's huge, you know, obviously, in our game,
  • 00:21:10.240 --> 00:21:14.170
  • you handle success.
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  • You handle failure.
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  • You're up, you're down. You're up, you're down.
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  • And my faith is an everyday presence.
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  • I believe that if you have an everyday presence and you keep
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  • the Lord close, and it doesn't matter if you're outspoken or
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  • not about it, that eventually, it'll go the way
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  • that you believe it should.
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  • I don't think there's anything more powerful than that,
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  • than believing in yourself, believing in the Lord,
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  • keeping him close, and kind of just goin' about your day
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  • as he would want you to.
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  • Kerry: Hey, and what's really cool, Charlise, you know,
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  • these guys such have a great marriage relationship,
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  • and it's really fun to watch them.
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  • But she is also really good--
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  • she's a really good athlete.
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  • She's really good at softball.
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  • She played softball in college, so she knows the game.
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  • And that's kind of unique because she can tell you
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  • when she thinks you're doin' somethin' wrong.
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  • George: Yeah, I love it.
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  • [laughing]
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  • Kerry: Boy, you have learned so much in a year.
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  • George: It could be-- I can tell you what,
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  • it is a really interesting dynamic because I tell her
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  • all the time, you know, I play baseball for 3 hours a day,
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  • right?
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  • So for the other 21 hours, I'm her husband.
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  • So, whatever it is she needs me to do, I try to do it.
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  • Which I don't always do right, but the effort's there, right?
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  • The beautiful part about is, you know,
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  • is I've got my ways.
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  • She has hers, which I've learned that her ways are always right
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  • and my ways are always wrong.
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  • So I can't even argue with her anymore about her style
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  • of hitting versus my style of hitting.
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  • But it's just that dynamic, you know,
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  • to be able to have that and to come home and to know that
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  • she has my best interests in mind, whether it's good or bad
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  • or I will wanna hear it or not, it means the world to me.
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  • So I have a great girl by my side,
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  • and I'm extremely blessed.
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  • Kerry: You do, and you guys complement each other so well.
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  • And hey, guys, I want you to really
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  • commit to pray for George.
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  • I know that you're gonna pray for the 'Stros to win
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  • the World Series, you know, so I know you're gonna do that,
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  • right?
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  • George: Please do that.
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  • Please pray for the 'Stros and for me to be right one time.
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  • I just one because if I could have one,
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  • I will hold it over her head forever.
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  • Kerry: That may be one you're gonna fail at,
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  • but we are gonna pray--
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  • George: No, I'm determined. We're talkin' about failure.
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  • If at first you don't succeed, keep tryin'.
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  • That's what I'm gonna do.
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  • I'm gonna keep tryin' to be right until I am.
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  • Kerry: Hey, man, let's just get it out right here and now,
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  • you and I.
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  • You know, because I think we're really good guys,
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  • and maybe our wives don't understand how good we are.
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  • George: Hey, you know what?
  • 00:23:53.270 --> 00:23:55.210
  • She always says I'm lucky to have her,
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  • and I'm not gonna say what I'm actually thinkin',
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  • but I agree.
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  • I am, I'm very lucky to have her.
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  • It's a great relationship.
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  • Kerry: But really, pray for George, and pray for Charlise.
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  • Pray for their family because this guy's goin'
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  • into spring training and the ups and downs
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  • of 162 games plus spring training.
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  • Pray for his health, his strength,
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  • and just for continued blessings because God's really usin'
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  • this guy, and we love him so much.
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  • And, you know, you fit Woodlands Church
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  • so much because you're so genuine, George.
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  • That's what I love about ya.
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  • You're just real.
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  • And God's raised you up and you're makin' a big difference.
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  • But thanks for bein' so real, man.
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  • George: Thank you very much, thank you.
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  • Kerry: Give George a great, "Thank you," would you?
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  • Great job, man.
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  • George: Thank you, guys, thank you.
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  • Kerry: Yeah, just remain standing.
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  • And I wanna just close with a Scripture passage,
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  • a promise that God really laid on my heart to give to you.
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  • Somebody needs this.
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  • It's form Isaiah 43:18: "Forget the former things;"
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  • God says, "do not dwell on the past.
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  • See, I am doing a new thing!
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  • Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
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  • I am making a way in the wilderness and streams
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  • in the wasteland."
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  • God says to you, "Forge the past.
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  • I'm doin' a new thing."
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  • He's sayin', "Forget your past failures.
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  • Forget your past successes. They can get in your way.
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  • And start looking for the new thing that I'm doing
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  • in your life."
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  • 00:25:29.060 --> 00:25:38.000
  • Chris Shook: We're so glad that you joined us
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  • for the message today and hope that it impacts
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  • your life all week long.
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  • Kerry: And Chris, I know that there's many out there
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  • who have never received Christ, and all you have to do
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  • is just pray and ask for his salvation, and say,
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  • "Jesus Christ, forgive me of all my sins.
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  • Come into my life, be the Lord of my life.
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  • I accept your free gift of salvation and heaven one day."
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  • And if you pray that prayer, Christ will come into your life
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  • and he'll never leave you.
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  • announcer: The key to living an effective, fulfilling,
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  • productive life is not increasing your ability
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  • to multitask.
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  • On the contrary, the missing ingredient is focus.
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  • In fact, choosing to narrow your focus on God is
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  • the very thing that will broaden your life.
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  • It's through prayer and devotion that God is able to energize you
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  • with the power and desire to do his will.
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  • Are you making time to meet privately with God
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  • and seek his direction?
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  • some very practical resources to help you develop
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