March 26, 2019

Caught in the Pack - John 12:23-28

Jim Ryan is a great friend of mine with a terrific heart. You know, Jim was a Kansas kid. He wanted to run track, but he was too slow his ninth grade year so he actually got cut from the team. The setback enlarged his heart, and he trained even harder.

Family Discussions:

  1. How did Jesus stay out of the pack?
  2. What finish line kept Him in focus?
  3. What is the pack that is trying to pressure you right now>
  4. How can you avoid getting trapped in the pack?
  5. How can we in the home help each other be aware of the pack that each of us is in?
  6. How can we focus on the baseline?

Episode Transcription:

00:14 My heart still races when I thinking of the day I got caught in a pack of rattlesnakes as a little kid up on top of a West Texas Mountain. Today I'm going to be talking about getting caught in the pack, but about someone who left the pack for a very special reason. We're in John chapter 12, verse 23 through 28. It says, "Jesus replied, 'The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves Me must follow Me, and where I am, My servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves Me. Now My heart is troubled and what shall I say? "Father, save Me from this hour." No, it was for this very reason that I came to this hour. Father, glorify Thy name. Then a voice came from heaven and said, "I have glorified it and will glorify it again."

01:29 Jim Ryan is a great friend of mine with a terrific heart. You know, Jim was a Kansas kid. He wanted to run track, but he was too slow his ninth grade year so he actually got cut from the team. The setback enlarged his heart, and he trained even harder. Hours upon hours he ran every day. Running to that stopwatch, trying to make the time. They'd say, "Jim, are you in pain?" He would say, "Yes, I'm in pain, but I've learned to run with the pain." Jim was the first high school runner to break the four-minute mile. He held the world record in the mile for 15 years, but Jim never won the Olympics. I was actually in Munich, Germany, watching him run for the USA track team at the Olympics in Munich when a tragic event occurred. Jim rounded the curve for the last lap of the race, but he was caught in the pack. He was caught in this group of runners. I remember it like it was yesterday when he tripped, and he fell into the curb in sheer pain. And although he was undoubtedly the best runner in the world, he finished dead last. But his great spirit inside of him never dimmed, and he continues to be one of the greatest men I've ever known. Boy, you guys. the pack in life are the peers that surround you, the firm that surrounds you, the locker room, the team, the business community. It's the pack and getting caught up in the pack, it's what we call, you know, as kids "peer pressure." And you know what? Peer pressure kills more dreams than any other agent known to man.

03:12 Now man, here's the devotional of the day. How did Jesus stay out of the pack, and what finish line kept Him in focus? And the third question, you know, what is the pack that is trying to pressure you right now and how can you avoid getting trapped in the pack? And here's the lifeline. How can we in the home help each other be aware of the pack that each of us is in, and how can we focus on the baseline?

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