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If you read anything today, let me encourage you to read this...and be blessed...as I was.  

Rick Warren Interview  

An Interview with Rick Warren (REMEMBER, HE WROTE ‘PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE‘)

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.

If you do not pass it on, nothing will happen. But it will just be nice to pass it on to a friend...just like I have done.

God’s Blessings

Linni



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Jan 19, 2009
    • Thank you for sharing.  I particular like the prayer towards the end and this phrase: You can focus on your purposes, or you can focus on your problems.

      Great reminder to my daily reminder “Do I want to see flower or weeds today?”



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      Linni wrote Jan 19, 2009
    • i agree CD.. i choose to focus on my purpose! :)



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      Vikki Hall wrote Jan 19, 2009
    • This was good! Thx for sharinghappy



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      Mary Clark wrote Jan 19, 2009
    • Thanks Linni...its the absolute truth.  

      We all have a purpose...and what you do with your life is what matters.  

      The past couple of Sundays we have been focusing on BIG PRAYERS.  Praying big....not just for the little things but for BIG THINGS...such as our leaders, our world situation, people as a whole.  

      My purpose in life I know is to witness to others...help other people as much as I can....and love others no matter where they have been....AND...learn to forgive.  

      THAT my friends is what God wants....he wants everyone with him in his kingdom and it’s up to YOU to get them there.  

      And I’ll add...I’m estatic that Rick Warren has been asked to participate in the Inauguration.  I think he was perfect.



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      Linni wrote Jan 19, 2009
    • you are welcome Vikki..

      i think it is awsome when you have someone that focuses on the purpose and positive during times of struggle and hardships!



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      Linni wrote Jan 19, 2009
    • Mary Clark you are right on with your reply!  

      PRAYER does change things, and im gonna do my part!



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Jan 19, 2009
    • Allow me to inject the Catholic short version:

      Our purpose is:

      To Know Him and His Love for us
      To Love and Serve Him
      So we will be with Him eternally.

      It is short and sweet for me.



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      Coachmombabe wrote Jan 19, 2009
    • I’ve read this before, but it’s always worth a re-read. I like his perspective. His writings have been influencial in my life. Thanks, Linni!



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      Linni wrote Jan 19, 2009
    • you are welcome CMB!



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      Marie Hempsey wrote Jan 19, 2009
    • Prayer definitely works! Thank you for this Linni. I am trying!
      Have a great day!
      Friends,
      Ree



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      Linni wrote Jan 19, 2009
    • YOU can do ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST Ree!

      remember that!

      Linni



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      Linda Hendricks wrote Jan 19, 2009
    • Thank you Linni.... you have no idea what a needed inspiration it was.... I was having a low moment and it more than helped make me realize how wrong I was to dwell on the difficulties... it made my day

      Thank you
      Linda



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      Psalmist wrote Jan 19, 2009
    • oh linni, thank you for posting this!!!!!  i am still shaking, it had such a major impact on me...GOD bless you abundantly my sweet sister!!!



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      Linni wrote Jan 19, 2009
    • Linda and Psalmist- you are both welcome!  

      after posting another blog, i came back and read this blog that i posted!! WOW! i needed to read it!



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      Deb Darby wrote Jan 20, 2009
    • Hey, Linni.
      Rick has alot of good stuff to say here. I call him Rick because I knew him “when“...before Saddleback was a megachurch, and because he IS a human being, just like he said. One thing he says has bothered me for a while. I disagree that God is not so interested in our comfort as in our character. It’s true, He wants us to be Christlike...FOR OUR OWN BENEFIT! We will have to suffer sometimes. No one has to tell YOU that right now; but I believe God cares about EVERYTHING in our lives. Why does scripture call Him, the Holy Spirit the Comforter if He’s not interested in our comfort? If you have a concordance, look up all the Bible verses with the word comfort, or use www.biblegateway.com. I really do like his illustration of the railroad tracks - RIGHT ON! Anyway, I feel so badly for you. I want you to know that I’m going to make a small donation in your honor at our local food bank here. If I knew your address, I’d send YOU a gift; but I know that God will provide all you need. Keep on trusting Him!



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      Linni wrote Jan 20, 2009
    • WOW Deb! thank you so much and on so many levels!

      we will talk sometime soon!

      i believe that The Lord IS interested in our comfort, and he wants only the best for us!



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