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Go, go, go, go…

By Bobby Schuller, Crystal Cathedral Pastor

“Love is patient, love is kind.”
I Corinthians 13:4a

In our world, we are constantly on the go. That’s what I realized when I started living unhurried this last week. I was at odds with a world that loves to go ten miles over the speed limit, is constantly waiting for their turn to talk, and always wants to be first in line and the center of attention. It’s a place of pride. I have to accomplish everything I’m expected to do and be successful.

When we’re in a hurry, we can accomplish great things, but sometimes moving too fast is something that poisons our heart where, even if we have nothing to do, we are still in a hurried posture. Therefore, the fullness of life, the reward for the hard work that we do is sapped because we’re always thinking of the next thing and never able to be truly present in the laborers reward. We’re never really able to enjoy our meals, our company, our business, or our efforts because it’s always the next thing. And so we go, go, go, go, go, go, and talk a million miles a minute.

I just read an article about doctors saying that Americans breathe too fast. That’s true! We’re supposed to be breathing deeper and longer. There’s something about Americans that we breathe like panting dogs. Just as we need to breathe full in and then breathe fully out, we need to live life in a slower rhythm so as not to miss a thing on this journey of life.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I don’t want to miss a thing in this life with which you’ve blessed me. I look forward to slowing down and enjoying all the blessing that you have in store for me. Amen.

Reflection: When you think about living life with a slower rhythm, what does that look like to you?

Creating space…

“…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. 
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Isaiah 40:31

Almost immediately, as I experienced my experiment in slowing down, it made a tremendous difference in my life. I could better understand what my mentor, Dallas Willard, had said about an unhurried life, especially for someone like me who is typically almost always in a hurry. I have goals, I have things I want to accomplish, I have big dreams, and I have a lot of responsibility, but that doesn’t mean I need to hurry.

This idea of living an unhurried life, waiting and being patient, is a scriptural idea, by the way. We just don’t like to pay too much attention to it. One of the most famous verses that we quote here on the Hour of Power is the passage about the eagle’s wings. And it begins with waiting on the Lord. That’s where all of the strength and power emanates. Isaiah says that when we wait for the Lord, we will renew our strength. Who? Those who are in a waiting posture with the Lord.

You see, living in an unhurried way creates space for God to give you the strength. Instead of trying harder, you’re actually empowered by the Holy Spirit in the spaces of life.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I want to live in your strength, empowered by your Holy Spirit, unhurried, and always aware of you. Amen.

Reflection: Do you feel weak in any area of your life? How would it feel if you were stronger?.

By Bobby Schuller, Crystal Cathedral Pastor

Teaching the truth…

By Fred Gillett, Crystal Cathedral Pastor

“I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.'”
-John 17:14

Political correctness has taken our society to new levels that need biblical challenges and clarification.

We need to root our values in divine virtues from the Word of God. If we do not put down deep biblical roots, our children and grandchildren will end up controlled by self- interests learned through a corrupted society. Biblically founded ethics will be things of the past.

Our authority must come from God, not from our government or other ruling bodies whose values are rooted in self-promoting and propagation of their agendas.

Jesus came, taught, died, and was resurrected to first teach, then show, that God loves us. Can we respect that and teach it to others as the truth?

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for your perfect plan for my life. Help me to discover each element of that plan through your holy Word, and to share it with others, especially the younger generations as they grow and mature. Amen.

Devotion: If there’s one value in the Bible that you see lacking in the world today, what would that be?

By Fred Gillett, Crystal Cathedral Pastor

It’s calling you…

“…for God‘s gifts and his call are irrevocable.”
-Romans 11:29

I have noticed in life that people who are concerned about being a Jesus kind of person always find their calling. People who are concerned about doing the next right thing and knowing the heart of God, these are people who always fall into a real calling and a real anointing.

There’s this fear that many of us have: I’m going to miss it. I’m going to miss my calling. I’m going to live a trite and meaningless life. Well, that’s certainly possible. People do that all the time.

People go through life and maybe they made a lot of money but never gave back, or they watched a lot of television, or they had many hobbies, but they didn’t really find their calling. That’s a real fear, for sure.

The answers that the world gives you for these fears are not typically right answers. The right answer is this: Do the next right thing and seek and search for the heart of God. Then your calling in life will become clear.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I’m afraid that I won’t be the person who will do the things in life that you want me to do. I will stay on the path of doing the next right thing in life knowing that this is the path you’ve called me to. Amen.

Devotion: When you’ve done the right thing when the wrong or selfish thing would have been easier, what did you learn about God’s calling in your life?.

By Bobby Schuller, Crystal Cathedral Pastor.

Part 2: The right question….

Be still, and know that I am God…”
-Psalm 46:10a

Despite multiple life-threatening health issues throughout my life, when I learned that I had been asking God the wrong questions in my prayers, especially asking for a complete healing. I realized that I needed to ask, instead, “How do I continue to do your work on earth, Lord, from whatever circumstances I find myself?”

With that question, the whole world opened up, full of light and wonder. Maybe I stay here on planet earth, or maybe not. Maybe I write. Or coach. Or counsel. Or be a checker at Wal-Mart. (Oh please God, not that; I can’t count!)

Here is the basic fact: It doesn’t matter what the circumstances might be – sick or healthy, tall or short, slender or plump, rich or poor, married or single. Geography doesn’t matter, nor does wealth or status or even IQ or knowledge. All that matters is that I answer my calling. He says, “Be still and know that I am God.”

So, I skim around the world with this new awakening, thrilled with flowers blooming and our old, gnarled peach tree still yielding fruit, and the magic of a car that moves down the street with no obvious source of power. This planet earth is magical and limitless and I am free to roam and wander and ponder and celebrate.

Prayer: Dear Lord, through you, and only you, I am free to dream and believe and follow your calling for my life. Lead me. Show me the way. Amen.

Devotion: Have you discovered your calling from God? What is it?

By Sandra Herron, Crystal Cathedral Pastor

Loved and blessed…

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Matthew 6:33

I remember when I was leading a worship service five or six years ago, and I was wondering about its future. What was God calling me to do? Where did God wanted me to go? It became almost hard to sleep at night. I was crying to God, saying, “What would You have me do? I’m Your servant, I want to do what You want me to do, where should I go?”

I remember sitting down with Dr. Juan Carlos Ortiz, who was mentoring me at the time. I asked him, “Juan Carlos, what should I do?

And Juan Carlos responded, saying, “Dear brother.” If you know Juan Carlos, this is how he talks. He said, “If you stay where you are, God will bless you because He loves you. But, my dear brother, if you leave where you are, God will bless you because He loves you.”

That was it. Those were some of the best words I ever heard, that no matter where I went, God loved me and was going to bless me as long as I did the next right thing.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you that, no matter where I go, you love me. And as long as I do the next right thing, you bless me. Amen.

Devotion: What is your next right thing?

By Bobby Schuller, Crystal Cathedral Pastor

Already blessed…

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
-Romans 12:12

A friend of mine went to an elder and said, “Elder, please pray that God would bless what I am doing.”

The elder replied, “I will not pray that God will bless what you are doing, but rather, that you will be a part of what God is doing because it is already blessed.”

These words of wisdom can guide the way to truly finding our callings in life. Not to say, “I will do whatever on earth I want, and I’m just going to ask that God will bless my endeavors.” Rather, we ought to discover where God’s story is happening and how we can get caught up in that story and be a part of what God is doing.

Prayer: Dear Lord, guide me to a place where others need your love and your help. Show me the way to a place that breaks your heart, needs your touch. Amen.

Devotion: Has there been a cause or situation that touches your heart? How can you be a part of the solution?

By Bobby Schuller, Crystal Cathedral Pastor

Tell me a story…

“All your children will be taught by the Lord, and great will be their peace.”
-Isaiah 54:13

It’s impossible to communicate the incredible, immense, humongous value of one human life and its impact on history. It’s easy to look at someone like Dr. Schuller, or Martin Luther King, Jr., or Mother Teresa, or other great world leaders and say they have had a positive effect on history.

However, to look at our own lives by comparison, it may seem that our lives won’t really make that much of a difference. Nevertheless, I want to convince you that every single life on earth has an incredible impact and therefore a responsibility to posterity, to history, to the future. All of our stories are a part of a big, huge story.

Stories are powerful. Stories bind our souls to one another, to the past, to the present, and to the future. You can look at nearly any culture that has ever existed and see people sitting around the fire watching and listening to elders telling stories about arrival to their lands, the roots of their moral codes, or why they practice their religions. Today, you can hear families, bound together at the holidays, telling stories about how their family formed and grew, how it changed, and how they got from there to here.

The story is the thing that binds us to each other. And when the story is lost, the unity between people is often lost, forgotten, diminished. But, there is one story under which all other stories take a knee. All other stories are a part of this story, the meta-narrative, the overarching story of which all of us are a part. This story is His-story.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the story of my life. Help me to discover how my story, entwined with the stories of those around me, combines to affect positively the generations to come. Amen.

Devotion: How does your story already affect the world around you?

By Bobby Schuller, Crystal Cathedral Pastor

Dance lessons….

“For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.”
-James 1:23-25

Life is a series of events – some brand new and others old and scuffed up. Some events are a replay of the same scene again and again.

There comes a time when we need to STOP remembering and rehashing our pain and our mistakes, and move on.

The lessons inherent in each event are priceless. They contain a never-ending blessing of gratitude. Remember the lessons and have NO REGRETS about yourself or your life. Celebrate these incredible gifts from God called the “lessons.”

Anybody wanna dance?

Prayer: Dear Lord, when I look back upon my life, I see so many blessings from you that touch my heart with happiness. But my mistakes still fill me with regret. Help me to forgive myself and learn the lessons that you have for me, and that both are a reason to dance. Amen.

Devotion: When you think about your past, is it primarily one of happiness or regrettable mistakes? It’s great to remember the happiness, but how can you reframe the mistakes as loving lessons from God?

By Sandra Herron, Crystal Cathedral Pastor.

Caring for human good…

“If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing…And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:3,13

Remember these words: Emotions make great slaves but terrible masters. Are the emotions of your life – especially the emotion of love – mastering you? Do they govern your life? Are you a total slave to your emotions? Or, do you transcend your emotions and make decisions that cause your emotions to follow you?

The first step to controlling the emotion of love is to know that love, first and foremost, is an action. When you put your hand on someone’s shoulder and say, “Can I pray for you?” Or, when you say to someone, “Hey, can I give you a glass of water or something to eat?” When you help out the poor, when you help those who are struggling, when you see somebody working in the cubicle next to you and you say, “How you doing?” and he says “Fine,'” but you can tell he’s not, and you say, “No, really. How are you?” That’s love. When you live with grace and forgiveness for those you around you, that is love. Men, when you buy flowers for your wives, and women, when you bake cinnamon rolls for your husbands, that’s love.

Love is an action. It’s what you do for people. Love is something you can have for a complete stranger, because love is care for human good. So, if you say to a person, “I love you,” that means you care about their wellbeing even though you don’t even know them.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I relinquish the mastering of my emotions to you. I no longer want to be a slave to them, but to be a servant only of you. Take my feelings of love for others and help me to stabilize those emotions through actions of love. Amen.

Devotion: Have your emotions ever felt out of control? What happened to stabilize them? Did God play a part?

By Bobby Schuller, Crystal Cathedral Pastor

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