Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I found this article that I wanted to share...

I found this interview today and I thought it was a very interesting read. I like the points he makes in this interview, his comparisons to train tracks instead of mountains and valleys! Just wanted to share with all of you.

*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.
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
*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.
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
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
*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.

2 wonderful people say::

Aunt She said...

Ging - All I can say is "Amen, Amen, Amen!" Thank you for sharing this with us; it is very special thing to be able to serve God through the good and the bad times and to be able to freely give back to Him your time, abilities, money (beyond the 10%), possessions and to help others in His Name by not focusing on "you". This is my prayer and desire. Love you all.

Nicole said...

This is truly wonderful. I actually read this right after you posted it, but never got a chance to comment. I wish I was so "positive" about everything. Thanks for sharing this with us all!