georgie 1 Posted January 30, 2009 Report Share Posted January 30, 2009 An Interview with Rick Warren (REMEMBER HE WROTE 'PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE')You will enjoy the new insights that Rick Warren has, with his wife nowhaving cancer and him having 'wealth' from the book sales. This is anabsolutely incredible short interview with Rick Warren, 'Purpose DrivenLife ' author and pastor of SaddlebackChurchin CaliforniaIn the interview by Paul Bradshaw with Rick Warren, Rick said:People ask me, What is the purpose of life?And I respond: In a nutshell, life is preparation for eternity. We werenot made to last forever, and God wants us to be with Him in Heaven.One day my heart is going to stop, and that will be the end of my body--but not the end of me. I may live 60 to 100 years on earth, but I amgoingto spend trillions of years in eternity. This is the warm-up act - thedress rehearsal. God wants us to practice on earth what we will doforeverin eternity.We were made by God and for God, and until you figure that out, lifeisn'tgoing to make sense.Life is a series of problems: Either you are in one now, you're justcoming out of one, or you're getting ready to go into another one. Thereason for this is that God is more interested in your character thanyourcomfort; God is more interested in making your life holy than He is inmaking your life happy.We can be reasonably happy here on earth, but that's not the goal oflife.The goal is to grow in character, in Christ likeness. This past year hasbeen the greatest year of my life but also the toughest, with my wife,Kay, getting cancer. I used to think that life was hills and valleys -yougo through a dark time, then you go to the mountaintop, back and forth.Idon't believe that anymore. Rather than life being hills and valleys, Ibelieve that it's kind of like two rails on a railroad track, and at alltimes you have something good and something bad in your life. No matterhow good things are in your life, there is always something bad thatneedsto be worked on. And no matter how bad things are in your life, there isalways something good you can thank God for.You can focus on your purposes, or you can focus on your problems: Ifyoufocus on your problems, you're going into self-centeredness, which is myproblem, my issues, my pain.' But one of the easiest ways to get rid ofpain is to get your focus off yourself and onto God and others.We discovered quickly that in spite of the prayers of hundreds ofthousands of people, God was not going to heal Kay or make it easy forher- It has been very difficult for her, and yet God has strengthenedhercharacter, given her a ministry of helping other people, given her atestimony, drawn her closer to Him and to people.You have to learn to deal with both the good and the bad of life.Actually, sometimes learning to deal with the good is harder. Forinstance, this past year, all of a sudden, when the book sold 15 millioncopies, it made me instantly very wealthy. It also brought a lot ofnotoriety that I had never had to deal with before. I don't think Godgives you money or notoriety for your own ego or for you to live a lifeofease. So I began to ask God what He wanted me to do with this money,notoriety and influence. He gave me two different passages that helpedmedecide what to do, II Corinthians 9 and Psalm 72.First, in spite of all the money coming in, we would not change ourlifestyle one bit.. We made no major purchases.Second, about midway through last year, I stopped taking a salary fromthechurch.Third, we set up foundations to fund an initiative we call The PeacePlanto plant churches, equip leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick,andeducate the next generation.Fourth, I added up all that the church had paid me in the 24 years sinceIstarted the church, and I gave it all back. It was liberating to be ableto serve God for free.We need to ask ourselves: Am I going to live for possessions?Popularity?Am I going to be driven by pressures? Guilt? Bitterness? Materialism? Oram I going to be driven by God's purposes (for my life)?When I get up in the morning, I sit on the side of my bed and say, God,ifI don't get anything else done today, I want to know You more and loveYoubetter. God didn't put me on earth just to fulfill a to-do list. He'smoreinterested in what I am than what I do. That's why we're called humanbeings, not human doings.Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.Painful moments, TRUST GOD.Every moment, THANK GOD. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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