The Plus One is a podcast dedicated to finding success in the game of life, 1% at a time. Host Stephen Mackey (@Mackeyspeaks) documents his journey as a husband, father, coach, and entrepreneur, to make the biggest possible impact in the world, and to help you do the same.
In each episode you can expect a "Quote of the Day", personal anecdotes, and practical, +1% changes you can make today, to change your tomorrow.
181. What Does Jesus Say to Stress?
Are you stressed? Hoping to leave 2020 in the rearview? You aren’t alone. The American Psychological Association reports that nearly 8 in 10 adults (78%) say the coronavirus pandemic is a significant source of stress in their life. And in that stress, 2020 has revealed just how tightly we cling to worry, to anger, and to control. But what does Jesus say? How do we as Christians respond to the stress of a year like 2020?
In this sermon, Mackey walks through Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and proposes some trades. What might Jesus give to us if we were to let go of our worry, our anger, our control? Might it be the key we need to unlock newness of life in 2021.
When I am tempted to WORRY, I Give God my ATTENTION. When I am tempted to give into ANGER, I Give God my BEST When I am tempted to lose control because I have no control, I give God my circumstances.
180. The Prayer of Gratitude
Christians we are supposed to be grateful, right? Grace in Christ has been given to us after all! But why does the prayer of gratitude so often feel like a rote obligation? In this episode, Mackey reframes the true and ongoing power of God's grace, and teaches. us how to accept God's invitation into gratitude.
- The prayer of gratitude is more slow than fast.
- The Giver is more important than the gift.
- Listening is the beginning of prayer.
179. Stuck in the Middle
Sometimes we find ourselves stuck in the middle. We get stuck in a place where we're too big for what's behind us but still too small for what's ahead. In those moments, we must trust in the wisdom of God. In this episode, Mackey encourages us to trust in the Lord and remember that the only way we can grow into what is ahead is by going through the tough time of being stuck in the middle.
-The only way we grow in that tension that we're in is by going through it.
-We have to trust the wisdom of God.
-What is impossible for man is possible with God.
178. All My Hope Is Found in Jesus Part 2
Being part of God's community brings us closer to God. Our community helps us to be more like Christ, comforts us in times of struggle, and calls us out with love when we have gone astray. In this episode, Mackey explains that joining God's community is not optional; it is required to become as Christlike as we can and to bring ourselves ever closer to God.
-Don't let being right keep you from being kind.
-Mercy triumphs over judgment and leads to restoration.
-Community comforts us in our troubles and calls us out in love.
177. All My Hope Is Found in Jesus
When life goes in a direction we didn't expect, the evil one tempts us to abandon our hope in Jesus and to question God. No matter what storms come our way, we have to remember that Jesus is good, He loves us, and our hope must remain in Him. In this episode, Mackey encourages us to remember that real faith and stability comes from relying on Jesus despite the storms that come our way. God doesn't bring the storms, but he can use them to test and solidify our faith in the Lord.
-Jesus is the real deal and has been proven genuine generation after generation.
-Jesus is more interested in our growth than our comfort.
-Real faith and stability is not the absence of storms; it is seeing things going a way we didn't expect and being faithful anyway.
176. No Phony in This Macaroni
It is very easy to look the part without being the real deal. It's much harder to actually be the real deal. That's because being the real deal comes with a much higher cost, and not everyone is willing to pay up. But being the real deal for yourself and your family will also pay out much more over time than simply pretending to be a person of character. In this episode, Mackey explains why he wants to be the real deal for family and how he goes about it.
-Don't just look the part, be the real deal for your family.
-Sometimes being the real deal comes with a high cost, so be willing to pay up.
-Hold each other accountable for being the real deal.
Customer ReviewsSee All
This is the first podcast I listen to when I can’t shake laziness
This podcast has got me out of lazy mode many times.
When Mackey Speaks I Listen (Then Act)
I’m the spirit of Two Words, it is the last two words of my review title that make the difference. Is Mackey inspiring? Heck yes. Many inspire, but few I have come across have his blend of wisdom, motivation, and strategy. In every episode Mackey challenges listeners to improve their lives, and in my experience it works. He’s good. Very good. Dive in.
Tremendous Value Added
A buddy introduced me to Mackey’s content about a month and a half ago, and I have been extremely impressed. Mackey delivers short, digestible content on a regular basis, and his work has added a tremendous amount of value to my life. I’m thankful for genuinely good dudes like Mackey.