There were not enough listeners to go around. It was a scarcity mentality. What most people, who were young and involved when Napster was closed, don’t know was, that was not the first time this has happened. Back in the seventies, for the first time, people had the ability to easily record music when cassettes came out. It became popular. People would tape off the radio. They would borrow other people’s records and copy them – make their own playlist, just like they’re doing with Ipods now – and computers. Do you know what happened? Because of the interest generated by all the swapping and copying, recorded music became more popular and more profitable than ever before. That’s true! It’s a much bigger industry now than it was then.
This year at the Feast – I went to the CEM festival site – and I just happened to run into Ron Dart on the way over to the auditorium one morning. We were walking down through all these big, huge, open meetings rooms, of which, I think, the CEM was the third one – something like that. Big place there in Chattanooga. And he mentioned that this building could hold a Feast of 3,000 people. And I said, “You may fill it up one of these days.” And he said, “If we keep meeting people’s needs, we may.” See, it’s all about taking care of people. And if you focus on that, it gets bigger. It gets bigger. You take care of people, people will come.
Okay, so that’s the first point – if you focus on it, it gets bigger. Here’s the another thing that we have to do if we want to have an abundance mentality.
I asked my boss, while he was training me and supporting me in becoming independent from him, why he was training me and and supporting me so that I could become independent from him. He said, “Well, for one thing, there are not enough therapists in this town.” (See, he has the scarcity mentality, too. [Laughter] He thinks there aren’t enough therapists to take care of all the people. I’m just kidding.) He said, “For another, my goal is not only to make money, but it’s also to enhance the mental health of this community. So, as your practice grows, and as I train you more, you will become part of many that will help make my goal become a reality.” That’s the abundance mentality, isn’t it? He just wants to reach out into the community, train other people, send them out. They’ll train others. He wants to enhance the community in that way, using the talents that he has.
Besides calling it the abundance mentality, do you know what this attitude is called? It’s actually called Godly love. My boss is committed to giving to others and taking care of people. And as he focuses on that goal, it gets bigger. I mean, didn’t I tell you earlier that it’s growing so fast he can’t keep track of it all?
Now that other clinic, which is also Christian, is not really committed to that approach. So they’re sense is one of being competed with and that’s getting bigger. They’re feeling more and more competition. And that makes them feel like they need to circle the wagons and protect themselves. They’re getting more defensive and kind of paranoid and insecure. With them, that’s getting bigger, because they’re not committed to focusing on what God says we should focus on. So they’re getting tighter, and more anxious, and more protective, and more paranoid even, I think, while my boss just keeps expanding out.