ultimate WOW is when you look at something you have done
and you know that it is something beautiful for God. I was
inspired years ago when I met Mother Teresa for the first
time. She became a friend as we visited each other on different
occasions. (I would attend her funeral as the president's
guest and I would attend her beatification.) Early in my
ministry she said to me something that so impressed me.
She said, "Do something beautiful for God."
Wow, that's a powerful challenge that I try to live.
Teresa did something beautiful for God and so did Rosa Parks,
who has also been a friend. I have been so honored to have
her as a guest on the Hour of Power three times through
the years. And there is the memorable painting of Rosa Parks
seated on the bus that she presented to me during her last
visit. Rosa Parks did something beautiful for God.
Teresa, Rosa Parks, and then there is Sam Noordhoff, whose
name you may not know, but everybody in Taiwan knows his
name. It's world famous there. Sam and I were college friends,
and we remain friends to this very day. Sam became a doctor
and a surgeon of the little children of Taiwan whose faces
were disfigured. He gave them a beautiful future. What a
life! Sam is now retired. He was doing something beautiful
for God and today others are continuing what he began in
the Taiwan hospital that bears his name.
some of you are stopping to say, "Yes, you talk about
Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, and Sam Noordhoff. They are either
rich, famous or very intelligent, but I'm just a common
Do Something Beautiful for God
is a common person whom I never met, but I'll never forget
how she did something beautiful for God. I was in a major
city to give a lecture and my host drove me through the
deepest slum section of that city. Even though the houses
looked like they were all occupied, yet many had cracked
windows and others had sheets of plywood over their windows,
and the houses were all lacking in paint. It was a very
depressing scene. But there was someone who lived in one
of those houses who was motivated to do something beautiful
for God íK do you know what she did? She bought a beautiful
bright red geranium plant in a little pot and she set it
on the ledge of the porch of her little home. It stood out
on that street íK a fabulous red geranium, one simple
flower. She enjoyed it and she never knew that I rode by
and I enjoyed it, and also many other people.
isn't impossible for you, as a common person, to do
something beautiful for God.
27:4, is my testimony:
"One thing I have desired of the Lord, That
I will seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all
the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord."
come here Sunday after Sunday after Sunday because it satisfies
my hunger for beauty. It is not just the Cathedral; it is
more than the gardens, the grounds, the flowers, and the
statuary. It is more than that. It is the faces of the people
I see here and how you encourage me, pray for me, and support
me. You do something beautiful
for God by keeping this church alive and strong!
This cathedral is listed as one of the great buildings
of the world. You did something beautiful for God.
week I received a card sent to all the PBS (Public Broadcasting
service) people around America, advertising a special program
that will air in December called "America's Houses
of Worship," and there are pictures of five íK the
Crystal Cathedral is included. And it reads: "America's
Houses of Worship featuring some of the nation's earliest
sacred spaces and grand churches. The Washington National
Cathedral and the Crystal Cathedral are featured in large
colored photos." Yes, you have built a church that
is beautiful for God íK thank you íK thank you íK
thank you. Applaud yourself!
"One thing I've desired of the Lord,
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of
my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord." (Psalms 27:4)
do I mean by beauty? I do not mean art íK all art is not
attractive. Some is absolutely not beautiful íK And you
see some "art" that is paraded in museums of the
world and acclaimed as art; which, in my humble judgment,
is not a thing of beauty.
Art is the expression of the human heart
of my friends, who remains unnamed, decided to take Mrs.
Schuller and me to see a world famous museum of modern art.
I said to my friend, "You will need to explain modern
art to me, because I don't really understand it." And
he said to me, "Oh, art comes out of the heart. Let me show you a piece of modern art that I donated to this museum."
He led me to a door which opened to a square room probably
30 feet by 30 feet. There was nothing on the walls, but
in the middle of the floor there was a pile of junk. I mean
real junk íK empty beer cans, cracked bottles, broken
pieces of wood, a cracked mirror, a bed spring. God knows
where it all came from. A big pile. Then I remembered his
comment that "art is the profound illustration of the heart,"
and I thought of this man's life. It was privately
a confusion of values and contradictions. This work of "art"
demonstrated his heart.
there is the art which is so beautiful because it is a demonstration
of a heart that is beautiful and a heart that sees beauty.
I'm talking about the ultimate reality of beauty in life
and that is your heart, your soul, your spirit! The ultimate
emotion within the soul creates the appetites and desires.
That's why when people accept Jesus Christ, they say, "My
life is changed." Yes, they're reading different books,
they're watching inspiring movies, they're listening to
positive kinds of music, and they're going to emotionally
healthy places for entertainment. Life has changed. The
appetite has changed and now they are attracted to the blooming
flower, to a bubbling fountain, or to a face that is humble
and gentle and kind and affirming. Their
personalities change and the ultimate emotion within them
has a desire for beauty. When Christ becomes your Lord, you are attracted to
kindness, goodness, nobleness and honesty and "the
desire to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of
your life, to behold the beauty of the Lord."
declare that the ultimate WOW is when you see a tear of
joy in somebody's eyes. The ultimate WOW is when you see
two people embrace. They're getting married, or you see
a father and mother who can't keep the silent tears from
falling when they hold their newborn baby. That's when you
see something beautiful for God. Wow!
makes a difference. I'm proud of this cathedral, and the
gardens, but the ultimate wow is this 16 year old girl from
Iowa who wrote to me, "I'm 16 years old and currently
at a behavioral treatment center. Every Sunday we gather
around in the living room of our cottage to watch the Hour
of Power. With the help of your powerful program, I was
able to make the decision to invite God into my life and
accept Jesus as my Savior. I want to thank you for how much
your program has helped me." Signed, Temeshia Romato."
Temeshia, we love you! That's what the message of this beautiful
cathedral is all about. It's turning human beings into beautiful
when the Spirit of Jesus comes in your life, you'll never
be the same. You will want to do something beautiful for God and that opportunity
will probably come in times and places where you least expect
week, I was leaving a restaurant where the tables were filled
with people in the courtyard. And sitting on a bench waiting
to be served was a young man with tattoos covering his arms.
He was holding a little baby. He stopped me to say, "Hey
Dr. Schuller, good to see you."
said, "How do you know me? And I'm curious, where did
you get those tattoos?"
answered, "Oh, I got them in jail. I was in for
ten years. I was a thief already at the age of 12."
you serve all ten years?"
I'm out." Then he said, "My life was changed in
prison thanks to you."
do you mean, thanks to me?"
said, "One Christmas we all got a box. There was nice
stuff in that Christmas box including a book from you on
Possibility Thinking. When you're in prison you have lots
of time on your hands, so I read that book and I got to
a chapter where it said, 'You need to change your heart.
Get acquainted with Jesus Christ.' All alone I did that.
After I served my ten years, I got out and started a business
of my own. I'm a follower of Jesus Christ. I'm very happily
married and this is my baby. I owe it all to your ministry.
you get rid of the guilt, you are rid of an ugly feeling.
Accept forgiveness. That's what Jesus Christ does for you.
Then you have a beautiful feeling. Wow! Then you will be
led to do things you never knew you could, once you become
a real follower of Jesus Christ.
week in our local paper there was a dramatic story about
Milton Tobar. Milton Tobar immigrated here from El Salvador.
He couldn't get a job unless he would take a job nobody
else wanted. So Milton took a job in the sewer; the dirtiest
and lowest paying job. About a year ago as he was cleaning
the dirty sewer, he saw a sparkle and reached down with
his hands. He felt something like a ring, so he stuck it
in his pocket. When he got home he washed it off. It was
a diamond ring íK one large stone in the center and ten
smaller diamonds. He said, "This has got to be valuable."
the next day Milton turned it into his company, the water
district. It's the law that once something is found in the
sewers, it belongs to the district and it is their job to
try to find the owners. So they tried to find the owner
of the ring. Tobar himself tried to help. But after a year,
the owner was not found so finally the ring was put up for
auction. It is up for auction now until November 19, so
you can bid on it today.
law is that the money will be the property of the water
district, not the finder. But the finder gets a special
commission, 15% for being such a good worker. Tobar is all
excited about that because if the ring sells for $12,000
he said, "You know how much I'll get? I'll get $1,800
and you know for the first time in ten years I'll have money
to buy an airplane ticket to go back to El Salvador and
see my father whom I haven't seen in ten years."
father taught me, 'always do right, never do wrong,' and
when I found that ring and saw it was a diamond I decided
to turn it in and I didn't have a second thought of keeping
it. It was the right thing to do, it wasn't a temptation
to keep it, and I just did it. I owe that to my father's
teaching, always do the right
character. That's a beautiful heart. That's doing something
for God. Why did Milton Tobar give the ring back? In Milton's
To be proud of what you do.
To be proud of who you are.
To be proud of how you feel about yourself.
Applaud him! Milton Tobar is a beautiful person.
Jesus Christ in your heart, it makes all the difference
in the world. He gives you an appetite and a hunger for
beauty and when you come to a church like ours, you are
fed with beauty in words, beauty in song, beauty in spirit,
beauty in flowers and beauty in messages. I ask you, do
you have Jesus in your heart? Take Him into your heart.
Let Him become your Lord and your Savior. And the Lord will
give you new appetites for what is truly beautiful. Believe
me, you can, you must do something
beautiful for God. Hallelujah.
here we are in touch with beauty of song, of spirit and
of sight. Dear God, thank You for bringing the noblest person,
Your Son Jesus Christ, into the world and for establishing
places like this church and this television church to present
the message of Christ beautifully into the hearts and minds
of people. There are so many who know they're missing something
and they are missing the ultimate "wow." Use us
to do something beautiful for You in their life. Amen