Purpose Driven Life
大耳朵英语  http://www.bigear.cn  2008-07-31 11:49:27  【打印
'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 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 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, 2 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.

Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.

Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.

Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.

Painful moments, TRUST GOD.

Every moment, THANK GOD.

God's Blessings on you today.

“生活的原动力”——亚瑟和加利弗尼亚马鞍教堂的牧师

保罗•布兰德肖恩在会见雷克•瓦伦时,雷克说:人们问我,生活的目的是什么?我回答说:对一个坚果而言,生活是为永生准备的。我们被造不是为了永远存在, 上帝希望我们跟他一起在天堂。某一天我的心脏会停止跳动,而那将是我肉身的结束——但不是我的终了。我在地上或许会活60~100岁。 上帝希望我们在地上为应届生的生命而操练。

我们被神所造且是为他而被造,在你明白这个道理之前,生活并没有意义。

生活是一系列的问题:不论你是身在其中还是刚刚从中出来,或是将要面对另一个问题。

它的原因是,相较而言,神更看重你的个性而不是舒适。

神更乐意让你的生活充满荣耀而不是充满快乐。

我们在地上有足够的理由喜乐,但那并非生活的目的。目的是让个性长成基督的样子。

过去的一年在我的生活中是美好也是艰难的一年,因为我的妻子凯得了癌。

我常想,生活中有高山有低谷——你穿过黑暗,登上山顶,一再反复,我不再相信了。

不同于生活是高山是低谷的比喻,我相信它只是像铁路上和两条铁轨,你的生活中永远都会有好与不好的事情。

不论你生活中有多好的事,都总会有一些让人烦心的事需要操劳。

而不论你生活中有多么糟糕的事,也总有值得感谢上帝的好事情。

你可以聚焦于你的目的,或是注意你的问题。

如果你盯着问题,你将陷于自我中心,这是我的问题、我的事情、我的伤痛。但放弃痛苦

最简单的方法就是放弃以自我为中心,转而以上帝和他人为中心。

我们很快就发现,不管成千上万的人如何祷告,上帝都不打算拯救凯或者让她过得轻松些。

对她来说很难, 上帝也没有让她更坚强,给她一个使命让她帮助别的人,给她一个见证,

救她靠近他或其他人。

你得学会同时对待生活中好与不好的一面。

事实上,有时,学会面对好事更难一些。直接地说,过去的这一年,突然间,我的书一下

子卖掉了1500万本,这让我变得很有钱。

这也让我面临以前从未有过的名气。我不认为上帝给你钱和名就会让你过得轻省。

于是我开始问上帝想让我用这些钱、名声和影响做什么,他给了我两条不同的道路:哥林

多后书9章和诗篇72章。

早先,尽管收入很高,我也不愿意我的生活方式有哪怕一点点的改变,我们制定了无主题

的采购单。其次,去年年中,我不再从教会拿薪水。

第三,我们建立了一个叫“和平计划”的基金,以建立教堂、帮助穷人,照顾病患,教育下

一代。

第四,我归还了从我开始这间教会起,24年以来教会付给我的钱,它让我能够完全免费地

事奉神。

我们要问问自己, 我打算富有地,还是贫穷地活着?

我打算被压力、犯罪、苦难、还是享乐主义驱使么?

早上起床的时候,我坐在床边说,神哪,如果今天我一事无成,我想更多地认识你和爱你。

神造我在这个事上并不是为了完成一张事务单子,他更在意我是怎样的而非我做了什么。那

就是为什么我们被称为人而非别的什么。

快乐的时候,赞美主!

困苦的时候,寻求主!

安静的时候,敬拜主!

痛苦的时候,信靠主!

任何时候,感谢主!

今天,神祝福你!

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