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700 Club Interactive: What Am I Supposed to do With My Life? Nov. 12, 2014

For years, Melody struggled with grief and infertility – and that was before she got hit with a cancer diagnosis. You’ll be amazed when you see what happened next! Read Transcript


Andrew: EXPECTING A

CHILD --

JUST GIVE ME A HEALTHY

BABY.

THAT'S ALL I WANT.

Andrew: -- AND

DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER.

I HAVE TO EXPLAIN IT TO

HIM.

Andrew: THIS FAMILY'S

MIRACLE.

GOD WAS ANSWERING AN

11-YEAR-OLD PRAYER.

Andrew: ON TODAY'S "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE."

Gordon: ON "700 CLUB

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Andrew: HI, AND WELCOME

TO THE SHOW.

MELANIE AND ROB WERE

THRILLED WHEN THEY

DISCOVERED THEY WERE

PREGNANT.

THEN AT JUST 24 WEEKS,

MELANIE WENT INTO LABOR AND

LOST THE BABY.

Terry: MELANIE TRIED

EVERYTHING TO GET PREGNANT

AGAIN, AND NOTHING SEEMED TO

WORK.

UNTIL THE DAY DOCTORS GAVE

HER A PROGNOSIS SHE NEVER

IMAGINED: SHE WAS PREGNANT,

BUT SHE ALSO HAD CANCER.

ROB AND I WERE IN OUR

EARLY 20s WHEN WE

DISCOVERED WE WERE

PREGNANT.

WE WERE BOTH SHOCKED AND

AFRAIDMENT.

> AFRAID.

YOU AUTOMATICALLY START

THINKING ABOUT THE FUTURE,

WHAT DOES IT HOLD FOR US.

EVEN THOUGH IT WASN'T

SOMETHING WE PLANNED, I WAS

EXCITED.

24 WEEKS, AND MELANIE'S

WATER BROKE.

THEY RUSHED ME TO THE

HOSPITAL, AND THEY INJECTED

ME EVERY 30 MINUTES IN THE

ARM TO TRY AND STOP THE

LABOR.

THAT BABY WAS COMING.

AND I GAVE BIRTH TO A

VERY TINY BABY GIRL THAT

NIGHT.

ONE POUND, NINE OUNCES.

YOU WANT TO JUST SCOOP HER

UP AND HOLD HER, AND THERE

WAS NO WAY THAT WAS GOING TO

HAPPEN.

IN MY HEART, I JUST KNEW

THAT THE LORD WAS GOING TO

HEAL HER AND EVERYTHING WAS

GOING TO BE FINE.

AND THEN WE GOT THAT

PHONE CALL.

SHE DEVELOPED AN

INFECTION.

SHE WAS GREY AND VERY

FRAIL.

YOU COULD TELL SHE WAS

FIGHTING FOR HER LIFE.

I CRIED OUT TO THE LORD AND

I SAID, YOU CAN HEAL HER.

I KNOW YOU CAN HEAL HER.

I WATCHED THEM REMOVE ALL OF

THE TUBES AND PATCHES AND

EVERYTHING THAT COVERED HER

BODY.

AND THEY WRAPPED HER IN A

BLANKET AND THEY PLACED HER

IN MY ARMS.

AND THAT WAS THE LAST TIME

THAT I WOULD HOLD MY BABY.

HOW ARE WE GOING TO KEEP

IT ALL TOGETHER?

HOW WAS I GOING TO CONSULT

HER?

WE WEREN'T PREPARED.

I JUST THOUGHT IF I COULD

GET PREGNANT AGAIN, THEN

THAT WOULD FILL THAT VOID.

I HAD GOTTEN PREGNANT SO

EASILY THE FIRST TIME, SO I

THOUGHT I WOULD GET PREGNANT

THE FIRST OR SECOND TRY.

BUT SINCE I WAS GRIEVING SO

DEEPLY, THE DOCTORS SAID

THAT MY BODY HAD ACTUALLY

SHUT DOWN AND I WASN'T

OVULATING.

WE TRIED PRETTY MUCH

ANYTHING UNDER THE SUN.

IF SOMEBODY HAD A

RECOMMENDATION, HAD AN IDEA,

WE DID ANYTHING WE COULD.

ROB WOULD GIVE ME INJECTIONS

IN MY STOMACH OR IN MY HIPS

EVERY MONTH.

I TOOK MY TEMPERATURE EVERY

DAY TO SEE WHERE MY BODY WAS

IN ITS CYCLE.

WHEN I WOULD GET THAT DIP,

IT WAS JUST LIKE I HAD

COMPLETELY FAILED.

ONCE AGAIN, I WASN'T

PREGNANT.

I WATCHED SO MANY OF MY

FRIENDS HAVE THEIR SECOND

AND THEIR THIRD CHILD, WHILE

I WAITED.

WHY NOT US?

WE WANT A CHILD JUST AS BAD

AS THEY DO.

WE PROMISE WE'RE GOING TO BE

GOOD PARENTS.

MY MOM USED TO SAY,

MELANIE, YOU'RE GOING TO BE

ABLE TO HELP SOMEBODY ELSE

ONE DAY.

AND I WOULD CRY AND SAY, I

DON'T CARE.

I DON'T WANT TO BE THAT

PERSON.

I WANT TO BE THE ONE WHO

TAKES MY BABY HOME.

AND THEN I MET MY NIECE ON

FEBRUARY 18th, 1994.

AND IT WAS HARD.

IT WAS REALLY HARD TO LOOK

AT HER, BUT SHE WAS AN

ANGEL.

AND I TOLD THE LORD, I WANT

TO PRAISE YOU, EVEN WHEN MY

CIRCUMSTANCES DON'T HAPPEN.

A YEAR LATER WE FOUND OUT

THAT WE WERE EXPECTING.

I THINK I WAS PROBABLY THE

HAPPIEST PREGNANT WOMAN

WALKING.

WHEN THEY LAID HIM IN MY

ARMS, IT WAS ABSOLUTELY LOVE

AT FIRST SIGHT.

LOOKS JUST LIKE ME.

ROB AND I WERE BOTH

OVERJOYED TO BE PARENTS, BUT

I STILL WAS NOT READY TO LET

GO OF THAT DREAM OF HAVING A

LITTLE GIRL.

WE TRIED FOR SEVERAL YEARS.

AND WE DIDN'T HAVE ANY

LUCK.

I STARTED TO WONDER, WHAT IF

I WAS TO GET PREGNANT, WHAT

IF SOMETHING WOULD HAPPEN TO

ME?

AND I BEGAN TO PRAY, LORD, I

TRUST YOU.

IF I NEVER GET PREGNANT

AGAIN, I TRUST THAT YOU KNOW

SOMETHING THAT I DON'T.

WE JUST COMPLETELY PUT IT IN

THE LORD'S HANDS.

AND THEN IN JANUARY OF 2001,

ROB FOUND A LUMP IN MY LEFT

BREAST.

WE SCHEDULED SURGERY FOR

JANUARY 22nd, AND WHEN I

CAME TO, MY HUSBAND AND THE

SURGEON WERE STANDING

THERE.

AND WE HAD TO TELL HER

THAT SHE HAD BREAST CANCER

AND SHE WAS PREGNANT.

MY FIRST THOUGHT WAS,

REALLY, GOD?

IF YOU KNEW I HAD CANCER,

WHY WOULD YOU ALLOW ME TO

GET PREGNANT?

AND SOMETHING I INSIDE OF

ME JUST SAID, HE MUST HAVE

AN AWESOME PLAN IF HE COULD

ALLOW THIS.

WHAT IF I GET IN HIS WAY?

WHAT IF I DON'T TRUST HIM

ENOUGH TO SEE IT THROUGH?

I HAD A MASTECTOMY AND

STARTED TAKING TREATMENTS.

SHE WAS FEELING

HORRIBLE.

I HAVE MY SON, AND I HAVE TO

EXPLAIN TO HIM WHAT HIS MOM

IS GOING THROUGH.

THE YEAR THAT I HAD

CANCER WAS ONE OF THE MOST

PEACEFUL TIMES OF MY LIFE.

AND IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE

THAT.

I WAS BALD AND PREGNANT AND

HAD ONE BREAST.

BUT ONCE WE SURRENDERED

EVERYTHING TO THE LORD, IT

WAS AMAZING TO WATCH HIM

WORK.

EVERYTHING CONTINUED.

THE BABY WAS A LITTLE

SMALL.

WE WERE TOLD THAT

PRE-MATURE DELIVERY WAS A

RISK WITH CHEMOTHERAPY.

JUST GIVE ME A HEALTHY

BABY, 10 FINGERS, 10 TOES,

THAT'S ALL I WANT.

SEPTEMBER 20th, IT WAS

SO PEACEFUL AND FUN, IF

LABOR CAN BE FUN.

SHE WAS SO BEAUTIFUL.

MY WIFE WAS SO BEAUTIFUL.

TO FINALLY BE HOLDING MY

DAUGHTER IN MY ARMS, IT WAS

LIKE GOD WAS ANSWERING AN

11-YEAR-OLD PRAYER.

AFTER SAYING IT, HAD I

GOTTEN PREGNANT BEFORE I WAS

DIAGNOSED, THEY PROBABLY

WOULDN'T HAVE FOUND THE

LUMP.

I THINK THAT IS SO GOD

ORCHESTRATED.

ROMANS 8: 28 TELLS US THAT

IN ALL THINGS GOD WORKS FOR

THE GOOD OF THOSE WHO LOVE

HIM AND WHO ARE CALLED

ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE.

WHEN I WAS WALKING THROUGH

ALL OF THAT, I COULD NOT SEE

ANY GOOD IN THE SUFFERING

THAT GOD WAS ALLOWING IN MY

LIFE.

I WAS SO HURT AND I WAS SO

ANGRY WITH THE LORD.

AND IT WAS MORE IMPORTANT

FOR ME TO BE MISERABLE THAN

IT WAS FOR ME TO HONOR GOD.

NOW WHEN I THINK ABOUT THE

SCRIPTURE, ROMANC ROMANS 8:

28, I LOOK AT IT

DIFFERENTLY.

BECAUSE I SEE HOW GOD TAKES

ALL OF THE HURTS AND

DISAPPOINTMENT AND EVEN OUR

PAIN, AND TURNS IT INTO

SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL.

Terry: HE HAS A PLAN.

ONE OF THE THINGS WE LEARN

IN LIFE, WE LEARN IT ONE WAY

OR WE LEARN IT THE OTHER, IS

TO TRUST HIM.

TO LEARN THAT HE IS

TRUSTWORTHY.

THOU WILL KEEP HIM IN

PERFECT PEACE WHO'S MIND IS

STAYED ON ME BECAUSE HE

TRUSTS IN ME.

GOD WANTS US TO KNOW HIM SO

WELL THAT IN THOSE PLACES

THAT ARE DARK, IN THOSE

PLACES THAT ARE DIFFICULT,

IN THOSE PLACES WHERE WE

FEEL MISERABLE AND ABANDONED

AND SOMETIMES EVEN HOPELESS,

HIS LIGHT STILL SHINES.

HE IS THERE, AND MAYBE IT

SHINES EVEN MORE BRIGHTLY IN

THAT PLACE.

IT'S ALL ABOUT KNOWING HIM.

IT'S ALL ABOUT UNDERSTANDING

WHO HE IS AND KNOWING WE CAN

REST IN HIM, THAT HE IS OUR

CLEFT IN THE ROCK.

MELANIE AND ROB FOUND THAT

OUT.

JOB SAYS THAT AT THE END OF

HIS STORY.

EVEN IF NOTHING GOES THE WAY

I'D LIKE IT TO GO, EVEN IF

THERE ARE NO CALVES IN THE

BARN, EVEN IF MY LIFE

DOESN'T GO THE WAY I WOULD

LIKE IT TO GO, LORD, I AM

GOING TO TRUST YOU.

SO TODAY, HOW ABOUT YOU?

MAYBE YOU'RE IN A PLACE

WHERE THINGS AREN'T GOING

THE WAY YOU WOULD LIKE THEM

TO.

AND YOU'RE WONDERING, GOD,

WHERE ARE YOU?

WE GET DISCOURAGED SO

QUICKLY.

WE FORGET WHO HE IS SO

QUICKLY.

THAT'S WHY GOD PUT US IN

FAMILIES, SO WE COULD REMIND

EACH OTHER THAT HE IS WHO HE

SAYS HE IS.

HE HAS NOT FORGOTTEN YOU.

NOTHING EVER HAPPENS TO A

CHILD OF GOD WITHOUT IT

FIRST PASSING BY THE THRONE,

WITHOUT HIM FIRST NODDING,

WITHOUT HIM FIRST HAVING A

PLAN FOR WHAT THAT'S GOING

TO DO IN YOUR HEART AND

MIND, IF WE'LL JUST LET IT.

SO TODAY STOP WRESTLING WITH

YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES.

STOP WORRYING.

STOP DOUBTING.

STOP WONDERING WHY EVERYBODY

ELSE AND NOT ME.

TODAY JUST REACH UP, GRAB

THE HEM OF HIS GARMENT, AND

LET HIM SCOOP YOU UP INTO

HIS LAP AND HOLD YOU AND

GIVE YOU WISE COUNSEL THAT

CAN ONLY COME FROM HIS HEART

TO YOURS.

LET HIM TEACH YOU MORE ABOUT

WHO HE IS AND HOW MUCH HE

LOVES YOU.

IT'S ALL FOR YOU.

IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU.

THAT'S WHY JESUS CAME.

HE LOVES YOU SO MUCH.

HE WILL NOT LEAVE YOU OR

FORSAKE YOU, NOT EVER.

THAT'S WHAT HE SAID, NOT

EVER.

HE DOESN'T MAKE MISTAKES.

YOU'RE NOT A MISTAKE, AND

NEITHER ARE YOUR

CIRCUMSTANCES.

SO TODAY JUST BOW DOWN

BEFORE HIM, SURRENDER AND

SAY, GOD, I'M TRUSTING YOU.

I'M TRUSTING YOU, EVEN

THOUGH I DON'T UNDERSTAND

THIS.

TEACH ME WHAT YOU WANT ME TO

KNOW ABOUT YOU, ABOUT

MYSELF, ABOUT LIFE.

I'M LISTENING.

HE WILL SPEAK TO YOU.

IF YOU HAVE A NEED IN YOUR

LIFE AND YOU'D LIKE SOMEONE

TO PRAY ABOUT IT WITH YOU,

YOU CAN CALL OUR TOLL-FREE

NUMBER.

ON THE OTHER END OF THAT

LINE IS SOMEONE WHO LOVES

GOD JUST LIKE YOU DO.

AND MAY HAVE BEEN THROUGH

THEIR OWN STORY, THEIR OWN

ADVENTURE, AND THEY'D LOVE

TO PRAY WITH YOU TODAY.

THERE IS OUR NUMBER ON THE

SCREEN, 1-888-777-1999.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO KNOW MORE

ABOUT MELANIE'S STORY, CHECK

OUT HER BOOK.

IT'S CALLED "THREADS OF

GRACE, A SURVIVOR'S

JOURNEY."

YOU CAN ORDER IT FROM HER

WEBSITE

WWW.LIVINGBYHISDESIGN.COM.

Andrew: UP NEXT, HE

WENT FROM A CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

TO ONE OF THE BIGGEST

PRODUCERS IN HOLLYWOOD.

AND HE IS GOING TO HELP YOU

FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU SHOULD

DO WITH YOUR LIFE.

A BIG CHALLENGE.

THAT'S UP WHEN WE COME

BACK.

Andrew: AS WE SAW

EARLIER IN THE SHOW, IT IS

HARD TO BE PATIENT AND WAIT

ON GOD.

ESPECIALLY IF YOU'RE ASKING,

WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO BE

DOING WITH MY LIFE.

JOHNNY MOORE SAYS THE ANSWER

TO THAT QUESTION MAY NOT BE

AS DIFFICULT AS WE THINK.

Reporter: CHILDREN SEEM

TO HAVE NO PROBLEM ANSWERING

LIFE'S TOUGH QUESTIONS,

LIKE: WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE

WHEN YOU GROW UP?

BUT AS ADULTS, MAKING THOSE

LIFE-CHANGING DECISIONS CAN

BE TOUGH, ESPECIALLY WHEN

WE'RE TRYING TO FOLLOW GOD'S

WILL.

JOHNNY MOORE SAYS IT IS NOT

AS HARD AS PEOPLE MAKE IT.

IN FACT, BEFORE HE AGREED TO

TAKE OVER AS CHIEF-OF-STAFF

FOR HOLLYWOOD'S TOP GROSSING

PRODUCER, MARK BERNETT, HE

ASKED GO GOD FOR

DIRECTION.

IN HIS BOOK, "WHAT AM I

SUPPOSED TO DO WITH MY

LIFE," JOHNNY DISMYSTIFIES

THOSE QUESTIONS.

Andrew: JOINING US NOW

IS THE AUTHOR OF "WHAT AM I

SUPPOSED TO DO WITH MY

LIFE," JOHNNY MOORE.

THANKS.

GREAT TO BE HERE.

Andrew: YOU SAY FOR

2,000 YEARS CHRISTIANS HAVE

BOUGHT INTO A LIE.

WHAT IS THE LIE?

THAT GOD'S WILL IS HARD

TO FIND.

DOESN'T THAT SOUND

SACRELIGIOUS?

Terry: A LITTLE BIT.

BUT IF YOU BELIEVE THE

BIBLE HAS ALL OF THE ANSWERS

TO QUESTIONS, YOU DON'T HAVE

TO GO FAR AND YOU DON'T HAVE

TO GOOGLE IT.

IT'S A MUCH EASIER QUESTION

THAN WE THINK.

Andrew: YOU TOTALLY

CHANGED OUR THINKING ON

THIS.

YOU SAY THAT THE WILL OF GOD

IS ABOUT WHO YOU ARE, NOT

WHAT YOU'RE DOING.

THAT'S RIGHT.

THAT IS THE FIRST OF TWO

MAJOR POINTS IN THE BOOK

ABOUT THE WILL OF GOD.

GOD'S WILL IS MORE ABOUT WHO

YOU ARE THAN WHERE YOU ARE

OR WHAT YOU ARE DOING.

IT IS ACTUALLY ENTIRELY

CONTRARY OF WHAT WE THINK.

A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT THINKS

ABOUT GOING TO COLLEGE, OR

MID-CAREER, AND A MAN OR

WOMAN THINKS ABOUT CHANGING

THEIR LIVES, AND THEY SAY,

WHERE AM I SUPPOSED TO GO

AND WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO

DO?

AND GOD SAYS IN HIS WORD,

THIS IS GOD'S WILL, THAT YOU

BE SANCTIFIED.

IT DOESN'T SAY YOU WORK IN

THIS VOCATION.

IT IS ABOUT WHO YOU ARE.

BECAUSE YOU TAKE WHO YOU ARE

WHEREVER YOU GO.

Terry: WHY ARE WE SO

PARANOID ABOUT THAT?

HERE YOU WERE ON A VERY,

VERY LARGE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS

WITH KIDS WHO ARE ALL THERE

BECAUSE THEY'RE TRYING TO

FIGURE OUT WHAT THEY'RE

GOING TO DO WITH THEIR

LIVES.

A LOT OF CHRISTIAN KIDS WAIT

ON GOD.

A LOT OF ADULT CHRISTIANS

WAIT ON GOD AND ASK HIM FOR

A SIGN.

AND YOU FEEL THAT IS NOT THE

BEST WAY TO GO.

NOT AT ALL.

I WROTE THE BOOK, "WHAT AM I

SUPPOSED TO DO WITH MY

LIFE," BECAUSE I HAD THIS

ROW OF STUDENTS AT MY DOOR

ALL THE TIME, AND THEY WERE

SAYING, I'M WAITING ON GOD

TO SHOW ME WHAT TO DO.

BUT IT IS SPOKEN MORE OUT OF

FEAR THAN FAITH.

Terry: FEAR OF

FAILURE?

FEAR OF ALL KINDS OF

THINGS BECAUSE FEAR DRIVES

THESE DECISIONS IN MY LIFE.

BUT FAITH SAYS, I'LL GO

UNTIL GOD STOPS ME.

I'M GOING TO EXPECT GOD TO

BE WITH ME AND MOVE IN THE

MOST LOGICAL DIRECTION.

Terry: WHAT IF YOU

DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO

DO?

THEN WHAT?

THAT'S OKAY.

THIS IDEA I'M GOING TO MAKE

ONE FALSE DECISION THAT WILL

MESS UP THE REST OF MY LIFE,

THAT'S JUST NOT HOW LIFE

WORKS.

SOMETIMES YOU MAKE A

DECISION, AND THEN YOU MAKE

A GOOD ONE.

THAT'S WHAT THE BIBLE CALLS

STEWARDSHIP.

DO EVERYTHING FOR THE GLORY

OF GOD.

YOU GO UNTIL GOD STOPS YOU.

STOP WAITING FOR GOD TO TELL

YOU TO GO.

Andrew: WE PUT THE

PRESSURE ON GOD.

I'M WAITING FOR GOD TO TELL

ME.

WE DON'T PUT THE PRESSURE ON

OURSELVES.

WE'RE ALWAYS PUTTING IT ON

HIM.

WE'RE SCAPEGOATING GOD.

GOD, SEND ME A BLINKING

LIGHT IN THE SKY.

I'VE NEVER EVER READ IN ALL

OF THE HISTORY GOD SENDING A

BLINKING LIGHT.

Andrew: AND PEOPLE SAY,

GOD, IF YOU SHOW ME, IT MUST

BE A SIGN.

WE ALL DO IT.

WHAT DOES JESUS SAY ABOUT

IT.

HE SAYS, A WICKED AND

ADULTEROUS GENERATION ASKS

FOR A SIGN.

AND JESUS IS A PRETTY NICE

GUY, AND HE DIDN'T SAY STUFF

LIKE THAT OFTEN, AND SO HE

MEANT IT.

Terry: TALK ABOUT HOW

YOU MADE THE DECISION YOU

DID IN YOUR OWN LIFE.

YOU'RE IN A WONDERFUL JOB AT

LIBERTY UNIVERSITY, PROBABLY

THE BIGGEST CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

IN THE COUNTRY.

NOW YOU'RE IN HOLLYWOOD,

CALIFORNIA.

THERE HAD TO BE SOME

DECISIONS YOU MADE ALONG THE

WAY.

HOW DID THAT WORK FOR YOU?

FIRST, THE QUESTION YOU

DIDN'T ASK IS WHETHER I

APPLIED THE BOOK, AND I

DID.

I'M NOT A HYPOCRITE.

GOD HAD ME WRITING THIS BOOK

BEFORE I HAD TO MAKE THE

BIGGEST DECISION OF MY

CAREER.

AND THEN GOD DID IT.

I WAS ON THE ROAD OF LIFE,

AND I ENCOUNTERED A STOP.

AND GOD SENT ME IN A

DIFFERENT DIRECTION.

I MET MARK AND ROMA IN THE

MIDDLE EAST IN A MEETING

WITH CHRISTIAN LEADERS TWO

YEARS AGO.

AND THEN THEY CAME TO

LIBERTY WHEN THEY WERE

PROMOTING "THE SON OF GOD,"

THE MOVIE.

SO WE GOT TO KNOW ONE

ANOTHER.

HERE I AM IN HOLLYWOOD

HELPING THEM PRODUCE OTHER

THINGS, LIKE "A.D.," WHICH

IS THE STORY OF THE BOOK OF

ACTS.

Terry: AND IT SOUNDS

LIKE YOU ARE SAYING, ONCE

YOU MAKE A DECISION ON ONE

OF THOSE PATHS, GO FOR IT

WITH GUSTO.

THE TWO DANGEROUS

THINGS -- REALLY THE

THREE -- THAT WE STRUGGLE

WITH IS, NUMBER ONE, WE

REFUSE TO MAKE A DECISION.

NUMBER TWO IS WE MAKE A

DECISION AND WE SECOND GUESS

OURSELVES.

AND NUMBER THREE IS WE MAKE

A DECISION, AND WE'RE NOT

WHOLEHEARTEDLY COMMITTED TO

THAT.

THAT'S WHY THE SECOND HALF

OF THE BOOK ISN'T ABOUT

GOD'S WILL AT ALL BECAUSE

THAT'S AN EASY THING.

BUT THE QUESTION IS IF WE'LL

BE COMMITTED TO IT.

SOMETIMES IF YOU'RE FACING A

FORK IN THE ROAD, IT IS OKAY

TO PICK A PATH, AND EITHER

PATH IS OKAY.

Terry: IT IS NOT A

RIGHT OR A WRONG.

IT IS A CHOOSE.

THAT'S RIGHT.

I'M PART OF THE MILLENNIAL

GENERATION, THE AVERAGE 20

SOMETHING IN THIS COUNTRY,

IF THEY'VE HAD A JOB AT ALL,

THEY'VE HAD FIVE IN FIVE

DIFFERENT PLACES BY THE TIME

THEIR 25.

Andrew: COMMITMENT IS

NOT THE STRONG SUIT.

AND CHRISTIANS ARE THE

WORST AT THIS BECAUSE THEY

SAY YOU HAVE TO HIT THE

BULL'S EYE.

NO, NO, NO.

YOU MAKE A DECISION AND MAKE

A GOOD ONE, AND THIS IS ALL

SIMPLER THAN WE MAKE IT.

I WROTE THIS BOOK FOR EVERY

PERSON, FROM PARENTS TO

THEIR KIDS TO A STUDENT IN

THE MIDDLE OF LIFE OR A HIGH

SCHOOL STUDENT ABOUT TO

GRADUATE, OR FOR AN OLDER

PERSON IN A MID-LIFE

CRISIS.

WHEN THEY'RE ASKING WHAT AM

I SUPPOSED TO DO WITH MY

LIFE, IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE

THAT HARD.

Andrew: WHAT DOES IT

MEAN WHEN YOU SAY WE'RE

ACCUSTOMED DESIGNED FOR A

PURPOSE?

IT MEANS THAT GOD WASN'T

MAKING A MISTAKE WHEN HE

MADE YOU LIKE HE MADE YOU.

THE EXAMPLE I USE IN THE

BOOK IS THE APOSTLE PAUL.

PAUL WAS FROM TARSUS.

AND HE WAS TRAINED AS A

JEWISH PHARISEE, AND HE WAS

A ROMAN.

I WAS TAUGHT IN SUNDAY

SCHOOL, THIS GUY IS THE

LEAST LIKELY PERSON TO

CHANGE THE WORLD.

Andrew: BUT HE WAS THE

MOST.

AND HE WAS THE MOST.

YOU ONLY HAVE TO UNDERSTAND

THREE THINGS, ROMAN

POLITICS, JEWISH RELIGION,

AND GREEK CULTURE.

HE WAS FROM THE CENTER OF

GREEK CULTURE.

HE WAS A ROMAN CITIZEN, AND

HE WAS TRAINED BY THE TOP

RABBI AT THE TIME.

Andrew: AND WE DON'T

USUALLY LOOK AT THE APOSTLE

PAUL THAT WAY AT ALL.

NO, NO.

AND WE DON'T LOOK AT

OURSELVES THAT WAY, EITHER.

AND SOMETIMES WHEN YOU THINK

YOU'RE THE LEAST LIKELY TO

CHANGE THE WORLD, YOU ARE

THE MOST LIKELY.

I BELIEVE THAT GOD BELIEVES

IN US MORE THAN WE THINK AND

HIS PLAN IS BIGGER FOR US

THAN WE THINK.

Andrew: IT IS A GREAT

BOOK.

WE THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE,

JOHNNY.

IF YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE

ABOUT HIS BOOK, IT IS

AVAILABLE WHEREVER BOOKS ARE

SOLD.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

Terry: COMING UP, WE'RE

GOING TO PRAY FOR YOU AND

YOUR NEEDS, BUT FIRST WE'LL

SEE HOW A YOUNG MAN WHO

BARELY MADE 50 CENTS A DAY

GETS THE CHANCE TO PURSUE

HER DREAM OF BECOMING A

LAWYER.

NOW THAT'S A GOD ADVENTURE,

AND IT'S NEXT.

Terry: OVER 10 YEARS

AGO, SIERRA LEONE ENDED A

BLOODY CIVIL WAR THAT NEARLY

TORE THAT COUNTRY APART.

NOW PEOPLE THERE ARE WORKING

TO REBUILD THEIR COUNTRY AND

THEIR LIVES.

HERE IN SIERRA LEONE, PEOPLE

WORK VERY HARD AND MAKE VERY

LITTLE.

I MET A YOUNG MAN NAMED

DENNIS, WHO IS AN EXTREMELY

HARD WORKER.

YOU SEE, DENNIS HAS BIG

DREAMS.

DENNIS LIVED WITH HIS MOTHER

IN THIS SMALL HOUSE.

HIS FATHER ABANDONED THE

FAMILY WHEN HE WAS JUST A

BABY.

THEY TRIED TO MAKE A LIVING

BY SELLING CHARCOAL FOR

COOKING, BUT THEY BARELY

MADE 50 CENTS A DAY.

THERE WERE TIMES WHEN I

WOULD GO TO SCHOOL WITHOUT

LUNCH.

Terry: TAWERWU

COULDN'T PROVIDE FOR HER

SON, SO HE LET HIM MOVE INTO

A HOME PROVIDED BY

"OPERATION BLESSING."

SHE IS VERY CLOSE, JUST DOWN

THE STREET.

AT THE PASTOR'S HOME, THEY

ARE GIVING TWO DOZEN

CHILDREN OPPORTUNITIES THEY

CAN'T GET ANYWHERE ELSE.

DENNIS WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO

GO TO COLLEGE AND PURSUE HIS

DREAM OF BECOMING A LAWYER.

HE SAYS WHEN HE GROWS UP, HE

WANTS TO HELP PEOPLE AND

TAKE CARE OF HIS MOTHER.

IF WE COULD HELP YOUR MOM,

WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP US

HELP HER?

REALLY?

Terry: WE KNEW TAWU

COULDN'T KEEP SELLING

CHARCOAL, SO DENNIS HELPED

US GIVE HER A BIG SURPRISE.

HERE ARE THINGS TO START

YOUR OWN STORE.

GOD BLESS YOU.

Terry: THANKS TO

"ORPHANS' PROMISE," DENNIS

CAN LOOK FORWARD TO A BRIGHT

FUTURE, AND TAWU WILL BE

ABLE TO RUN A BUSINESS FROM

HOME.

BEFORE WE LEFT, WE HAD ONE

LAST LITTLE SURPRISE FOR

DENNIS.

WE SAW THE KIDS PLAYING WITH

AN OLD, FLAT SOCCER BALL, SO

WE WENT OUT AND GOT THEM A

NEW ONE.

[APPLAUSE]

[CHEERING]

THANK YOU, CBN, FOR

BUILDING A NEW HOME FOR

CHILDREN LIKE US.

I WANT TO SAY A BIG THANKS

TO YOU.

Terry: IT IS SO

EXCITING TO SEE HOW YOU AND

I CAN CHANGE A LIFE

FOREVER.

DENNIS IS A BOY FILLED WITH

PROMISE.

HE HAS DREAMS IN HIS HEART.

AND YOU AND I CAN MAKE A

DIFFERENCE IN HIS LIFE, AND

IN THE LIVES OF THOUSANDS OF

CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD.

IT TAKES SUCH A LITTLE BIT.

HE HAS THE INTELLIGENCE.

HE HAS THE COMMITMENT.

HE HAS THE WILLINGNESS TO

SACRIFICE.

WHAT HE DOESN'T HAVE IS THE

FINANCIAL ABILITY TO MAKE IT

HAPPEN.

THAT'S JUST ONE OF THE

THINGS THAT "ORPHANS'

PROMISE" IS DOING WITH

CHILDREN WHO ARE VULNERABLE

AROUND THE WORLD, TAKING

THEM FROM AT-RISK TO

THRIVING.

WOULDN'T YOU LIKE TO BE A

PART OF THAT?

RAISE UP A WHOLE GENERATION

OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO KNOW THE

LORD, WHO ARE WELL-EDUCATED

AND WISE IN THEIR WAYS.

WE CAN CHANGE NATIONS THAT

WAY.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE A

PART OF THAT, JOIN WITH US.

CALL 1-888-777-1999.

GIVE A GIFT TO "ORPHANS' PROMISE."

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Andrew: THANK YOU,

TERRY.

WE HERE AT "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE" WANT TO PRAY

WITH YOU.

LESS GO OVER TO JESSICA.

WE HAVE OUR FIRST PRAYER

REQUEST IN FROM SAMANTHA.

SHE SAYS, "I NEED PRAYER.

I'M A SINGLE MOM WITH TWO

KIDS AND A DEAD-END JOB.

I WANT MORE FROM LIFE THAN

JUST LIVING DAY TO DAY.

PLEASE PRAY I CAN FIGURE OUT

GOD'S WILL FOR MY LIFE.

I KNOW THERE IS MORE TO THIS

LIFE THAN JUST EXISTING."

THE SECOND PRAYER REQUEST

COMES IN FROM TIFFANY WHO

SAYS, "I AM A HIGH SCHOOL

SENIOR AND I'M HAVING A HARD

TIME FIGURING OUT WHAT

COLLEGE TO GO TO AND WHAT TO

DO WITH MY LIFE.

I WANT TO HELP PEOPLE AND

MAKE GOOD MONEY.

PLEASE PRAY THE LORD WILL

REVEAL WHAT HE WANTS ME TO

DO AND WHAT COLLEGE HE WANTS

ME TO TO."

JOHN SAYS, "I HAVE A GREAT

JOB AND MAKE GREAT MONEY.

MY PASTOR ASKED ME IF I

WOULD CONSIDER BEING A

MISSIONARY FOR MY CHURCH

OVERSEAS.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO.

PLEASE PRAY GOD WILL GIVE ME

SOME DIRECTION."

IF YOU ARE WATCHING AND YOU,

OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW, NEED

SOME DIRECTION IN THEIR

LIFE, JOIN WITH US IN

PRAYER.

HEAVENLY FATHER, WE THANK

YOU THAT WE CAN APPROACH

YOUR THRONE OF GRACE WITH

CONFIDENCE AND THAT, LORD,

YOU WILL OFFER US HELP.

FATHER, THAT OUR PRAYERS DO

NOT FALL ON DEAF EARS.

THAT YOU ARE NOT A SHEPHERD

TO LEAVE OUT WITHOUT

DIRECTION.

FATHER, I LIFT UP EVERYONE

WHO IS SEEKING DIRECTION IN

THEIR LIFE.

THAT YOU WOULD PULL THEM

INTO GREATER UNDERSTANDING

OF THEIR IDENTITY IN YOU,

AND WHO THEY ARE, AND WHAT

THEIR GIFTS ARE AND THEIR

TALENTS ARE, AND WHAT WOULD

REALLY SATISFY THEM, FATHER,

AND WHAT WOULD REALLY JUST

BE THE THING THAT WOULD MAKE

THEMSELVES TICK AND COME

ALIVE.

LORD, FOR THOSE WHO ARE

STRUGGLING WITH THE PRESSURE

TO BE SOMETHING THAT THEY

DON'T REALLY WANT TO BE, BUT

THEY THINK IT MIGHT BE THE

HOLIER ROUTE TO TAKE, LIKE

JOHN, THAT HE WOULD HAVE

PEACE TO KNOW WHAT HE IS

DOING IS OKAY.

WE THANK YOU, GOD, FOR THE

PLANS YOU HAVE.

Andrew: WE LEAVE YOU

WITH THESE WORDS FROM THRILL

PIENSWEDNESDAY PHILLIPIANS:

"THAT THE PEACE OF GOD WILL

GUARD YOUR HEART AND

MINDS."

FOR TERRY AND JESSICA, I'M

ANDREW KNOX.

WE'LL

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