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05 Mind Set and Thank-You Power

Vicki Griffin


Vicki Griffin

Author, Speaker, and Director of the Lifestyle Matters Health Intervention series



  • June 25, 2021
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In you are about to enjoy a presentation recorded at the 2021 michigan conference camp meeting held at cedar lake michigan. We pray that the Lord will bless you as you listen father and have him. Thank you lord, that we can have this lovely time together. If the rain isn't so noisy that we can't hear, we're grateful for this quiet and beautiful space. Well lit, wonderful topic. Your beautiful people are here. I pray that you would fill our hearts with the twin sister of faith, which is Hope, lord, we want more faith you have said were saved by grace through faith and it's the gift. So we don't even generate faith on our own faith and hope. Our goal to day we thank you. Please teach us. We pray in jesus name a man. So someone, someone came to me this morning. I don't know she's here. But she said it just shocked me. Nobody has ever said this to me before that really knows me that she said, how do you stay so chipper all the time? And who are you talking about? I remember evelyn and I. Evelyn is the one that you could say that to evelyn kissinger, by the way, we have the notebooks there to send her a loving note. But evelyn and I did a lot of traveling together as colleagues, and we do seminars together and have beautiful worship. We share a room in the hotel all the time and we'd have these lovely worships at night. And and one time I just saw her radiant face and I said so evelyn, what, you know when you open your eyes in the morning what's, what's the 1st thing that you that you think? And she said, oh, I just think it's another day. You know, I wonder what amazing things are going to happen today. Good or bad? God is there, you know, and I was just shocked. I just did it with my mouth open. And she said, well, well, what do you think the? And I said, well, you know who embarrassed i said well, so far. So I read this today. I thought it was really beautiful. While some are continually harassed, afflicted and in trouble because of their unhappy traits of character having to war with internal foes. And the corruption of their nature, others have not half so much to battle. Man may grow up into christ, his living head. It is not the work of a moment, but that of a lifetime. By growing daily in the divine life, he will not attain to the full stature of a perfect man in christ until his probation thesis. So you see, we have to learn how to grow and how to grow with a good attitude, because our attitude can make us more miserable than the trial. A man, this growing is a continuous work. Men with fiery passions have a constant conflict with self, but the heart of the battle, the more glorious will be the victory and the eternal reward. Amen. So that's for somebody in here. Wonder who don't confess, no need to confess. So today we're talking about mindset matters and thank you power. We're going to look at attitudinal disciplines. As I said, in an earlier session, our thoughts are the raw materials for our actions. And we're going to do what we tell ourselves and what we think. So this is the basic core and foundation of growth is the way we think about things the way we think about trials in our trials going to get easier or harder as time goes on. Is our faith going to be tested more or less? As time goes on? Is god going to show us our need more or less as time goes on? So surely if we have committed ourselves to jesus christ and he has given us that new heart, that's just the beginning. Because now we're just susceptible to grow a man. So today we're going to talk about mindset matters and mindset is defined as a basic orientation or set of attitudes toward life. And is it possible to be genetically geared in a certain direction, in terms of mindset? Can we inherit? Can we learn a mindset? Can we develop a mindset? That's the good news. How many of you would like to develop the mental metal to tunnel through trouble? How many of you would like more of that kind of mindset? And here's what the Lord impressed me one time when I was on a walk, i was talking to the Lord about my cent how sensitive and easily wounded and bruised i was. This is years ago. And the Lord spoke to my heart and said, vicky your touchy and the natural heart is hard hearted. Self centred and touchy. Now the work of god to change us is to reverse that. So that we're extremely tender hearted. But fick skinned. I mean, that's a big difference, isn't it? To be fixed skinned enough that you can't just, you're not just crushed like a butterfly every time something happens. But you are still wounded bull. You still care, you're so tender, it's the heart of god. And that's a miraculous shift, isn't it? So we're going to talk about this change and this mindset in conjunction with. Thank you power, and that's a big one. How many of you think that we could give? We could be a little more thankful and that we could orient ourselves to have a more thankful, grateful attitude. Do you think gratitude can really make a difference? I've seen some faces like that. Okay, so let, there are do you think there are health benefits associated with gratitude, positive traits like gratitude and optimism. And I have, I have more slides on this, but I would not do that to you today as to the actual factors, the metabolic factors, immune factors that are affected, t cells, h, A one sea level, positive traits like gratitude and optimism, are linked to stronger relationship that doesn't surprise anybody, does it better? mental health, stronger? Does it say less problems? It doesn't say that stronger immune function, especially t fell fewer deaths from all causes. I think that's really interesting. Whereas social isolation, the health consequences, heart health consequences of Social isolation are equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. That's pretty incredible. Better sleep quality. That's. That's something that we want. People go to classes to learn lifestyle links for better sleep quality, healthier food choices. When you, when you have a certain orientation toward life, you're more inclined not to make careless food choices. More exercise and smoking cessation, we have a 10 session living free quick nicotine program, which we would love for you to be able to use in your church, home or community. But the average person that that seeks to quit smoking, i think it's something like 38 tries before that actually make it. So how would you define gratitude? How would you define gratitude? Somebody tell me what a definition of gratitude is. That's one happy kat. Thankfulness. What else? Pardon, contentment, that's a good definition. Adam. As an act, gratitude can be activated or it's an action, so yes, very good. It's an expression. My 6 year old granddaughter has this down. She comes to my house and she says, no, know what to eat. And when I give her what she likes, she's grateful. Do you think gratitude can go a little deeper than that? Yeah, but she's got that one down. Ok. So gratitude is there's amelia, right? Their appreciation of a benefit. Can you give me the goods? I'm grateful. People think if they win the lottery, then that then the problems would be over. You know, you didn't buy the ticket, you just found at the parking lot, right? So now you're going to give a bunch of money to the church, get a car for your friends, but actually suicide alcoholism, drug addiction rates, go up with lottery winners. One man said the, the, my relatives that I loved became vampyres. So people lose their jobs. One chambermaid said I'd give anything to be a hotel maid again. She back the day she won the lottery, so we think of gratitude as getting everything we want. But the lord's idea of gratitude is a little different, isn't it? I really have a prayer that I'm implementing every day. I want to see my life trial. She ellen white says that all trials that are received as educators produce joy. Now not right at that minute because no trial for the moment is joyous but grievous. But it says afterwards, it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness. How many of you want to see god's presence when it all goes south? When you're not being held by the right hand of god, you're being held by his left hand. And maybe it just doesn't feel like it's he's there. But just because he feels like he's absent does not does not mean that he is. He is present a man. So gratitude is appreciation of a benefit received and the more time I spend with god in his word, the more comfort that's why the holy spirit is called the comforter, who comforts us in all of our afflictions he has borne. Not only our sins, but our grief in our sorrows, we can't carry these things on our own. They will kill us. L Y says if we understood the evil in this world, it would kill us. And so on. So central, he carries those things and I love this statement, i read it last week. The program of coming events is in the lords, had a man appreciation of a benefit received a state of being thankful that's kind of along the lines with adam was sharing with us the quality of feeling or being thankful or grateful. How would you define optimism? How would you define optimism? positive. Ok. What else? Pardon? Up be down. There is a phrase. Wow. I got to think about that. Okay. Yeah, you're right. What else? Anybody else have a definition of optimism. Hope that's a great definition. Yeah. I remember one time, evelyn and I were doing a program and it was mandatory that people had to attend. And of course somebody had to be there to worry about it. And it was me. Evelyn was off doing something and and I showed up early to to be concerned because somebody has to be concerned. And so she do hold up right before the meeting and I went out to her car and I said, we have a problem. And she said, what's the problem? And I said these people do not want to be at this meeting. And she said, sure they do. They just don't know it yet. She went dr. And So off, an optimist believes that a fly is looking for the way out of the house about that. An optimist takes a frying pan on a fishing trip. Optimism is a tendency, like you're saying a tendency to expect the best possible outcome. Wow, that's a beautiful way to look at life to dwell on to dwell on the most hopeful aspects of a situation. Women tend to be ruminating more than men. And they need to tell me, when you get historical, you get hysterical. One man who had a terrible situation with a wife years ago, told us that his, his wife would rack up frequent flier miles of offences and then send them on a trip. So learning to ruminate on god's promises on solutions instead of situations is a what I call an attitudinal discipline. I probably told you about the book by rom, brothman, succeeding when you're supposed to fail that I mentioned that book to you. Ok, succeeding when you're supposed to fail. Rom, brothman is a social psychologist and he examine children from adverse backgrounds, adverse childhood experiences, aces, they call it, they've been abused a bad and they had drug addicted parents. They were orphaned and they had all kinds of stuff that happened to him and, and predictably these children, their neuro biology. As such, they tend to be more hyper vigilant. They may be more prone to addictions or psychiatric disorders or acting out behavior. But surprisingly one 3rd of them actually did very well. They thrive, they actually exceeded their more about their more normal environment counterparts. And he, he started to look into the traits that these children had. And these children had very resilient personalities. They were creative, they were problem solvers, they always were finding a way out. And some of the best criminals have that mindset. And so we don't want to go down that path but, but those traits, those creative traits that enable you to bust out of prison. Ok. So, so anyway, but they are trainable, even emotional states, such as empathy are trainable, brain states that's, that's a wonderful picture of god, isn't it? That he can marvelously reconstruct and change our basic attitudes and outlook and orientation of life. Because that's really, that's really what is going to give us the, the, the substance of joy in life. Not the absence of problems. And we're going to see that grateful people are more likely to appreciate others who care about them rather than focusing on those who have hearts of steel. Ellen white says, turn away from those who have hearts of steel. If we obsess over that one person or 2 or 3 or whatever it is, that's, that's not working and we can't fix it. People can just just go completely, it can destroy them, it can destroy them. And so learning to focus on what is working and, and growing our own relationships in the best way that we can learning from our mistakes is a healthy mindset. They believe that their own lives have meaning and purpose. Oh, how important it is for us to realize this as we enter into the closing moments of earth's history. When atheism is just destroying hope and self worth in human beings. And so we must realize the beauty and value of our testing truth and dig into those truth. We are honored and privileged to know these things because people are going to, as I said before, we're going to make decisions based on our worldview and our environment. And we have to create, we have to intentionally create an internal environment that it is from god's point of view and not our own. We have to learn to move by what we know. Not what we feel. Feelings are not bad, but if they are in the driver's seat all the time, they're going to take you on a trip that you may not want to go on. People with optimism tend to appreciate simple pleasures they believe in a good god who loves them. How many of you believe in a good god who loves you today? A man and they actively express gratitude, actively express gratitude instead of while dane had a ceremony preach, giant grapes or giant gripes. About those spies. You know, those 12 spies. I remember one time in the office there were somewhat this many, many years ago. But there was a person who was in charge of my project who just really disliked me, and I would cry about it and they had some control over my project. And he was a very tech tech, techie kind of person. And I'm not a tech tech techie, kind of person. And day was out of town, so I had no shoulder to cry on. So I went to ask this guy a question, and he saw me coming and he went White. With his greeting, i went to my office, I put my head and I said, god, if you would get rid of this man, i'd get on with my christian growth. I get out of here and get him out of here. He didn't go for a while, but he is gone now He makes everything beautiful and it's time We tend to engage in grateful reflections instead of going mountain climbing over mole hills not feeling deprived. This can hide in US and we don't even know it's there. Huh. They're not resentful about their past or resentful attitude about the past can actually quench opportunities for experiencing gratitude in the present. You ever tried to cheer somebody up that has a permanent chip on their shoulder. They are just wounded and there is no, and that's really interesting because memory is also plastic. If we edit memory through time and so where you are in your head and in your experience edits, memory. And so that's the beauty. The bible says that he sent his word any healed, he healed them. So his word, heels, our memories, it heels, our understanding of what happened at heels, how we relate to it. It turns curses into blessed things and so therefore, actual memories of the past become weapons against hell. And that's the healing plasticity that god has built into our brains. And if we're sour and nasty, the memory gets darker and darker and bigger and worse until it's completely fabricated thing, it's, it's way worse than what it really was. So new experiences of gratitude can greatly diminished resentment about negative memories of the past. Have you experienced that in your life, the healing power of gods, where it's really interesting with joseph in egypt. The bible says of him that it wasn't part of, for it wasn't his brothers who were jealous, it wasn't being kidnapped or being in jail or being forgotten or all of those things. It wasn't those things that tried him, a bad prison, the food hard cold floors. The bible says the word of the Lord tried him and, and so it's the, it's the trying of our faith. It's when it doesn't seem to be working when the promise doesn't seem to be right out front and center, that our faith is given the opportunity to grow. But it also notes that they hurt his ankles with irons so that the Lord jesus takes note of every sorrow, every tear, every indignity we don't have to keep track, we don't have to keep account. We just have to keep that route of bitterness from growing up and springing up and just hurting the people around us. We got to get out of the day, collecting business, making everybody else pay for the debt of what we didn't get or did debt. So let's talk about the work of carol dweck's. Now, she is another sociologist who's written a very interesting book called mindset. And she discusses what is called the fixed versus the growth mindset. Fixed mindset, believe that ability and personality are basically inborn, unchangeable, and set in stone. Some of you are of a generation where we were all taught this. We were also taught that whatever our i q is, is what it is. Benjamin barber sociologist said, I don't, I don't labeled people as smart or successful or failures. I label people as learners and non learners. Children who are genetically prone to this mindset little children will always choose easy puzzles because they have to affirm their capability constantly. It's not about what can I learn, it's about how will I look. So they keep choosing easy puzzle fixed mindset. Believe that ability and personality are basically inborn, unchangeable, and set in stone. So they tend to believe it if you actually have to work at improving it means you're lacking in basic intelligence or innate ability. She has a chapter on there in the book called when mindset mary. And when you get to fixed mindset people that marry that the marriage is supposed to be easy, right? Because if it was made in heaven, shouldn't it be amazing? And it's that health leader that gets a team together and it's all falling apart. I mean, I'll never forget one time we had a, a group putting a health program series together in a doctor's office on addictions. And the woman that volunteered to take registration, hated to answer the phone and she didn't have a phone machine. So you know, that caused a little bit of chaos, and so the leader just went to pieces. And so you don't want a fixed mindset person in charge of your project if the 1st failure in a diet is a disaster. The 1st failure on a test. These challenges just brake fixed mindset in the smithereens is really quite a fragile temperament. Fixed mindset view themselves as smart or dumb strong or weak, competent or incompetent winners or losers, successful or a failure. Is there another one there? No. She has an interesting chapter on sports figures and she compares fixed versus lerner mindsets, in various famous sports figures. And she uses john mcenroe as an example of a fixed mindset athlete. People who didn't even care about wimbleton and tennis, would watch the matches to, to watch him throw tantrums. If he missed the ball, you know, the sand wasn't right for the hand. Somebody sneezed call wasn't right, because after all, he's a natural athlete. And I can't remember which basketball player it is the very tall guy, but they're all tall, but it was real call guy. And he didn't make the cut for high School basketball. He kept failing and his mother just said, we'll go practice some more if you want to get in. So she didn't focus on. She didn't focus on his natural giftedness. And so the children with this fixed mindset have these kinds of challenges. Is it possible to learn to teach a child that mindset, piece of art that they do a good piece of art they do well on a test to the parents of. Oh you're, you're michael angelo, you're just a natural, you're an einstein. You did your math, you can add, and so we can encourage this mindset without even realizing it. So the result is that these people tend to avoid challenges. I was a runaway, i had no recipe for solving problems. It should either be perfect or, or it just crumbled. And so they tend to avoid challenges. They give up easily, they see effort as fruitless, they ignore advice and they're easily threatened. You know, ok, this person going to get through the time of trouble. Okay, we've got to deal with this, right? As a result, they're more focused on how will I look rather than how can I learn in the faces of mistakes or challenges. And I will tell you, you know, this feels like an auto biography. Ok people. But I know there are other people out there that struggle with this kind of thing, but I was not. I was not taught how to think and how to work through problems because my environment was extremely violent and only thing rest. The only solution was to run and or drugs or, you know, believe me and all that stuff. And so I became very militant, i became an atheist. I ran away from home when I was 17, but my grades were high because I would hide in libraries when I would run away. And and so I ran away for good when I was 17 and I came back and I, I was taking my I, when I found out my mother was dying of cancer. And so I was taking her to a treatment one day. And I noticed some buildings that were nicely landscaped in Riverside, and I mentioned it to a friend of mine. I said there's this group of they must be construction people, they make vent 7 days a week or something. It's called 7th day adventists. They must make ben, i noticed the landscaping and that I thought it was a venting corporation. And my friend said, no, no. She said, that's actually a christian University. And I said, you know anybody that landscapes like that can't be all bad. And I think I'll go there. That was my only, I had no other reason for going to and had been really nothing. I was an atheist and my friends said, well, you know, I don't think they're too fond of it. So she said, if you want to get in, tell him the body's a temple. If you tell him the body's the temple, they'll let you in. Now, you know, I was a partier, i was believe mick. I was super skinny, angry, militant women's liver. And I went in for my interview with Dr. Osmond and the president of the University, because in those days you had to be interviewed if you were a little crazy. And I just remember say, I don't know too much about you people, but I really like the idea that the body's a temp. He just lit up. I mean, he put his arm around me. He said, I wish we had more young people like you on this campus, and I just thought, wow, I remember thinking I remember thing. And if the one of the top is this naive, i want it with the rest of them are like, amazing, like this is going to be so easy. I met my husband there. He was back with him. So he liked me. You know? And so god had a plan, but I was so I was going to I got a degree in social work and did child abuse investigations and I went to law school. I was going to be a prosecuting attorney. I skipped traced on bad checks, repossess cars, you just put everybody in jail and it's going to fix everything right. When the Lord delivered dana nie out of our 32 year marriage, $28.00 of those years were in full time ministry for the Lord jesus christ, a man. And when he delivered me from all of that rottenness, he pulled me into the field of nutrition. Was not something that I was attracted to. I wanted to go into public administration. I had a degree in that to manage a city, you know, couldn't manage myself but a well. So the interesting thing about that is that it was just an incredible experience for me. And so I, I had to learn. I had to take chemistry. I had to take nutritional biochemistry to get a degree at advanced degree in, in nutrition. So I had to go down a different path. So the chemistry course I took was the wrong one. I took one for engineer. Ok for my, for my organic or in organic chemistry. And so I'm in this class with all these nerdy guys and they're talking about how many yards of cement to hang a suspension bridge. And I just hated it. I didn't care about bridges. I don't care about the men i didn't want to do this. I'd go home, i'd cry, i had no idea what they were talking about. And Dan would just say, you know, you're a tax paid citizen, he's a public servant, that's the smart ones that ask questions and you just hang in there and your textbook. And he'd get me all fired up and I go back to class and then I come back home and cry and cry. And I had to, to work so hard to, to get through this class in the way I, my attitude made it much harder than just saying this is hard. I have to study twice as hard as everybody else because I don't know this, but my attitude made it a crucifying experience and I did it in the class, but so if you want to know about bridges, come see me. We can talk about suspension bridges. So anyway, I was one of those people that made like every step of my life harder because of this mindset. So the fixed mindset traits, they tend to be negative. They tend to have a lot of self pity. They're anxious, depressed, and unforgiving. They're unforgiving of others because they're unforgiving of themselves, but growth mindset on the other hand, believe that although people differ in basic aptitude and temperament, is that true? Everyone can do what change grow and improve? Well, that's, is that a more biblical orientation? Because what is the quintessential invitation of christ? Come your heavy burden, your, your, you labor, you have challenges and problems. Your faculties are dealt come and learn of me. When, when the bible says cease to do evil, put away the spirit of rebellion and then learn to do well. Everything about life is learning, and most of us learn from the mistakes we make. If we're going to learn, that's how we learn. Children with this mindset, toddlers will choose hard puzzles. They're not embarrassed that they can't do it. They like the challenge. They have a passion for stretching and growing even when they're making mistakes and facing challenges. So these people make really good leaders because they can manage mistakes. They manage people well. They don't clobbered them. When a mistake happens, growth mindset tend to embrace challenges. They tend to persist in the face of obstacles. They tend to see effort as the path to mastery. Now, our 1st edition of the simple solutions book, diet and stress. J gala moore was our conference president and he created the Department for data and he created the health ministry department. It didn't exist. Our 1st project was that book and that, and that intervention. And so as part of it, it was $20000.00 books. They gave us a big budget to get this done. We had an 800 number in those 20000 books in 3 spots. So that 60800 numbers and 20000 books. Well, we thought we had purchased data and I thought we had purchased that 800 number for this book on stress, depression and immune function. And we found out the day that the books got off the press when we finally got through to the number that it belonged to a mystic who had specialty tobacco company. So if you're super stressed and depressed, we have a tobacco for you. Okay, so we were new employees. This was our 1st project and there are 60800 numbers for tobacco coming from my department. I remember laying in bed and thinking this would be a good day to get hit by a trainer. Where are the snipers when you need them? You know, if I die in my bottles in the car, i'd be ok with that. I mean just anything. But I had to go to j and I had to tell him what happened. And I'll never forget it. I walked into his office and I told him what happened and you know, these micro expressions, you know, he did one of those and then he quickly kinda caught his breath. And he, he immediately started focusing on a solution. Do you think he had to tell me about being more careful about her 800 numbers? Do you think he had to tell me that and you know what? He didn't I was ready to be fired over this. And he, just, by the time the meeting was over, he found the solution. I tell you, I was so grateful for the life lesson of how to deal with mistakes. As a leader, he could have fired me on the spot. He could a lecture me, he couldn't, he couldn't dress me down and made me feel, i don't know how I could smoke felt any worse. But the way I left the office was so grateful that to this day, if I could work for nothing for this conference, i would do it for that one thing. That one lesson i'm so grateful for that living example of, of graciousness. And so that's a growth mindset. Their solutions oriented people. I'm and I, every once while I still tell them, I just have to tell you this again. So they tend to learn from criticism. They're not defeated by failure. I mean, what a living less than that was to me. They're inspired by other people. Success. How many of you've heard of wilma rudolph? This mindset tends to be more resilient, and remember the opposite of depression is not happiness. It's the ability to tunnel through problems. So the growth mindset trace tends to be resilient, more self forgetful, more positive, more trusting and more forgiving. Are these the traits that god wants to build in US through the growth process. And some of us are starting from below ground 0 on this, but that's all right. Got worse in a balance. Grace, much more about that makes the victory more glorious. A man, so wilma rudolph was attract starr who one world same when she became the 1st american woman. I'm not going to tell you that yet. Never mind. She was born prematurely. Listen to this, the 20th of 22 children. She suffered as a sickly child with serious bouts of measles month chicken pox, pneumonia, scarlet fever, and then polio. The polio left her paralyzed, and at the age of 6, the doctor said she would never walk again. And they fitted her with a steel brace that allowed her to hobble for very short periods of time when no one is around. And I don't know how she managed that. She would take that brace off and drag herself along the furniture and work her leg. So by the time she was 12 years old, she georgia, she could walk for short periods of time. Now if I was her mom, I would've encouraged her to take up library science as a career. As a vocation, does that reasonable? That's a reasonable thing for the mother of, of a girl. So handicapped, so crippled, but not wilma, she joined the track team in high school. And she roundly lost every meet every time. But in her own words, whether at a tracking van at school or where the olympics i love the exhilaration that comes with simply improving. She did not compare herself to others. She didn't look at their advantages versus her disadvantage and just live there in her mind. She said, you know what, I'm going to do something with what I have. And she didn't focus on poor performance or losing. She focused on improving. She was the 1st woman to win 3 gold medals for the fastest speed in the world in the summer olympics of 1960. She was known as the black isabel. But, you know, wilma was a christian and her real victory came not as an olympian ad. But as a christian woman who started the wilma rudolph foundation and she travelled worldwide teaching children the value of outlook mindset, hard work and faith in god. She died in her early fifties of a brain tumor, but she died victorious. You know, it says of jesus in hebrews that he prayed with strong crying and tears for deliverance from the cross. And the bible says that the Lord God, the father heard him in that he feared. Now, jesus died on the cross. He wasn't delivered from it. But he had victory over it. Wilma was not delivered from her brain tumor, but she had victory over it. My friend kim, who lost her leg to a drunk driver and is a pastor's wife, was not delivered from amputation, but she had victory over it. Can you say men today give her a hand because she's here, I'm not going to So the good news is that a fixed mindset is fixable. And by the way, I haven't run away to Canada this year. So I've had victory to people. We can grow a man, here's my saying that I give myself. If God brings you to it, he'll bring you through it and ask the truth. Experiences, doctor john rady, harvard university, psychiatrist experiences thought actions and emotions actually change the structure of the brain is that it's an incredible truth. So our brains look more beautiful under imaging. The more we get like the father in heaven. So the believe, mc impulsive, runaway, full of self pity, etc, etc. Ugly brain, ugly brain. But that brain gets more beautiful over time because it starts to look more like the fathers under imaging. How many of you would like to have a more beautiful brain over time? amen. I love the way paul puts at brethren. I do not count myself to have apprehended or achieved, but this one thing spoke. Guess this one thing I do for getting those things which are behind or not amnesia type forgetting. But moving on. Moving on, you know, it says reaching forward to those things that are had one of the great lessons of those 3 worthies in that fiery furnace. First of all, jesus was in there with them, but the bible says that the, the fire burned off those chords, right? But the other thing that it says when they got out of there, they didn't have this male of smoke. They didn't stink of that past experience. And I believe that god wants to take the smell of all that rottenness away from us. A man, when jesus worked his great miracle of raising lazarus from the dead. The very 1st instruction was to his disciples. He said, roll away the stone. He gave them something to do. He is the only one that can raise the dead, the person that's dead and trespasses. And since he's the only one but then he gave his disciples something to do. He said, take off those grave. Close the remnants of death. Have to be removed and we help each other in that process as we pray together, encourage one another. Ellen white says be their strength, be the strength of that one that struggling. So we as a body of believers our commission to help one another shed the remnants of death that still cling to us and make us stink. I press that's what it means to press. I press toward the goal for the prize of that upward call of god in christ jesus. Therefore, let us as many as are what mature have what kind of mind, whether it's a growth mindset. The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to do what count our blessings. You know if I'm not looking at him because he's going to tell me when I 5 minutes left. My ok so Oh wow. I'm on time. I can't believe it. Maybe olive and just drag on a little more than the the out. Look you generally carry in. Life determines how you deal with what adversity. Those who have a difficult temperament. Take on a rigid perfectionistic perspective to life. Their tolerance for unplanned and unpleasant events is low. So you know, most of jesus, ministry took place when he was being interrupted. And your interruption is god's opportunity to smooth you out and to help and bless somebody else. Although temperament is present at birth and if presumably influenced by our genes, it's not set in stone and can be modified. How many of you are faithful for that? Today I am, i've got mafia, my jean geology, so we don't want to go down that road right. So we want that sweet spirit of christ. I hear about these families, you know, 18 generations of missionaries. They're all pious and they, they're just amazing. They're so content, so happy not to be content. And then I look at my roman relatives. He just seems impossible to become that christ like model, but his power is great. A man. So we just keep saying Yes. Is gratitude just for good times when things are going your way. What do you think? money, success, friends, health, great genes, wonderful environment. Know how many of you know the story of johnny erickson tata. Johnny erickson todd was 17 years old. She had just given her life to christ, 3 months before she said, lord, I just want to be used by you and your service. And that's when she had her diving accident and she has been a wheelchair bound, quadriplegic paralyzed from the neck down for more than 40 years now. And the thing that I've learned about this, as I've studied into her life a little bit, is that the quarter, please? ya, is one thing. But the chronic pain associated with has been just murderous. It's just it. She said it makes the crowder creed quadriplegia like a walk in the park. The chronic pain that she has to deal with. And this little booklet is so worth reading. It's called a thankful heart in a world of hurt when I lost my husband day and I got hold of this book and it was, it was really ministered to my soul. She has a perspective on giving thanks, despite trials and suffering, which she shares in this book when she 1st was in the hospital, they had her on a striker frame that rotates. And she was drooling. She was bitter. She was depressed, understandably so. She wanted the drapes drawn, she wouldn't see anybody, and she prayed to die. She was full of, of just despair and discouragement. And one day, one of her friends came in and put a store underneath the striker frame. She was face down, took an uncharted pencil, put, put it in her mouth with the eraser part down, put a bible on the stool and said, start reading. And start turning the pages with your mouth. With that pencil in your mouth, she began very slowly to look at some of the words of god. And just a little bit, a light started to shine, then her friends, her christian friend, said, you know, if you had enough faith, god will heal you. Of this paraplegia, so they organized a ride. When she got out of the hospital, they organized a trip to a faith healer. There was a tent meeting with a faith healer and johnny had been told and believed that she was going to get her miracle. She's written another, there's another book called lord, where's my miracle? That she's written. It's very good. So they wheeled these people, those crippled, these hands kept people to a dark spot in the back of the tent in the back corner of the tent. The preacher had, they're preaching session with the spotlights glowing over the audience, and then the faith healer called for healing, for those who would like healing and over in a completely different part of the auditorium or part of the tent. The actors came forward with their crutches and wheelchairs and they were healed at that session. But they were actors. After it was all over, the lights were out, the attendance took the truly crippled people to their cars, packed them away and sent them away. She was devastated. She struggled with this for a number of years and then 11 time she was reading and Mark chapter one. And in March, chapter one jesus went to a town he was doing performing, healing in that town. The day ended, they went to sleep, the disciples came to jesus the next morning and said, there are more people that want to see you that need healing. And he said, I must go and preach the gospel elsewhere. And she understood that the healing miracles of the bible are an emblem of the resurrection. There an emblem of the total healing that god will bring into our lives. So you may have a thorn in the flesh, you may have something that you have to live with. That doesn't go away, but you can bring glory to God in that thing. A man, ellen white says that children who do not have all their faculties, who are raised in a christian home and who respond to the extent of their capacity, will be given full capacity in the new world. A man. What a beautiful promise that is. So here are her words to give facts in the midst of pain and problems is to take a what rugged and demanding step of faith, not based on feelings, not based on outcomes, but based on god's command. In 1st, this alone and this is the scripture. Let's say get together in everything. Give thanks. I think it's so interesting when we, when we think about giving thanks. It's very hard to give thanks. When we've messed up. I think that's one of the hardest things to do when you brought that thing on yourself. You are so remorseful. How did I get there? How did this happen? Why did I say that? And we think of david at vic lag when his choice affected the whole. All the soldiers, all their families, their wife, their stuff, their kids. Because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, in the land of the philistines, for fear or at knob when all the priests and all their family 80 people were slain because he, he made a wrong rash move. But at vic lag when david was confronted with this crisis where his men were going to turn against him and stone him in the land of the enemy. What is the bible say that david did? He encourage himself in the Lord. He focused on who god was and what an incredible experience that was for David. He was not so low. He did not have a perverse will. He just made a series of very rash, miscalculated steps, and God loved and forgave his servant. Well, still a man that's our god. When we focus on him, when we are faithless, he is faithful. The bible says, well done, thou, good and faithful servant not successful all the time. So is it hard to do that? That's her question. What do you think folks? Is it hard to do that sometimes? You bet it is, especially when my quadriplegia is made more difficult by chronic pain or difficulty breathing. I've seen tapes of her giving talks where they have to pound on her back before she speaks because the flam, she can't cough, and she had breast cancer 3 times recurrence. She's had miss double mastectomy, and she just said, lord, wasn't i deformed enough in this chair? And now this and she can't even take full treatment because of the bone density issues that she experiences. She has a world wide wheelchair ministry. You can go online on YouTube and find little johnny and friends segments of these children with these crippled limbs lying in the street, all over the world where they go with these wheelchairs. They have these camps for these children that are disabled. And she says, now I would not trade my wheelchair for anything. What a blessing, that's what god wants to do with your difficulty. That's what he wants to do with your weakness, your past, your problems. And the bible says for the moment, all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant. Yet later it really, it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those have been trained by it. Isn't it just absolutely incredible what god can do in we frail human beings? How many of you want your weakness to be turned into a weapon against hell? Yeah. Well humans are inclined toward granite in gratitude. Are we not? When hit with hardships or roadblocks? Many people choose one of the following. They give up, focus on the suffering or get better, get bitter. Well then there's the same. You can either get bitter or better. What's your choice? You know, like the eye doctor, bitter or better. You know, slide one or slide 2. You want to be pitiful or powerful. Go ahead. What is it? powerful? That's right. You don't want to get messed up glasses do you? So we don't want have messed up attitude either. There is another option and that is to cultivate a grateful mindset. That is good, know that god is going to weaponized. That thing that we can wait on the Lord though those that wait on the Lord will renew their strength. They will mount up with wings. As eagles, they will run and not be weary. They will walk and not faint, and that's the greatest miracle of all is to be able to walk. Put one foot in front of the other when it's all dark. You know, they say 1st you crawl than you walk, then you run. But the greatest miracle of all is the presence of god when you are just putting one foot in front of the other. And he's there to give you strength to do it. It's a faith journey to give thanks is not the same as feeling thankful. It's an active obedience. Trust in god is not always accompanied by trustful feelings. I just make my emotions obey me. I will not allow them to rule my life a man. As you, her words, I as you r. Beatty and in the discipline of giving. Thanks. God will reward you with the emotion of thankfulness, and that will cultivate a greater spirit of gratitude in your hearts. Largeness of heart, the bible says of david, thy gentle this has made me great. How gentle the Lord jesus was when david failed. And then david grew in his faithfulness, say man, she's now fighting a serious cancer battle with an attitude that will trust god in the midst of this and not doubting. She's the one that said in the morning when her attendance comes. She's had a rough night. She's been in pain all night. She can't wiper knows, she can't feed herself, she can't move, they have to toilet her. She's in pain and her attendance come. And she said before they come in the room, she says, lord, I don't have a smile for these people. Can I borrow one from heaven? I don't have it. I need one from you. And she could feel it straight from heaven implanted in her heart. It's really anger, bitterness and self pity that close the door to love, happiness, central film, and not handicaps and misfortune. And the bible says, see to it that no one fail to obtain the Grace of god that No root of bitterness spring up and not just cause trouble for you, but by it many become defiled. But by beholding him instead of your problems, you will become what stronger and wiser that's why so and so passionate about us as 7th day adventists. Digging into our wonderful fathers of our faith. The books that have made us who we are as a people delving into deeply these amazing testing truths for the end of time, s and haskel juris smith, m L, andras and get those books feast upon them and they will deepen your devotion and love not only for god, but for each other they'll give you strength for what is coming. Whatever we magnify is going to get bigger. How many of you want to magnify truth? And jesus, it's the truth that sets us free, makes us free and keeps us free. We know that all things in all things, god works for the good of those who love him. It doesn't mean all things are good who have been called according to his purpose. So the greatest gift of all is the death and resurrection of jesus christ who has conquered sin and rebellion and death to make us free. How many of you want the spirit of rebellion slain in your heart and opened the path to eternal life? God says he'll wipe away every tear doesn't say wash your face every single challenge. He knows. And he suffers with you. Just because he silent doesn't mean he's absent and in his presence is fullness of joy. It's a miracle. His presence is with you in your trial, there will be no more death though sorrow nor crying. There will be no more pain. For the former things have passed away, man. A man, god wants to restore in you everything that sin has damaged and taken away. To give you the oil of joy instead of morning, the garment of praise, instead of the spirit of heaviness, i think that's a gift he wants to give us. Now, we are told that in the meantime, the dungeon will be like a palace because of the presence of god. Let's, let's stand and say this together. Their time is up. Now we're going to have prayer, everybody stand. And we're going to say this together with the feeling is good to give back to the Lord a man father and heaven. We thank you. We thank you so much for the experiences of life for the presence of your savior, for the converting power of god that ever you have said that weeping endorsed for a night. But joy comes in the morning, help us to trust you to love you better, to be more faithful, more trusting, so that we will not wind up in zip leg that we will get to the place where the devil can't even trick us into denying our savior we thank you in jesus name, a man To listen to more of these presentations. 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