Professional baseball legend Darryl Strawberry and famous actor/comedian Chris Tucker had it all in their early twenties. They were household names, had enormous amounts of money and could have whatever they wanted whenever they wanted it. But they both discovered that something was still missing in their lives. In this powerful video, you'll discover what filled the void, what gave them True Freedom and thankfully, you don't have to be a celebrity to get it. True Freedom...
Phil: What is true freedom and how do you get there? Hi, I'm Phil Pustejovsky with freedommentor.com. What I teach in my videos is how to achieve financial freedom. In this video, we're going to talk about a different subject, true freedom. I've got some special guests for you that are going to define what true freedom is all about because they are uniquely qualified to do it. Meet Darryl Strawberry, an absolute baseball legend. Multi-all-star, you won a couple of World Series with a couple of teams?
DarryI: I won four, three with the Yankees, and one with the Mets.
Phil: This is one of the greatest baseball players to step on a field. What I want to share with you is some interesting insight that he can reveal from his experiences. Take us back, height of the playing days, you're killing it, give us a slice of your life Darryl.
Darryl: A slice of my life then was young, successful, millions of dollars, had everything but really had nothing. I think a lot of times people want to accumulate a lot of things, wealth, rich and things for their life and really think that's going to fill what's inside of you. It really doesn't. Basically all you do is accumulate a bunch of stuff but the inside is really empty. There's really not a whole lot of joy. We think its joy but there's not true joy inside there. We think because we have arrived, and make millions of dollars, you're successful. That's not true, that's just money.
Phil: You had it all. You got the money, you got the fame, and everybody knew who you were. You couldn't go down the street without people wanting to get an autograph. You could have any woman you wanted so you're telling me that alone, that didn't give you the true freedom that you were after?
Phil: Come on man, really?
Darryl: I'm telling you right now Phil, it does not give you the true freedom. When you see celebrities and you see the success of their lives, you see the unhappiness of their life. When you look at Hollywood, you see so many of them are mismatched with each other. Switch it over because I can't stay with this because she doesn't fulfill me. I can't stay with him, he doesn't fulfill me. It's true. Then when you see the athletes who are successful, millions of dollars and you find them running around trying to have this woman, that woman, whatever woman. They try to fill the empty void because they have everything.
You live behind a big community gate, they're great. On the golf course but still there's something deep down inside with people, with money and no purpose, there's no joy.
Phil: Isn't that wild? Where does the true freedom come from if it doesn't come from everything we just named?
Darryl: The true freedom comes from Jesus Christ. When I came and surrendered my life thirteen years ago, from the bottom of the pit, and was raised up by Jesus Christ, I became an ordained minister, preacher of the gospel. John 14:6 talks about it, Jesus says, "I am the way, the truth and the light. No one comes to the Father except through me." If you don't know him, you don't know the Father and you don't know the real purpose of this creation. This creation was greater than anything else.
Even being as successful as I am today with treatment centers, Jesus is number one. God is first in my life, my wife is second and my kids are third. The business, the money and the things, He's just loaning it to me because I can't stay here. I'm in a clear understanding of knowing the purpose of life and why I'm here. That's what Romans 8:28 talks about, it says, "And we know all things work together for the good and that we love the Lord who knows what calls according to his purpose." When we can understand that, there's a greater purpose for your life.
Phil: I want to thank you so much for sharing this message. I think this hits home with so many people because I teach people how to become financially free through real estate, but being financially free doesn't provide that true freedom that you're sharing. I think you're the perfect example because you had it all. If anybody in this world knows where the true freedom comes from, it's someone who has been in your shoes. Man, thank you so much for sharing this message.
Darryl: Thanks for having me. I tell you, the real power, like you said, I had it all but the real power is knowing who Christ is.
Phil: Amen, thanks Darryl.
Phil: Meet Chris Tucker. He's a movie star, talk about some of the films you've been in.
Chris: You might have seen Rush Hour, one of my first movies , Friday, Fifth Element, Money Talks, Dead Presidents. A few, I did a few.
Phil: You've been in some music videos, been on some television.
Chris: Done a lot.
Phil: Take us to, I know you're still just at the height of your career, a slice of life, of everything you got access to as a movie star.
Chris: As a movie star, you get a lot of privilege. You get in places, you get a lot of people recognizing you, they treat you nice, and you see the nice side of people. That's part of movies that I love, you see the nice side of people. You don't see the mean side that often. You get a lot, you get a lot of privileges, it's a blessing.
Phil: You get a lot of coin too, right? A lot of money.
Chris: You get a lot of money and you get money, you get ... Yeah. You get a lot of whatever you want, you can probably get it.
Phil: With the fact that you can have whatever you want, people are nice to you, did that give you the true freedom in life?
Chris: No, it didn't. At first, you think it does with dreaming all your life to be successful and buy something for yourself or for your parents. I think that's probably motivational. You still feel empty inside as if something's missing, you feel like something's missing.
Phil: Isn't that wild?
Chris: You keep searching for that.
Phil: Even all that, there's still something inside that's missing huh?
Chris: It definitely is. For me, it was God, it was Jesus Christ and God. I was raised at the church and then of course I went out into the world. Pursued my career, reared away but then things got ... I was looking for strength, for freedom, happiness and all this stuff, and also go to the next level. I knew the only person who could do it was God and guide me, give me that ultimate freedom and fulfillment was God. A lot of people didn't understand it, I knew that and it would be some risk taking in this world.
Phil: Sure, sure your career, yeah.
Chris: I knew that God, if I followed His teachings and everything, that I would be all right no matter what. That gave me true happiness following God and true freedom of being a Christian.
Phil: Isn't that wild?
Chris: That overall, all the fame, the money, all that other stuff didn’t free me the way that God could.
Phil: Chris, thank you so much for sharing that wisdom. There are so many people out there that are trying to learn how to get rich from me. I'm doing the best I can to teach them but ultimately all that wealth, which can give all kinds of privilege as you're sharing, the perfect test case. If anybody can be a test case, it's you. Even that alone just leaves you empty without Jesus.
Chris: That's right, that's right. You need Him and maybe He can help you get rich too. When you make money, you realize it's not everything. You need more, you need more and God fulfills that.
Phil: Appreciate you brother.
Chris: Thank you, yes sir.
I hope you enjoyed those special guests. As you can see, true freedom comes from Jesus Christ so thank you so much for watching this video. To learn more about Him, I want to encourage you to go to church. Now I go to a church that are part of Every Nation Ministries, everynation.org. They’ve got churches all over the world and they're a wonderful ministry. There are a lot of great churches out there so go to church to learn more about Jesus Christ. That's where you're going to find true freedom. If you want to learn more about what we're doing to help people with financial freedom, head over to freedommentor.com.