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Interview with Rick Warren - some great advice

Started by sharonl, October 09, 2008, 10:14:04 am

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You will enjoy the new insights that Rick Warren has, with his wife
now having cancer and him having 'wealth' from the book sales. This
is an absolutely incredible short interview with Rick Warren,
'Purpose Driven Life ' author and pastor of Saddleback Church in
California
In 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 were not 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 am going to spend
trillions of years in eternity. This is the warm-up act - the
dress rehearsal. God wants us to practice on earth what we will
do forever in eternity.
We were made by God and for God, and until you figure that out,
life isn't going to make sense.
Life is a series of problems: Either you are in one now, you're
just coming out of one, or you're getting ready to go into another
one.

The reason for this is that God is more interested in your
character than your comfort.

God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in
making your life happy.

We can be reasonably happy here on earth, but that's not the goal
of life. The goal is to grow in character, in Christ likeness.
This past year has been 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 - you go through
a dark time, then you go to the mountaintop, back and forth. I
don't believe that anymore.

Rather than life being hills and valleys, I believe that it's
kind of like two rails on a railroad track, and at all times you
have something good and something bad in your life.
No matter how good things are in your life, there is always
something bad that needs to be worked on.

And no matter how bad things are in your life, there is always
something good you can thank God for.

You can focus on your purposes, or you can focus on your problems.
If you focus on your problems, you're going into self-centeredness,
'which is my problem, my issues, my pain.' But one of the easiest
ways to get rid of pain is to get your focus off yourself and onto
God and others.

We discovered quickly that in spite of the prayers of hundreds of
thousands of people, God was not going to heal Kay or make it easy
for her.

It has been very difficult for her, and yet God has strengthened
her character, given her a ministry of helping other people, given
her a testimony, 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. For
instance, this past year, all of a sudden, when the book sold 15
million copies, it made me instantly very wealthy.

It also brought a lot of notoriety that I had never had to deal
with before. I don't think God gives you money or notoriety for
your own ego or for you to live a life of ease.

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
helped me decide what to do, II Corinthians 9 and Psalm 72
First, in spite of all the money coming in, we would not change
our lifestyle one bit. We made no major purchases.
Second, about midway through last year, I stopped taking a salary
from the church.

Third, we set up foundations to fund an initiative we call The
Peace Plan to plant churches, equip leaders, assist the poor,
care for the sick, and educate the next generation.
Fourth, I added up all that the church had paid me in the 24 years
since I started the church, and I gave it all back. It was
liberating to be able to 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? Or am 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, if I don't get anything else done today, I want to
know You more and love You better. God didn't put me on earth
just to fulfill a to-do list. He's more interested in what I
am than what I do.

That's why we're called human beings, not human doings.
Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.
Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.
Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.
Painful moments, TRUST GOD.
Every moment, THANK GOD.










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