Tuesday, March 22, 2005

The Missing Ingredient To Success In Life

(This was spoken on March 20 , 2005. )

Today, I want to talk to you about something that's missing in a lot of our lives.

This missing ingredient is the thing, that if we would add it to our lives it, it would have a powerful effect on us.

I want to talk to you today about a simple idea.

A simple idea that chould help you grow to the next level in your life. A simple idea that could help you to experience new things and see results like you never have before!

But first, I want to talk to you about a strange phenomenon that happens with caged canaries.

I know it sounds strange but you'll see how this fits in a minute.

If you have 100 canaries that have been raised from an egg and spend their whole lives in a cage, then what do you think will happen if you left the door to their cage open one day?

You're going to be surprised at what happens...

You'd think 100 canaries are going bust out the door? Right? Sorry try again... :)

Get this... 60% of the birds won't even notice! 60 out of 100 birds won't even notice that the door to freedom is right in front of them!

They're too caught up with their little busy canary lives, going from the perch to the food, to the water... Can you believe it? Well, ok. We still have the other 40 canaries right? They're going to head for the door right?

Nope! 20% of the birds will notice the door is open (good job guys -- that's better than the other 60!), but when they do notice it's open they have thoughts like this...

"Hey wait a minute! There's a hole where the cage is supposed to be!!! Something's wrong with our cage! Get back everyone!"

And 20 birds will fly as far away from the door as they can! 20 birds will run from their chance at freedom!

Things seem a little hopeless for our little friends here doesn't it? Well we've still got 20 more birds that can make us proud.

Let's see what happens...

What do the last 20 canaries do? The last 20 canaries notice the door is open and become curious. But only a FEW of them will be brave enough to take a step onto the ledge and peek out at what life behind the bars looks like.

And only an even smaller amount of the brave ones that peek out the door -- will be actually brave enough to take a leap out into freedom!

Why am I telling you a story about canaries?

We think, "Stupid birds!" But you know what? A lot of us are like these canaries.

The door to the cage we've been trapped in all our lives has been left open. We have a chance to live a better life - a better life than we could ever hope for. Jesus died to set us free, but we stay trapped in a lot of ways, instead of being free. Why? Because a lot of the time we never take action on the truth that we know! Many of us here HAVE taken action SOME action.

We’ve asked Jesus into our lives, we come to Sunday gatherings... But if we were honest with ourselves, how much of the truth that have read in the Bible, heard in Ben’s messages, have you really applied IN our lives?

A lot of us have heard read passages in the Bible containing powerful success secrets. We've heard life-changing truth straight from the "experts" themselves, but we a lot of the times we don't see much change in our life.

Again, why? It's because we haven't taken action and applied the truth in our lives!

*Action or application -- whatever you want to call it -- is the missing ingredient in many our lives! *

We don't need more knowledge. We need more ACTION. We need more APPLICATION.

If we had more action -- more application of the truth-- our lives could be changed powerfully forever!

You might not believe this, but a lot of you ALREADY KNOW EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW to see massive results happen in your life. You just need to start doing what you know! :)

That’s what Jesus was talking about. Turn with me to Matt. 7:24-27

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