It says, "To my son, Reverend Robert A. Schuller, on
your ordination to the gospel ministry, from your father,
Dr. Robert Harold Schuller, September 21, 1980."
It's a heavy medallion and a heavy chain and for years I
wore it consistently. On the back of the medallion there
are 3 bible verses: Luke 9:62; Philippians 1:6; and Revelations
"Any man having put his hand to the plow and looking back
is not fit for the kingdom of heaven." (Luke 9:52)
"Being confident of this one thing, that God who has begun
a good work in you will carry it to completion." (Philippians
"Be faithful unto death and I will give you the
crown of life." (Revelations 2:10)
three verses have led my ministry throughout the last twenty-five
years. One day when my daughter, Christina, was about
three years old we were vacationing in Hawaii. At the beach,
I was sitting on the sand in a pool of water about two feet
deep. We would sit in these pools in the sand and just let
the children play. Anthony and Christina were climbing and
jumping all over me. All of a sudden to keep from
falling off of my shoulders Christina grabbed my necklace
as she started to fall. When she did the chain broke and
my necklace fell into the water and into the sand. I put
my fingers through the sand and I found the chain. As I
pulled the chain up the medallion slid off. I came up with
an empty chain and I looked and looked and looked for the
medallion but never found it. I went to Radio Shack
and bought a metal detector. I really embarrassed my older
kids when I walked the beach with a metal detector! I spent
a couple of days going over the entire area. I waited
until low tide and I went everywhere with that metal detector,
hoping I could find my medallion. I never found it. We left
Hawaii and all I carried back on the airplane was a chain.
know miracles happen and my life is about miracles. When
I graduated from high school I had great difficulty reading.
I learned to read in college by reading my Greek New Testament.
My Greek professor taught me how to read Greek. I listened
to him and heard the way he read it and at that moment,
suddenly, everything I'd tried to put together in reading
came together for me reading Greek in college. I studied
Greek for four years in college, continued to study Greek
through seminary. Today I look through the pages of my Greek
New Testament and I'm amazed at all the notes I made on
the pages. I was fortunate to be able to graduate from seminary
in June of 1980. I waited until September to be ordained
so I could be ordained in the Crystal Cathedral. I received
my ordination and I received these three scriptures and
this medallion on September 21, 1980. And like I said, miracles
5 years after losing my medallion I received a little package
in the mail. The package was about two inches square and
there was no return address on it, only a name. I opened
it up and it was my medallion! Someone was roaming
through the beaches in Hawaii and found my medallion and
mailed it to me. Isn't it amazing how God works?
years of ministry, how do we define 25 years of ministry?
Let me tell you how I put my sermons together. I work
and develop an outline on to a single sheet of paper. At
the top of the outline I note the sermon title, the scripture
and the date it was written. I put the outline in my Bible
and then I preach the sermon. When I'm done I put the outline
in my desk drawer and that is where I keep all of them.
I counted 50 outlines so I could see what one year of sermons
looked like. Then I pulled out all my sermon outlines for
25 years, and it is a lot of sermons! Also, in the past
25 years I have written some books. The first book I wrote
was called "Robert Schuller's Life Changers."
I took my Dad's stories and I compiled them into a book
and that was my first book. I did that when I was
in seminary. Then Donna helped me by editing "Be an
Extra Ordinary Person in an Ordinary World."
Again, that book was my father's short stories compiled
into a book. That was book #2. Book #3 was,
"Getting Through the Going Through Stage."
It is the toughest book I have ever written. It is
about getting through the toughest things in life and seeing
how God blesses you through those tough times. It's
a tough one.
I took my sermons and I wrote a bunch of different books.
All in all I have about a dozen books. Then there is my
Bible. My Bible was given to me by my father and inside
he wrote, "Presented to my son, Robert A. Schuller,
with love from Dad, Robert Schuller, Easter, 1986."
"Be faithful unto death," he wrote, "and
I shall give you the crown of life." (Rev. 2:10)
But my father is Dutch, he didn't buy this bible. It was
given to him by the publisher and they put his name on the
front of it, Robert H. Schuller. But he thought he
would give it to me anyway. So this is my Bible with my
Dad's name on the cover. That is my ministry and what I
have been doing the last 25 years. You can also add
in there probably a thousand weddings. When I first went
into the ministry the only way I could make ends meet was
to officiate at weddings. I would be paid a few dollars
to officiate at a wedding, so I did a hundred weddings a
year. Through it all, when I look at my life in the
last 25 years, all of this is secondary. All of this
pales in comparison to my family: my wife and my kids, my
parents, my sisters, my brothers, and you my brothers and
sisters in Christ.
I want to give you the same verses that were given to me
25 years ago because you can apply them to your life just
as well as I have to mine. Remember what they are?
The first one is in Luke.
man having put his hand to the plow and looking back is
not fit for the kingdom of heaven." (Luke 9:62)
when God gives you a vision, when God gives you a dream,
when God gives you a goal just keep on striving until you
find a pass through, tunnel underneath, or simply stay and
turn that mountain into a miracle with God's help.
second verse is in Philippians. "Be
confident of this, that God who has begun this good work
in you will carry it to completion." (Philippians 1:6)
it is not you that carries it; God carries it. When
the baggage feels like it is just too heavy and the burdens
are just too much, remember it is not your baggage and it
is not your burden, it is God's and He will carry it for
the third verse, "Be faithful, be faithful to the point of death and I
will give you the crown of life." (Revelations 2:10)
years of ministry all about miracles! And, God is
in the process of doing miracles in your life today also!
God, we pray that every single person here will see miracles
unfold in their lives as they continue to fulfill the calling
that you have given to them. You are truly a God of miracles,
a God who touches lives, a God who continues to bring hope
and goodness and peace. So give us the faith, O Lord,
to walk with you today, tomorrow and always. Amen.