Wednesday, December 12, 2007


My mom sent me this email, an interview with Rick Warren. I hope that you have time to read it, even though it is a bit long.
I needed to read this today. I needed to be reminded that I should always praise God and trust that He will bring me through any situation. My pregnany has me so sick. I thought that I would be feeling better, since I am 15 weeks and into my second trimester. I have been feeling sorry for myself and letting the nauseau and throwing up control my life. I need to take this time and somehow turn it into something good. Even hovering over the toilet, I should be thanking God for the baby growing inside me. Even as I run to the bathroom, be thankful that my ankles are not so swollen and I am able to make it. I need to realize that God is more interested in my character than my comfort. So, I am going to try to pray my way through the bad times and ask that I learn what God wants to teach me through all of this.

I hope that this interview inspires you, as it did me. I hope that it brings light to a difficult situation that you may be experiencing.

This is an absolutely incredible interview with Rick Warren, author of
'Purpose Driven Life' His wife now has cancer, and he now has 'wealth'
from the book sales. 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 to 100 years on earth, but I am going to
spend trillions of years in eternity. This is the warm-up act - the dress

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's 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 b elieve that

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 from 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 st opped 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.

In Happy moments, PRAISE GOD. Difficult moments, SEEK GOD. Quiet moments,
WORSHIP GOD. Painful moments, TRUST GOD.Every moment, THANK GOD.


Erin said...

You have no idea how much I needed that today. Thank you for posting it.

Hope you start feeling better soon!

p.s. are you going to start posting pictures soon? Pretty please?

Carrie said...

Thanks for posting this. I have copied it to read later when I have the appropriate amount of time to really focus on it.
I did read the first bit, and I'm thinking I'll print this out and hand it out at my Bible study group tomorrow night.
Hope your day is going well!
God bless :)

Sarah said...

Oh Corie, I'm so sorry you've been sick! I hear ya!

I also started feeling sorry for myself and was even to the point of thinking, "why did we decide to do this again?!"

Then the Lord reminded me I'm supposed to praise Him in all things. Good. Or bad.

He's going to see you through! And there will come a day where you're going to feel good again and it will be easier to be excited about your baby.

Praying for you.

Alexis Jacobs said...

Great reminder. :)

I am so sorry that you are sick. Believe me though it is so worth it in the end. Feel better soon sweetie.

Louise said...

WOW very good!!