Bobby Schuller

The Suffering Is Worth the Price

“Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” – Luke 24:26 It is often difficult for us to realize the magnitude Christ suffered on the cross. He didn’t just do it for kicks or to prove anything. It was because Christ loves you that He did it. He would give anything for you to be at peace with Him, go to heaven, and know the Lord. For you, He laid down His life. When He was on the cross, He could see the salvation that would come from the suffering, and His suffering was going to bring the salvation of the whole world. Yes, and amen! The future was drawing and pulling Him; He could see and feel it. A mother suffers when she’s pregnant as her body is in transition for nine months. And then finally, at the end of nine months, she

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The Only Way To Become

“And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.” – Philippians 1:14 Yesterday, I shared with you that, even as we move into the zone of productivity within our God-given assignments, we often find that the dread or fear of suffering is far worse than the suffering itself. Once again, my mind is brought back to Paul’s desire to suffer, a result of his transformed heart. It was clear to him that the only way he could fulfill the goal of becoming like Christ was through suffering like Christ.  Are we able to say that is a reality in all aspects of life? There is only one way to become a real artist, and it is to suffer like an artist to achieve that goal. If you want to become a

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Get into the Zone

“Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.” – Proverbs 4:25,26 I’ve been sharing principles and encouraging you to finish well over the last few days. There are circumstances in life where many start, but only a few finish. As we fulfill different callings and assignments from the Lord, we may occasionally wonder “Why don’t we finish in life?” Well, that’s pretty obvious, isn’t it? It’s the dread of work that causes it. There’s a fear of failure, and there’s also the dread of having to repeat specific actions over and over. Yet the irony is that very often when you start an essay, a novel, a project, or a process, you get into the zone at some point.  Getting into the zone is an amazing first step on your

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Two Types of Rest

“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.” – Hebrews 4:9-11 Our lives are filled with two types of rest! You have the rest you have before a task to avoid it, and you have the rest you have after the task to celebrate and recharge. How many of us know that the rest you have after is the real experience we all crave? That’s what we want and what’s best for us.  A bad type of rest is when you don’t want to take care of your tasks, so you stay on Instagram or TikTok or watch TV instead. Rather than answer emails, work on the canvas, or

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Finish the Little Things

“From Attalia they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work they had now completed.” – Acts 14:26 There is a calling you need to fulfill. Yesterday I highlighted that you can easily be distracted from your main purpose, goal, or calling whether you are running a business, serving in ministry, or living a fulfilling life. You have many callings in life, and some of them don’t seem very important when you’re in the middle of them. Often, you don’t realize that God watches how you treat the little things — that’s what the Bible teaches us — so He knows He can entrust you with the big things.  Before you can move on to the big things, you have to finish the little things. Although you don’t need to stay forever, you should finish the experience. This will enable you

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Are You Easily Distracted?

“Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” – Psalms 86:11 I discussed yesterday the importance of investing into the positive direction your life is heading. As the captain of your life, you must know your port of call. I would like to emphasize once again that you are capable of finishing well! Be aware of the precious cargo that God has entrusted to you. Whatever it may be, show Him that you are capable of taking care of the little things. As you care for the little, and you arrive well and finish well, He will give you and entrust you with more. Get a clear sense of where you’re going and what you’re supposed to accomplish. I’ve received a meme from other pastors describing the sermon preparation process. You’re starting on Monday, and

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Do You Know Where Your Life Is Going?

“Holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith.” – 1 Timothy 1:19 If I asked you today, “Do you know where your life is going?” some of you might respond, “Nowhere.” Congratulations! At least you know! You can change your life’s course today if you know your life is going nowhere, and that somewhere can be greater than you imagine. According to the Lord, all things are possible for you! When you know where your life is going, but you don’t like where it’s going, what do you do? You become a new kind of person who goes in an entirely new direction. Become invested in where your life is heading. Ask any captain of any ship in the port of Long Beach, CA, at any time, where is their port of call? What is their

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Consumed by the Present Day

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11 I shared yesterday about people who are dragged down by their pasts and I know that many of us have been in that category at one point or another in our lives! Today, I want to speak about those people who are very distracted by their present situation. There are many people or groups of people who are totally consumed with the present day, or the present moment. While that’s not a bad thing at all, if you’re living that way all the time, you tend to catastrophize or trivialize things, which is not good.  Catastrophizing is believing that your job is the only thing that matters! How will I cope if I lose this job? It looks

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Pulled by the Future

“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:13,14 Taking this opportunity today, I want to encourage you to stop being dragged down by the past. Everyone knows someone who is always weighed down by the past. It’s possible that it may be you who feels  weighed down by the past. Your parents may have said or done something to you when you were a child that still haunts you today. A friend or a business partner, a spouse or a boyfriend/girlfriend might have betrayed you. Maybe you carry this kind of guilt, this thing you said or did that you can’t take back, and you

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Transformed To Be Like Christ

“I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” – Acts 26:17,18 I wish all fathers or those who fulfill the role of a father a happy Father’s Day. You are honored, celebrated, and appreciated on this day! Life in general has one hard truth: transformation is not easy. If you want to become like something, or you desire to become like someone, then there is a type of suffering price that must be paid to acquire those characteristics. There is a cost for your body, soul, and mind when taking part in transformation. Consequently, the Apostle Paul said that he wanted

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