the interview by Paul Bradshaw with
Rick Warren, Rick said:
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.
day my heart is going to stop, and
that will be the end of my body--
but not the end of me.
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.
were made by God and for God, and
until you figure that out, life
isn't going to make sense.
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.
reason for this is that God is more
interested in your character than
is more interested in making your
life holy than He is in making your
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
past year has been the greatest
year of my life but also the toughest,
with my wife, Kay, getting cancer.
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
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.
matter how good things are in your
life, there is always something
bad that needs to be worked on.
no matter how bad things are in
your life, there is always something
good you can thank God for.
can focus on your purposes, or you
can focus on your problems.
you focus on your problems, you're
going into self- centeredness,'which
is my problem, my issues, my pain.'
one of the easiest ways to get rid
of pain is to get your focus off
yourself and onto God and
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.
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.
have to learn to deal with both
the good and the bad of life.
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.
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
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
spite of all the money coming in,
we would not change our lifestyle
one bit. We made no major purchases.
midway through last year, I stopped
taking a salary from the church.
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.
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.
need to ask ourselves: Am I going
to live for possessions? Popularity?
I going to be driven by pressures?
Guilt? Bitterness? Materialism?
Or am I going to be driven by God's
purposes (for my life)?
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.
moments, PRAISE GOD
Difficult moments, SEEK GOD
Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD
Painful moments, TRUST GOD
Every moment, THANK GOD!