Rick Warren His story

 I found this back in my saved stuff  and i wanna share this with u all

its the story  of Rick Warren

"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 trillion 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 got 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 you to 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, 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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19 Responses to Rick Warren His story

  1. Renuka says:

    Sorry Sweeti, did not realize its u when I recieved this mail from you, Its very nice and enlightening,I enjoyed it….Wishing you all the best…

  2. Isabel says:

    Hi Sweeti!

    I AM HERE TO WISH YOU, 

    A GREAT WEEK WITH LOTS OF JOY!
    ………_….._.;_’.-._…{`–..-.’_,}.{;..\,__…-‘/}.{..’-`.._;..-‘;….`’–.._..-‘……..,–\\..,-"-………`-..\(..’-…\……………\.;—,/……….,-""-;\……../….-‘.)..\……..\,—‘`…\\…………………\|
    WITH LOVE FROM ISA

  3. Aaron says:

    Hi MarijKe…you have a wonderful space…do you travel a lot?..don`t you?…you have a beautiful photos….. And tell me..how are you?…Since some weeks I don’t know about you ..I hope everything be fine to you…well I want just hello…take care…i send you a warm huge¡¡

  4. Ruma says:

    Hello Sweeti! Rest ensured, your place is booked in Heaven and Eternity, with all the good work, thoughts and actions you undertake for others. Most of us lead very self centred lives, but then, I also say, "Charity begins at home." I try my best to be a good mother, wife, daughter, daughter-in-law etc., and also try to help others who are in close proximity to me, who are in distress, to be the best of my ability. I don’t want to harm anyone, and I don’t wish to act in a way that I wouldn’t like from others. Maybe in that sense, I am doing my duties.       I think all religions stress that whatever actions you are doing in this life will carry over into the next. God will decide your fate accordingly. Be a good human being, be kind to all living beings, and be charitable. Above all, always be alert and distinguish your true friends from your enemies.        I think I have said enough for now. May God shower His Blessings on you!             Love, Ruma.

  5. Jitender says:

    Obviously the writer has no conception of what eternity means.Imagine spending an eternity sucking up to an entity just because …YOW!Jitender Saan- I need immigration sponsorship- darkspace … where truth is revealed (well, sometimes)- Television Addiction

  6. Jitender says:

    Obviously the writer has no conception of what eternity means.Imagine spending an eternity sucking up to an entity just because …YOW!Jitender Saan- I need immigration sponsorship- darkspace … where truth is revealed (well, sometimes)- Television Addiction

  7. Jitender says:

    Obviously the writer has no conception of what eternity means.Imagine spending an eternity sucking up to an entity just because …YOW!Jitender Saan- I need immigration sponsorship- darkspace … where truth is revealed (well, sometimes)- Television Addiction

  8. Jitender says:

    Obviously the writer has no conception of what eternity means.Imagine spending an eternity sucking up to an entity just because …YOW!Jitender Saan- I need immigration sponsorship- darkspace … where truth is revealed (well, sometimes)- Television Addiction

  9. pilgrimJ says:

    that’s a great quote from Rick Warren about the meaning of life
    I often don’t know how to articulate it as well as he did when people ask me what is the meaning of life
    I will use it…
    God bless!

  10. RAM says:

    WOW! That is a very powerful entry! Beautiful and inspiring. If only everyone would realize this about themselves….this world would be a more peaceful place. You have touched me and inspired me. Thank you for sharing this.
     
    Bisous,
    Ron

  11. sponix_ says:

    Hi Sweeti
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    I offer you this Flower!!!!
     
    Kisses

  12. deepu says:

    hiiii Sweeeets….how are you? heyy thanks for your wishes and for that e-card..my xams went on well, mayb wen the result come i ll go to well. so how are you all doing there? your bro-in law, i hope all doing fine? and that marriage with Isa?
    got to invite me too ok?have a lovely day..

  13. deepu says:

    hiiii Sweeeets….how are you? heyy thanks for your wishes and for that e-card..my xams went on well, mayb wen the result come i ll go to well. so how are you all doing there? your bro-in law, i hope all doing fine? and that marriage with Isa?
    got to invite me too ok?have a lovely day..

  14. deepu says:

    hiiii Sweeeets….how are you? heyy thanks for your wishes and for that e-card..my xams went on well, mayb wen the result come i ll go to well. so how are you all doing there? your bro-in law, i hope all doing fine? and that marriage with Isa?
    got to invite me too ok?have a lovely day..

  15. Michiko's says:

    Hi Sweeti San,
    You know that I’m very weak point to talked about God lol!…anyway I will try.. Life is ups down in we were living in the world,
    we share with to other a happiness and sadness in ourselves.
    He made money from sold the books that money going to spent on the education the next generation(sharing to othe people)
    that fairmindness even his wife has been sick still he has sharing that I admire for that what a beautiful stories. 
    It must be God guidance for him???? …… 
    Have a great day,
    Michiko 
     

  16. sonia says:

    Hi Sweeti,how are you ?
     
    Very powerful entry !! Very inspiring and touching !! Loved the last line…we are human beings not human doings !! We ,at all times,do seem to be chasing something !! Being a good ,kind human BEING is most important !! Accepting that good and bad do coexist is not very easy ! We can hope that the good,happiness etc stay forever and the bad,illness,unhappiness have the shortest stayed required !!
    Wishing you all the beat and tc,
    Love,
    Sonia.
     

  17. Ashwini says:

    Hi Sweeti,
    How are you? Its good to see you here 🙂
    Im not doing that great. A few health issues that im trying to sort out. Nothing serious… but something that needs attention.
    Yes, it was a nice adventure. I wish I can go on more such trips soon.
    Take Care

  18. Anjali says:

    Hey
     
    Thank u for visiting my space.
    I loved your space…especially this entry…i agree with the writer….life is never totally good or bad you have to always deal with both aspects of it…..its just that sometimes one aspect is more than the other.
    take care
    Anjali

  19. Isabel says:

    Hi Sweeti!!
    thank you for the good weekend wishes…
    I hope you are having a great weekend too so far.
    Well I am so released because Tim is so well now..Thank God!
    Once again I love that song you have playing…what is it?
    Lots of love from ISA
     

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