Lent 2017 Reflections

So the alarm clock goes off in the morning, what do you do? Do you get straight out of bed, bound out of bed, with fabulous energy? Or do you . . .

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As we make this journey together, you're going to encounter resistance in a thousand different ways. That's really the paradox of happiness. It's that we know the things that . . .

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So let me ask you something, what do you want? What do you spend your days thinking about? What do you, what do you spend your days desiring? What is it that you want? You see, God, he gave you . . .

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Have you ever wanted something for somebody more than they wanted it for themselves? It's really the classic dilemma of a parent. I think as parents we, we want good things for our kids, you know? And very often we . . .

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When I first started speaking and writing I was 19 years old, I look back on those times now and I was just so naive. I’d grown up in sort of a bubble. What you realize very quickly I think . . .

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Do you ever get the feeling that something's missing in your life? It's good. It's good that you get that feeling. It's good that we get that feeling. It's an expression of dissatisfaction . . .

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One of the key moments in my life was when I was around 15 years old. I was sitting in church, and I was struggling with something. And I stumbled upon the question, "God what do you think I should . . .

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One of the things that I'm amazed at, in our culture today, and I suppose it's always been there to some extent, is the things that God gets blamed for. People will say to me . . .

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So let me ask you a question: Are you healthy? And when I ask that question, what do you think about? You probably think about physical health, right? "OK, how healthy am I physically?" and, "How's my blood pressure?" . . .

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When I was a kid, I don't know, maybe 9, 10, years old, I used to be in this choir at school and we used to sing at funerals. We used to sing at funerals all the time, I don't . . .

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At Dynamic Catholic, there are three qualities that I always want every team member to have and every team member to be growing in: committed, coachable, and aware. What I want to talk to you about is this third quality . . .

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There’s a lot of different ways to think about life. There’s a lot of different ways to think about living. And I was reading something about music a couple of years ago, and I saw the idea of this soulful . . .

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So hopefully you’re finding these reflections helpful. Hopefully they’re speaking into you and speaking into your life in a really practical way. I think that’s one of the things we really strive for . . .

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In my mid-to-late teens I started reading the Bible and tried to develop a habit over time of reading just a chapter a day, looking at some particular point or lesson in that chapter and reflecting on that . . .

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My kids are little and just getting into life and school and things like that . . . One of the things I’ve thought a lot about, maybe, maybe obsessed a little bit about is, “How can I help my . . .

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Two of the great lessons of my life have been to get inside of myself and to get outside of myself. When I say get inside of myself I’ve realized sort of consistently over my life that I have a . . .

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God is constantly winning you, and building you, and sending you. You know? God doesn’t say, “Okay, I’m going to win this person, and then I’m going to build this person up spiritually, and then I’m going to send this . . .

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Well we’re halfway through Lent! Congratulations for making it halfway. I’m always amazed, you know, in this age of technology we can tell how many people stopped, when they stopped. We can tell if people watched twenty seconds of a . . .

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If you want to insult God, tell Him you’re bored. It’s one of the greatest insults we can give God. You know? And we hear people say it all the time, “I’m bored.” Maybe it’s a kid or maybe it’s . . .

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When you look at the different relationships in your life, you probably realize that some are going better than others. You might realize that some have become a little dysfunctional. You might realize that some are in a bad spot . . .

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When you look at people who are successful at anything, they have great habits. You know, you often hear people say, “Well the secret to my success was this,” or, “The secret to my success was that.” But the reality . . .

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It’s so easy to waste life, you know. And we don’t waste life a decade at a time. We don’t waste life a week at a time, or a month at a time. We tend to waste life in . . .

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You probably don't like being lied to. You know, most people are not that comfortable being lied to. Most people wouldn't say, "Oh yeah, I don't mind if my friends lie to me," or "I don't mind if my spouse . . .

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In our modern world of comfort and convenience, we don't necessarily experience physical hunger that often. We can deal with our physical hunger fairly quickly in most situations. But we have a lot of different hungers. We have spiritual hungers . . .

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You know, every year when we promote the “Best lent ever” program, experience, we talk about you know don't give up chocolate for lent this year. And it's not that we shouldn’t give up chocolate, but it's . . .

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I've always been fascinated with people who are excellent at something, world-class at something, or phenomenally successful at something. And it's fascinating to me to see the similarities between people who are phenomenally successful in business and people who are . . .

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Probably at least once a week somebody ask me, "How can I write a great book?" or "I’ve always wanted to write a book. How can I write a great book about this subject?" or, "I’ve been working on a . . .

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Most people who are sick go to the doctor. Not all of them, right? Fascinating, isn’t it? Some people can be really, really sick, but they won't go to the doctor. And I don't mean sick with a cold . . .

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For more than 20 years, I’ve been leading groups on pilgrimages to Rome, Assisi, the Holy Land, Fatima, Lourdes . . . so many incredible, holy places. And when I first get the group together on each trip, I always . . .

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Once a year I have a physical, a checkup with my doctor. I have a bunch of tests, and I go and I meet with the doctor. He talks about different things . . .

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For more than 20 years I've been talking about the concept of becoming the-best-version-of-yourself. And one of the things I love about the concept is that it, it helps us to make sense of, of everything, OK? It touches on . . .

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Jesus said, "Let your light shine." He didn't say, "You know, those of you who got a light you should let it shine and those of you who don't have a light, well you just don't have a light." He . . .

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Have you ever tried to use a lawnmower as a dishwasher? Yea, doesn’t really work that well. You know, you put the dishes into the lawnmower and you turn the lawnmower on and things go bad pretty quickly. You see . . .

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Sometimes people will say to me, "Matthew I wanna do what you do." And I might say, "Well, what do you mean?" And they'd probably say, "Well I want to be a speaker," or "I want to be an author . . .

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I've never met anyone who didn't have any critics. And it's a really, I think, a difficult part of life to deal with, and it's a part of life that you can't not deal with it, you can't just ignore . . .

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When I get discouraged or when I get down, the thing I've found that works and it works every time and works the best and works the fastest is gratitude. You know, I don't know that anything that can change . . .

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Sometimes when you read the Bible you can think, "Oh, I've read this before." That's why we need new ways to focus ourselves. Sometimes I'll read a Gospel - maybe Matthew's Gospel - with just one thing in mind. And . . .

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So here we are, we're ready to enter into the Triduum. And the vast emotions that the disciples go through is, is astounding. You know? Thursday night you've got Jesus washing their feet. You've got this God-Man who they believe . . .

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On Friday, you've got this guy being murdered. You know? This guy who you've placed all of your hope in, you've left everything behind to follow Jesus and now you see him being nailed to a cross. What did the . . .

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So here we are, we're ready to enter into the Triduum. And the vast emotions that the disciples go through is, is astounding. You know? Thursday night you've got Jesus washing their feet. You've got this God-Man who they believe . . .

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Happy Easter! It's been great being with you in the journey through Lent and I hope that the team and I here at Dynamic Catholic has been able to serve you powerfully as we made this Lenten journey and explored . . .

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