Rick Warren: “We are called Human Beings, not Human Doings.”

 This arrived in an email message today.  I’m not sure when this interview with Rick Warren was done because some of the information he gave was not new to me.  At any rate, Rick’s words touched my heart because I know he was speaking Truth about our Lord and His relationship with us.  I pray that your heart will be touched as well.

 

Rick Warren (REMEMBER HE WROTE ‘PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE’)

You will enjoy the new insights that Rick Warren has, with his wife, Kay, now having cancer and him having ‘wealth’ from the book sales. This is an absolutely incredible short interview with Rick Warren,

‘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 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, 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 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.

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Not “Cancer Survivor”, but “Cancer Warrior”

    When my grandmother, Mom, was in the hospital by back in September and October, I met a lady who defines the term “Cancer Warrior”.  I don’t remember her name or any specifics about where she lives.  However, I did get permission to write about her in my blog.  For whatever reason, I just had not written about her until now.

This amazing woman has gone to battle with cancer 39 times and each time has been victorious!  I can not give you the info about all the different types of cancer she has had, and undoubtedly many of those cancers are related.  I learned about her when I met her daughter in the hospital cafeteria, and then I visited her in her hospital room.

I found her to be a strong spirited woman with a quick smile and a hearty laugh.  Her ready sense of humor was immediately evident and has no doubt contributed to her ability to deal with the stress of having cancer time after time.  She also showed strength of spirit and determination to live and love life to its fullest.  There was not a hint of self pity in her speech.  Instead she had a spirit of thankfulness and gratitude for every day she lived.  She was totally amazing.

Her husband was equally amazing.  He also had  a great sense of humor.  However, what I saw in him was a determination that she would not die from cancer.  He was her support and sometimes her advocate.  He researched her cancers and became a source of knowledge for her.  His own health problems did not take away his attention from her.  However, I did not get any indication that he was neglecting his own health at all.  I think he realized that he could best help his wife, if he were healthy.

Meeting this family was definitely a God moment for me.  I don’t know where they are at this time, and as I mentioned above, I don’t remember their names, but they impacted my life and gave me a new understanding of what it means to go to battle with this disease we call Cancer.

Strength For the Day

When you are the caretaker of someone with a long term or perhaps even terminal illness, how do you ‘keep going’? How do you, day after day, do all the things that need to be done? Unless you have walked in those shoes, you don’t know how difficult it is. You can’t imagine how intense the physical and emotional fatigue is when there is no relief and seemingly no end in sight.

Some of you reading this blog are facing this type of situation. Perhaps you are in the midst of such a storm in your life, or perhaps you have finally reached the light at the end of your dark tunnel. If so, then you also have your words of wisdom, things you have learned or allowed God to teach you. Be willing to share your wisdom with other caretakers in your ‘circle of influence’.

God’s Grace is sufficient for the day. That is all we need. His Grace for today. His strength, His Wisdom, His Comfort, His Peace, just for today. Tomorrow will take care of itself. There will be a day when life begins to return to normal and when the physical and emotional stress is less.

Taking care of parents with cancer is not unusual. Many many people have been afflicted with this disease. What was unusual for my sisters and I was that both our parents had stage 4 cancer at the same time. They were both intensely ill and required a tremendous amount of attention. It was thus far in my life, the most difficult period of physical and emotional stress I have every endured.

It was by allowing God to be for us what we needed each day, that we found this time, however difficult it was, to be filled with moments of sweetness and love, providing us with last experiences with our parents that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. Only God could do that.

He can do the same for you. Allow Him to be for you what you need for the day.

“Thank You For Being In My Dash”

Many emails arrive in our ‘inboxes’. Some are informational, some are just for communication; some are funny; some are worthless and a wasted of time. Then there are the emails that contain something that is, well, yes, life changing. This poem fit in the last category for me. I pray that it will for you as well.

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Kay

Cancer and terminal illness touches all our lives.  We all have friends and/or family who is or has been afflicted with serious illness.  As Dr. Phil said, “When one family memberhas cancer, the entire family has  cancer.”  This also applies to other terminal illnesses  as well.  Not just cancer.

Kay is a relatively young woman, not yet 50. She is married and has two sons ages 19 and 21, I believe. Oh, yes.  She also has a daughter who is grown and away from home.  She is a friend of my and has been for several years.  Her parents attend my church.

About eight months ago, I believe,  she was diagnosed with an aggressive form  of bladder cancer.  This particular kind of cancer is rare in women.  It usually appears in older men, her doctor told her.

Shortly after her diagnosis her bladder was removed and she began radiation and chemotherapy.  About a month ago she had another surgery to rebuild a bladder for her.  During this surgery several things were removed, ovaries, uterus, more lymph nodes, etc.  When the pathology report came back, Kay and her family learned that cancer cells were found in every thing that was taken out.  Not a happy day.

After speaking with Kay’s father I learned that  the doctors are saying that Kay may have 2 years to live.  That is not long, my friends. If you had two years to live, what would you do?  What things would you need to get in order?  How would you help your children prepare for the time when death happens?  How would you prepare them for life afterwards, without a mother?

Kay is being very open about her situation.  I understand she is taking radiation treatments, but not chemo.  Please pray for her. God has become very real in her life through this illness.  Pray for her husband and children as they share her experience.  Pray for her parents who are already grieving, but are looking to God for comfort.

Updates on Wayne

 The following email was sent to me a couple of days ago:

Hello everyone,

I have a new update on Wayne.  He and Glynn went to Dallas yesterday and this morning they had to be at the doctor’s by 7:00.

He had a nerve block done for his pain.
They did partial block instead of full block and said they prefer not to do total unless absolutely necessary.  If this doesn’t take care of the pain they may have to do the complete but we are praying this will work for him.  Glynn called me about 9:00 am and said she was headed out to get the car and bring it around for him.  They advised them to not travel today so they will return home tomorrow.  Praise God again and again, the doctor said he did see the cancer while in there and again it still looks the same, and just sitting there doing nothing!!  Hope that things just gives up and dies from lack of love and affection!!!  We still know how Great our God is and this is so Awesome.  Once again Thank You, Thank You each and everyone for being in our lives and most of all for your love and prayers.  You’re a great bunch of friends and family.

Wayne taught our Sunday School lesson yesterday.  It is so wonderful to hear him teach.   It seems to me that,  even though he has always been a wonderful teacher of God’s word,  now Wayne’s lessons have an added depth and dimension.  The lenses of his spiritual eyes are tinted by the experience of God’s love and grace along the path of pancreatic cancer.  In many ways he is not the same man that he was prior to his cancer diagnosis.  He and Glynn have been so open with this crisis in their lives, allowing us to watch and learn as they go through the lows and highs of this illness.

On Thursday Wayne begins his second round of chemo.  This time they will not have to travel to Dallas, but will be able to take the treatments in Midland which is much closer to home.  We pray that the chemo will do its job and eradicate the cancer, restoring Wayne’s health and his future.   Please continue to pray for both of them.

Announcing a New Blog…..

Blogging has caught on in our family as the new hobby of choice.  My husband has recently begun blogging.  His blog is going to cover a variety of subjects. Because he is a Chaplain, he will be sharing his thoughts about faith in God and our relationship to Him.  Because he knows more about various guns than anyone I have ever known, he will be sharing information and his opinion about firearms.

His blog address is myuniversalmusingsblog.blogspot.com

Take time to check out his blog and then share it with your family and friends.