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
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
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?
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.
First of all we thank God for such an Awesome hangout “Out Of The Box”.Next we are thankful for all of the people who help make this possible. The First United Methodist Church of Hillsville is Youth Friendly! Then we thank all those who plan and carry out the ministry and that would also include me. It takes hours to plan, practice, prepare and pray before the ministry ever takes place. Thank you Praise Band, Sound Man, Worship Leader, Preachers, Teachers and Youth Leaders.
Don’t forget to hug some of these people when you see them and say thanks!
It is official, Barak Obama has been sworn into office. Here is my prayer for our new President.
God, I pray that you will surround our new President with a hedge of protection from violence and any other evil force that may raise it’s hand against him. I pray for his wife and children that they will have safety and lead lives of normalcy. I pray that our new President will work hard and have your blesing in getting this Country back to helping those who cannot help themselves. That he will find ways to help children across this Country and across this World who are dying from hunger related issues everyday. I pray that he will work toward peace for this Country and others. I pray that he will fight to protect the unborn. I pray that he will be a man who will study your Word and takes it to heart as his mission in life. I pray that through his leadership all people will be treated fairly. I pray that you will give him wisdom and insight to to this great job that you have called him to do.
I don’t believe this Country is broke monetarily but it is definitely broken morally and spiritually. I am committed to praying for our new leaders and I have high hopes that things will improve economically and in all aspects. However, I am stunned that this could be allowed to happen when so many people are starving to death every day, so many people are homeless, so many people live in poverty.
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Unemployment is up. The stock market is down. Let’s party.
On Monday January 19th I had the awesome opportunity to help officiate in the Celebration of Johnny Kidd’s going to his eternal home in Heaven.
Johnny was a great man who lived life in such a way that we can look to him as an example. Johnny always had words of encouragement, a smile and an outstanding attitude.
My greatetst memory of Johnny is when several years ago we were having an event in our church with a contemporary worship band and several people were not happy with the volume nor the type of music. I remember being nervous about all that and then I looked up and Johnny was in the back dancing.
King David danced before the Lord with all his might and I believe that today Johnny is dancing before the Lord with all his might.
We should attend more funerals because it is one appointment that none of us will miss. It will also help us keep perspective on what is important in life.
I thank God for the life and testimony of Johnny Kidd.
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