100 Inspirational Quotes By Rick Warren, The Founder Of Saddleback Church, That Will Uplift You
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The Christian mega church in California was the brainchild of pastor Rick Warren. It was also Warren who presented the invocation at US President Barack Obama's inaugural ceremony.
The following are some interesting facts and trivia about the evangelical speaker.
Epitome of ideal marriage Rick Warren and wife Kay confess to having a not so rosy start to their marriage. Rick says, "Our first two years of marriage were the most difficult. They were really tough. We would have divorced, except a) we were both committed to Jesus Christ, and b) we both agreed divorce is not an option."
The congregation of megachurch consists of over 20,000 members. The pastor apparently knew everyone by name till the community grew to 3,000.
Warren's son suffered from mental illness and ended his life by shooting himself. The evangelist has since become an active spokesperson for mental-illness.
The founder of Saddleback Church has an unusual hobby of collecting hot sauce of different varieties. He boasts of a collection of over 500 bottles of hot sauce.
In the segment below we bring to you some of the inspirational quotes by the famous evangelical Christian pastor and author Rick Warren.
We are products of our past, but we don't have to be prisoners of it. You were made by God and for God and until you understand that, life will never make sense. The more you pray, the less you'll panic. The more you worship, the less you worry. You'll feel more patient and less pressured. Forgiveness must be immediate, whether or not a person asks for it. Trust must be rebuilt over time. Trust requires a track record. God sometimes removes a person from your life for your protection. Don't run after them. Trusting God completely means having faith that He knows what is best for your life. You expect Him to keep His promises, help you with problems, and do the impossible when necessary. Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you. Don’t waste your pain; use it to help others. Other people are going to find healing in your wounds. Your greatest life messages and your most effective ministry will come out of your deepest hurts. The best use of life is love. The best expression of love is time. The best time to love is now. God intentionally allows you to go through painful experiences to equip you for ministry to others. Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less. Humility is thinking more of others. You weren't put on earth to be remembered. You were put here to prepare for eternity. Why is this happening to me? Why am I having such a difficult time? One answer is that life is supposed to be difficult! It’s what enables us to grow. Remember, earth is not heaven! You cannot fulfil God's purposes for your life while focusing on your own plans. If you want God to bless you and use you greatly, you must be willing to walk with a limp the rest of your life, because God uses weak people. The only really happy people are those who have learned how to serve. If you have felt hopeless, hold on! Wonderful changes are going to happen in your life as you begin to live it on purpose. We’re not completely happy here because we’re not supposed to be! Earth is not our final home; we were created for something much better. If you prayed as much as you complain and quarrel, you'd have a lot less to argue about and much more peace of mind. It’s not what you do, but how much love you put into it that matters. A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life. Life is a gift...
Life is a test...
Life is temporary assignment.... Those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it. Because God is with you all the time, no place is any closer to God than the place where you are right now. Life minus love equals zero. Being successful and fulfilling your lifes purpose are not at all the same thing; You can reach all your personal goals, become a raving success by the worlds standard and still miss your purpose in this life. Those who have hurt you in the past cannot continue to hurt you now unless you hold on to the pain through resentment. The way you think determines the way you feel, and the way you feel determines the way you act. Your value is not determined by your valuables, and God says the most valuable things in life are not things! Happy moments, PRAISE GOD
Difficult moments, SEEK GOD
Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD
Painful moments, TRUST GOD
Every moment, THANK GOD Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less. Humility is thinking more of others. Humble people are so focused on serving others, they don't think of themselves. Frankness is not a license to say anything you want, wherever and whenever you want. It is not rudeness. Without God, life has no purpose, and without purpose, life has no meaning. Without meaning, life has no significance or hope. Relationships are always worth restoring. Measured against eternity, our time on earth is just a blink of an eye, but the consequences of it will last forever. The truth is, almost everything we do is done poorly when we first start doing it – that’s how we learn. The purpose of influence is to "speak up for those who have no influence." (Pr.31:8) It's not about you. The more God gives you, the more responsible he expects you to be. If you have ever said, "I didn't get anything out of worship today," you worshiped for the wrong reason. Worship isn't for you. It's for God. We are product of our past but we don't have to be prisoners of it. Instant obedience will teach you more about God than a lifetime of Bible discussions. God is always more interested in why we do something than in what we do. Attitudes count more than achievements. You are as close to God as you choose to be. Surrender . . .sacrificing my life or suffering in order to change what needs to be changed If God only used perfect people, nohting would get done. God will use anybody if you're available. Familiarity breeds complacency. You cannot exalt God and yourself at the same time. At first opposites attract. Then opposites attack. Pretentiousness repels but authenticity attracts, and vulnerability is the pathway to intimacy. While it is wise to learn from experience, it is wiser to learn from the experiences of others. The key to friendship with God, he said, is not changing what you do, but changing your attitude toward what you do. The closer you live to God, the smaller everything else appears. 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. Fellowship is a place of grace, where mistakes aren't rubbed in but rubbed out. Fellowship happens when mercy wins over justice. We are healed to help others. We are blessed to be a blessing. We are saved to serve, not to sit around and wait for heaven. You can use your time to build bridges or walls. The latter is not only unChristlike, it limits impact & creates loneliness. As long as you do things for God, you are a Hall of Famer in heaven's list. Great opportunities may come once in a lifetime, but small opportunities surround us every day. The deepest level of worship is praising God inspite of pain, trusting Him during a trial, surrendering
while suffering, and loving Him when He seems distant. Maturity is produced through relationships and community. Whatever is at the center of our life will be the source of our security, guidance, wisdom, and power.Life just has to go on! When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you'll never get back.Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time God never does anything accidentally... The moment you stop learning, you stop leading. Nothing shapes your life more than the commitments you choose to make. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose. The books that have helped me most are the ones I reacted to, not just read Knowing your purpose gives meaning to your life. Your birth was no mistake or mishap, and your life is no fluke of nature. Your parents may not have planned you, but God did. He was not at all surprised by your birth. In fact, he expected it. You discover your identity and purpose through a relationship with Jesus Christ. You can't grow strong without resistance. God is never in a hurry, but he is always on time. We're not completely happy here because we're not supposed to be! In all my travels, I've never seen a country's population more determined to forgive, and to build and succeed than in Rwanda. Knowing your purpose motivates your life. You're only as sick as your secrets. There's a Grand Designer behind everything. Your life is not a result of random chance, fate, or luck. There is a master plan. History is His story. God is pulling the strings. Your most effective ministry will come out of your deepest hurts. In Eden, worship was not an event to attend, but a perpetual attitude. You didn't create yourself, so there is no way you can tell yourself what you were created for. Many of your relationship problems are not really relationship problems. They're personal problems that spill over into relationships. Your wisest moments will be those when you say yes to God. With his arms outstretched, nailed to the cross, Jesus was saying, “This is how valuable you are to me. I love you this much! I’d rather die than live without you.” You are priceless. Spiritual emptiness is a universal disease. Love should be your top priority, primary objective, and greatest ambition. Love is not a good part of your life; it’s the most important part. The Bible says, “Let love be your greatest aim. You cannot fulfil God's purposes for your life while focusing on your own plans. ”
Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth am I Here for? Grief is a good thing. It's the way we get through the transitions of life. The purpose of influence is to speak up for those who don't have any influence. A truly free society protects all faiths, and true faith protects a free society. Without a purpose, life is motion without meaning, activity without direction and events without reason. Without a purpose life is trivial, petty, and pointless. To make the most of your life, you must keep the vision of eternity continually in your mind and the value of it in your heart. The way you see your life shapes your life.
Knowing your purpose focuses your life.
I expect God to use me, not because of who I am but because of who Jesus is. Not because of what I've done, but because of what Jesus has done.
Your value is not determined by your valuables,
Measured against eternity, our time on earth is just a blink of an eye...
Without God's glory, there would be nothing. Knowing your purpose prepares you for eternity.