Thursday, November 23, 2006


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's gonna stop, and that'll be the end of my body - but not the end of me. I may live 60 to 100 years on earth, but I'm gonna spend trillions of years in eternity. This is the warm-up act, the dress rehearsal. God wants us to practice on earth what we'll do forever in eternity. We were made by God and for God; and until you figure that out, life is NOT gonna make sense.

Life is a series of problems:

(1) Either you are in one now,
(2) you're just coming out of one, or
(3) 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.

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 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.

- Excerpt from "The Interview with Rick Warren" (author of The Purpose Driven Life) by Paul Bradshaw


"If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it."

Happy moments, praise God.
Difficult moments, seek God.
Quiet moments, worship God.
Painful moments, trust God.
Every moment, thank God.

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