Situations that leave
you feeling "crushed" can sometimes make you feel hopeless. In a
powerful conversation about his new book Crushing: God Turns Pressure
into Power, Pastor T.D. Jakes of the Potter's House in
Dallas, Texas, explains to Pastor Steven Furtick of Elevation
Church, in North Carolina, why crushing "is not the end."
"In our lives when God gets ready to serve us to the world, there are
certain crushings that we go through. There are certain crushings that
you are going through right now in your life and sometimes people don't
see it. They don't know that you're being crushed because sometimes
you're being crushed in your heart, your emotions," Jakes says.
"I was doing research for my book and I found out that the same part of
the brain that processes physical pain, processes emotional pain. So my
brain doesn't know whether my heart is broken or whether you stabbed me
in the leg. The same part of the cerebellum that sends the message that
you're in pain, is just as intense about a broken heart as it is about a
stabbed leg," he explains. "So all of a sudden I'm in trauma but there's
no paramedic because I'm not bleeding. I'm not being crushed on the
outside where you could put a tourniquet on it and send me to the
God can use many
situations to put you through a "crushing" and no one is exempt Jakes
"I'm being crushed in my heart. I'm being crushed by failed expectations.
I'm being crushed by the fact that I'm older now and I thought that I
would be further than I am and I am not. God has a whole lot of ways to
crush you. I have been crushed by bankruptcy. I'm being crushed by
disappointment. I'm being crushed because I love somebody who won't love
me back. I'm being crushed because I have a child that disrespects me.
There are all kinds of ways for you to be crushed in places that people
don't see and it affects you like you are being stabbed," Jakes says.
"This trauma of the soul cannot be treated in the hospital. This trauma
of the soul, this secret crushing that God allows us to go through
sometimes in our life that is beyond explanation. And yet there is not a
person in this room, young or old, black or white, rich or poor,
intellectual or illiterate who escapes it. You cannot live in this world
and not need what I'm talking about. Something in your life is going to
be what God uses to crush you, but remember that crushing is not the
end," he adds.
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Don't limit your dreams,
preacher and inspirational speaker T.D. Jakes
something about wine that is easy to overlook, notably the amount of
crushing involved to get the best out of each grape, inspirational speaker
and entrepreneur T.D. Jakes told N.C. A&T students in April.
The N.Y. Times best-seller and big-screen movie producer used the example
as a metaphor about obstacles and the process in becoming successful, as
part of a discussion on "Living Your Best Life."
That crushing moment might seem familiar, he told them - that teacher or
family member who called them stupid, the uncle who took advantage of them,
someone who said their dreams are too big.
"If we don't tell you about it," Jakes said as cheers reverberated
through the thousands listening at the Corbett Sports Center, "crushing will
feel like the end."
He would go on to emphasize that it's not.
"You'll go down, they'll count you out ... but you will rise again," he
Jakes, a sought-after speaker, is also a televangelist with a
30,000-member Dallas church and 22 million subscribers and social media
followers, many of whom watch his broadcast. He graced the cover of Time
Magazine several years ago with the headline: "Is this the next Billy
Jakes spoke at the university as part of the Chancellor's Speakers
Series, whose speakers are designed to inspire and challenge students.
At times he joked he was ready to preach.
"All the miracles in the room, holla at your boy!" the preacher joked,
playing off of street slang akin to asking for an "Amen," which again drew
the cheering crowd to its feet.
Jakes, who grew up in a working class family in West Virginia, drew
comparisons based on his own life - a struggling family in the West Virginia
mountains. He claimed that he had eaten spaghetti but never with spaghetti
sauce - his mother used ketchup - until he ate lunch at school. He also said
his father later took a mop and bucket and built a company that employed
over 50 people.
Of everything he could have changed in his life growing up, he says he
wouldn't have limited his dreams.
"I would have worked harder younger, and worked for a life I didn't
imagine," Jakes said.
And that's what he told students he wanted for them, who he said he
expected to lead the world.
"I have a crazy feeling there's somebody in this room hungry for
greatness," Jakes said.
He hammered away at the point that it did not matter where they started
from, just that they work harder than the next person, that they study
longer even when others aren't.
"Being smart and being talented is not enough," Jakes said. "You have to
be the toughest."
He talked about successful people he'd come across in his work and how
he's yet to find a prototype for success. It's come to people who are
extroverts and introverts, those who got the best educations and those who
dropped out of school.
What he said he did find was that all of them were frustrated by
"It wasn't what they were running to, it was what they were running
from," Jakes said. "You've got to have something behind you that (makes you
say) this is my one shot ... and the world is going to know I'm here.
"The winds beneath your wings," he said, "might have been a hurricane
that tore up your life."
Jakes talked about a recent trip to slave-holding places in Africa where
people were often tied together and stacked on top of each other awaiting
the next ship - and where 400 years later the stench of their trauma
"Only the strongest survived," Jakes said "Most of you are the great,
great, great, great grandchildren of those survivors."
Maximize their sacrifices, he said, telling students to live their best
lives and to get moving, no matter how crushing life has been.
"All your ancestors in you," Jakes said, "are telling you to get back
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