May 19, 2022

The Things That No One Sees That Lead To The Results Everyone Wants

The Things That No One Sees That Lead To The Results Everyone Wants

Let's face it, in ministry we want to see results. Of course, outward results are a good thing but they don't come automatically. There are some hidden things that take place in and through our lives that lead to those results. In this episode, we share some of the principles and sacrifices that lend themselves to the results we desire to produce for the Lord.

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WEBVTT 1 00:00:00.120 --> 00:00:05.839 That sounds like something I wanted to do. Sign me up. So probably 2 00:00:05.879 --> 00:00:11.439 we're going to lose some volunteers over making this point, but the best counselors 3 00:00:11.439 --> 00:00:16.320 are the ones that just say, no matter what, three of the most 4 00:00:16.359 --> 00:00:21.719 scary words on earth. Yeah, I will do it, no matter what. 5 00:00:22.600 --> 00:00:27.879 I Am Yours, I am yours, I am yours, and me 6 00:00:28.160 --> 00:00:33.880 Lord, I am yours, I am yours. I'm welcome to the Gospel 7 00:00:33.920 --> 00:00:39.560 Center Pro Life Podcast, a podcast designed to equip, encourage and challenge you 8 00:00:39.560 --> 00:00:43.399 in pro life ministry, and always with a focus on the Gospel. Stay 9 00:00:43.439 --> 00:00:57.600 tuned. I felt show passish touchs your home. Use Me. Hey there 10 00:00:57.640 --> 00:01:02.719 everyone, welcome to the Gospel centered pro life podcast. I'm Vicky Kazier and 11 00:01:02.799 --> 00:01:07.680 I'm here with Daniel Parks. We're here in Charlotte and we are and we 12 00:01:08.319 --> 00:01:17.599 try to equip and encourage people interested or currently doing sidewalk outreach. Like many 13 00:01:17.680 --> 00:01:21.159 of the podcasts we've done in the past. We've been doing this about two 14 00:01:21.280 --> 00:01:23.959 years, I guess, maybe a little longer now, and like many of 15 00:01:23.959 --> 00:01:29.760 these these podcast are they they come out of real life situations that we faced 16 00:01:30.840 --> 00:01:34.120 or questions that people working on the sidewalk have asked. This one came out 17 00:01:34.159 --> 00:01:38.879 of a little bit of a different source, but I it is being applied 18 00:01:38.920 --> 00:01:44.359 to sidewalk counseling. But it was from a podcast I listened to on leadership. 19 00:01:44.439 --> 00:01:47.599 Yeah, and it was I don't remember the woman's lame name, but 20 00:01:47.719 --> 00:01:57.200 someone that was interviewed and asked about some of her things that she's learned as 21 00:01:57.239 --> 00:02:01.879 she became a billionaire. Yeah, when she sold a small business that she 22 00:02:02.000 --> 00:02:07.439 started that grew into a huge business and she sold it to Lori l I 23 00:02:07.439 --> 00:02:13.280 think, for a billion dollars. So this episode is going to help encourage 24 00:02:13.319 --> 00:02:19.879 you guys to be billionaires. So how I wish so. That definitely means 25 00:02:19.919 --> 00:02:23.280 that you guys need to share this podcast with people and you need to leave 26 00:02:23.360 --> 00:02:27.800 us a review. We often beg you guys to do leave us a review. 27 00:02:28.560 --> 00:02:31.199 But with this episode, as with some of our others, we're going 28 00:02:31.240 --> 00:02:36.960 to be talking more kind of in a philosophical realm, I guess, and 29 00:02:37.120 --> 00:02:39.479 some of our podcast episodes were speaking more in the practical realm, like how 30 00:02:39.520 --> 00:02:45.560 to do certain things. This is more behind the scenes, more of like 31 00:02:45.599 --> 00:02:50.759 our mentality, things like that, and the title of this episode's The things 32 00:02:50.800 --> 00:02:54.120 that no one sees that lead to what everyone wants. So, in her 33 00:02:54.159 --> 00:02:58.319 case, everyone wants to be a billionaire, right, yeah, and I'm 34 00:02:58.319 --> 00:03:01.479 sure you guys are listening want to be billionaires as well. But unfortunately, 35 00:03:02.280 --> 00:03:07.039 allowed to you earlier, we are not going to teach how to be billionaires. 36 00:03:07.039 --> 00:03:08.159 We but if we could, we would, if we could. But 37 00:03:08.199 --> 00:03:13.199 what we do know is we do know how to effectively reach out out abortion 38 00:03:13.240 --> 00:03:15.719 centers and see baby saved. Right, we've seen baby saved over the years. 39 00:03:15.759 --> 00:03:21.159 We've seen, I mean at this point, thousands, maybe five or 40 00:03:21.199 --> 00:03:23.800 six thousand babies that have been saved, yeah, through what was previously cities 41 00:03:23.800 --> 00:03:29.879 for life and then now love life. And that's what everyone wants in this 42 00:03:29.919 --> 00:03:32.360 ministry, Right. We want to see baby saved, we want to see 43 00:03:32.479 --> 00:03:37.159 souls saved, want to see people come into God's family, we want to 44 00:03:37.159 --> 00:03:39.360 see abortion workers quit. We want to see an impact. You want to 45 00:03:39.360 --> 00:03:46.039 see fruit, visible fruit that comes as a result of our activities at the 46 00:03:46.080 --> 00:03:49.280 abortion centers. Right, that's correct, and what correct? Yes, but 47 00:03:49.400 --> 00:03:53.919 there are things that no one sees behind the scenes, things going on in 48 00:03:53.919 --> 00:03:59.840 our own lives, sacrifices that we make, that that lead to those results. 49 00:03:59.919 --> 00:04:03.800 Right, and those those things are again the things that no one sees 50 00:04:04.199 --> 00:04:08.919 but there are necessary in order to get the results that you want. That's 51 00:04:08.960 --> 00:04:12.479 correct. That's a great summary of what this is about, and I will 52 00:04:12.479 --> 00:04:15.839 say that the things no one sees are usually not easy. Yeah, they're 53 00:04:15.879 --> 00:04:23.319 used. They almost always involve immense personal sacrifice. Yeah, so we wanted 54 00:04:23.360 --> 00:04:29.160 to go through some of that. On the sidewalk again, you said it's 55 00:04:29.240 --> 00:04:34.720 those tangent results everybody wants, and we also see that people quit very quickly 56 00:04:34.800 --> 00:04:41.920 if they don't see those tangible results that they think show success. That would 57 00:04:41.920 --> 00:04:48.839 be baby saved, workers quitting, whatever salvations. So I wanted to talk 58 00:04:48.879 --> 00:04:57.160 about this, about about the things that are going on prior to becoming a 59 00:04:57.279 --> 00:05:03.480 and I'm putting this in air quotes, successful sidewalk counselor what's going on and 60 00:05:03.600 --> 00:05:09.240 what has led to that? Yeah, because in many cases it's not what 61 00:05:09.319 --> 00:05:13.040 you would think. Right now, I do want to say something that we've 62 00:05:13.040 --> 00:05:16.759 said often. I'm going to echo that in this episode, that the victory 63 00:05:16.839 --> 00:05:24.560 is in obedience and every scenario is different, like what we have going on 64 00:05:24.600 --> 00:05:27.720 here at the latrobe abortion center is quite a bit different than what goes on 65 00:05:27.720 --> 00:05:30.120 at the window of abortion center three miles down the road or less, right, 66 00:05:30.120 --> 00:05:33.600 and that's quite a bit different than what happens at the plan parenthood that's, 67 00:05:33.639 --> 00:05:38.720 you know, five or six miles down the road. So scenarios are 68 00:05:38.720 --> 00:05:45.399 different and some scenarios lend themselves more interactions and things like that. But also 69 00:05:45.480 --> 00:05:48.639 want to say that this is this, this has to do with the motive 70 00:05:48.759 --> 00:05:53.800 and the attitudes of our hearts, because the victory is in obedience, not 71 00:05:53.879 --> 00:05:56.720 with the interactions that we have, not with the babies that are saved, 72 00:05:56.759 --> 00:06:00.759 and we glory in that and that's visible fruit that God graciously lets us see. 73 00:06:00.000 --> 00:06:02.639 But we do have to come with the mentality, and we talked about 74 00:06:02.720 --> 00:06:06.759 this some months ago in another episode. We talked about the motive for what 75 00:06:06.800 --> 00:06:11.560 we do. We have to come with the right motive, and the right 76 00:06:11.600 --> 00:06:14.959 motive is not glory to me. Look at me saving babies right. That's 77 00:06:15.000 --> 00:06:17.959 not the right motive. The right motive is not it's fun to go out 78 00:06:18.000 --> 00:06:21.279 and interact with these people like it can be joyful and praise God that we 79 00:06:21.319 --> 00:06:25.199 get to see a baby saving all that stuff, but our motive, first 80 00:06:25.279 --> 00:06:29.879 and foremost has to be that we want to glorify Jesus, that we're out 81 00:06:29.920 --> 00:06:32.800 there in obedience to him, and when we do that, that's where the 82 00:06:32.839 --> 00:06:40.879 victory is. Right, Jesus was victorious in his apparent defeat. Right on 83 00:06:40.920 --> 00:06:45.600 the cross. Jesus won the victory on a behalf of all of those who 84 00:06:45.639 --> 00:06:48.720 put their trust in him. It's amazing. Right, Jesus wins this eternal 85 00:06:48.800 --> 00:06:53.319 victory on the cross and, of course, through his resurrection. But it 86 00:06:53.360 --> 00:06:57.040 looked like a defeat. Why was that a victory? It's because it was 87 00:06:57.160 --> 00:07:00.639 obedience to the father. That's why that was victory. It was obedience. 88 00:07:00.759 --> 00:07:04.040 So the victory is in obedience. When you step out on that sidewalk, 89 00:07:04.040 --> 00:07:09.519 in obedience to God, you are victorious. Right, even if you don't 90 00:07:09.560 --> 00:07:12.920 see Babysave, that's right. But that out there, that to and in 91 00:07:12.959 --> 00:07:17.199 fact it's the last point what you just said that actually didn't write in the 92 00:07:17.240 --> 00:07:23.879 article, which is reframe the meaning of success. Yeah, that's a a 93 00:07:24.000 --> 00:07:29.600 big part of being a success is redefine what success means when you're at on 94 00:07:29.600 --> 00:07:31.439 the side book, but you said that really well. But the so the 95 00:07:31.439 --> 00:07:38.800 first thing that's going on that leads to the victory you want. Yeah, 96 00:07:38.959 --> 00:07:43.040 specific commitment. Yeah, be there. Be there and don't just say I'll 97 00:07:43.040 --> 00:07:46.480 show up when I feel like it, because you'll feel like it maybe once 98 00:07:46.519 --> 00:07:49.240 a year, maybe not even that. Yeah, so be have a specific 99 00:07:49.360 --> 00:07:56.040 day time and honor it. Yeah, there are some sidewalk counsels that I 100 00:07:56.040 --> 00:07:58.920 work with the I would say, you know, the best ones. They 101 00:07:58.920 --> 00:08:05.040 will even schedule vacation time around their sidewalk commitment, right, because they recognize 102 00:08:05.160 --> 00:08:09.879 just what you said. It's for God, it's an obedience to God, 103 00:08:11.199 --> 00:08:15.720 and therefore they will do whatever it takes to show up there. And the 104 00:08:15.839 --> 00:08:22.519 victory in thinking about redefining victory and success that the victory is showing up when 105 00:08:22.560 --> 00:08:26.920 you said you would show up. Yeah, yeah, life happens, stuff 106 00:08:26.959 --> 00:08:31.360 happens. Yeah, a lot of our volunteers are either stay at home moms 107 00:08:31.519 --> 00:08:33.799 or you have other things going on in their lives. We understand all of 108 00:08:33.840 --> 00:08:39.559 that. Yeah, but this point is very important. Bible says each man 109 00:08:39.600 --> 00:08:43.840 will proclaim his own goodness, but a faithful man who can find faithfulness means 110 00:08:43.879 --> 00:08:48.759 a lot to the Lord. And faithfulness is doing what you said you would 111 00:08:48.799 --> 00:08:52.120 do, whether you feel like it. Or Not right, and this is 112 00:08:52.120 --> 00:08:54.240 what I would encourage. I've had brand new people, I know you have 113 00:08:54.279 --> 00:08:58.000 to Vicki brand new people that come out to shadow and they're excited about this 114 00:08:58.000 --> 00:09:00.000 ministry and they're like, well, I want to come out here everyday, 115 00:09:00.080 --> 00:09:03.120 I'm going to come out here every day next week and we say hold on 116 00:09:03.159 --> 00:09:07.120 a second. That's appreciate the zeal, appreciate the desire, but I would 117 00:09:07.240 --> 00:09:13.159 much prefer that you pick one day to come out for three to four hours 118 00:09:13.200 --> 00:09:16.559 and be faithful in that one day for six months or for a year or 119 00:09:16.559 --> 00:09:20.759 for some of our our counselors five, you know, six, seven, 120 00:09:20.799 --> 00:09:24.159 eight years. They've been out here on a regular basis, right on that 121 00:09:24.240 --> 00:09:28.879 same day, consistent. I'd rather see that then you come out for five 122 00:09:28.960 --> 00:09:31.879 days for the next two weeks and then you just burn out and you find 123 00:09:31.919 --> 00:09:35.039 out it's not maybe what you thought it would be. Right. It's better 124 00:09:35.159 --> 00:09:39.799 for you, and this is for you guys who are leading sidewalk ministries, 125 00:09:39.840 --> 00:09:43.399 but also if you guys that are volunteering, it's better for you as a 126 00:09:43.480 --> 00:09:46.320 volunteer to put one day on your calendar, to be faithful to that day 127 00:09:46.399 --> 00:09:50.000 and maybe build around that day. Maybe you can come other days, but 128 00:09:50.080 --> 00:09:52.840 you really need to have one day on your calendar that you're committed to come 129 00:09:52.879 --> 00:09:58.039 and come consistently, barring some other thing that absolutely you have to go to. 130 00:10:00.200 --> 00:10:05.120 And then again, build a maybe, maybe commit to Monday and in 131 00:10:05.320 --> 00:10:07.200 the Lord leads and you come out on Wednesday. But you don't want to 132 00:10:07.279 --> 00:10:13.279 forsake that what you've committed to at the you know, don't want to do 133 00:10:13.360 --> 00:10:20.240 extra things and forsake that commitment because you want to be faithful on that particular 134 00:10:20.320 --> 00:10:24.240 day. Yeah, but consistently and and like I would say, every single 135 00:10:24.279 --> 00:10:28.559 one of the main points that we're going to go over, not only will 136 00:10:28.639 --> 00:10:31.960 help you to become the best sidewalk counselor that you can be, but the 137 00:10:33.000 --> 00:10:37.519 best person that you can be. If we honor commitments in every area of 138 00:10:37.639 --> 00:10:43.440 life, we will definitely be honoring God. Yeah, more consistently in every 139 00:10:43.480 --> 00:10:48.799 area of life. Commitment is a big deal. It's very important. Yeah, 140 00:10:48.840 --> 00:10:54.000 I know in our kind of modern American mindset, even the kind of 141 00:10:54.039 --> 00:10:56.279 the church hopping mindset, you see that with people that church hop right, 142 00:10:56.360 --> 00:11:00.840 they won't commit to one specific church. They go from this Church of that 143 00:11:00.919 --> 00:11:03.679 Church of that church. And why do they do that? Well, a 144 00:11:03.679 --> 00:11:07.000 lot of times because they don't want to submit to authority. They want to 145 00:11:07.039 --> 00:11:09.000 kind of do their own thing and people will spiritualize it. I have had 146 00:11:09.039 --> 00:11:11.919 people do this in sidewalk ministry when you try to pin them down, will 147 00:11:11.919 --> 00:11:16.720 you volunteer on a particular day so I know that I can, I can 148 00:11:16.759 --> 00:11:18.879 rely on you to be there that day. That's I want to be led 149 00:11:18.879 --> 00:11:24.919 by the Holy Spirit. Your spiritualizing really carnality. You just don't want to 150 00:11:24.919 --> 00:11:31.240 submit to leadership and you God ordained direction. Yeah, and yeah, don't 151 00:11:31.240 --> 00:11:33.279 do that. God doesn't do that. Honor that, don't do that. 152 00:11:33.320 --> 00:11:37.320 I've started coming, I guess, because I'm getting old at this. I've 153 00:11:37.360 --> 00:11:39.879 done this for a long time. or I will just outright say if you 154 00:11:39.919 --> 00:11:45.360 can't make a specific commitment, it really doesn't help us. Yeah, I've 155 00:11:45.360 --> 00:11:48.360 been really honest about that, because it doesn't. If I can look at 156 00:11:48.399 --> 00:11:50.120 the calendar and not know that we have enough people, I have to still 157 00:11:50.159 --> 00:11:54.720 scramble and get enough people and if they show up then anyway, well, 158 00:11:54.759 --> 00:11:58.679 Gosh, we're grateful to have you, but I still had to do double 159 00:11:58.720 --> 00:12:03.679 the work. Right. So, honor your commitments species and make a specific 160 00:12:03.720 --> 00:12:09.919 commitment. Yeah, the second one daily sacrificial preparation. And one of the 161 00:12:09.919 --> 00:12:13.240 points made in this podcast that, of course, I liked because I already 162 00:12:13.240 --> 00:12:18.440 do this, is every great leader and every high achiever seems to have a 163 00:12:18.440 --> 00:12:24.240 common theme that there's someone who gets up early. Yeah, now, not 164 00:12:24.279 --> 00:12:26.519 that getting up early in and of itself is is a wonderful thing, but 165 00:12:26.559 --> 00:12:31.519 what that shows is, and this is why I do it, when I 166 00:12:31.559 --> 00:12:35.480 get up early, I've got all this quiet time. I've made a commitment 167 00:12:35.759 --> 00:12:41.159 to give this quiet focus time to preparing for what's going to happen on the 168 00:12:41.159 --> 00:12:46.879 sidewalk. It's when I do my Bible study it, it's when I do 169 00:12:46.960 --> 00:12:50.679 prayer time, it's when I walk the dog, but during that during that 170 00:12:50.799 --> 00:12:54.639 quiet dark time, it's when I'm able to really think about all the things 171 00:12:54.639 --> 00:13:00.960 that might happen on the sidewalk and mentally and emotionally and spiritually be prepared for 172 00:13:01.000 --> 00:13:09.039 them. And according to this podcast, people who are highly successful high achievers 173 00:13:09.080 --> 00:13:13.639 in their field seem to have this common thread in their life. Yeah, 174 00:13:13.639 --> 00:13:20.000 so it shows a willingness to sacrifice, but it shows an understanding of intentional 175 00:13:20.039 --> 00:13:26.840 preparation. Yeah, and as a part of that, you you really change 176 00:13:26.879 --> 00:13:31.279 your whole life because you have to back Chanean. And what I mean by 177 00:13:31.320 --> 00:13:35.000 that is it for me to get up at five every morning, I need 178 00:13:35.080 --> 00:13:37.679 to be in bed latest by nine. Yeah, or I'm going to be 179 00:13:37.720 --> 00:13:43.879 exhausted the next day. Right. So that affects how I conduct myself at 180 00:13:43.960 --> 00:13:48.159 night. What's going to happen at night when I get to bed? My 181 00:13:48.200 --> 00:13:52.320 whole life becomes affected by that choice. Yeah, and for me, honestly, 182 00:13:52.440 --> 00:13:56.039 to be honest, it's not much of a sacrifice because I like getting 183 00:13:56.159 --> 00:14:00.840 up early. For some people this would be an enormous sacrifice. But it 184 00:14:01.039 --> 00:14:05.720 again, it goes back to that commitment. Yeah, are you committed to 185 00:14:05.799 --> 00:14:11.799 doing what it takes in order to be excellent in whatever field? But we're 186 00:14:11.799 --> 00:14:15.200 talking about sidewalk counseling. Well, if you want to be an excellent sidewalk 187 00:14:15.240 --> 00:14:20.919 counselor, then you really need to be in the word and you really need 188 00:14:20.000 --> 00:14:26.000 to have targeted time in the word, targeted time and prayer and and time 189 00:14:26.000 --> 00:14:31.960 when you're really focusing on working through what's going to happen out there. Yeah, 190 00:14:31.120 --> 00:14:35.440 so I'll translate with Vicki saying into if you want to be as good 191 00:14:35.519 --> 00:14:39.399 as Vicky, then you have to get up at five o'clock in the morning 192 00:14:39.519 --> 00:14:43.879 or earlier, or earlier. Right now, sometimes I get up at a 193 00:14:43.960 --> 00:14:48.039 quarter of five. Yeah, yeah, the obviously that's not going to work 194 00:14:48.039 --> 00:14:52.960 out for me. Seven o'clock is early for me. Okay, but you 195 00:14:52.960 --> 00:14:56.320 can read define early in the same way you read define success. So a 196 00:14:56.440 --> 00:15:01.080 man. Amen. The point here is, though, Guinea up and enough 197 00:15:01.159 --> 00:15:05.440 time to prepare your mind and your heart for ministry, because if you just 198 00:15:05.480 --> 00:15:09.919 get out of the bed, comb your hair and hopping the car and head 199 00:15:09.919 --> 00:15:13.240 off to the abortion center, yeah, you're not. You don't have enough 200 00:15:13.240 --> 00:15:16.879 time to prepare your heart. Now, maybe your drive to the abortion center 201 00:15:16.919 --> 00:15:20.080 is a little longer, and certainly I would encourage you on your drive there 202 00:15:20.080 --> 00:15:24.919 to be preparing your heart, to be praying, but to have some quiet, 203 00:15:24.919 --> 00:15:28.720 peaceful time before the Lord to prepare your thoughts, to compare your mind, 204 00:15:28.840 --> 00:15:31.639 especially if you're in a leadership role, is really crucial because in that 205 00:15:31.679 --> 00:15:35.360 leadership role, whether you're a team lead for one of the days at the 206 00:15:35.399 --> 00:15:39.600 abortion center, whether you lead the ministry at an abortion center and you oversee 207 00:15:39.639 --> 00:15:45.480 some some other leaders, some team leads or volunteers. Your outreach has to 208 00:15:45.519 --> 00:15:48.440 do with reaching the MOMS going in, for sure, but it also has 209 00:15:48.480 --> 00:15:54.840 to do with training people, overseeing, people relating to people that you're overseeing, 210 00:15:54.919 --> 00:15:56.799 and you have to prepare your mind for that stuff even thinking through. 211 00:15:56.840 --> 00:16:00.360 I mean, I would encourage you guys, especially if you're a leader, 212 00:16:00.399 --> 00:16:03.679 to be praying for each of your volunteers, maybe for that day when you 213 00:16:03.720 --> 00:16:10.679 get up Monday morning. Pray for your Monday team leads and volunteers, of 214 00:16:10.679 --> 00:16:14.120 course, pray for the MOMS. This is an opportunity to kind of get 215 00:16:14.159 --> 00:16:17.440 all the stuff in your head out before the Lord and give it to him 216 00:16:17.440 --> 00:16:22.000 in prayer and to be thinking through even various scenarios that you're going to encounter 217 00:16:22.039 --> 00:16:23.919 through the day to prepare your heart for those things. Now, the more 218 00:16:23.960 --> 00:16:27.159 you do this, the more it becomes second nature to you in the easier 219 00:16:27.200 --> 00:16:36.440 it becomes. What a life of productivity is a life of discipline. That 220 00:16:36.519 --> 00:16:40.480 is the reality. It is, it is and that's actually what we call 221 00:16:40.639 --> 00:16:47.240 what we labeled us. The third unseen preparation is discipline, selfdiscipline. Again, 222 00:16:47.440 --> 00:16:52.080 I think, in short, supply often in modern times. Yeah, 223 00:16:52.159 --> 00:16:55.679 said, yeah, you know, it's all about do what you want, 224 00:16:55.720 --> 00:17:00.639 when you want, what makes you happy, instead of be disciplined so that 225 00:17:00.720 --> 00:17:06.759 what God wants is evident and and that you're prepared and ready for it. 226 00:17:04.680 --> 00:17:11.559 It does not appear miraculously selfdiscipline. Like I I think you can think of 227 00:17:11.559 --> 00:17:17.400 many of these things as almost like muscles and if you don't do these things, 228 00:17:17.400 --> 00:17:22.240 those muscles will become weak flappy. If you do them, the more 229 00:17:22.279 --> 00:17:26.160 you do them, the more you are selfdisciplined, the easier it is to 230 00:17:26.240 --> 00:17:33.400 be selfdisciplined. Yeah, but it relates directly to some of the other things 231 00:17:33.440 --> 00:17:40.880 that that we already talked about, that you're training yourself to do the things 232 00:17:40.920 --> 00:17:42.559 that it takes. Yeah, even though they're not fun, right, and 233 00:17:42.599 --> 00:17:47.920 they're often not fun. Yeah, often times when we put our flesh into 234 00:17:47.920 --> 00:17:52.039 subjection, it's not fun, right, but God is glorified through it. 235 00:17:52.119 --> 00:17:56.119 Our flesh. A lot of times, our flesh Lee desires are what gets 236 00:17:56.200 --> 00:18:00.200 in the way of God's glory in God using US insignificant get ways. If 237 00:18:00.240 --> 00:18:04.920 you look throughout church history to men and women of God that made an impact, 238 00:18:06.119 --> 00:18:11.200 these people were disciplined, people had as a pattern of their lives. 239 00:18:11.319 --> 00:18:17.319 Regular Times in prayer, regular times in fasting, regular times in the word. 240 00:18:17.359 --> 00:18:19.279 Often Times they had a regular pattern to when they got up and when 241 00:18:19.279 --> 00:18:25.440 they went to bed. An abiding life, Jesus said, if you abide 242 00:18:25.480 --> 00:18:29.319 in me and my words, abide in you. This is in John Chapter 243 00:18:29.319 --> 00:18:33.319 Fifteen. We's talking about bearing fruit, abiding in the vine. An abiding 244 00:18:33.319 --> 00:18:37.039 life is a disciplined life. Yeah, that does it mean that everything's regimented 245 00:18:37.319 --> 00:18:42.720 and everything's there's no like flexibility and any of that stuff. So I'm not 246 00:18:42.759 --> 00:18:47.880 trying to squeeze joy out of your lives, but if you want to have 247 00:18:47.920 --> 00:18:52.039 a life that abides in Christ and a life that's disciplined or a life that 248 00:18:52.079 --> 00:18:55.880 bears fruits and fruit and you're going to have to have a disciplined life, 249 00:18:55.960 --> 00:18:59.519 not just flying by the Sea of your pants and just winging it right. 250 00:18:59.599 --> 00:19:03.880 Yeah, I agree, and I do a lot of checklist and the reason 251 00:19:04.000 --> 00:19:08.200 I do that is not, as some people believe, so that I can 252 00:19:08.279 --> 00:19:14.680 check it off and feel accomplished. Not at all. The checklist. I'm 253 00:19:14.720 --> 00:19:18.839 serious. I do checklist. Feel so good to check it out, feels 254 00:19:18.920 --> 00:19:22.119 good to check some stuff off, but also do it to help. You 255 00:19:22.119 --> 00:19:25.400 know, discipline myself. It's how I organized my life. It's how, 256 00:19:25.400 --> 00:19:30.240 if something is important enough that it that I write it down, put a 257 00:19:30.279 --> 00:19:33.160 little checkbox next to it and make sure at the end of the day that 258 00:19:33.200 --> 00:19:38.759 I have done that it reflects my values. This is important, I need 259 00:19:38.839 --> 00:19:41.759 to do this and I'm going to do whatever it takes to help me to 260 00:19:42.279 --> 00:19:48.160 do that. So the fourth unseen sacrifice of a great sidewalk counselor is a 261 00:19:48.160 --> 00:19:56.319 willingness to serve without seeing results. This is so important. Yeah, and 262 00:19:56.400 --> 00:20:03.799 so difficult, and so difficult it is. But we have to remember where 263 00:20:03.799 --> 00:20:07.640 we started, what you talked about. Yeah, the the victory is in 264 00:20:07.759 --> 00:20:11.319 showing up, in the obedience to the Lord. So when you've showed up, 265 00:20:11.359 --> 00:20:15.039 God has has received the victory and you've had the victory. Yeah, 266 00:20:15.279 --> 00:20:22.160 and God will not always give us the results. We will not always see 267 00:20:22.200 --> 00:20:25.400 them. I do want to tell a story at this is perfect time. 268 00:20:25.519 --> 00:20:27.920 There was a God story today that I didn't tell Daniel because I thought it 269 00:20:29.000 --> 00:20:33.839 might work in this is it works perfectly in this. So there was a 270 00:20:33.880 --> 00:20:37.960 woman walking down the street today. I just came from the sidewalk and I 271 00:20:37.960 --> 00:20:42.200 could tell she came from the neighborhood behind the abortion center, very very dangerous 272 00:20:42.200 --> 00:20:48.400 neighborhood, very low income, and she was not nice to me initially. 273 00:20:48.640 --> 00:20:51.680 You know, I tried to give her my information and said, are you 274 00:20:51.720 --> 00:20:53.640 coming from the woman center? I wasn't positive. I guess I was up 275 00:20:53.680 --> 00:20:59.799 the street little ways and she said no, I'm coming from this neighborhood and 276 00:21:00.279 --> 00:21:02.200 and I tried to give her the information. You said, no, I 277 00:21:02.720 --> 00:21:04.640 already have one. I said how do you have one, because I had 278 00:21:04.680 --> 00:21:08.119 seen our cyber consolars. No one had given her one, and she said 279 00:21:08.160 --> 00:21:11.160 I got it a week ago, and then I said, oh well, 280 00:21:11.200 --> 00:21:15.960 let me tell you why we give these two people and I started telling her 281 00:21:15.960 --> 00:21:18.920 about our mendership program how we help the women, how we put our name 282 00:21:18.000 --> 00:21:25.680 on there, how even this pamphlet alone can change someone's heart from abortion to 283 00:21:25.839 --> 00:21:29.960 life. Yeah, and she said I know, and I said, Oh, 284 00:21:29.960 --> 00:21:34.160 how do you know? And she said because I took it. I 285 00:21:34.160 --> 00:21:40.000 brought it home that night. My sister found out she was pregnant. She 286 00:21:40.039 --> 00:21:44.240 wanted to have an abortion and I gave her this pamphlet. Wow, and 287 00:21:44.319 --> 00:21:48.559 she chose life. It's amazing and and I just was overcome. Yeah, 288 00:21:48.599 --> 00:21:55.119 I was overcome because we never saw that result of that faithfulness of whoever it 289 00:21:55.279 --> 00:21:59.799 was that it handed her that pamphlet and I just said, Oh, I 290 00:21:59.839 --> 00:22:03.559 just wanna. I did and she she hugged me because she knew I wanted 291 00:22:03.599 --> 00:22:06.720 to hug her, but in the day of Covid we just don't do that. 292 00:22:06.759 --> 00:22:11.599 But she hugged me and I said will you take another one? You 293 00:22:11.720 --> 00:22:15.519 might, you might save another life. By now she's beaming and I gave 294 00:22:15.519 --> 00:22:18.880 her my name and number again, not just my google phone number but my 295 00:22:19.039 --> 00:22:22.279 actual phone number, and and said please, have your sister call us. 296 00:22:22.359 --> 00:22:27.160 We will give her a baby shower. That will that will give two full 297 00:22:27.240 --> 00:22:30.640 years of what you'll need in this woman. I saw her texting right away. 298 00:22:30.680 --> 00:22:33.799 I know she was texting her sister, yeah, telling her so this 299 00:22:33.920 --> 00:22:38.599 is we didn't see that the person that handed that that pamphlet to her, 300 00:22:38.599 --> 00:22:41.799 whoever that was, that it was a week ago. I don't know who 301 00:22:41.799 --> 00:22:45.880 gave it to her. Yeah, and and the results they we would never 302 00:22:45.880 --> 00:22:48.480 have known them, especially because other councilors tried to stop her down the street 303 00:22:48.480 --> 00:22:52.480 but she was so nasty they kind of just let her go, which I 304 00:22:52.519 --> 00:22:55.720 don't blame them. I mean often times, since that is best, right, 305 00:22:56.920 --> 00:23:00.759 God just gave us this, this little glimpse into be selts. It's 306 00:23:00.799 --> 00:23:03.000 pretty amazing that the Lord even with the woman being a nasty I kind of 307 00:23:03.000 --> 00:23:08.359 wonder why she was nasty. Wonder if because after you had shared with her 308 00:23:08.480 --> 00:23:12.839 or she'd shared with you that opportunity, or how God used her in that 309 00:23:12.920 --> 00:23:18.160 in that particular situation. She seemed to be beaming. I wonder if she 310 00:23:18.279 --> 00:23:21.400 was maybe conflating us with the pro abortion people or something like that, because 311 00:23:21.440 --> 00:23:23.799 people that come they're pretty confused. I don't know. Either way, like 312 00:23:23.880 --> 00:23:27.680 God use that. Yeah, and that is a result of faithfulness and right 313 00:23:27.799 --> 00:23:33.519 handing out literature, whether you see results or not. Step principle of sewing 314 00:23:33.640 --> 00:23:37.400 and watering. You know, sewing seeds were watering seeds. God gives the 315 00:23:37.440 --> 00:23:41.720 increase. Yeah, and that situation God very graciously gave the increase. Yeah, 316 00:23:41.759 --> 00:23:47.200 and also let us hear about the fruit. Right, and we do 317 00:23:47.240 --> 00:23:52.440 what we do for God's glory. We do what we do in obedience to 318 00:23:52.599 --> 00:23:56.400 him. We leave the results up to him and you know, we don't 319 00:23:56.400 --> 00:24:00.440 always get to hear about the results, but sometimes he graciously, let's US 320 00:24:00.440 --> 00:24:03.319 hear about those results. Yeah, yeah, it was. It was pretty 321 00:24:03.359 --> 00:24:07.519 awesome. And and I know that there are many facilities where you serve on 322 00:24:07.559 --> 00:24:12.599 the sidewalk that are harder than others and results really are harder to see. 323 00:24:12.640 --> 00:24:17.480 There's a couple here in Charlotte we see the most results at, at the 324 00:24:17.480 --> 00:24:21.799 one I mostly serve at latrobe. Well, there's the most abortions there and 325 00:24:21.839 --> 00:24:25.000 that's all they do there. It. Of course we're going to see more 326 00:24:25.079 --> 00:24:29.559 visible results then at a plan parenthood, which is smaller, maybe in our 327 00:24:29.559 --> 00:24:33.079 city, and where they do other things. Right. So we just want 328 00:24:33.119 --> 00:24:41.839 to encourage you that this unseen sacrifice of serving willingly joyfully, even when you 329 00:24:41.839 --> 00:24:48.039 don't see results, is really valuable. Yeah, and ultimately you will see 330 00:24:48.039 --> 00:24:52.440 the results. One day you'll be standing beside the Lord and he will say 331 00:24:52.440 --> 00:24:55.559 well done, good and faithful servant. Yeah, and all those babies that 332 00:24:55.599 --> 00:24:57.839 were saved for I have this picture of them all come running, yeah, 333 00:24:57.839 --> 00:25:02.680 out out to to hug you. Yeah, there's a scripture that comes to 334 00:25:02.720 --> 00:25:07.160 mind. And again, God lets us graciously see baby saved on a regular 335 00:25:07.160 --> 00:25:11.400 basis here at La Trobe. Yeah, of course, keeping in mind sometimes 336 00:25:11.480 --> 00:25:15.799 there's forty, fifty people inside of that building to kill their child a regular 337 00:25:15.839 --> 00:25:18.279 basis. Like twenty five people coming in there to kill her baby. Right. 338 00:25:18.279 --> 00:25:22.319 So we see a massive loss of life as well on some pretty awful 339 00:25:22.480 --> 00:25:26.559 resistance from pro abortion people. Right. So God graciously lets us see that 340 00:25:27.160 --> 00:25:32.480 descripture that comes to mind is at believe is in the gospel of John where 341 00:25:32.559 --> 00:25:37.039 Jesus reveals himself after his resurrection to his disciples, and I think it's the 342 00:25:37.039 --> 00:25:41.039 situation. I'm kind of going off the cuff here with the scripture, so 343 00:25:41.200 --> 00:25:42.759 don't quote me on exactly. I'm not going to quote it exactly. Just 344 00:25:42.799 --> 00:25:45.680 give us the gist to the story. Give you the justest of it. 345 00:25:45.720 --> 00:25:49.680 Jesus reveals himself to his disciples. Believe that's the situation. When Thomas Jesus 346 00:25:49.720 --> 00:25:53.079 says put your fingers here in the nail, prince, right here's my side. 347 00:25:53.160 --> 00:25:56.119 You know. He says, my Lord of my God, and he 348 00:25:56.160 --> 00:26:02.279 says you are blessed because you see and believe, but even more blessed are 349 00:26:02.319 --> 00:26:06.559 those who believe and yet have not seen. Yes, and so I think 350 00:26:06.640 --> 00:26:10.960 you guys who are ministering at these very difficult mission fields at these very difficult 351 00:26:10.960 --> 00:26:15.039 abortion centers were you don't see a lot of out result. Just take an 352 00:26:15.119 --> 00:26:18.079 encouragement from the Lord, like you're still standing in faith, even though you're 353 00:26:18.119 --> 00:26:22.880 not seeing on a regular basis the fruit of what you're doing, and God's 354 00:26:22.920 --> 00:26:27.000 honoring that. If you're doing that in faithfulness to him, God's gonna Bless 355 00:26:27.039 --> 00:26:30.920 and God's going to honor that, and I it's I guarantee you. Babies 356 00:26:30.960 --> 00:26:33.960 are being saved behind the scenes that you don't find out about, and you 357 00:26:34.000 --> 00:26:37.640 won't find out about maybe until you stand before the Lord, but God's using 358 00:26:37.720 --> 00:26:42.920 you, guys. Yeah, I love that verse. I have never applied 359 00:26:44.000 --> 00:26:48.160 that to sidewalk counseling, but it is perfect. Yeah, because it is 360 00:26:48.240 --> 00:26:53.960 so much our story. We don't see the a lot of fruit often times. 361 00:26:55.079 --> 00:26:59.920 The fifth component is the willingness to suffer. Just know you're going to 362 00:27:00.119 --> 00:27:03.119 suffer. Yeah, who wants to sign on to something where they we tell 363 00:27:03.200 --> 00:27:07.160 you up front, be prepared. Right, you're going to suffer. You're 364 00:27:07.200 --> 00:27:11.240 going to suffer big time. Yeah, you're going to be out there in 365 00:27:11.279 --> 00:27:14.559 horrible weather, people are going to Taunt, to make fun of you, 366 00:27:14.640 --> 00:27:18.400 even threaten you. Yeah, fellow Christians will even drive by and say you 367 00:27:18.400 --> 00:27:22.920 shouldn't be out here, you are a shameful human being. Yeah, you're 368 00:27:22.920 --> 00:27:27.079 going to be a miserable weather and and you're often not going to see food. 369 00:27:27.079 --> 00:27:32.160 Now that sounds like something I wanted to do. Sign me up. 370 00:27:32.440 --> 00:27:37.759 So probably we're going to lose some volunteers over making this point, but the 371 00:27:37.799 --> 00:27:44.119 best counselors are the ones that just say, no matter what, three of 372 00:27:44.200 --> 00:27:48.039 the most scary words on earth. Yeah, I will do it, no 373 00:27:48.039 --> 00:27:53.000 matter what. Yeah, and because I guarantee you will suffer. Jesus tells 374 00:27:53.079 --> 00:27:56.480 us we're going to suffer in this world, we will have troubles, but 375 00:27:56.480 --> 00:28:00.039 he also reminds us take heart, I have overcome the world. Yeah, 376 00:28:00.160 --> 00:28:07.279 keep your focus on him. Yeah, you're gonna be misunderstood. Yeah, 377 00:28:07.319 --> 00:28:10.559 you're going to be misunderstood by the people that are come to the abortion center, 378 00:28:10.599 --> 00:28:12.960 of course, about pro abortion people, but even by family and friends. 379 00:28:14.160 --> 00:28:19.599 Be Ready to be misunderstood and under appreciated and not appreciate it. But 380 00:28:19.640 --> 00:28:23.799 again, Dude, and faithfulness to the Lord, and God will honor it. 381 00:28:23.880 --> 00:28:27.160 Tell you the Lord who honor it. Look at our MOTTEL. I 382 00:28:27.160 --> 00:28:34.680 mean Jesus was the absolute picture of someone willing to suffer for the greater good. 383 00:28:34.880 --> 00:28:40.279 Yeah, and so remember that every time you step out there with that 384 00:28:40.400 --> 00:28:47.359 willingness to suffer, you are you are being reflecting the image of your Safre 385 00:28:47.640 --> 00:28:51.319 if, your Lord and Savior. I think that's that's really powerful. But 386 00:28:52.240 --> 00:28:56.039 we already talked about the six component a little bit, which is intentionally abiding 387 00:28:56.079 --> 00:29:00.240 in the Lord. Yeah, so I don't think we need to go too 388 00:29:00.359 --> 00:29:03.200 much more into that because we don't want to go over time. The last 389 00:29:03.240 --> 00:29:08.319 one, and I thought this was really good from this was right from that 390 00:29:08.359 --> 00:29:17.920 podcast I listened to, reframe rejection. Yeah, rejection is a huge part 391 00:29:17.960 --> 00:29:21.839 of sidewalk counseling. Like you just said, you are going to face it. 392 00:29:21.920 --> 00:29:25.839 You will be rejected pretty much by everyone. Yeah, except for there 393 00:29:25.839 --> 00:29:29.160 will be the rare woman that will I would I was rejected this morning by 394 00:29:29.160 --> 00:29:33.559 the woman walking down the street. Ultimately she changed towards me. But we 395 00:29:34.079 --> 00:29:38.720 get slapped, metaphorically, slapped in the face. Yeah, all the time. 396 00:29:40.039 --> 00:29:44.000 Yeah, rejection hurts. None of us want it, it's going to 397 00:29:44.079 --> 00:29:48.079 happen. It is a given if you're involved in sidewalk counseling. Yeah, 398 00:29:48.119 --> 00:29:56.319 but what if you look through rejection through a new lens and instead of looking 399 00:29:56.359 --> 00:30:02.720 at it as a personal insult and taking it like, believing it that that 400 00:30:02.799 --> 00:30:07.240 defines who you are, with those who are rejecting you have said you are 401 00:30:07.319 --> 00:30:11.279 what? Instead, if you look at it as a badge of honor, 402 00:30:11.480 --> 00:30:18.359 yeah, I am rejected because I am speaking the truth that they don't want 403 00:30:18.440 --> 00:30:25.400 to hear. In again, modeling my Lord and Savior Again, who was 404 00:30:25.480 --> 00:30:30.079 more rejected than Jesus himself? Yeah, so I loved that. That made 405 00:30:30.160 --> 00:30:34.839 me feel like, Oh, I am something else. I have been rejected 406 00:30:34.920 --> 00:30:40.680 today. Yeah, if you rejected because you're acting, you know, like 407 00:30:40.720 --> 00:30:44.640 a fool or whatever, that's different. Peter Talks about that. If you're 408 00:30:44.680 --> 00:30:48.000 persecuted because of your own sin, leave Peter. Paul talks about that and 409 00:30:48.079 --> 00:30:55.640 one of the epistles. Yeah, but if you're rejected for Christ's sake, 410 00:30:55.680 --> 00:30:59.839 then you're identified with him. Yeah, and so it's just awesome encouragement. 411 00:30:59.839 --> 00:31:04.440 We can be identified with Jesus because of the rejection that that comes from US 412 00:31:04.480 --> 00:31:08.319 speaking the truth. And I'll say, if you aren't being rejected, you're 413 00:31:08.359 --> 00:31:14.759 probably not hitting the truth hard enough. Yeah, honestly, possibly. Yeah. 414 00:31:14.880 --> 00:31:18.279 So, guys. We hope this was an encouragement, even though there 415 00:31:18.279 --> 00:31:21.920 were some things that were a challenge for you. Guess God challenges us very 416 00:31:21.920 --> 00:31:25.079 graciously to help us to grow to be more like Jesus. That's the goal. 417 00:31:25.160 --> 00:31:29.799 After all, to be a disciple is to be disciplined. That's the 418 00:31:30.240 --> 00:31:32.880 root word of the word disciple, to be a disciple of Jesus, to 419 00:31:32.880 --> 00:31:34.720 be disciplined in the ways of Jesus. I never thought of that. That's 420 00:31:34.759 --> 00:31:37.240 it's good. Yep, that's what it is, and so we hope that 421 00:31:37.279 --> 00:31:41.640 this helped you guys to be more disciplined and what God's called you to. 422 00:31:41.880 --> 00:31:45.400 Hope this has been an encouragement challenge for you, guys. We'd love for 423 00:31:45.440 --> 00:31:48.119 you to reach out. You can reach me, Daniel at Love Life Dot 424 00:31:48.200 --> 00:31:52.000 Org. You can reach Vicky, Vicky with a why, at Love Life 425 00:31:52.079 --> 00:31:53.279 Dot Org. We'd love to hear from you, guys. We'd love to 426 00:31:53.279 --> 00:31:59.240 hear some feedback on this podcast or other episodes, ideas for other podcast episodes, 427 00:31:59.920 --> 00:32:02.559 and please leave us a review. We'd love to hear from you on 428 00:32:02.599 --> 00:32:07.160 the reviews and just get our ratings up a little bit more than what they 429 00:32:07.200 --> 00:32:09.440 are. If you can do that with the be a trim, tremendous blessing 430 00:32:09.519 --> 00:32:19.359 to us. But until next time, God bless God bless you all our 431 00:32:19.720 --> 00:32:30.960 love for love. Give me our love for gratitude. I know it will 432 00:32:31.079 --> 00:32:46.640 cost me my life. Nothing's too precious in some you