Hit the reset button podcast notes

We had a great time with Jeff Mata today!

Jeff Mata, gradually lost his eyesight after suffering a retinal detachment in his left eye as well as uveitis, an inflammation of the eyeball. Mata has since started competing in judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He has thrived in both disciplines, qualifying for the U.S. visually impaired judo team and competing – and winning – against sighted opponents in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.


Let me give you some sounds that will reset your life

“Hello, this is principal Irwin.  We need to talk about your son,”

“Honey I’m pregnant.”

“I’ve got bad news, it’s your transmission.”  I got that call.  Anyone want to guess what that cost me?

Here’s my favorite from high school

“I really like you as a friend.”

A couple years ago I heard this.

“Mr. Hawkins I want to marry your daughter.”  That was a great conversation.  He cried.  We cried.  It was awesome.  When I think about it though, I think that conversation it cost me more than my transmission.

One line can reset your life.  Reset your priorities.  Reset your values.

God is okay with resetting your life like that.

Though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. I Peter 1:6,7

Sometimes difficult times and trial an loss are what you need to do the reset in your life because the life you’ve chosen is heading for a head on collision.

You’re value is based on your net worth and your earning power

In order to fit in you need to dress a certain way and your car needs to be in a certain price category.

Be free sexually.  Look at what you want, do what you want

Live for you.  Just do it as long as it makes you happy

Here’s a great quote to end this point with from John Ortberg.  It’s from his book, “If you want to walk on water you have to get out of the boat.”

Never try to have more faith – just get to know God better. And because God is faithful, the better you know Him, the more you will trust Him.

To reset something usually involves a reset of power.

We have all learned that in the last decade or so.  Let me give you a few examples.

If this iPhone freezes on me, what do I need to do?  I need to reset it. I need to power it off then power it on again

If you’re DVR freezes on you, what do you do.  Turn it off and turn it back on again.

What about your computer.  What if it starts malfunctioning.  What’s your first step to getting it to work again.

How was this reset a reset of power in your life?

Reset through the pain

Some of you are running through difficult circumstances right now.  You have a rough home life.  Your health is failing.  You are struggling at work.  You’re battling depression.  I’m sorry that you have to go through these times, but these are the moments that God uses to grow us.  Look again with me at verse 11.

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:7

A few years ago in the Superbowl, Russell Wilson was at the center of what is largely considered the worst play call in Superbowl history and the worst decision by a passer in Superbowl history.  Russell Wilson is a strong believer in Jesus and that was one of the most difficult trials of his football life.  But there was purpose to it.

Russell Wilson said that God spoke to him after that fateful interception at the end of Super Bowl XLIX. “The play happens, and they pick the ball off. And I take three steps,” Wilson said. “And on the third step God says to me, ‘I’m using you. . . . I want to see how you respond. But most importantly I want them to see how you respond.”