Bobby Schuller

Your Inner Life Counts!

“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’ ” – 1 Samuel 16:7 Today, I want to look at how we measure forward progress. Having a desire to grow, learn, excel, and promote is a normal and natural part of being human; these are all wonderful things that can help us really feel like we’re making the most of our lives. However, the thing I want you to hear today is that the way God measures progress is not the same as the way the world measures it.  While culture judges how far we’ve come based on our outer life and the things we’ve achieved, the Lord looks at our inner life and measures the

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Gratitude: Shame’s Nemesis

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Shame destroys. Nothing tears us down like feeling as if we need to apologize for our own existence, and when we are constantly embarrassed about any part of our lives, we have fallen into its grip. Looking in the mirror and saying nasty things to yourself is never going to make life better; the only thing that will bring true and lasting change is gratitude.  I haven’t known a person who was really grateful and unhappy at the same time; in fact, it’s almost as if the two cannot coexist. This is why I believe there is power in dwelling not on what’s been lost, but on what’s left. Even if you have an injury or struggle with a chronic condition, train your mind to focus on the things you can

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The Nocebo Effect

“When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.” – James 3:3-5 Yesterday, we talked about the placebo effect. Interestingly, the opposite is also true, and this is called the nocebo effect. I think that the nocebo effect may be more important than the placebo effect because it speaks to how we often think negatively about our bodies and our health.  Unfortunately, when we do this, we may begin to manifest signs and symptoms of something that we really don’t

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The Placebo Effect

“Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.” – Psalm 103:1-3 Have you heard of the placebo effect? If not, here’s what it is: when a medical research study is conducted, half of the participants receive the medication being tested and the other half receive what’s called a placebo, or a pill that is made out of a combination of inactive ingredients. Naturally, you would assume that people who take the actual drug would improve while the other half of the participants would not; however, what typically happens is that most of those receiving the placebo pills show some signs of improvement.  The reason for this remains a mystery. Harvard-trained physician, Dr. Andrew Weil, advocates that by tricking minds into believing that the body is

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The Temple is You

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20 For Jews, the temple was where the Spirit of God lived. This began with the tabernacle, which was a moving temple that could be set up as the Isrealites traveled from place-to-place. At the center of this sacred place was the Ark of the Covenant, which symbolized the Lord’s throne, and the closer you got to it, the more respect, fear, and admiration you had to show as you approached.  Years after the Isrealites entered the Promised Land, King Solomon built a permanent temple for God’s people that had many characteristics of the tabernacle but was fixed. This sacred place housed the very presence of

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You are God’s House!

“In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” – Ephesians 2:21,22 Have you ever bought a house? If so, you understand the time, effort, stress, money, and energy that go into the process. In the same way, your body was chosen and bought with a price in order that the Holy Spirit could live in it. In other words, you are God’s house! You see, when Jesus went to the cross, he died not only to redeem your spirit but also your flesh; this is why the Apostle Paul says that you should honor God with your body.  At the point in which you surrendered your life to Jesus, His Spirit took up residence in your physical being. He paid

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Flaws Open Doors

“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” – Romans 12:4,5 In ancient Christianity, the Church was the place where people with disabilities and special needs were accepted. God can use anyone who is willing and able, and there is no greater proof of this than my friend, Nick Vujicic. A modern-day preacher and evangelist, Nick was born with no arms or hands and no legs or feet. Though he struggled when he was a kid and desperately wanted to look like everyone else, his battle with depression and being different ultimately led him to faith in Jesus Christ.  After he was saved, he felt a sense of purpose for the first time, and he understood that he was

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” – Psalm 139:14 Do you think it’s possible that the images of bodily perfection you’ve been taught to aspire to are really a sham? I sure do! Contrary to what you’ve seen, celebrities and models don’t wake up in the morning ready to do a cover shoot for Vogue or Esquire. In fact, many of them are only 16 or 17 years old and they go on special diets for a week just so they can pose for a “perfect” picture. You see, the standard you’ve been comparing yourself to doesn’t exist; it’s all made up, so it’s about time you stop trying to achieve it.  Interestingly, Apple, a brand that’s often thought to be synonymous with hip youth, is actually consumed primarily by senior citizens. Do you wonder why you

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Focus On All That You Have

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” – Colossians 2:6,7 I am concluding our series of Bible-based world-changing thoughts today with number seven: Move from focusing on what’s missing to focusing on all that you have! That’s such a hard thing to do, isn’t it? All of us are missing something in our lives. It’s only natural for some of us to miss our youth, a spouse, or a child who has moved away. You may be missing out on an opportunity that could have been yours. It’s so easy for us to fixate on all the things that we miss in our lives and carry this sadness and grief in our hearts. Imagine shifting your focus on all that you have!

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