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  1. rooter

    rooter *VMBB Senior Chief Of Staff*

    Jan 31, 2001
    Marty Robbins old hometown, Glendale Arizona--a su
    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 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.
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