#169 (20/02/05)
Don’t Throw Away Tomorrow Part IV

The Message

By: Robert A.Schuller

Special Guest

Chuck Yeager has been my hero all my life. He’s never retired really until I think his last flight in uniform in a military jet was the year he turned eighty. For 60 years he’s been sitting in the cockpits of military aircraft. If he’s not in the Guinness Book of Records, he could. But that would not be much of an honor compared to what he’s received. The greatest honors the country can give; the Medal of Freedom. It’s the greatest. And a Congressional Gold Medal, I believe. And only last month was given a second star as a general by a special act of congress. How about that!

Special Music

" Joyful, Joyful.."
" Standing on the Promises "
" We Build a New Tomorrow "

" How Lovely Are Thy Dwellings (Requiem)"
" The Lord is My Light "

MARY WELCH ROGERS - "On Eagle’s Wings”
MARY WELCH ROGERS – “Trust His Heart”

Acticle of The Message

Today I want to look at how to embrace our tomorrows with living possibilities. This ministry is about positive thinking and possibility thinking and possibility living. How do we embrace our tomorrows? I believe there are three things we need to do.

  1. We need to think positive thoughts.
  2. We need to sow positive ideas.
  3. We have to implement positive actions and reactions.

If we take these steps we will embrace our tomorrows with faith, hope and joy; and, we will experience the abundance of God's love and His goodness in our lives.

It begins by thinking positive thoughts.

In Proverbs 23:7, the Bible says "As a person thinks, so is he." We have to realize that our thoughts are intricately involved in who we are as a person. Last night we had dinner with Chuck Yeager and he was telling us of his experience in flying to the edge of the universe, a hundred and eighteen thousand feet. All of a sudden his plane lost control and starts spinning; two twists every second. I don't know how he was able to keep his composure. I asked him if he had any spiritual thoughts at that time. He replied, "Heck no! I didn't have time to think about that. I was not thinking about crashing my plane, I was thinking about how to get this thing under control and how I was going to land. If I had thought about anything else, I wouldn't be here today!"

We need to realize one of the greatest lessons in life is to constantly think positive thoughts. When people say there is no hope, they are wrong. When a doctor tells you that you are dying of cancer, he is absolutely one hundred percent wrong. You are living with cancer as long as you are still breathing. If you are living and have cancer; you are living with cancer. Or, perhaps you believe that your marriage is over. I would say to you it isn't over; it is going through tough times. There is hope, there is always hope. There is never a final conclusion until it's over. You face financial challenges. There are ways to get through it. When you think positive thoughts you are preparing your mind to receive the seeds from God.

As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. (Proverbs 23:7)

We read the Parable of the Sower in three of the Gospels, Matthew, Mark and Luke. I think it is in the Bible three times because God wants to make sure we get the message! The Parable of the Sower is the Parable of the farmer who sows his seed. Some seed falls on fertile soil. Some seed falls among the rocks, and some the birds come and eat; but, some take root and they sink into the rich soil and they produce a harvest of five, ten, even a hundred fold that which was sown, the Bible says. The soil is your mind. The seeds are the ideas that come. Some ideas reach down and sink their roots into the very core of your being and your heart, and there they produce fruit. If they are difficult, they simply take a little time.

My father believes one of the reasons God gave him the ideas that He has, is because He knew that my father would not throw them away just because they were impossible. So, we do the impossible!

How do we embrace our tomorrow?

  1. We need to think positive thoughts.
  2. We need to sow positive ideas.
  3. We have to implement positive actions and reactions.

John Wayne said, "Courage is being scared to death." Doesn't that sound like an oxymoron? Courage is being scared to death. But he said "Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway."  That is the difference. Implementing positive action and reaction.

In the Bible, James says in his first chapter, verse 22:

"Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourself, do what it says."

Dr. Haim Ginott was a best selling author in the 1960's. In fact, his book entitled "Between Parent and Child" was on the best sellers list for over 60 weeks. Unfortunately he died at a very young age, in his 50's; but, he gave us many nuggets of wisdom. The following is a quote from him:

"I have come to a frightening conclusion. I am the decisive element in my home. My personal approach creates the climate. My daily mood makes the weather. As a parent, I possess a tremendous power to make a child's life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or honor, heal or hurt. It is my response that decides whether a crisis will escalate or de-escalate. Whether a child is humanized or dehumanized."

In John 15 we are told that we are the branches that bear the fruit. Jesus is the vine, God is the vinedresser. As such we are challenged and called by God to bear fruit. The fruit is borne as we implement the ideas that are sown within our positive minds and do what God has called us to do and put into action those things which we have received as a gift from God.

Sometimes that requires patience. Wait on the Lord, says the prophet Isaiah. And you will mount up with wings like eagles, you will walk and you will not faint, you will run and not be weary. (Isaiah 40:31) I remember one time walking into my father's office and he was praying saying "LGMP, LGMP." I asked him, "What are you praying, what is LGMP?" He said, "Lord Give Me Patience - the short version!"

It requires patience from time to time for us to realize that God's dreams for us are not necessarily things that are microwave speed but they might be crock-pot speed. God's intention for us is to run a marathon and not a sprint. Sometimes God's intentions are for us are to be steady and firm, day by day, living out the life that He has called us to in a certain point of service. Always remember one thing for sure, no matter what happens, hold on to the positive ideas. When you hold on to the positive thoughts and always react positively and create positive action you will embrace your tomorrows with faith, hope and love.

Dear Heavenly Father we thank You that You are a God who continues to dwell within us and give us the strength that we need to be able to soar like eagles, to run and not faint, and to walk the course and the life with You. Now we thank You Lord for everything. Amen.

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