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700 Club Interactive: Do Over – May 28, 2015

Do you feel stuck in a rut? Jon Acuff explains how to give your life a “Do-Over”. Read Transcript


Andrew: ARE ARE ARE YOU STUCK

IN A RUT?

WHAT IF YOU COULD

CHANGE THE WAY YOU LOOK AT

YOUR JOB.

Andrew: BEST-SELLING

AUTHOR JOHN ACUFF SHARES

HIS SECRETS FOR A DO-OVER.

ON "700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

Consuelo: IN A RECENT

GALLOP SURVEY, 70% OF

AMERICANS SAID THEY HATE

THEIR JOBS OR FEEL

DISENGAGED.

AND MANY OF THEM BOUGHT

INTO THE LIE THAT WORK HAS

TO BE MISERABLE.

WELL, PEOPLE CLOCK IN AND

CAN'T WAIT TO CLOCK OUT,

AND THEY'RE TAUGHT TO WORK

JOBS, AND NOT BUILD THEIR

CAREERS.

BUT WHAT IF THEY CONTROL

MORE THAN THEY THINK.

TAKE A LOOK.

I WORKED AT BIG

COMPANIES AND SMALL

COMPANIES.

I STARTED MY OWN AND RAN

IT INTO THE GROUND.

I FOUND MY DREAM JOB AND

LEFT IT.

ALONG THE WAY, I LEARNED

ONE BIG LESSON ABOUT WORK:

IT'S ON US.

GOOD JOB, DREAM JOB, BAD

JOB, NO JOB, THIS REMAINS

TRUE.

THOUGH IT IS EASIER TO

BLAME OTHERS OR THE

ECONOMY OR A BOSS WHO

DOESN'T GET US, BUT THE

REALITY IS THAT A BETTER

JOB BEGINS WITH BUILDING A

BETTER YOU.

WHAT IF YOU COULD CHANGE

THE WAY YOU LOOKED AT YOUR

JOB?

WHAT IF YOU COULD RESCUE

MONDAY?

WHAT IF YOU COULD GET

UNSTUCK?

WHAT IF YOU COULD CALL A

DO-OVER.

Gordon: JOINING US

NOW IS BEST-SELLING AUTHOR

JOHN ACUFF, AND WELCOME TO

THE SHOW.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME,

GORDON.

Gordon: YOU HAVE AN

AMAZING BOOK, "DO-OVER,

RESCUE MONDAY, REINVENT

YOUR WORK AND NEVER GET

STUCK."

WHY DO YOU THINK MOST

PEOPLE ARE SAYING, I HATE

MONDAY?

I HATE GOING BACK TO WORK.

WE EAT AT T.G.I.F.

FRIDAYS, NOT T.G. I.

MONDAYS SO WE HAVE CREATED

IT.

A LOT OF US HAS BROUGHT IN

THAT MYTH, MONDAY THROUGH

FRIDAYS ARE WHERE DREAMS

GO TO DIE, AND I'LL TRY TO

WORK ON THE WEEKENDS.

WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO IT,

YOU'RE GOING TO DO THAT

JOB FOR 40 TO 50 YEARS,

FOR 40 TO 60 HOURS EVERY

WEEK.

THAT IS A LOT OF TIME TO

HAVE WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT

YOU'RE CALLED TO DO TURNED

OFF.

SO I GOT CURIOUS, WHAT IF

WORK COULD MATTER.

Gordon: HOW DO YOU

MAKE IT MATTER?

HOW DO WE TURN IT AROUND

WHERE YOU CAN HAVE A LIFE

WHERE YOU FEEL PURPOSE AND

LIKE YOUR ACCOMPLISHING

SOMETHING?

A LOT OF IT HAS TO DO

WITH YOUR TIME.

A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY

THEY'RE TWO BUSY.

BUT THE AVERAGE

21-YEAR-OLD HAS PLAYED

13,000 OF VIDEO GAMES.

SO WE ARE BUSY, BUT

SOMETIMES WE DON'T MAKE

ENOUGH TIME FOR THE THINGS

THAT MATTER.

ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS

YOU CAN DO IS GIVE YOUR

JOB SOME TIME.

RESCUE 30 MINUTES A WEEK

AND SAY, OKAY, DO I HAVE

THE TYPE OF ATTITUDE I

WANT TO HAVE?

AM I BEING DILIGENT WITH

THE OPPORTUNITIES I HAVE?

APPLY YOUR MOST

NON-RENEWABLE RESOURCE,

YOUR TIME, TO MAKING YOUR

JOB BETTER.

Gordon: WHY IS IT SO

HARD FOR US TO DO THAT?

A PROVERB I LEARNED

RECENTLY THAT I'M QUOTING

IS "THE URGENT IS NEVER

IMPORTANT, AND THE

IMPORTANT IS NEVER

URGENT."

WE NEVER SEEM TO SPEND

TIME ON THE THINGS THAT

ARE REALLY IMPORTANT, LIKE

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO BE

FIVE YEARS FROM NOW, 10

YEARS FROM NOW, AND WHO DO

YOU WANT TO BE?

WHY IS IT WE NEVER EVEN

SEEM TO TAKE TIME TO DO

THAT?

WE'RE TAUGHT TO BE A

MICROWAVE CULTURE.

EVERYTHING IS INSTANT.

GRADUATING COLLEGE IS A

MASSIVE DO-OVER.

YOU EXPECT TO HAVE YOUR

DREAM JOB RIGHT OUT OF

COLLEGE.

I HATE TO TELL YOU THIS,

YOUR FIRST JOB TEACHES YOU

HOW TO HAVE A JOB.

YOU'RE TRADING THREE

MONTHS OF VACATION FOR

EIGHT DAYS A YEAR.

THAT'S A HUGE TRANSITION.

SOMETIMES WE EXPECT IT TO

BE INSTANT, AND WHEN IT IS

NOT, WE CHASE SOMETHING

ELSE THAT IS.

VERSES SAYING, I'M GOING

TO SPEND 40 YEARS DOING

THIS, WHAT ARE THE

LONG-TERM THINGS I WANT TO

PUT IN PLACE.

IT MAY NOT GIVE ME INSTANT

GRATIFICATION, BUT IT IS

LONG-TERM.

AND IN A WORLD THAT IS

SHINY AND INSTANT,

SOMETIMES IT IS EAS EASY TO

GET DISTRACTED.

Gordon: YOU POINT OUT

ONE OF THE BIGGEST THINGS

YOU CAN DO IS INVEST IN

YOURSELF.

WHY IS THAT?

BECAUSE IT IS EASY TO

BLAME OTHER PEOPLE FOR

YOURSELF.

I WORKED AT BOES, AND THEY

HIRED MBOSE, ANDOTHER JOBS, AND I

THEY'RE A GREAT COMPANY.

BUT I REALIZED WITH JOBS,

THE COMMON DENOMINATOR WAS

ME.

IT'S NOT YOUR COMPANY'S

JOB TO MAKE YOU HAPPY.

IT'S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.

Gordon: AND A LOT OF

TIMES WE THINK I'M OWED A

JOB.

YOU SHOULD GIVE ME A JOB.

I THINK IT IS A SENSE

OF ENTITLEMENTMENT.

I THINK IT IS EASIER TO

BLAME SOMEBODY ELSE.

BECAUSE IF IT IS ON US, WE

HAVE THE ABILITY TO FIX

THEM AND WORK ON THEM.

AND IT'S HARD WORK.

I DON'T LIKE BOOKS THAT

SAY IF YOU DO THESE TWO

THINGS, TOMORROW YOUR

TEETH WILL BE WHITER.

YOU WENT TO LAW SCHOOL,

AND THERE WAS HARD WORK IN

THAT.

YOU WOULD NEVER TELL ONE

OF YOUR KIDS INTO

GRADUATED THAT IT WAS

EASY.

WE GET SOLD ON THE SHINY

PART OF IT, AND WE DON'T

GET TOLD ABOUT THE WORK.

AND WE JUMP OUT AND WE

REALIZE, IT IS REALLY

HARD.

AND IT IS HARD TO DO

THINGS THAT ARE DIFFICULT.

Gordon: WHEN I

GRADUATED FROM LAW SCHOOL,

I HAD A WAKEUP CALL.

I THOUGHT, I'M OWED A JOB

NOW.

I WENT KNOCKING ON DOORS,

AND, NO, THEY DIDN'T OWE

ME A JOB.

AND IT DIDN'T MATTER MY

EDUCATION.

THAT WAS, LIKE, SO WHAT?

WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR ME?

GRADUATING FROM LAW

SCHOOL, THERE SEEMED TO BE

A WHOLE SYSTEM OF

RECRUITING AND RECRUITING

THE GRADUATES, AND THERE

WAS A HIERARCHY OF FIRMS

AND A HIERARCHY OF

GRADUATES, AND THERE WAS

COMPETITION BY THE FIRMS

TO GET THE BEST GRADUATES.

FOR ME THAT WAS EASY.

THE HARDER PART IS FOR

SOMEBODY TO SAY HOW CAN I

CREATE VALUE?

HOW CAN I CREATE WORTH

TODAY?

AND PART OF THAT IS

RECOGNIZING SOMEBODY

ELSE'S NEED.

YOUR MANAGER HAS A

CURRENCY THEY CAY ABOUT.

CARE ABOUT.

SO YOU NEED TO TAKE THE

TIME TO GO, I WORK FOR

THIS PERSON.

I'M RESPONSIBLE FOR

MEETING THEIR NEEDS, THE

NEEDS OF THE COMPANY.

WHAT DOES MY COMPANY CARE

ABOUT?

WHAT DOES MY MANAGER CARE

ABOUT?

HOW DO I CREATE VALUE THEY

RECOGNIZE AND APPRECIATE.

NOT MY VALUE.

I CAN'T FORCE THEM TO

LEARN MY LANGUAGE.

OKAY, I HAVE A MANAGER WHO

IS LOW DETAIL.

I NEED TO GIVE REPORTS

THAT RECOGNIZE THAT.

I HAVE DONE THAT, WHERE

YOU GIVE A MANAGER WHO

HATES DETAIL, A THOUSAND

PAGES OF DETAIL, AND IT

MISSES.

THEY'RE NOT GOING TO READ

IT AND THEY FEEL BOTHERED

BY IT.

VERSES GOING, WHAT IS

THEIR LANGUAGE AND HOW CAN

I DO IT?

Gordon: IF I GET

THAT, I FEEL LIKE, WHY ARE

YOU MAKING ME WORK?

YOU JUST GAVE ME AN

ASSIGNMENT INSTEAD OF

MAKING MY JOB EASIER.

YOU JUST MADE IT

DIFFICULT.

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO

PEOPLE OUT THER THERE, AND

OBVIOUSLY NEW GRADUATES

ARE IN THE BIGGEST

MAKEOVER OF THEIR LIVES.

BUT I THINK EVERYONE NEEDS

TO GO THROUGH THIS AND TO

HAVE A SENSE OF I CAN

START OVER.

I CAN HAVE A MAKEOVER.

I CAN BE TOMORROW A BETTER

ME.

AND MONDAYS I CAN LOOK

FORWARD TO BECAUSE I'M

DOING SOMETHING

WORTHWHILE.

WHAT'S THE KEY TO GETTING

TO THAT POINT WHERE YOU

SAY, YES, I CAN DO THIS.

I CAN REALIZE MY DREAM.

THERE ARE TWO THINGS: I

BELIEVE YOU'RE CAPABLE OF

MORE THAN YOU THINK, AND I

BELIEVE IT IS GOING TO

TAKE MORE WORK THAN YOU

THINK.

IF I CAN GET YOU THAT

BELIEVE THAT FIRST PART,

THE HOPE PART, THE

PERMISSION TO REALIZE

THERE IS SOMETHING YOU

NEED TO DO.

THEN I CAN TELL YOU ABOUT

THE SECOND PART.

A LOT OF TIMES THE PERSON

STOPS AT THE FIRST PART.

SO THE FIRST PART I WOULD

SAY IS YOU CAN DO THIS.

THE PEOPLE YOU SEE THAT

ARE ACCOMPLISHING THINGS

HAVE THE SAME EXACT TOOLS

THAT YOU DO.

THE FIRST THING I WOULD

SAY IS GET IN RELATIONSHIP

WITH OTHER PEOPLE.

I THINK WE NEED COMMUNITY.

GREAT DREAMS TAKE GREAT

TEAMS.

YOU NEED PEOPLE THAT ARE

GOING TO CHALLENGE YOU AND

ENCOURAGE YOU.

THEY'RE GOING TO SAY

THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT LIKE

TO HEAR.

THAT CAN BE A SPOUSE OR A

NETWORK OF OTHER MEN THAT

ARE DOING THINGS YOU'RE

INTERESTED IN.

I THINK WE NEED

RELATIONSHIP FOR THOSE

MOMENTS WHEN WE'RE REALLY

STUCK AND WE CAN'T PULL

OURSELVES OUT AND WE NEED

OTHER PEOPLE TO COME

ALONGSIDE OF US.

Gordon: WELL-SAID.

IF YOU WANT TO FIND OUT

MORE, GET JOHN'S BOOK,

"DO-OVER, RESCUE MONDAY,

AND REINVENT WORK."

IT IS AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE

WHEREVER BOOKS ARE SOLD.

THANK YOU, JOHN.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING

ME.

Gordon: COMING UP, A

MOM HAS SECOND THOUGHTS

BEFORE HAVING AN ABORTION.

I JYHAVEN ON

JULY 26th, AND HE WAS

LAUGHING AND JUMPING AND

FULL OF ENERGY AND FULL OF

LIFE.

Gordon: FIND OUT WHAT

STOPPED HER RIGHT AFTER

THISCH

THISCH

Gordon: THEY ARE TWO

WORDS MOST SINGLE GIRLS

DON'T WANT TO HEAR: YOU'RE

PREGNANT.

FOR SIQUANA JACKSON, THOSE

WORDS WERE HARD TO HEAR

BECAUSE SHE WASN'T EVEN

OUT OF COLLEGE YET.

Reporter: SHE WAS

TRYING TO MAKE A BETTER

LIFE FOR HERSELF AND HER

UNBORN CHILD.

SHE WAS BEGINNING TO

WONDER IF SHE WOULD ABORT

THIS BABY AND STAY IN

SCHOOL.

I WENT FOR A WALK TO

THE STORE, AND I SEEN THIS

SIGN, "OPERATION

BLESSING."

Reporter: SHE HAD

SOME DIFFICULT DECISIONS

TO MAKE AND NEEDED HELP.

I WALKED IN AND ASKED

IF I COULD FIND OUT WHAT

"OPERATION BLESSING" WAS

ABOUT.

I WAS INTRODUCED TO MISS

PEGGY.

Reporter: PEGGY IS

THE DIRECTOR OF "ABORTION

ALTERNATIVE."

THANKS TO YOUR SUPPORT OF

"OPERATION BLESSING" AND

THE CRISIS PREGNANCY

CENTER, 118 BABIES HAVE

BEEN SAVED FROM ABORTION,

AND 37 PARENTS HAVE

ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST AS

THEIR SAVIOR.

I BEGAN TO TALK WITH

HER AND I FOUND OUT THEY

NEEDED SOME OIL TO GET

THEM THROUGH THE WINTER

MONTHS.

Reporter: THANKS TO

OUR PARTNERS, "OPERATION

BLESSING" PAID HER OIL

BILL.

AND "OPERATION BLESSING"

ALSO PURCHASED FURNITURE,

FOOD, CLOTHING, AND

HOUSEHOLD ITEMS.

BUT MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL,

PEGGY PRAYED WITH HER AND

COUNSELLED HER.

SIQUANA CAME TO SOME

CONCLUSIONS ABOUT HERSELF

AND HER BABY.

I HAD JYHAVEN AT 11:

11:05 p.m., AND HE IS

SITTING UP, GRABBING AT

EVERYTHING, AND HE IS JUST

LAUGHING AND JUMPING AND

JUST FULL OF ENERGY, FULL

OF LIFE.

Reporter: AND SHE

ALSO ENROLLED IN THE "EARN

WHILE YOU LEARN" PROGRAM.

PARENTS EARN CREDITS WHICH

CAN BE SPENT ON ITEMS IN

THE BABY STORE.

SIQUANA IS NOW A JUNIOR IN

COLLEGE.

JYHAVEN KEEPS HER HANDS

FULL, BUT WITH HELP FROM

HER FAMILY, SHE'LL

GRADUATE NEXT YEAR.

HOW DOES SHE FEEL ABOUT

"OPERATION BLESSING"?

IT HAS BEEN A BLESSING.

Gordon: AND YOU CAN

BE A BLESSING.

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STATES AND AROUND THE

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IF YOU WANT TO SEE THE

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WORLD, A PORTION OF EVERY

GIFT GOES INTO THE WORK OF

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JUST THAT, TO PREACH THE

GOSPEL IN THEIR OWN

LANGUAGE, WHERE WE TAKE

CHRISTIANS IN THEIR

COUNTRY, IN THEIR OWN

LANGUAGE, WITH TESTIMONIES

OF WHAT JESUS IS DOING

WHERE THEY ARE.

AND WE TRAIN THEM HOW TO

DO ALL OF THIS THROUGH

CHRISTIAN TELEVISION.

SO THAT PEOPLE ARE

REACTING TO WHAT JESUS IS

DOING THERE, NOT SOME FAR

OFF PLACE.

IT IS WONDERFUL, THE

RESULTS THAT HAPPEN.

IT IS ALSO WONDERFUL WHEN

ALL OF US GET TOGETHER TO

SAY, YES, WE WANT TO MAKE

A DIFFERENCE.

SO IF THAT IS YOU, CALL US

NOW: 1-888-777-1999.

JUST SAY, YES, I WANT TO

JOIN "THE 700 CLUB."

YOU CAN ALSO LOG ON

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AND CLICK ON THE "GIVE

NOW" TAB.

AND WHEN YOU JOIN AT $20 A

MONTH OR HIGHER, I WANT

YOU TO HAVE THIS.

IT'S OUR GIFT TO YOU.

"THE TRANSFORMING WORD,"

VERSES FOR HEALTH AND

HEALING.

IT IS A D.V.D. TEACHING,

BUT THERE IS ALSO A C.D.

OF BIBLE VERSES FOR HELP

AND HEALING.

SO YOU CAN HAVE THE BIBLE

READ OVER YOU.

AND FAITH COMES BY

HEARING.

AND WHEN YOU HEAR THE WORD

ON A REGULAR BASIS, IT

ENCOURAGES YOU.

IT STRENGTHENS YOU IN YOUR

INNERMOST BEING.

I WANT YOU TO HAVE IT.

IT'S YOURS WHEN YOU JOIN

"THE 700 CLUB."

SO CALL US NOW:

1-888-777-1999.

STILL TO COME, HE STAYED

HIGH AND MADE MONEY

MANUFACTURING METH.

UNTIL THE COPS CAME

CALLING.

THERE WAS BATTERY TABS

THERE, AND THE EVIDENCE OF

MANUFACTURING WAS THERE

BECAUSE I DIDN'T CLEAN MY

MESS UP.

THERE WAS NOWHERE TO RUN.

IT'S OVER.

I KNOW IT'S OVER.

Gordon: FIND OUT HOW

THIS DRUG DEALER GOT A

DO-OVER WHEN WE COME BACK.

Gordon: NORM CHANDLER

THOUGHT HE HAD A GOOD

HUSTLE GOING ON,

MANUFACTURING CRYSTAL

METH.

HE COULD GET HIGH, MAKE

LOTS OF MONEY, AND HE FELT

INVINCIBLE, UNTIL THE DAY

THE COPS NOTICED THAT NORM

HADN'T CLEANED UP HIS

MESS.

I WAS HAVING FUN.

IT WAS FUN BULLYING PEOPLE

AROUND AND HAVING ALL OF

THE DIFFERENT GIRLFRIENDS

AND BEING THE GUY WITH

MONEY.

Reporter: NORM

CHANDLER WAS A DRUG DEALER

IN A SMALL TOWN IN

CALIFORNIA.

HE MANUFACTURED AND SOLD

CRYSTAL METH AND HAD NO

REGARD FOR THE LAW.

HIS REBELLION AGAINST

AUTHORITIES STARTED IN

THIS YOUTH.

WHEN HIS PARENTS DIVORCED,

HIS MOM WORKED TO SUPPORT

THE FAMILY, WHICH LEFT

NORM OFTEN ON HIS OWN.

BEFORE SIXTH GRADE, I

STARTED SMOKING MARIJUANA.

I STARTED HANGING OUT WITH

THE WRONG PEOPLE.

BY EIGHTH GRADE, I HAD

DONE MY FIRST LINE OF

COCAINE.

BY NINTH GRADE, I WAS

INTRODUCED TO

METHAMPHETAMINE.

DRUGS STIMULATED THAT

REBELLION.

I WAS ANGRY BECAUSE MY

PARENTS DIVORCED.

I WAS ANGRY BECAUSE I

DIDN'T HAVE THE

RELATIONSHIP WITH MY

FATHER.

Reporter: THE OTHER

ADULTS IN HIS LIFE DIDN'T

HELP.

MY UNCLES WERE BANK

ROBBERS AND DRUG DEALERS.

THERE WAS NO EXAMPLE.

Reporter: STILL, NORM

HOPED THERE WAS MORE TO

LIFE SO HE ENLISTED IN THE

AIR FORCE.

AFTER TWO YEARS, HE CAME

BACK AND CAME BACK TO THE

LIFE HE ONCE KNEW.

I STARTED GETTING INTO

SELLING DRUGS.

I KNEW PEOPLE THAT WANTED

DRUGS.

I KNEW PEOPLE THAT HAD

DRUGS.

I STARTED OFF SELLING

COCAINE AND ONE DAY

SOMEONE HIT ME UP ABOUT

SOME METH.

I SAID, LET'S ME SE LET ME SEE WHAT I

COULD DO.

Reporter: NORM NOT

ONLY STARTED SELLING THAT,

BUT HE USED IT AND FELT

INVINCIBLE.

I WOULD CLOSE THE BAR

AND THEN GO UP TO THE FIRE

STATION AND SHOOT ROUNDS

OF POOL.

I WOULD DO CRYSTAL METH

AND COME BACK OUT AND PLAY

POOL WITH THEM.

Reporter: OVER THE

YEARS, HIS METH HABIT GOT

EVEN WORSE.

I WAS DOING THREE AND A

HALF GRAMS OF METH A DAY.

NOT EVEN JUST GETTING

HIGH, LIKE I USED TO.

JUST THE SUICIDAL THOUGHTS

THAT CAME TO MY HEAD -- A

COUPLE OF TIMES I ALMOST

KILLED MYSELF BECAUSE I'M

GOING TO DIE A DRUG

ADDICT.

Reporter: NORM MOVED

IN WITH A FRIEND.

THIS GUY WOULD GET

HIGH, BUT HE WOULD TELL ME

ABOUT GOD.

AND HE SAID, YOU NEED

JESUS.

AND I WOULD TELL HIM,

YOU'RE THE REASON I DON'T

GO TO CHURCH.

YOU'RE SITTING HERE

GETTING HIGH.

AND HE SAID, I'M BACK

SLIDING, BUT I KNOW WHO

GOD IS.

THAT SEED WAS PLANTED.

Reporter: DEEP DOWN,

NORM DID WANT TO GET

CLEAN, BUT DIDN'T THINK HE

COULD.

I CLUNG TO THE HOPE ONE

DAY I'M GOING TO CHANGE.

IF I GO TO REHAB OR GO

SOMEWHERE, I CAN CHANGE.

BUT THE FEAR OF TAKING

THAT FIRST STEP WAS SO

FEARFUL BECAUSE WHAT IF I

DIDN'T MAKE IT?

THEN I HAD NO HOPE.

Reporter: WHEN A

FRIEND TAUGHT HIM HOW TO

MANUFACTURE METH, THAT

BECAME HIS HUSTLE.

HE STAYED HIGH AND MADE

MONEY.

BUT ONE DAY POLICE WERE

QUESTIONING A NEIGHBOR

WHEN THEY SAW SOMETHING

SUSPICIOUS IN NORM'S

DRIVEWAY.

THEY HAD SEEN EVIDENCE

OF -- LOOKED LIKE SOMEBODY

WAS MAKING DOPE.

THERE WAS BATTERY TABS

THERE, AND EVIDENCE OF

MANUFACTURING WAS THERE

BECAUSE I DIDN'T CLEAN MY

MESS UP.

THEY WALKED AROUND THE

OTHER SIDE AND SEEN SOME

MARIJUANA PLANTS.

THEY WERE, LIKE, COME OUT

OF THE HOUSE.

THERE WAS NOWHERE TO RUN,

NOTHING TO DO.

IT'S OVER.

I KNOW IT'S OVER.

Reporter: NORM

SURRENDERED TO

AUTHORITIES.

WHEN THEY CUFFED ME UP,

I FELT THE WORLD LIFTED

OFF ME.

I FELT LIKE I COULD

BREATHE AGAIN.

BECAUSE I KNEW THAT WAS

IT.

I KNEW THAT IT WAS OVER.

Reporter: WHILE IN

JAIL, HE ASKED HIS SISTER

TO CALL AN OLD FRIEND,

MIKE, WHO WAS NOW A

CHRISTIAN AND DIRECTOR OF

"TURNING POINT MINISTRIES"

A BIBLE-BASED PROGRAM FOR

OFFENDERS.

I USED TO GET HIGH WITH

THIS GUY, SINCE I WAS 9

YEARS OLD.

I KNEW THIS GUY.

EVEN WHAT KIND OF DIRTBALL

HE WAS.

AND I KNEW WHAT HE WAS

NOW.

AND I KNEW IT HAD TO BE --

GOD HAD TO BE FOR REAL.

I WATCHED HIM WALK WITH

THE LORD, AND I ALWAYS

KNEW IF HE COULD DO IT, I

COULD DO IT.

AND SO I TOLD HIM, I NEED

YOUR HELP.

I WANT TO COME TO YOUR

PROGRAM.

Reporter: HE FACED A

SEVEN-YEAR PRISON

SENTENCE, BUT SINCE NORM

WAS A FIRST TIME OFFENDER,

MIKE WAS ABLE TO GET HIM

INTO "TURNING POINT."

I ACCEPTED THE LORD AS

MY SAVIOR.

I BELIEVED IN THIS JESUS

AND HE COULD HELP ME.

Reporter: THOUGH HE

WAS NOW A CHRISTIAN,

TRANSITIONING INTO THIS

NEW WAY OF LIFE WAS NOT

EASY.

IT TOOK ME A COUPLE OF

MONTHS TO FULLY SURRENDER

TO THE LORD.

ONCE I STARTED CRYING OUT

TO HIM, HE STARTED

SPEAKING TO ME.

I REMEMBER THE DAY I HAD

FORGIVENESS IN MY HEART.

SOMEBODY DID SOMETHING TO

ME, AND INSTEAD OF HAVING

THE ANGER, LIKE IN THE

PAST, I JUST FORGAVE HIM.

DAILY I'M GOING TO MAKE

MISTAKES, BUT I KNOW THAT

JESUS CHRIST FORGIVES ME.

I'M NOT PROUD OF THE LIFE

I LIVED BEFORE KNOWING

JESUS CHRIST.

BUT I KNOW JESUS CHRIST

LOVES ME.

NOW I CAN FORGIVE MYSELF.

Reporter: WHEN HIS

TIME WAS UP, HE STAYED TO

HELP OTHER OFFENDERS KNOW

THE LOVE OF GOD.

TODAY NORM IS THE DIRECTOR

OF "TURNING POINT

MINISTRIES."

I LOVE GOING TO THE

COURT SYSTEM AND SAYING,

HEY, GIVE THIS GUY A

CHANCE.

BECAUSE THEY GAVE ME A

CHANCE 10 YEARS AGO.

AND I CAN ASK FOR THE

CHANCE FOR THEM.

I THINK OF WHAT THE LORD

HAS DONE FOR ME.

GOD HAS PLANS TO GIVE YOU

A HOPE AND A FUTURE.

I DON'T HAVE TO LIVE A

LIFE OF ADDICTION.

I'M SET FREE BY THE BLOOD

OF JESUS CHRIST.

Gordon: AND YOU CAN

BE SET FREE, TOO.

HE WILL GIVE YOU A

MAKEOVER, A DO-OVER, A

FRESH START.

THAT'S WHAT IT MEANS TO BE

BORN AGAIN.

IN THE GREEK, IT MEANS

REGENERATED.

FROM YOUR INNERMOST BEING,

HE REGENERATES YOU AND

SAYS, I WANT TO JUSTIFY

YOU.

I WANT TO MAKE IT JUST AS

IF YOU HAD NEVER DONE IT.

JUST IMAGINE THAT, THAT

YOU CAN HAVE A COMPLETE

DO-OVER.

WHERE YOU CAN START LIFE

FRESH, ANEW, TODAY.

AND THE OTHER PART OF THIS

GREAT NEWS IS THAT YOU CAN

DO IT EVERY SINGLE DAY.

HE WANTS THAT.

HE WANTS EACH DAY TO BE

NEW, FOR YOU TO BE

RECREATED.

IN HIS IMAGE.

NOT IN WHAT YOU'VE DONE,

BUT WHAT HE'S DONE.

AND HE IS ABLE TO DO THAT

FOR YOU.

DAY BY DAY.

IF YOU JUST LIVE FOR HIM

AND MAKE THE KINGDOM OF

GOD YOUR PRIMARY CONCERN.

NOW, IF YOU WANT THIS, IF

YOU WANT IT, IF YOU WANT

WHAT HAPPENED TO NORM,

YOU'VE GOT TO DO THE SAME

THING.

I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT

GOING TO JAIL.

YOU'VE GOT TO COME TO THAT

POINT WHERE YOU REALIZE

THAT YOU'RE ALREADY IN

JAIL.

AND THAT YOU NEED TO BE

SET FREE.

AND THEN WITH ALL OF YOUR

HEART, FOLLOW HIM.

AND IF YOU'LL DO THAT,

HE'LL COME TO YOU.

HE'LL ANSWER YOU.

HE'LL TAKE AWAY THE

CRAVING.

HE'LL GIVE YOU A NEW

NERVOUS SYSTEM IF THAT'S

WHAT YOU NEED.

HE'LL COMPLETELY CHANGE

YOU SO THAT YOU CAN LIVE

FOR HIM.

IF YOU WANT THIS, RIGHT

NOW DON'T CHANGE THIS

CHANNEL.

RIGHT NOW YOU CAN GET

RIGHT WITH GOD, AND YOU

CAN HAVE A FRESH START.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS

PRAY.

SO LET'S PRAY.

I'LL LEAD.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS

FOLLOW.

THAT'S WHAT NORM DID.

HE SAID, I WANT THIS.

I WANT THIS, JESUS.

I'LL PRAY THIS PRAYER.

I WANT THIS.

I WANT TO CHANGE.

IF THAT'S YOU, PRAY WITH

ME AND LET'S LET GOD DO

ALL OF THE REST.

WHAT HE'S DONE FOR OTHERS

HE WILL DO FOR YOU.

LET'S PRAY.

JESUS -- THAT'S RIGHT, SAY

HIS NAME.

SAY IT OUT LOUD.

JESUS, I NEED YOU IN MY

LIFE.

I NEED YOU TO FORGIVE ME

AND TO SET ME FREE.

AND TO CLEANSE ME.

AND, LORD, IF YOU WILL DO

THIS FOR ME, I WANT TO

FOLLOW YOU ALL OF THE DAYS

OF MY LIFE.

I WANT YOUR WILL TO BE

DONE IN MY LIFE.

NOT MY WILL.

LET YOUR WILL BE DONE.

SO, JESUS, DO THIS FOR ME.

CHANGE ME FROM MY

INNERMOST BEING.

MAKE ME NEW.

FOR I ASK IT IN JESUS'

NAME.

FATHER, FOR THOSE WHO JUST

PRAYED, I ASK FOR A

BAPTISM IN YOUR LOVE.

I ASK THAT YOUR PRESENCE

WOULD FILL THEM TO

OVERFLOWING, AND LET THEM

KNOW THAT THEIR PRAYER HAS

BEEN HEARD AND HAS BEEN

ANSWERED TODAY.

DO IT, FOR WE ASK IT IN

JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

IF YOU PRAYED WITH ME,

THERE IS ONE MORE THING I

WANT YOU TO DO.

I WANT YOU TO MAKE A

TOLL-FREE CALL AND LET

SOMEBODY ELSE KNOW THAT

YOU JUST PRAYED.

THE NUMBER IS ON THE

SCREEN: 1-888-777-1999.

SO MAKE IT NOW.

WELL, WE ARE "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE," AND WE WANT

TO INTERACT WITH YOU.

AND HOW DO YOU DO THAT?

YOU CAN SEND US PRAISE

REPORTS, PRAYER REQUESTS,

AND QUESTIONS THROUGH OUR

WEBSITE.

YOU CAN GO TO

700clubinteractive.com

AND CLICK ON THE "CONTACT

US" TAB.

YOU CAN ALSO SEND IN YOUR

REQUEST FOR PRAYER OR SEND

IN A QUESTION.

WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO PRAY

FOR EVERY NEED AND WE TRY

TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS.

SPEAKING OF QUESTIONS, WE

JUST RECEIVED ONE.

LET'S GO TO JESSICA IN

CHAT.

GORDON, WE RECEIVED A

QUESTION FROM A VIEWER

NAMED JOE.

HE WRITES, "I RECENTLY GOT

OUT OF PRISON.

I AM 45 YEARS OLD AND HAVE

NO IDEA WHAT TO DO WITH MY

LIFE.

I'M TELL GENT INTELLIGENT AND IN

GREAT SHAPE AND I'M A HARD

WORKER.

I WANT A SECOND CHANCE AT

LIFE BUT HAVE NO IDEA

WHERE TO START.

HOW CAN I FIGURE IT OUT?"

GORDON?

Gordon: JOE, FOR

PEOPLE COMING OUT OF

PRISON, THERE IS USUALLY A

HALFWAY HOUSE, SUPPORT

SERVICES.

I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO

GO THERE.

RIGHT NOW YOU NEED A JOB.

AND YOU NEED A WAY TO EARN

MONEY SO YOU CAN SUPPORT

YOURSELF.

SO DO THAT.

BUT LONGER TERM, YOU HAVE

TO FIGURE OUT WHAT IS YOUR

HEART'S DESIRE?

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO?

WHEN YOU DREAM ABOUT YOUR

FUTURE, WHAT DO YOU SEE?

I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT PIE

IN THE SKY STUFF.

BUT WHAT DO YOU SEE

YOURSELF DOING ONE YEAR

FROM NOW?

FIVE YEARS FROM NOW?

TEN YEARS FROM NOW?

AND HOW CAN YOU BUILD FOR

THAT FUTURE.

AND START THINKING THIS,

IF IT'S GOOD FOR YOU --

THE BIBLE SAYS HE WANTS TO

GIVE YOU YOUR HEART'S

DESIRE.

WHAT'S IN YOUR HEART?

AND REALIZE GOD PUT IT

THERE.

AND HE WILL GIVE YOU THE

DRIVE AND ABILITY TO

ACHIEVE IT.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM ROMANS 12:

"DON'T COPY THE BEHAVIOR

OF CUSTOMS OF HIS WORLD.

BUT LET GOD TRANSFORM YOU

INTO A NEW PERSON BY

CHANGING THE WAY YOU

THINK.

THEN YOU WILL LEARN TO

KNOW GOD'S WILL FOR YOU,

WHICH IS GOOD AND PLEASING

AND PERFECT."

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