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See in the culture that we live in. Some people wear business, especially here in London. They wear business like it’s the badge of honour. I mean, I’m certainly guilty of this. How are you? I’m busy. Oh, busy, busy, busy, busy. Just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you’re accomplishing much necessarily. You’ve got to be busy with the right things. And that’s why it’s so important for us to begin to Hone down. And sometimes the more we need is less. What we need is less. We need less things pulling for our attention. We need less things demanding our money. We need less things demanding our emotional input. We need less things plaguing our brain with triviality. Because the measure of success is not the measure that the world is putting before you. It’s not the measure that London is placing before you. It’s not. And we can be so driven by that old saying, you know, be careful if you’re climbing the ladder, because when you get to the top, you might find it’s leaning against the wrong wall. And that doesn’t mean we should cease from ambitious plans. I have very ambitious plans for 2016 and 2015.
We’ve still got a few months yet. Come on. And I’m seeing the fruition of some of those plans. And one of my one things is publishing books. I’ve published 40 books in the last three months. Christian fiction. I’ve never published fiction in my life. I can’t even write. I write other books. I’m good at writing, teaching and stuff like that. I come up with stories. I pay other people to write them for me, I publish them. And within 90 days, I’ve gone from zero to $9,000 this month. Just for this month. I got another eight books ready to go, six next week. But that’s my one thing. That’s not your one thing. Don’t go try. Do it unless it really is. And then I’ll help you. Do you understand one thing? But if I didn’t have a focus on what I’ve discovered, I’m actually quite good at this. I’ve actually got a bit of a clue. I’m never going to run a gym. I know what is not my thing, but when you begin to discover what your thing is, don’t try and be and do everything else as well. Find that one thing and give your heart, give your passion, give your focus to it, and you’ll begin to see great fruit.
I really believe that this is really interesting. When was the last time you read the Book of Ecclesiastes? Really? Homework if you want. Read the Book of Ecclesiastes. What an incredibly insightful book that is. And in the Amplified Bible, Ecclesiastes four, four says. Then I saw all the painful effort in Labour and all skill in work comes from man’s rivalry with his neighbour, Let the Holy Ghost dig in and get down to some of the motives behind why you do what you do. Let them get down there in the deep affections of your heart and find out if maybe those affections are attached to things that are dragging you back and dragging you down instead of being attached to something that’s moving towards life, I beseech you. Therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God that you present your body as a living sacrifice, wholly acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service and do not be conformed to this world. Don’t be conformed. Don’t be squeezed into its mould. Don’t think that the pressure that the world is putting up on you to look a certain way, drive a certain car, speak a certain way, whatever it may be.
I don’t know, Jimmy. We’ve all got our things that we’re susceptible to, but don’t be duped. You can run after those things for your entire life and come to the end of your life and think, what have I spent my life chasing? We have an opportunity now to just David, David, you are cumbered about many things. Come sit at my feet and let me talk to you about some of the things that I have prepared for you. The way we close the door on the world. Go this, wear this, drive this be like this. Do this, go there. There was no Prophet died and went to heaven came back again to tell the story he said he was standing in a queue And Jesus was up ahead and as they went down the queue Jesus would just ask one question and the question was simply this. Did you learn to love? I fall so far short in this matter Jesus is not going to go. Did you preach a really cool sermon when Rod was in America? Did you impress everyone? He’s not going to ask that. There are a lot of the questions and a lot of the things that we put our confidence in are not the things that Jesus is going to be asking about.
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