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700 Club Interactive: The Secret to Contentment - Oct. 4, 2013

Where can we find ultimate happiness? Author Melissa Kruger takes on the topic of envy and the secret to being content. Read Transcript


Terry: A CULTURE GREEN

WITH ENVY.

WE SPEND OUR TIME AND OUR

MONEY TRYING TO BUY

HAPPINESS, AND WHAT'S IRONIC

IS IT IS OFFERED FOR FREE.

Terry: DISCOVER HOW TO

BE CONTENT IN A JEALOUS

WORLD ON TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

Gordon: ON "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE," WE USE

TECHNOLOGY TO PRAY FOR EACH

OTHER AND EXPLORE TOPICS

THAT MATTER TO YOU.

WATCH WHAT GOD IS DOING IN

THE WORLD TODAY.

Gordon: WELL, WELCOME

TO THE SHOW.

IF YOU SPEND HOURS ON

Facebook AND OTHER SOCIAL

NETWORKING SIGHTS, LIKE

PINTERA, THEN THE POPULAR

PHRASE "KEEPING UP WITH THE

JONESES" MAY REFER TO YOUR

VIRTUAL FRIENDS.

Terry: AND WHILE YOU

MAY CLICK THE LIKE BUTTON TO

ENCOURAGE YOUR VIRTUAL

FRIENDS, THERE ARE THOSE

GROWING DISCONTENTED WITH

THEIR LIVES AS THEY WHY THEY

AREN'T AS HAPPY AS THEIR

PEERS.

TODAY'S GUEST SAYS IT IS

DIFFICULT TO FIND

CONTENTMENT IN A CULTURE

FULL OF ENVY.

TAKE A LOOK.

Reporter: DO YOU KNOW

HOW MUCH BIG BUSINESS SPENDS

TO GET YOUR MONEY?

WE'RE TALKING BILLIONS OF

DOLLARS EVERY YEAR.

THAT'S BILLIONS OF DOLLARS

BEING THROWN AT US TO TELL

US HOW OUR LIVES WOULD BE

BETTER IF ONLY.

IF ONLY WE SHOPPED AT THEIR

STORE.

IF ONLY WE BOUGHT THEIR

CAR.

IF ONLY WE USED THEIR LANDRY

DETERGENT.

AND IT WORKS.

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE

BOUGHT SO MUCH STUFF, THEY

ARE NOW MORE THAN

$11 TRILLION IN DEBT.

BUT THAT'S NOT THE WORST

PART.

THE STUFF WE BUY THAT IS

SUPPOSED TO MAKE US HAPPY IS

HAVING THE OPPOSITE EFFECT.

AND NOW MORE AMERICANS ARE

DEPRESSED THAN EVER BEFORE.

SO WHERE DOES OUR TRUE

HAPPINESS COME FROM?

IN MELISSA CRUGAR'S NEW BOOK

"THE ENVY OF EVE," THAT'S A

QUESTION SHE HOPES TO

ANSWER.

Terry: PLEASE WELCOME

THE AUTHOR OF "THE ENVY OF

EVE," MELISSA CRUGAR TO THE

PROGRAM.

WELCOME.

GOOD MORNING.

IT IS GOOD TO BE HERE.

Terry: AS WE JUST SAW,

IT SEEMS THAT AMERICA'S

RISING DEBT PROBLEM MAY BE

HAPPENING ACTUALLY BECAUSE

OF DISCONTENTMENT.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

I THINK THAT IS EXACTLY

RIGHT.

WE SPEND OUR TIME AND OUR

MONEY TRYING TO BUY

HAPPINESS.

AND WHAT'S IRONIC IS IT IS

OFFERED FOR FREE.

BUT WE STILL THINK WE NEED

IT OUT OF THE THINGS OF THIS

WORLD RATHER THAN FINDING

OUR CONTENTMENT IN GOD, AND

WHAT HE HAS OFFERED US IN

CHRIST.

Terry: HE MUST HAVE

KNOWN THAT WAS BUILT IN US

BECAUSE COVETNESS MADE THE

BIG 10.

YOUR BOOK IS ENTITLED "THE

ENVY OF EVE," AND WHY WAS IT

IMPORTANT, DO YOU THINK, TO

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS TOPIC?

YOU KNOW, IN OUR DAY AND

AGE, I REALLY THINK THIS IS

THE HIDDEN SIN THAT NO ONE

IS TALKING ABOUT.

WE TALK ABOUT ALL THESE

OTHER OUTWARD SINS, BUT OUR

INWARD SINS, DISCONTENTMENT

AND COVETING, WE JUST KEEP

HIDDEN.

I THINK IF WE FIGHT THE

BATTLE THERE, WE'LL DO WITH

LESS OUTWARD SINS.

Terry: HOW DO YOU

DEFINE CONTENTMENT?

WHAT WOULD YOU DEFINE

CONTENTMENT AS?

I THINK OF CONTENTMENT AS

SOMEONE WHO IS ACTIVELY

BURYING THE FRUIT OF THE

SPIRIT IN HIS OR HER LIFE

EACH DAY.

SO RATHER THAN OVERFLOALG

OVERFLOWING WITH

DISCONTENTMENT AND

BITTERNESS, THEY OVERFLOW

WITH KINDNESS, PEACEFULNESS,

LOVE.

Terry: HOW DO YOU

PROTECT OURSELVES FROM

SEEING SOMETHING SOMEONE

ELSE HAS, THAT MAYBE WE

DON'T HAVE, AND THEN HAVING

THOSE FEELINGS RISE UP IN

US?

WELL, I THINK THE BEST

WAY WE CAN PROTECT OURSELVES

IS TO DAILY BE IN THE WORD.

AND BE REMEMBERING THAT WE

ARE DEEPLY, DEEPLY LOVED BY

GOD.

WE DON'T GO TO THE WORD SO

THAT WE GET APPROVAL.

WE GO TO THE WORD SO THAT WE

REALIZE THAT WE ARE DEEPLY

LOVED.

AND THAT SETS OUR HEART IN

ANY COVET DESIRE THAT MAY

COME.

WE FIND CONTENTMENT WHEN

WE'RE DEEPLY ROOTED IN

CHRIST.

Terry: HOW IMPORTANT IS

GRATITUDE IN FINDING

CONTENTMENT?

I THINK IT IS CRUCIAL.

IF WE ARE GIVING OUR THANKS

TO GOD, WE ARE NOT GRUMBLING

BEFORE HIM.

AND SO I THINK DAILY KEEPING

GRATITUDE JOURNALS OR

TELLING OUR FAMILIES THINGS

WE'RE THANKFUL FOR, THESE

ARE GREAT WAYS TO BUILD A

HOME OF CONTENTMENT.

Terry: YOU TALK SO MUCH

IN THE BOOK ALSO ABOUT

CHASING AFTER THINGS, LIKE

BEAUTY, SUCCESS, MAYBE

POSITION, IF IT IS IN THE

WORKPLACE, FINANCIAL

STABILITY.

THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE

WATCHING AND STRUGGLING WITH

THIS RIGHT NOW, WHAT WOULD

YOU SUGGESTION TO THEM?

WHERE DO YOU START TO COME

OUT FROM UNDER THAT PILE AND

HAVE SOME VICTORY IN

ATTITUDE?

WELL, I THINK THE FIRST

PLACE WE LOOK -- AND, AGAIN,

IT IS KIND OF LIKE IF WE

WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT, WE KNOW

IT IS SIMPLE.

YOU EAT RIGHT AND YOU

EXERCISE.

I THINK THE WAY TO FIND

SPIRITUAL CONTENTMENT IS TO

BE IN THE WORD AND

SURROUNDED BY GOD'S PEOPLE.

SURROUNDING OURSELVES BY

OTHER PEOPLE WHO ARE SEEKING

GOD AND BEING IN HIS WORD

AND LOVING HIM IS THE FIRST

STEP TO CONTENTMENT.

Terry: WHERE WE PUT OUR

FOCUS MATTERS, FOLKS.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO GET A COPY

OF "THE ENVY OF EVE," IT IS

AVAILABLE AS BOOKSTORES

NATIONWIDE.

MELISSA, THANK YOU FOR BEING

WITH US.

YOU'RE ON TO SOMETHING

HERE.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR HAVING

ME.

Terry: UP NEXT, WE'RE

GOING TO GIVE YOU A SNEAK

PEEK AT THE LATEST

"SUPERBOOK" EPISODE, JONAH.

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS IT,

COMING UP NEXT.

JOHNA

Gordon: WELL, THE STORY

OF JONAH IS OFTEN A REMINDER

THAT GOD IS A GOD OF SECOND

CHANCES.

AND IN THE LATEST EPISODES

OF "SUPERBOOK," THAT WAS

JUST ONE OF THE MESSAGES WE

WANTED TO SHARE.

HERE IS A PREVIEW FROM THE

NEW D.V.D.

AH, CHRIS, I AM DETECTING

A VERY LARGE CREATURE JUST

THREE FATHOMS BELOW US.

HELLO!

[YELLING]

WHAT DO WE DO?

TRY TO SAVE US.

Gordon: WELL, THAT'S

THE LATEST EPISODE OF

"SUPERBOOK."

AND AS YOU CAN SEE, WE WENT

WITH WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS,

THAT HE WAS SWALLOWED BY A

FISH, AND NOT BY A WHALE.

IF YOU WANT TO HAVE THESE

EPISODES FOR YOUR CHILDREN,

FOR YOUR GRANDCHILDREN, FOR

YOUR SUNDAY SCHOOL, FOR

CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS, WE WANT

TO GET THE STORIES OF THE

BIBLE OUT TO THE CHILDREN OF

THE WORLD.

AND WE NEED HELP WITH THE

PRODUCTION COSTS.

WHAT ARE WE ASKING YOU TO

DO?

WE'RE ASKING YOU TO JOIN THE

"SUPERBOOK" D.V.D. CLUB.

NOW, FOR $25, WE'LL SEND YOU

THREE COPIES OF EACH EPISODE

AS THEY'RE PRODUCED.

THE STORY OF JONAH IS THE

BEGINNING OF SEASON TWO.

WE'VE ALREADY FINISHED 13

EPISODES IN SEASON ONE.

WE'VE HAD OUR FIRST

INTERNATIONAL BROADCAST IN

MEXICO OVER HOLY WEEK, AND

OVER A MILLION PEOPLE IN

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IT SWAMPED OUR SERVERS.

WE'RE GETTING READY TO

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PHILIPPINES AND THROUGHOUT

THE MIDDLE EAST, AND IT IS

GOING INTO 32 LANGUAGES.

THE SPANISH HAS ALREADY BEEN

RELEASED.

WE'RE LOOKING FOR ALL OF

LATIN-AMERICA.

THIS IS A WORLDWIDE EFFORT

TO BRING THE STORIES OF THE

BIBLE TO THE CHILDREN OF THE

WORLD.

OUR GOAL OVER THE NEXT FIVE

YEARS IS 300 MILLION

CHILDREN GET A CHANCE TO SEE

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CAN ORDER THE BACK

EPISODES.

STILL AHEAD, KEEPING UP WITH

THE JONESES IN THE NFL.

WHEN I GOT TO THE NFL,

THE FIRST THING I DID WAS

GOT AN AVALANCHE TRUCK.

THE WORST INVESTMENT IN MY

LIFE.

I WAS 26 AND I SPENT $8,000

ON IT.

I BOUGHT THE JEWELRY.

I WAS TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH

THE JONESES.

I WAS SMILING FOR THE

CAMERA, BUT BEHIND THE

SCENES, I WAS DYING INSIDE.

Gordon: MEET THE WIDE

RECEIVER WHO'S PURPOSE IN

THE NFL WAS NOT TO PLAY

FOOTBALL, WHEN WE COME

BACK.

Gordon: WHEN TRENT

SHELTON MADE IT TO THE NFL,

THE FIRST THING HE DID WAS

BUY THE CAR AND THE RIMS TO

GO WITH THE IMAGE.

BUT THE MORE TRENT TRIED TO

LOOK LIKE HE BELONGED IN THE

BIG LEAGUE, THE LESS HE FELT

LIKE IT, UNTIL HE FINALLY

REALIZED HIS PURPOSE IN THE

NFL HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH

PLAYING FOOTBALL.

I WAS THE MAN IN HIGH

SCHOOL, COLLEGE, I WAS ALL

BIG 12, HAD ALL OF THE

ACCOLADES AND RECORDS.

AT THAT TIME, GOD WAS

SECONDARY IN MY LIFE.

I WAS MORE IN THE DRIVER'S

SEAT OF MY LIFE.

I HAD THE CONTROL OVER THE

WHEEL.

AND GOD WAS IN THE BACK

SEAT.

I LOOKED BACK AT HIM WHEN I

WAS HAVING PROBLEMS AND I

NEEDED HIM, AND THAT'S WHEN

I WOULD CALL ON HIM.

FOOTBALL AT THAT TIME WAS MY

IDOL.

THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE KNEW ME

AS, TRENT SHELTTON, THE

FOOTBALL PLAYER.

WHEN YOU GET TO THE NFL AND

YOU'RE EXPECTED TO BE

DRAFTED, AND YOU'RE SITTING

THERE WATCHING THE TV AND

YOUR NAME ISN'T CALLED, IT

TAKES AWAY YOUR CONFIDENCE.

AT THAT TIME I BECAME ANGRY

AT GOD.

WHEN YOU'RE A FREE AGENT,

YOU START AT THE BOTTOM OF

THE TOTEM POLE.

THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS

REALLY NEW FOR ME AND I

DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO HANDLE

IT, HONESTLY.

SO I DECIDED TO TURN TO

THINGS THAT WOULD FILL THAT

VOID.

I TURNED TO ALCOHOL, I

TURNED TO A COUPLE OF

DRUGS.

I TURNED TO SEX.

I TURNED TO PARTYING.

I TURNED TO CLUBBING.

I TURNED TO ALL OF THESE

THINGS THAT GAVE ME

TEMPORARY FULFILLMENT.

AND I WOULD JUST FEEL EMPTY

AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN.

ALWAYS TOLD MYSELF I'M

GOING TO GET THE CAR WITH

THE RIMS.

I DID, I GOT AN AVALANCHE

TRUCK.

THE WORST INVESTMENT OF MY

LIFE.

I WAS 26 AND SPENT $8,000 ON

IT.

I BOUGHT THE JEWELRY.

I BOUGHT ALL OF THE THINGS

THE PEOPLE IN THE NFL HAD.

I WAS SMILING FOR THE

CAMERA, BUT BEHIND THE

SCENES, I WAS DYING INSIDE.

WITH THE INDIANAPOLIS COLTS,

I WAS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE

TOTEM POLE.

MY PRE-SEASON WAS GREAT.

I LED THE NFL OF ALL

RECEIVERS IN PRE-SEASON.

I THOUGHT, I'M IN THE DOOR.

THEY STILL PUT ME ON

PRACTICE SQUAD.

TWO WEEKS LATER, THEY CUT

ME.

SO I HAD TO DRIVE ALL THE

WAY FROM INDY TO TEXAS.

AS SOON AS I GOT HERE, THEY

CALLED ME BACK.

AND I STARTED TURNING TO

THOSE THINGS AGAIN.

I STARTED TO DOUBT GOD

AGAIN.

AND I STARTED TO BECOME

ANGRY AND SHELTERED.

I WAS DOING REALLY GOOD ON

THE PRACTICE SQUAD.

AND I STILL REMEMBER, IT WAS

A SUNDAY NIGHT GAME PLAYING

AGAINST THE SAN DIEGO

CHARGES.

THE COACH SAID, TRENT,

YOU'VE GOT TO BE READY.

HE TOLD ME THAT WEEK, YOU'RE

GOING TO PLAY.

AT THAT TIME, MY KNEE

COULDN'T HAVE FLARED UP AT A

MORE WRONG TIME.

IT WAS REAL BAD TENDONITIS.

I HAD TO POP PAINKILLERS.

THEY WERE CALLING ME OLD MAN

AND I WAS JUST 21 YEARS

OLD.

JUST TO MAKE IT THROUGH

PRACTICE.

I KNEW THAT WAS MY

OPPORTUNITY.

AND THE COACH TALKED TO ME

ON FRIDAY NIGHT.

HE WAS, LIKE, TRENT, I

REALLY WANT YOU TO GO, BUT

YOU DON'T LOOK LIKE YOU'RE

READY.

I FELT LIKE THAT WAS THE

MOMENT WHEN MY LIFE REALLY

STARTED SPIRALLING

DOWNHILL.

AND I GOT A CALL.

THEY GIVE YOU NO

EXPLANATION.

THEY DON'T HAVE TO.

HEY, WE'RE GOING ANOTHER

ROUTE.

WE'RE GOING TO RELEASE YOU.

THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS CALLED

ME.

SEATTLE WAS EVEN WORSE

BECAUSE I CAME IN LATE.

THEY HAD THEIR GUYS UP

THERE.

WHEN I GOT UP THERE, YOU

KNOW, I PERFORMED WELL.

THE SAME THING, THEY

RELEASED ME AFTER

PRE-SEASON.

THEY BROUGHT ME BACK AND

PRACTICE-SQUADED ME.

I WENT THERE THREE OR FOUR

TIMES.

IT WAS TO THE POINT WHERE

THEY WOULD TELL ME THEY WERE

BRINGING MY BACK, I DROVE TO

THE AIRPORT, BAGS PACKED,

AND THEY CALLED ME AND SAID

WE CHANGED OUR MIND.

I HAD TO ASK, WHY AM I DOING

THIS ANYMORE?

I DON'T EVEN LOVE IT.

SEATTLE WAS ROUGH, BUT THAT

WAS THE TIME WHEN MY SON WAS

BORN, AND THAT REALLY

CHANGED MY LIFE.

IT WAS OUT OF WEDLOCK

SITUATION.

I WAS THINKING ALL OF THE

WRONG THINGS AT THAT POINT.

BUT THEN I WOKE UP AND I

WAS, LIKE, THIS IS MY SON.

AND I'M GOING TO BE THERE

FOR MY SON.

HE WAS BORN ON

SEPTEMBER 25th.

I WAS, LIKE, WOW, A LITTLE

ME.

HE LOOKED AT ME WITH HIS

EYES AND HE STOPPED CRYING.

ONCE I SEEN HIS EYES, I

ASKED MYSELF, DO I WANT HIM

TO FOLLOW IN MY FOOTSTEPS?

AND THE FIRST THING I SAID

WAS NO, AND AS A FATHER, A

PARENT, A MENTOR, A LEADER,

WHATEVER YOU ARE, IF YOU

DON'T WANT SOMEBODY TO

FOLLOW IN YOUR FOOTSTEPS, IT

SHOWS YOU YOU'RE LEADING THE

WRONG PATH.

I WANTED TO CHANGE MY LIFE

IMMEDIATELY.

IT MADE ME LIVE MY LIFE

CLOSER TO CHRIST.

I GOT AN OPPORTUNITY WITH

THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS, AND

I PERFORMED THE BEST, AND

THEY LOOKED LIKE, WOW, THEY

SAW ME, AND THE SAME STORY.

PRACTICE SQUAD AND DID GOOD

IN THE PRE-SEASON, AN BUT I

GOT CUT HALF WAY THROUGH THE

SEASON.

BUT I KNEW WHAT MY PURPOSE

WAS.

IT WASN'T TO BE A SUPERSTAR

ATHLETE, BUT TO REACH OTHERS

AND GLORIFY GOD THROUGH IT.

I PROBABLY WOULD BE IN THE

NFL IF THAT WAS GOD'S

PLANS.

BUT I REALLY DON'T MISS IT

TOO MUCH.

TRENT NOW IS A PERSON THAT,

YOU KNOW, LIVES FOR JESUS

CHRIST.

I ALWAYS TELL PEOPLE MY GOAL

IS TO MAKE THE NAME OF JESUS

CHRIST MORE FAMOUS EACH

DAY.

I'M A PERSON WHO CARES, A

HUMAN BEING WHO CARES.

I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND

THAT.

HE IS GOING TO TAKE YOU

PLACES THAT YOU MIGHT NOT

UNDERSTAND, JUST TO BRING

YOU TO THE PLACE WHERE HE

WANTS YOU TO BE.

AND AFTER ALL, YOU KNOW,

HE'S NEVER GOING TO LEAVE

YOU, DESPITE ALL OF THE SINS

YOU COMMIT, DESPITE ALL OF

THE WRONG THINGS YOU DO.

HE ALWAYS HAS YOUR BACK.

SO DON'T GET DISCOURAGED

WHERE YOU'RE AT BECAUSE OUR

ULTIMATE GOAL IS ETERNAL

LIFE.

Gordon: THAT IS THE

GOAL.

WHERE ARE WE GOING TO SPEND

ETERNITY?

WHEN YOU START REALIZING

THIS LIFE IS VERY

TEMPORARY.

WE HAVE BUT A SHORT TIME

HERE.

THE BIBLE SAYS WE'RE JUST

LIKE GRASS.

WE GROW UP IN THE SUN AND

THEN WE WITHER AWAY.

AND THIS IS NOT OUR

DESTINATION.

THIS IS NOT OUR ETERNAL

HOME.

SO WHY ARE WE STRIVING FOR

THINGS THAT WE ALREADY KNOW

WILL NOT SATISFY?

WHETHER THAT'S A NEW CAR

WITH THE LATEST RIMS OR SOME

KIND OF GLORY ON A SPORTS

FIELD OR, YOU KNOW, SOME

KIND OF ADVANCEMENT.

WE ALREADY KNOW THAT'S NOT

GOING TO BRING US THE

HAPPINESS THAT WE NEED.

AT THE END OF YOUR DAYS,

START CONSIDERING THAT.

THE BIBLE SAYS, TEACH US TO

NUMBER OUR DAYS THAT WE MAY

BE WISE.

SO AT THE END, ARE YOU GOING

TO BE ALL THAT CONCERNED

ABOUT DID YOU GET THE NEW

CAR WITH THE WHEELS?

OR ARE YOU GOING TO BE

CONCERNED ABOUT HOW DID YOU

LOVE PEOPLE?

AND HOW ARE THEY LOVING YOU

BACK?

WHAT DO YOU GET TO TAKE WITH

YOU TO HEAVEN?

WELL, YOU GET TO TAKE YOUR

LOVE AND YOUR HOPE AND YOUR

FAITH.

AND THEN, MOST IMPORTANTLY,

YOU GET TO TAKE THE PEOPLE

THAT YOU'VE SHARED THE

GOSPEL WITH WHO HAVE COME TO

BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST.

THAT'S WHAT PAUL SAID.

HE SAID, YOU'RE MY CROWN.

YOU'RE MY GLORY.

AND HE IS WRITING TO ALL OF

THE CHURCHES THAT HE

STARTED, ALL OF THE PEOPLE

THAT HE MINISTERED TO AND

SHOWED THEM THE WAY, THAT

JESUS IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH,

AND THE LIFE.

AND PEOPLE CAN COME TO THE

FATHER BECAUSE OF THE

SACRIFICE HE MADE ON THE

CROSS.

THAT IS THE PURPOSE OF OUR

LIVES AS CHRISTIANS.

TO BRING THE GOOD NEWS TO AS

MANY PEOPLE AS WE POSSIBLY

CAN.

AND TO LOVE PEOPLE, AND TO

SHOW THEM GOD'S LOVE.

THIS IS LOVE.

HE POURS IT OUT ON US, THAT

WE BECOME MORE THAN

CONQUERERS.

THE LOVE OF CHRIST GIVEN TO

US.

IF YOU'RE AT A FRUSTRATED

POINT IN YOUR LIFE, WHERE

THINGS ARE NOT WORTHING OUT

OR THE UNIVERSE IS NOT BEING

RUN PARTICULARLY WELL FROM

YOUR POINT OF VIEW, START

THINKING ABOUT HOW YOU CAN

LOVE YOUR WAY OUT OF IT.

JUST AS SHELTON DID.

HERE HE IS, HE IS PROJECTED

TO BE A FOURTH- OR FIFTH

ROUNDER, AND THAT PRETTY

MUCH GUARANTEES YOU'RE GOING

TO BE IN THE NFL, AND HE

COMES IN AS THE BEST, AND

DESPITE ALL THAT, HE IS

STILL CUT.

AND HE GETS BOUNCED FROM

TEAM TO TEAM TO TEAM.

WHAT FINALLY TURNED HIM

AROUND?

JUST LOOKING AT THE EYES OF

HIS SON AND SAYING, THAT'S

MY PURPOSE NOW.

THAT'S WHAT'S GOING TO BRING

ME SATISFACTION.

AND THEN LOOKING INTO THE

EYES OF HIS CREATOR AND

SAYING, YES, YOU'RE MY ALL

IN ALL.

IT'S THAT KIND OF SURRENDER

THAT REALLY LEADS TO THE

CONTENTMENT THAT WE'RE ALL

LOOKING FOR.

NOW, IF YOU'RE HAVING

TROUBLE IN YOUR LIFE, GOD

LOVES YOU AND HE WANTS TO

SEE YOU THROUGH IT.

THE PALMIST SAID, "YEA

THOUGH I WALK THROUGH THE

VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF

DEATH, YET I FEAR NO EVIL

FOR THY IS WITH ME" I ME."

IF YOU NEED PRAYER, ALL YOU

HAVE TO DO IS MAKE A

TOLL-FREE CALL,

1-888-777-1999.

JESUS PROMISES US IN LIFE

THERE WILL BE DIFFICULT AND

PERSECUTION.

PAUL SAID IF YOU TRY TO LIVE

A RIGHTEOUS AND GODLY LIFE,

THERE WILL BE PERSECUTION.

AND DON'T BE SURPRISED BY

THEM, BUT GIVE THANKS

BECAUSE IT IS THROUGH THE

ENDURANCE OF THE TRIAL,

LEADS TO MORE FAITH.

YOU GET A NEW UNDERSTANDING

OF WHO JESUS IS AND WHO YOU

ARE.

UNTESTED FAITH IS NO FAITH

AT ALL.

BUT WHEN YOU'RE GOING

THROUGH THE TEST, YOU

SOMETIMES NE NEED

FELLOWSHIP, PEOPLE WILLPRAY

WITH YOU.

WE'RE HERE FOR YOU.

THE NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE,

1-888-777-1999.

WE'VE GOT SOME IN-BOX

QUESTIONS.

KAREN SAYS, "MY MOM IS VERY

WEALTHY AND SEEMS TO CENTER

HER LIFE AROUND MONEY.

HOWEVER, I CAN'T UNDERSTAND

WHY SHE IS SO ANGRY WHEN I

DO WELL FINANCIALLY.

SHE HAS SO MUCH MORE THAN I

DO.

HOW SHOULD I DEAL WITH

THIS?"

Terry: I FEEL LIKE I

ALMOST NEED MORE INFORMATION

ON THIS.

I DON'T REALLY KNOW HOW DOES

HE EXHIBIT THAT ANGER?

WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THAT

SHE IS ANGRY WITH YOU.

MAYBE THERE IS A JEALOUSY

FACTOR THERE.

I HAVE SEEN MOMS WHO FEEL

VERY COMPETITIVE WITH THEIR

DAUGHTERS.

I HAVE NO IDEA WHY.

THERE COULD BE LOTS OF

REASONS BEHIND THIS.

ON THE OTHER HAND, MAYBE SHE

HAS A LOT AND SHE IS NOT

HAPPY -- OBVIOUSLY, SHE IS

NOT IF SHE IS GETTING ANGRY

WITH YOU BECAUSE YOU'RE

GETTING SOME SUCCESS

FINANCIALLY.

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH IT?

WE'RE ALL TESTED BY

RELATIONSHIPS OF PEOPLE, AND

USUALLY THE ONES WE LOVE THE

MOST AND ARE THE CLOSEST TO

US ARE THE MOST DIFFICULT TO

DEAL WITH.

I THINK YOU LOVE HER.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOUR

RELATIONSHIP WITH HER IS

LIKE.

IF SHE IS GETTING ANGRY WITH

YOU ABOUT DOING WELL

FINANCIALLY, YOU PROBABLY

DON'T HAVE A GOOD

COMMUNICATION WITH HER.

I'M A BIG ONE FOR FLAT-OUT

ASKING.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Gordon: I THINK

SOMETIMES PEOPLE ARE

COMPETITIVE.

THERE IS AN EMOTIONAL NEED

THERE TO BE SORT OF A TOP

DOG.

AND NOT JUST TOP DOG BY A

LITTLE BIT, BUT BY A WHOLE

LOT.

YOUR SUCCESS MAY BE

TRIGGERING SOME EMOTIONAL

RESPONSE THAT YOUR MOTHER

MAY NOT EVEN BE AWARE OF AND

HASN'T REALLY PROCESSED

THROUGH.

WHAT WAS IT ABOUT HER

CHILDHOOD THAT LED TO THAT

KIND OF REACTION THAT WHEN

OTHER PEOPLE SUCCEED,

SOMEHOW OR ANOTHER IT TAKES

AWAY FROM HER.

IT DOES TAKE A CERTAIN

AMOUNT OF, I GUESS,

ENLIGHTMEN ENLIGHTENMENT,

IF YOU WILL, THAT WHEN

EVERYBODY SUCCEEDS, THAT'S A

GOOD THING.

Terry: I WAS GOING TO

SAY, IF THIS IS IMPORTANT TO

SOMEONE, YOU LIKE TO SEE

THAT IN YOUR CHILD.

Gordon: YOU WANT TO

SHARE IN YOUR CHILD'S

SUCCESS AND VICTORY.

Terry: YEAH.

IT'S INTERESTING.

Gordon: I AGREE WITH

YOU.

TALK THROUGH IT, AND FIND

OUT.

IF YOU'RE FINDING IT

DIFFICULT TO TALK THROUGH

IT, THE FALLBACK WOULD BE

YOU DON'T HAVE TO SHARE YOUR

FINANCIAL SUCCESS IF IT

LEADS TO THIS.

YOU CAN SHARE SOMETHING

ELSE.

Terry: HERE IS ONE FROM

SHARON WHO SAYS, "I WAS

INTERESTED IN A POSITION AT

WORK I BELIEVE I WAS PERFECT

FOR.

SHOCKINGLY, THEY CHOSE

SOMEONE ELSE WHO IS MUCH

LESS QUALIFIED.

I'M SO UPSET BECAUSE I'VE

BEEN DEVOTED TO THIS

COMPANY.

I DON'T WANT TO HAVE

ANYTHING TO DO WITH THIS

PERSON.

SHOULD I JUST QUIT?"

Gordon: NO, SHARON,

DON'T JUST QUIT.

AND PLEASE DON'T TAKE IT OUT

ON THE PERSON WHO WAS CHOSEN

INSTEAD OF YOU.

IT WASN'T THEIR DECISION.

I WOULD CONGRATULATE THEM

AND REACH OUT TO THEM.

IF YOU'RE HAVING RESENTMENT

ISSUES WITH THEM, YOUR

RESENTMENT IS MISPLACED.

WHAT HAPPENED IS SOMEONE

OVER BOTH OF YOU MADE A

DECISION, AND MADE A

DECISION THEY WANTED TO GIVE

THE ADVANCEMENT, THE

PROMOTION, TO SOMEBODY OTHER

THAN YOU.

NOW, FOR YOU, WHAT IS IT

THAT YOU REALLY WANT?

I ALWAYS SAY DON'T RUN AWAY

FROM A PROBLEM.

RUN TO AN OPPORTUNITY.

SO IS THERE ANOTHER COMPANY

IN YOUR LINE OF WORK THAT

MAYBE YOU COULD, THROUGH A

TRANSFER TO THE OTHER

COMPANY, RECEIVE THE

ADVANCEMENT YOU'RE LOOKING

FOR.

Terry: YOU HAVE TO HAVE

A LITTLE BIT OF AN ATTITUDE

ADJUSTMENT OF THIS.

I WOULD CONSIDER, WITH THE

RIGHT ATTITUDE, GOING TO THE

PERSON WHO MADE THE

DECISION, THIS REALLY

MATTERS TO ME.

I'M WONDERING IF YOU CAN

TELL ME WHAT WENT INTO YOUR

THOUGHT PROCESS SEE I CAN BE

IN THE RUNNING NEXT TIME.

Gordon: BUT SOMETIMES

YOU DON'T NECESSARILY

GET --

Terry: HE SAYS THAT

BECAUSE HE IS THE BOSS.

Gordon: -- THE TRUTH.

THOSE CAN BE AWKWARD

MOMENTS.

WELL, HAVING BEEN THE BOSS

AND HAVING LAID IT OUT

SOMETIMES, YOU DON'T LIKE TO

DO IT.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM PSALM 19: "MAY

THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH AND

THE THOUGHTS OF MY HEART BE

PLEASING TO YOU, O LORD, MY

ROCK AND MY REDEEMER."

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