While others are doubting … Believe.
While others are playing … Plan.
While others are sleeping … Study.
While others are delaying … Decide.
While others are daydreaming … Prepare.
While others are procrastinating … Begin.
While others are wishing … Work.
While others are talking … Listen.
While others are pouting … Smile.
While are others are criticizing … Commend.
While others are quitting … Persist.
“But who am I, and who are my
people, that we should be able to give as generously as this?Everything comes
from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.” – 1 Chron.
John Hauberg and his wife live in a stunning home in Seattle. It is
built mostly of glass inside and out. Hundreds of glass artifacts decorate the
light-flooded rooms, and even the sinks, shelves, and mantelpieces are made of
You might think that the Haubergs would be in constant fear that
something would break. On the contrary, they invite visitors to roam freely
throughout their entire home. John is also a connoisseur of Native American
crafts, but he has donated his entire collection to the Seattle Art Museum. His
motive is not to hoard but to share. “I’m not an owner,” he says. “I am a
John Hauberg’s comment expresses in a simple sentence a basic biblical
principle that applies to all our possessions: We aren’t owners; we are
caretakers. Legally, of course, we own our possessions. But as Christians, we
gladly acknowledge with David that “the earth is the Lord’s, and all its
fullness, the world and those who dwell therein” (Ps. 24:1).
By right of creation, God holds the title deed to all that exists,
including us and whatever we possess. Temporarily He allows us to use the
resources of His world. But in the end it all reverts to Him. Are we being wise
and generous caretakers of God’s property?
Naught that I have my own I call,
I hold it for the Giver;
My heart, my strength, my life, my all
Are His, and His forever. —Small
only things we really lose are those things we try to keep.
There was a time in most of our lives when we had no fear-that feeling
when we jumped from the jungle gym and slammed our little bodies to the ground.
Perhaps it was when we went on our first roller coaster, or when we were in
high school or college and felt that there was nothing we couldn’t do. No goal
was unattainable. We were an unstoppable force that would think of something
and then make it happen. Then, as time goes by, the world tells us more
frequently that we can’t do what we want. The doubters laugh at our goals and
try to persuade us from going after our dreams.
They say, “You’re crazy. It’s too hard. Why don’t you do this instead?
You should play it safe.” They act as if dreams were meant for others but not
people like us. They surround us with negative energy and try to instill their
own fears and insecurities in us. We not only begin to know the word “fear,” we
start to understand what it’s like to be fearful. With so many people telling
us we can’t do something and so few telling us we can, it’s hard not to let
fear into our lives. Unfortunately this is how many of us go through life.
Whether you are 20 or 50, many of us become so scared of losing what we
have that we don’t go after what we truly want. We play it safe and hold on so
tight to the status quo that we never experience what could be. We believe the
doubters and don’t take chances that will move us one step towards our dreams.
I call this “playing to lose.”
We see this in sports all the time when a team has the lead. They start
to think about how not to lose instead of how to win. They hold on so tight to
their lead that they start playing safe and scared. You can see it in their
energy and body language. As a result the other team takes chances, plays with
no fear and eventually gains the momentum and wins.
To live a life filled with positive energy we must learn to repel the
energy of fear. Whether it comes from within or from another person, we must
overcome fear and adopt a “Play to Win” mindset. Playing to win requires a
commitment to yourself that even if you fail, you will never give up and never let
your goals and dreams die.
Those who play to win know that success is not given to us. It is
pursued with all the energy and sweat we can muster. Obstacles and struggles
are part of life and only serve to make us appreciate our success.
If everything came easy we wouldn’t know what it felt like to truly
succeed. Obstacles are meant to be overcome. Fear is meant to be
conquered. Success is meant to be achieved. They are all part of the game of
life and the people who succeed play to win and never give up until
the game is over.
Never give up on what you know you really should do. The person with
big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts. Remember overnight
success takes about ten years. The "man of the hour" spent many days
and nights getting there. Consider the man who said "My overnight success
was the longest night of my life." Winners simply do what losers don't
want to do.
In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always
wins - not through strength but perseverance. Christopher Morley says,
"Big shots are only little shots that keep shooting".
Judas was an example of someone who began the good fight but lacked
persistence. Many of the world's great failures did not realize how
close they were to success when they gave up. Stopping at third base adds no
more score than striking out.
"You have no right to anything you have not pursued. For the proof
of desire is in the pursuit", says Mike Murdock.
Enduring is a military term meaning to hold up courageously under fire.
When you feel like quitting, bring more of God into that area of your life.
Proverbs 16:3 NIV says, "Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and
your plans will succeed."
There is no greater wealth than the wealth of commitment. It cannot be
robbed from you.
Trying times are no time to quit trying. The secret of success is to
start from scratch and keep on scratching.
Because there’s such a thing as good tension and bad tension.
Warning: Don’t dream of having zero tension in your life.
The reason why you can stand up is because there’s tension in your
feet, in your ankles, in your knees, in your hips, and in your spine. If
there was no tension in your body, you’d be a mound of jello on the floor.
Some people dream of sitting on the beach, lying on a recliner, their
feet propped up, sipping a tall glass of orange juice, and playing on their
iPads. Do that for one day and you’ll be happy. Do that for one week
and there’s an off chance that you’ll still be happy. Do that for
one month and I’m sure you’re bored to death. Do that for one year and I
bet you’re going crazy.
If you want to be happy, you need tension in your life.
And do you know where good tension comes from?
Tension comes from Vision…
This Tension Will Keep You Alive
During World War II, in a Nazi concentration camp, cruel doctors
experimented on the most effective way of crushing the human spirit. They
thought that what would do that was to remove every remaining shred of physical
comfort. So they removed chairs, beds, and extra clothes in the prison cells. Prisoners
suffered… But somehow, they survived.
Next, the prison guards cut the food ration to half. Again, the
prisoners suffered, became exceedingly thin… But they survived. Next,
they increased their work hours from 12 hours to 16 hours a day. Again,
the prisoners suffered tremendously, became sickly and fainted at different
times… But they survived.
It seemed as though nothing could break the human spirit.
Finally, the Nazis tried one last experiment. One morning, the
prison guards asked the prisoners to dig a hole in the ground. So the
entire day, with shovels and pickax and wheelbarrow, they made a gigantic
The next day, when they woke up, the prison guards asked the prisoners
to cover the hole again. The prisoners were perplexed and didn’t understand,
but they obeyed.
The next morning, the prison guards asked them to dig the hole
again. Everyday, they asked them to do the very opposite of what they did
the previous day. On and on it went.
Result? Two weeks later, the prisoners began to die one by one.
Why? More than our need for food, or comfort, or sleep—we need
purpose. We need the tension of purpose. When what I do has no more
purpose, something in me dies.
When there is no purpose, there is no pull.
Where there is no target, there is no tension.
Is Your Heart Big?
God gave us a big heart.
But many people’s hearts are small.
Why? Because they are not stretched. Because stretch comes
Your heart was designed by God to be so big, it can stretch from your
present location to your future vision. Jesus said, your heart will
be where your treasure is. If your vision is very important to you, even
if your vision is far away, your heart is already there with your vision.
Your heart is here in your present location and there in your future
vision. And there lies the beautiful tension that will keep you
Is Your Vision Big Enough To
Here’s what I realized about
life: The bigger the purpose, the bigger the pull; The farther the target,
the stronger the tension.
If you talk to kids and ask them, “What do you want to be when you grow
up?” some of them will tell you of their wild, crazy dreams. “I want to be
a Pilot!” or “I want to be a preacher!” or “I want to be a
billionaire!” Kids say it with so much confidence and certainty.
Sadly, after just a few years
later, all that childlike confidence flies out the window. Why? One
reason: Because well-meaning adults take it away from them. Adults say,
“Be realistic. You’re poor. Your parents are poor. You’re not
very bright. You look ugly. You’re not very special. You’re
setting up yourself for big disappointments. If I were you, you should
lower your dreams.” Soon, harsh reality sets in. Negativity sets in. Discouragement
sets in. Frustration sets in. And all those big dreams fly out of the
window as well.
When that happens, the heart
becomes small. Tension disappears. And people begin to live small
Today, I’m here to help you recapture this fantastic childlike ability
to dream. Start dreaming big dreams again. Cast a big vision in front
of you. A big vision is better than a small vision, because a big purpose
has bigger pull. But big visions are necessary to create enough tension to
draw us out of our reality.
Big Vision Is Better Than Small
Four years ago, I declared on stage, “We
dream of building 1000 Feasts” around the world. At that time, there were
some well-meaning friends who told me, “Bo, be more realistic. Perhaps 100
Feasts is a more doable figure. You might just be setting yourself for
Today, after four years, there are
110 Feasts around the world. Despite the fact that I’m telling all the
leaders of the Light of Jesus, “We’re not in a hurry. Don’t go
fast. Enjoy everyday of the journey.” But our leaders are saying,
“We’re not going fast. Bo, this is slow!”
We’re experiencing a pull because
we have a big vision.
Let me ask you, “What’s your
Focus On Your Vision-Giver
Remember this story? As long
as Peter fixed His eyes on the Vision—Jesus—He was able to walk on
water. But the moment he looked at the winds and the waves, he started
Do you feel like you’re sinking
right now in your problems?
Focus on your Vision. Forget
everything else. More importantly, focus on the Vision-Giver. God is
giving you a Vision. And He is telling you that this is what your future
Don’t pay attention to your
Don’t pay attention to those who
Don’t pay attention to those who
tell you that you can’t do it.
Pay attention to only two things:
(1) Your Big Vision and (2) your Big Vision-Giver. The Bible says,Dear
friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet
been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like
him, for we shall see him as he is. (1 John 3:2)
Ultimately, your Vision is to “be
like Him”. When does it happen? It happens when “Christ
appears”. When you see Jesus, you become like Him.
Do you know why worship is important? Worship isn’t singing a
bunch of songs. Worship is seeing God.
Don’t just see your Vision; see
At the end of the day, you’ll realize that your Vision and your
Vision-Giver are one!
Successful people are where they are today as a result of their habits.
Your habits determine fully 95% of your behavior. Everything that
you are or that you will ever accomplish will be determined by the quality of
the habits that you form. By creating good habits and becoming goal oriented
you can become successful and live a prosperous life.
Successful People Maintain 7
Success in human life has been studied by the great thinkers and
philosophers for at least 2500 years. I have personally studied the
subject for more than 30 years. What I have found is that the very best
people have good habits. I have identified seven habits that you need
to develop if you want to perform at your very maximum in everything you do.
Be Goal Oriented
The first is to become goal oriented. You need to be a habitual goal
setter, and dedicate yourself to working from clear, written goals every day of
your life. All highly successful people are intensely goal oriented. They
know exactly what they want, they have it written down, they have written plans
to accomplish it, and they both review and work on their plans every single
Be Result Oriented
The second habit successful people develop is result orientation.
Result orientation is made up of two practices. The first is the practice
of continuously so that you become better at what you do. The second
practice is that of time management, which means setting very clear priorities
on what you do and then concentrating single-mindedly on the most valuable use
of your time. All really successful people are intensely result oriented.
Be Action Oriented
The third major habit you need to develop is that of action
orientation. This is really the most important habit for material
success. It is the ability to get on with the job and get it done
fast. It is your ability to develop and maintain a sense of urgency, a
bias for action. Fast tempo in whatever you do is essential to your
success. You need to overcome procrastination, push aside your fears and
launch 100% toward the achievement of your most important goals. The
combination of goal orientation, result orientation and action orientation, in
themselves, will virtually assure great success.
Be People Oriented
The fourth habit you need is people orientation. This is where
you put relationships in the center of your life. This is your decision
to cultivate within yourself the habits of patience, kindness, compassion and
understanding. Virtually all of your happiness in life will come from
your ability to get along well with other people.
Be Health Oriented
The fifth habit successful people develop is health
orientation. This means that you must fastidiously watch your diet, and
always eat the right foods in the right proportions. You must exercise on
a regular basis, continually using every muscle and joint of your body to keep
it young and fit. And finally you must have good habits of rest and
recreation that will enable you, in combination with diet and exercise, to live
to be 80 or 90 years old. Remember, your health is the most important
single thing you have, and it is completely subject to the habits that you
develop with regard to the way you live.
The sixth habit is that of honesty and integrity. In the final
analysis, the character you develop as you go through life is more important
than virtually anything else. Honesty means that you practice the
“reality principle” in everything you do. You are completely objective
with yourself and with the world around you. You set very clear values
for yourself and you organize yourself around your values. You develop a
vision for yourself and then you live your life consistent with your highest
ideals. You never compromise your integrity or peace of mind for anyone
This attitude of honesty is critical to your enjoying all of the other
good habits that you are developing.
The seventh habit, and the one habit that guarantees all the others, is
that of self-discipline. Your ability to discipline yourself, to master
yourself, to control yourself, is the most important single quality that you
can develop as a person. The habit of self-discipline goes hand in hand
with success in every area of life.
Every one of these habits, being goal oriented, result orientated,
action orientated, people orientated, health orientated, honesty and
self-disciplined can be developed. You are where you are and what you are
today because of your habits. Your habits have been developing, mostly
accidentally, from the time you were an infant. Today you can take
complete control over the shaping of your character and personality, and
everything that happens to you in the future, by making the decision, right
now, to define and to develop the habits that will lead you to great
success. And when you develop the same good habits possessed by other successful
people, you must and will enjoy their success as well. Your future will